Though the entire nation was in grief, none were more devastated by the news of President Magsaysay’s death than his family—his wife, Luz, his daughters, Mila and Teresita, and his son, Jun, who had been given the daunting task of breaking the news to his mother. As Nick Joaquin narrates:
The moment he entered the room, biting his lips and pale with shock, she knew what he was going to say.
Before he had finished speaking, she flung her hands to her head and uttered a scream that rang through the Palace and froze the blood of all who heard it.
“Monchi-i-ing!” she cried –and fell backward as her son ran to catch her. [Read more]