The yellow blazer Mrs. Aquino was wearing was designed by Paul Cabral and was of a shade called "happy yellow." "Ang kuwento niyan," Boy Abunda related to Ted Failon of ABS-CBN, "ay noong pumanaw ang ina ng former President Joseph Estrada na si Doña Mary, dumalaw doon si Pangulong Cory. Tinawagan niya si Paul Cabral at sinabi niya, 'If it's my time, I want something like that.'" 

Photo: Paul Mata

TV host Boy Abunda was one of the people who accompanied family members of the late President Cory Aquino at the morgue where her body was embalmed. The talent manager of Kris Aquino talked briefly with Ted Failon during ABS-CBN's coverage of the first night of the wake of Mrs. Aquino at La Salle Greenhills last night, August 1.

First they discussed the yellow blazer that Mrs. Aquino was wearing inside the casket.

"Ang tawag namin diyan ay happy yellow," Boy mentioned. "Gawa po 'yan ng designer na si Paul Cabral, na napakalapit sa puso ng dating Presidente. If you're gonna ask me kung kelan ito ginawa ito ni Paul, two weeks yata. Ang kuwento niyan ay noong pumanaw ang ina ng former President Joseph Estrada na si Doña Mary, dumalaw doon si Pangulong Cory. Tinawagan niya si Paul Cabral at sinabi niya, 'If it's my time, I want something like that.'"

Ted pointed out that the shade of yellow picked by the fashion designer was very distinct.

"Tama," Boy said. "Base sa pag-uusap namin ni Paul kanina, nung binibihisan sa loob ng morgue, nagkataon na may dumating na material na ganitong klase ng yellow na masayang tingnan. Yun ang kanyang ginawa para kay Tita Cory."

How would he describe the state of emotion of Kris Aquino, the youngest daughter of Cory and Boy's friend and co-host in The Buzz?

"Kris is doing well. She's coping. Kaaalis lang niya dito [La Salle Greenhills] for the Mass. She went home dahil bukas dito po kami para sa The Buzz live," revealed Boy, who is a host of the showbiz talk show along with Kris and Ruffa Gutierrez.

He added, "For the first time, magkukuwentuhan kami ni Kris dahil kung maalaala niyo po, siya ay nag-leave mula July 20 hanggang August 1. Kaninang madaling-araw, 3:18 in the morning nung pumanaw si Pangulong Cory, hindi umalis si Kris sa tabi ng kanyang ina." 

BOY BREAKS HIS OWN RULE. In a separate conversation, Boy said he "never, never" looks at the dead. But because of his love for Kris, he accompanied her in the mortuary and until the the embalming of the former president's remains.

"Di na 'ko nag-isip. Nandun na. Basta kumilos ako. Alam mo 'yon? Ngayon, kaya ko na tumingin," he said.

So it's not a surprise when Kris said during her mother's wake last night, "Boy is the only one I will grant an interview to."

THE YAP FAMILY. Here are some anecdotes from the wake last night:

Kris said, "I promised I would never leave her side, and I did not." From July 20 (hospital) to August 1 (mortuary), Kris was with her mom Cory.

Kris said that her mom's makeup was up by Juan Sarte, who flew in from a Cebu show. On Wednesday, August 5, before Cory's burial, Bambbi Fuentes will fly in, rush to the Manila Cathedral, and do the makeup retouch.

Also at the wake, Baby James, carried by his dad, basketball star James Yap, was so friendly with photographers, he looked like he was holding a presscon.