Manila, Philippines – We commemorate today the registration of our democracy from an authoritarian regime. After 26 years, we again look back t the fourday peaceful People Power (EDSA) Revolution of 1986. The event that has been recorded in the annals of the world’s history has proven to our foreign neighbors that through the collective strength of our peaceloving countrymen, we were able to achieve a dramatic change in our society.
Apart from the traditional ecumenical ceremonies and programs at the EDSA Shrine, various events have been lined up for the Anniversary Celebration, including a Bayanihan Para sa Kapayapaan campaign dubbed “Yes for Peace“ to help accelerate the peace efforts of the government and draw people’s support for the efforts, particularly in Mindanao; simultaneous “Panunumpa ng mga Kabayani para sa Kapayapaan“ in public private elementary and secondary schools at 10 a.m. on February 22, 2012; and a back-to-back concert dubbed “The Greatest Hits Tour.“
The Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in New York in the United States will host a series of activities to rekindle the spirit of EDSA that we Filipinos exhibited to the world over a quarter century ago. Among the activities are a “tertulia“ (a discussion-gathering) on the People Power Revolution, and a public showing of documentary films and the holding of exhibits on the 1986 peaceful revolution.
We recall today how people from the metropolitan area and nearby provinces heeded the call of then Archbishop Jaime L. Cardinal Sin and the late Corazon Cojuangco Aquino to converge on EDSA between Camp Aguinaldo and Camp Crame, despite repeated warnings. Armed only with ﬂowers, and rosaries. Seen on worldwide television coverage, the collective strength of the Filipinos drew support from the international community that joined the call for the restoration of freedom and democracy in the country.
As we mark the 26th Anniversary of the People Power Revolution, let us keep alive the spirit of EDSA, by living the lessons learned from that celebrated period of our history. Let us shun the mistakes of the past that can compromise our children’s hope for a better tomorrow. Let us embrace a firm faith in God, through Whom and with Whom we have achieved what other countries thought impossible, that we may be spared of any reason to mount another collective battle in the name of truth, justice, freedom, and democracy.
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