President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s visit to Boston, Massachusetts, was a homecoming of sorts because it is the first time that he returned to Massachusetts where his family lived in exile for three years during martial law.
The President arrived at the Boston Logan International Airport at 8:33 p.m. (Boston time) for a five-day working visit to the United States.
Aquino is expected to hear Mass at Boston College on Sunday afternoon (early Monday in Manila). He will give a speech at a reception with the Filipino-American community from the Boston and New York areas.
He will also meet with recipients of the Benigno and Corazon Aquino Scholarship at Boston College.
The President will also give a policy speech at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
A press statement from the Presidential Communications Operations Office said the national president of the Philippine Nurses Association of America, Leticia Hermosa, admitted that she turned “very emotional” upon learning that Aquino will visit Boston.
She said the Filipino community there has been waiting for a visit from the Aquinos since Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. was assassinated on August 21, 1983.
“It’s very, very emotional for me because when Benigno, the father, went home . . . he really had very, very strong feelings about doing a good job in the Philippines. And the unfortunate thing happened, so I was very sad . . . and from then on the Filipino community here in Boston is looking forward to the [Aquinos] visit here,” Hermosa added.
“[It] started with Cory, we were looking forward to her coming back here. And of course, now with President Aquino, we are embracing [him]with warm welcome. Welcome to your home. This was his home when he was growing up,” she said
Cory is the nickname of late former President Corazon Aquino, the incumbent leader’s mother.
On September 23, the President will speak at the UN Global Summit on Climate Change in New York and will also have a roundtable with business leaders from the US Chamber of Commerce, the US-Asean Business Council and US-Philippine Society.
Aquino will then proceed to San Francisco to meet with several business leaders before returning to Manila.