Frankie Pangilinan paid tribute to former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III reminiscing on the time they shared together some years ago.
According to her, during her younger days, she always had too many questions. Thankfully, Noynoy had the kindness and solemn grace to accommodate them.
“He’d indulge me and my (surely) frivolous thoughts without ever making me feel like they were invaluable or unimportant,” she said. “I knew him enough to notice he was often sad of eye.”
“Growing up – learning and reading about his work instead of just viewing it from the sidelines – led to far bigger (and at times, frustrated) questions, but fewer opportunities to ask them,” she added.
Frankie then said this about Noynoy’s untimely demise.
“Today, we do not grieve for presumed perfection. We grieve for a man whose integrity enabled him to recognize his own imperfections and from there, try his best.”
The daughter of Megastar Sharon Cuneta and Senator Kiko Pangilinan noted how the ex-government official did not shy away from criticism because he understood its value.
“And he was humble. So, so, so humble,” Frankie reiterated.
On a personal note, she thanked the latter for being so “generous” not only with his time but with music.
“Thank you for the vinyls, for single-handedly encouraging my love for Bowie. thank you for the Ziggy Stardust. and the Carly Simon. and the Elton John. and for the spare Coca-Cola (dapat Classic Coke kase, eh puro Diet at Zero lang iniinom ni mama hahaha kaya sa kanya na lahat ng Classic) we kept in the fridge,” she said.
“I cannot find the words. I am just achingly sorry that several, big-girl questions went unasked. God bless your family, and you, Mr. President.”
Of course, Sharon reacted to her daughter’s post and even reposted it on her social media account.
“My Kakie wrote this. I don’t have to say much…I don’t have much to say in fact, as it is such a sad time for our country, having lost such a dedicated and true public servant who made the Philippines shine in the eyes of the world, and kept the light and fire of hope burning…Frankie’s thoughts encapsulate what our whole family is feeling at the moment…Once again, our deepest condolences to his family, his people, and (hopefully not forever) to Democracy… R.I.P. PNoy…
Note that Sharon was among celebrities who immediately extended condolences to Kris Aquino’s family.