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Twenty-seven years in prison, a long period of that in darkness and limited access to sunlight, affected the eyesight of world hero Nelson Mandela. One of his requests when he came to the Philippines on a state visit on March 1, 1997 was to have the lights dim in his hotel room.
His office also specified a room temperature for the almost 80-year old South African leader, whose principled fight against apartheid and his forgiveness of the people who had persecuted him have made him an inspiration and an icon.
I am not sure where he stayed during his Manila visit but usually at that time state visitors stayed at the Manila Hotel.
I was then a Malacañang reporter and I felt privileged covering the visit of the distinguished leader. I brought his autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom” hoping for a chance to have him autograph it. When I did not get the chance to approach him during the press conference, I gave the bookRead More »from Mandela will live in our hearts forever