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Cory Aquino as a Scholastican and as an artist

By Cecilia Paragas Almazar, Marketing and Communications Officer
Photos by Michelle Valdriz, SSC-AVC and Cecilia P. Almazar
Posted: Thursday August 27, 2009 08:40 AM

The morning of August 21st proved to be the most solemn and perhaps the most “celebrated” anniversary of Senator Ninoy Aquino’s heroism.  His and his beloved wife’s passion for the Filipino people made the former’s commemoration even more meaningful.

  The Holy Mass sponsored by St. Scholastica's College to
  commemorate the 26th death anniversary of Ninoy
  Aquino and remember the late President Cory Aquino
  held at the school's chapel

Around 10:00 a.m., a mass was held at the
St. Scholastica’s College chapel and was officiated by Bishop Federico Escaler, S.J.  It was well attended by noted alumnae, namely Ms. Tina Monson-Palma, Ms. Maan Hontiveros, Dr. Imelda V.G. Villar, Dr. Angelita Trinidad Reyes, Mrs. Maria Lourdes Castro-Roa, to name a few.  The mass was also attended by Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, Mrs. Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, School Officials and other loyal Aquino supporters.

What followed was a memorable experience that will forever be embedded in me both as a Scholastican and as a Filipino.  St. Scholastica’s College, Manila, through its Archives Museum, located along Pablo Ocampo Street, Malate, Manila, unveiled an exclusive viewing of Mrs. Aquino’s rare painting collection and other artworks.

Acrylic painting (# 24), courtesy of Frank and Mila Drilon

Mrs. Aquino’s personality was truly reflected in all her paintings:  vibrant colors and floral designs.  Indeed, a unique blend of strength and femininity that is all “Cory.” 

My Personal Favorite is this Acrylic Painting of pink roses, and green and blue mumps lovingly arranged in a deep turquoise vase.  This is just one of the many rare pieces Mrs. Aquino gave to former senator Franklin Drilon and wife, Mila.  This alongside many other pieces which involved lots of lilacs, blues, greens, yellows, all of which are flowers as serene as the former president.

Other artworks included “Needlepoint,” which showcased Santa Claus on cross-stitch cloth with lots of yarn, guaranteed to bring out the child in each viewer.  There were some fans, tote bags, and hand bags that were personally designed and made out for Mother Mary Mananzan, OSB and Mrs. Mila Drilon, respectively, back in Christmas of 2006.

Lastly, but definitely not the least, are the book collections in which Mrs. Aquino was also featured.  Two of which are the “Aquino Administration:  Record & Legacy” and “Democracy and Prayer:  Selected Speeches of Corazon C. Aquino.

   Clothes worn by former President Corazon C. Aquino
   during her term of office.  Courtesy of Ceres Doyo

Also in the Archives Museum are two of the popular ensembles the former president wore to speaking engagements and public appearances:  the first being a cream-colored skirt and coat number with intricate lace designs on the collar and buttoners while the other in a conservative cut in red business suit.

Video tapes, lots of photographs, the PAX Award no less, and a video coverage of Mrs. Aquino’s “Leadership” talk in 2005 was also showcased.  In it, she said, “I thank St. Scholastica’s College for making me into what I am today.”

Mrs. Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworkski, Manila City Mayor Alfredo Lim and Mother Mary John Mananzan, OSB gracing the ribbon-cutting ceremony

The School’s thanks goes out to Mrs. Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski for gracing the ribbon-cutting and opening ceremonies of the Archives Museum; Ms. Ceres Doyo for lending us some of Mrs. Aquino’s clothes and artworks; Former Senator Franklin Drilon and wife Mila, and the Azcuna family for lending us some of Mrs. Aquino’s rare paintings.

The “Cory:  A True Scholastican” exhibit runs from August 21 to 26, 2009 at the St. Scholastica’s Archives Museum




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