Friday, March 03, 2006

Birthday Chuvahness

Thanks for all your birthday greetings. When I was younger, I always looked forward to my birthday which also happens to be the anniversary of Edsa People Power 1. February 25 was always a holiday, in other words, no classes! Yahoo!

Twenty-something years later, I never had so many people greet me a happy birthday. That was last Friday when my birthday celebration in Magandang Umaga Pilipinas was cancelled due to a coup plot. The morning show was suddenly pre-empted with breaking news, but at the same time an announcement of my b-day celebration in MUP was being flashed continuously on the screen!

As expected, I was the butt of jokes in the newsroom. It couldn't have come at a better time. I ended up in the streets of Makati as Tita Cory reiterated her call for PGMA to resign. I interviewed Senator Jinggoy Estrada who seemed disappointed at the low turn out of people in Makati. If not for Satur Ocampo and his group of rallyistas, it would've been a sorry sight. My personal estimate is that there were only about 4-5 thousand people. But then again, thousands more were reported to have been blocked off from all directions.

(photo courtesy of V. Rodriguez)

In the midst of everything, the presence of Kris Aquino and boyfriend James Yap was the talk of the town. Not too long ago, Kris openly endorsed GMA for president but recent events proved blood is thicker than water. Kris said so herself, she was there because of her mom. What is not clear is whether she also supports her mom's call for PGMA to resign.

As I was leaving Makati, an English-speaking teenager approached me and introduced himself to me saying he's a college friend of my brother in Ateneo and that he's been to our house. He spoke well and seemed mature for his age, probably 19, just like my brother. I thought hey, this kid is cool, he's young and trying to get involved.

The next day I was surprised to find out from my brother that he is the son of a military officer, Col. Ariel Querubin, who was mistakenly (according to the military itself) identified as being part of Friday's attempted coup. So, what was the son doing there in the rally at such a sensitive time? The next day, there was breaking news of a be-medaled Marine officer protesting against the relief of his Marine commandant, Maj. Gen. Miranda, in Fort Bonifacio. The officer asked for the support of civilians, and that they come to Fort Bonifacio - a virtual call for people power. I was surprised when I saw the officer's name flashed on screen - it was Col. Ariel Querubin.

Of course all of you know what happened that night, and what happened to the officers after that. I was able to catch the footage of Querubin's farewell message to his troops as he was being relieved of his command. It was so touching -- his men seemed to be sincerely affected by his leaving. He strikes me as a very decent and principled man. He said he is ready to face the consequences of his actions -- I guess he had always been ready to pay the price for standing by his convictions. I would say we need more men like him -- but would that be considered inciting to sedition?


ken said...

I hope you enjoyed your birthday!

Must be interesting. "What were you doing on your 2xth birthday?"

(Nasa kalendaryo pa naman...pero malapit na malipat sa thermometer.)

"Oh, nothing much, just rubbed elbows with a couple of celebrities, the first female president of the republic, and the son of The Controversial Marine."

I think that day will go down in the History books.

On another thought, it's interesting how TV presents a simple facet of a person--we get to see this sweet little Nina holding a mike, rarely seeing more than a glimpse on TV (I don't subscribe to Sky, so I don't see the Europe show. And I don't watch TV at gadawful times in the morning.) Then I read her words and realize there's a brain there pala.

I don't mean that in a negative way, it's a pleasant realization.

Anyway, I'm still hoping you get to host your own talk show. Maybe not a celebrity talk's usually difficult to get an intelligible discussion there. Maybe an intelligent talk show.


canDIshhh said...

hi nina!! long time no post!!

Anonymous said...

ang gwapo ni james! ang haba ng buhok ni kris!

Anonymous said...

hi nina! belated happy birthday!!
just stumbled upon your blogspot here. i'm a big fan of yours...bye


Anonymous said...

sana kris si yap na ang lalaking makakasama mo habang buhay hangad ko ang kaligayahan nyong dalawa at sana lumigaya kana sa piling ni yap kris