Yesterday, we joined a volunteer movement for the presidential campaign of Noynoy Aquino. We had a one whole day interaction with representatives from other volunteer groups from all over the country. It was a heartwarming and invigorating experience. My husband and I even facilitated the workshop session for regions 6,7 and 8.
At the end of the day, our President gave a short talk and then had a photo session with all the various groups.
Our minute with Noynoy started when he was leaving the venue. As he walked to the doorway from the stage, he saw me and immediately extended his hand while saying “ma’am”. I was so pleasantly surprised because I did not think that he would remember me.
You see, Noy was my student in his Nat Sci subject when he was in first year college. That was in the late 70s or early 80s yet. So that was a long time ago. But he remembered and even singled me out from among the hundreds of people there in the room. Imagine! That’s really amazing!
I asked him “you remember me?” He simply answered, “of course ma’am, and sir too (referring to my husband)”. He even told me that some of his other classmates are also among those in the crowd.
Of course we would have long talks then because that was the time that his dad was in prison. His grades would go up and down depending on the stresses he was then encountering. But I can tell you that he is very bright and humble.
All I can say now is – what a man! What an amazing memory! What humility! I’m sure he will definitely be a good president.
So I had my one minute with Noynoy and I have this photo to share.