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The moment when PNoy declined to wear yellow Converse sneakers

The late President Benigno Aquino III was not always the man in yellow.

While Aquino embraced yellow as his political color, there was a rare occasion when the country’s former leader declined to wear yellow sneakers for a photo shoot.

As the nation commemorates the first death anniversary of Aquino, Jiggy Cruz fondly recalled a story about his uncle, a pair of yellow Converse Chuck Taylors, and the late leader’s integrity.

“I can never forget going to Malacañang for a photoshoot that was for the Philippine Yearbook. Initially, the photographer wanted Tito Noy to wear Yellow Converse Chuck Taylors to lighten up the mood for the photo,” Jiggy said in a post shared on Aquino’s Facebook page.

“But Tito Noy apologized, saying that he couldn’t because he had to uphold the standards of being in Malacañang as President,” he said.

According to Jiggy, the late President Aquino always did and followed what was right. “There were no shortcuts or anything like that,” he said.

Aquino, the country’s 15th president, passed away in his sleep on June 24, 2021. The son of two democracy icons was 61.

Aquino, who often wore white barong, black pants, and a yellow ribbon pin at work, served as president from 2010 to 2016 with the “Daang Matuwid” governance mantra. His administration has been credited for standing up to China’s excessive claims in the West Philippine Sea, forging a peace pact with the Muslim separatist group, and reviving the local economy.

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