A Spirit Rising Steadily to the Shore: RIP Corazon Aquino, 1933-2009

We just got word via Twitter that former Philippine President Corazon Aquino has passed away at the age of 76.


photo credit: Reese Baguio


poem by Leonard Cervantes

I am a spirit
sweeping steadily to the shore
like sea foam on the Sulu
breaking at wave’s peak
then crashing down your palace of sand

I am a hand
thumb outstretched and pointing high to the heavens
to topple the monopoly
then a middle finger to Uncle Sam
because I taught the world democracy

I am a rhythm
I want to tango with tanks
singing songs of struggle
at the top of my lungs
while I rhumba to resolution

I am a revolution
of rosaries and radios
and prayers on pavement
and show tunes on stages
This is Channel 4 serving the people again

I am a pen
mightier than any sword
scribbling slogans on boards
counter propaganda on pamphlets
and impressions on young minds through newsletter words

I am a miracle
multiply tinapai and isda
for converted souls of soldiers on EDSA
After twenty years of repression and oppressi-
on the 3rd day I rose again

I am peace
My people power is a flower
in the face of a cannon
or the tip of a bayonet
or the barrel of a gun
this immovable target and the gunman are one

I am a spirit
rising from the ashes
I am a hand
outstretched to my neighbour
I am a rhythm
pulse pounding on to victory
I am a pen
pushing progress with words
I am a miracle
make the impossible possible
I am peace
I am long overdue

I am a spirit
I am a hand
I am a rhythm
I am a pen
I am a miracle
I am peace

I am people

I am power.


Remembering the Martial Law era and the EDSA Revolution in the Philippines is a big part of Kapisanan’s heritage as an organization (mostly thanks to our community partner, Carlos Bulosan Theatre) so its only fitting that we post our own tribute here on the blog.

Here’s some links from our archives (after the cut):

(featuring poetry like you might hear HERE)

Cory as Comic Book Heroine – April 21, 2008

Kapisanan’s ‘LABAN’ Photos – April 23, 2008

More ‘LABAN’ by Reese Baguio

Panel Discussion on People Power – April 25, 2008

~ by Leonard on July 31, 2009.

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