The Aquino Family has made their decision to just have a private funeral for the late President Cory Aquino instead of a state funeral (since under law, all Presidents were entitled to a state funeral but still subject to the family’s approval).   Although , there will still be honor guards at the wake, as per tradition in wakes for former government officials.

Senator Noynoy Aquino explained their decision :  “For all intentions and purposes, she had been a private citizen after stepping down, and siguro, to a degree we would like to spend as much time as possible as a family with her.”

The Former President Cory’s wake and memorial services schedule are listed below:

– President Cory’s body will lie in state at the La Salle Greenhills (LSGH) gymnasium.

– The wake will be open to the public (Gate 5 entrance for public and Gate 2 for media) from 5 p.m. on Saturday and will continue until Monday. The daily viewing schedule will be until 4 a.m., and will then resume on 7 a.m.

– Family members and VIP guests will enter and exit at the LSGH Gate 6.

– A mass at the LSGH will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 1.

– Daily Catholic masses daily at 12nn and 8 p.m. at LSGH and Manila Cathedral.

– “Dedication Garden for Tita Cory” at the Sacred Ground of EDSA Shrine (where supporters can put flowers, prayers, candles and notes to Cory).

– President Cory’s remain will be transferred from LSGH to Manila Cathedral on August 3 at 11am.

– Chronological service will be held at the Manila Cathedral on August 4.

– Necrological and vigil service is on August 4 from 4 a.m. until 6 a.m. at the Manila Cathedral.

– On Wednesday, President Cory will be buried at the Manila Memorial Park after a 9 a.m. mass at the cathedral.  She will be buried beside her late husband, Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo also declared a 10-day period of national mourning for the lost of Philippine much admired former President Cory Aquino.


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