NAGA CITY, Philippines - Never before had the whole Philippines been stunned by such an untimely passing as that of the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo.
We found ourselves mourning, deeply saddened by the loss of a great man.
Forty days have passed and grief is still felt. However, this feeling has been slowly overwhelmed by numerous advocacies. Truly, Jesse Robredo lives.
The 40th day of Robredo began with a fun walk, bike and run participated by the Jesse Robredo Movement, Tsinelas Youth Leadership Movement, and different sectors of Naga City.
People then proceeded to the Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Peñafrancia for a Mass, after which, they proceeded to the Eternal Gardens to offer wreaths to Robredo. The rest of the day was dedicated to remembering the simple and inspiring life of the late secretary.
The family of the late secretary did not let the day pass without visiting one of their favorite charities, the Missionaries of the Poor.
The activities lined up for the day went very fast. The last event was intended to reminisce and continue the legacy left by Robredo.
The crowd convened at the Naga City Hall. Everyone marched to Eternal Gardens, holding plackards and torches, some even wearing Robredo masks.
The night gave birth to the "Ako Para Sa Pilipino" campaign, and a music video that saw the participation of various Bicolanao artists. The campaign encourages every Filipino to continue the fight of Robredo.
The day reminded us that though we've lost a father, this is not the end. The day ended with a battlecry: "Tuloy ang laban!"