Saturday, February 26, 2011

Celebrating EDSA 1986: The Revolution that Started It All

The faces of People Power, the Revolution that Inspired the World

EDSA 1986 was an important event of Philippine history as it demonstrated to the world the power of a peaceful revolution. Thus, it's popularly called the PEOPLE POWER REVOLUTION.  The EDSA 1986 People Power Revolution was the culmination of a long and arduous campaign to end the 20 year authoritarian rule of former President Ferdinand Marcos and his allies.  EDSA 1986 led to the restoration of democracy in the country, as countless human rights abuses, corruption, and environmental degradation happened during the 20 year dictatorial rule of the Marcoses.

EDSA (acronym for Epifanio de los Santos Avenue) refers to the major highway where most of the demonstrations in 1986 happened.  As such, it was the best venue for celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the People Power Revolution. I am sharing with you some of the photos I took during the celebration,  with the hope of reminding everyone of the essence of the People Power Revolution:

We should never forget how great we are. If we could topple a dictator, then we could put an end to other atrocities. We just need to BELIEVE and USE our collective power.

The EDSA Shrine at the crossroads of Ortigas Avenue and EDSA Avenue  was dedicated to  Mother Mary, who is believed to have interceded for the peaceful revolution.

Thumbs up to these kids who were playing instruments under the 1:00 p.m. heat!

Famous quote from the late Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, an opposition leader who was assassinated during Marcos' regime 

"I am a Filipino. I am a force of change."

A street concert capped the anniversary celebration 

Were you able to participate in the EDSA 25th Anniversary Celebration? Feel free to share links to your photos  or your experience at the comments section. 

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