QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Philippines just had its third Miss Universe (Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach). Now the Filipinos may soon have their third saint. At least that’s what a Jesuit priest close to the Aquino family is hoping for.
Fr. Catalino Arevalo believes that former President Corazon Aquino should be canonized a saint because of her “extraordinary Christian virtues.”
Arevalo says it is time to start the sainthood process for Aquino. The process starts with beatification which, as per rules of the Roman Catholic Church, can only begin six years after a person’s death. Cory died of colon cancer in August of 2009.
The Aquino family are reportedly excited about the prospect.
If Cory becomes a saint, President NoyNoy can be called, “Anak ng Santa” (Son of a Saint). Kris Aquino can be called “Santa Santita” (Saint Wannabe).
As for NoyNoy’s three other sisters? Well, perhaps they can be called “Tres Marias” (Three Mary’s).
Sainthood is oftentimes a long and tedious process. Among other things, it requires of the sainthood candidate to perform several miracles.
Perhaps one miracle would be that the farmers of the Aquino family’s Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac province will finally own the land they have been tilling for so long. Land Reform itself is hard to come by in the Philippines. That would be another miracle!