BY: KRIS JOHN ENCOMIENDA
Going back to where Philippines came from last 25 years.
The People Power Revolution or simply EDSA Revolution/Philippine Revolution of 1986 were a series of popular nonviolent revolutions and prayerful mass street demonstrations in the Philippines which totally marked the restoration of the country’s democracy. It became a subsequent inspiration for the Revolutions for communist dictatorships countries all around the globe.
EDSA that is also referred to as the Yellow Revolution due to the presence of yellow ribbons during the arrival of Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. and the takeover governance of the first woman to hold the office of the presidency, over Marcos which is Corazon “Cory” Aquino, also the first popularly and democratically-elected female president and head of state in Asia and 1986 Time Magazine Woman of the Year.
EDSA revolution protests were the culmination of a long campaign of civil resistance by the people against the 20-year running authoritarian, repressive regime of then president Ferdinand Marcos and made news headlines as “the revolution that surprised the world” took place at Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, known by its acronym EDSA, in Quezon City, that involved over 2,000,000 Filipino civilians as well as several political, military, and religious figures, such as Cardinal Jaime Sin. The protests, fueled by a resistance and opposition of years of corrupt governance by Marcos, occurred from February 22–25, 1986, when Marcos fled Malacañang Palace to the Hawaii and conceded to Corazon Aquino as the legitimate President of the Philippines.
Today, the celebration of the 25th year of EDSA is headed by our 15th and present President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, the only son of the One of Time Magazine’s 20 Most Influential Asians of the 20th Century of 1999 Cory Aquino and one the Man, the Legend, Philippine Senator Ninoy Aquino. The celebration is held today at the Araneta Coliseum, the President’s supporters will be on their Yellow shirts (Pay Araneta Yellow) from 2 PM to 7 PM. Noynoy and Mar Roxas, together with their troops, will lead the people in reliving EDSA and rededicating themselves to fulfilling the unfinished promise of EDSA, this celebration is simulcast live in different T.V. networks such as ABS-CBN, GMA and TV5. Different artist from different generations will be performing in this remarkable event this year in line are Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Dingdong Dantes, Spongecola, Parokya ni Edgar, Brownman Revival, Juana Change, Ryan Cayabyab Singers, Jim Paredes, Noel Cabangon, Christian Bautista, Eric Santos and many more.