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EDSA People Power at 25th Anniversary: The Gift of the Philippines to the World

Updated on July 4, 2011
EDSA at 25
EDSA at 25 | Source
EDSA Shrine at Ortigas-EDSA, Quezon City
EDSA Shrine at Ortigas-EDSA, Quezon City | Source
EDSA at 25 Concert Celebration
EDSA at 25 Concert Celebration | Source
EDSA at 25
EDSA at 25 | Source

The original. bloodless revolution that happened in the Philippines was the EDSA People Power. It happened February 25, 1986...25 years ago. It was still fresh in my mind how the people converged at EDSA (Epifanio delos Santos avenue) that made a huge difference in our society and to the world. It toppled the dictatorial reign of the Marcos family (they're making a comeback) and most Filipinos regained their confidence to invest their money and time here and helped shape the present democratic governance.

What have we done for the past 25 years?

When the Marcoses vacated the Malacanan Palace, the unprecedented victory of the late President Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino (mother of our present President Benigno Aquino III), the power of this woman were clearly seen on the transformation she envisioned and realized it through projects alleviating the full-blown poverty that plagued the nation during the Martial Law (September 21, 1972-until the snap elections on February 21, 1986).

People Power Revolt 1 enabled Filipinos of all ages and different economic status to:

  1. express their opinions without being afraid of being killed.
  2. build business without being sequestered by the government.

Aside from it, the1987 Philippine Constitution was promulgated in 1987. Although, it's been questioned and some critics from the government want it changed, it's still considered to be one of the tangible legacies that the new-found freedom instilled in the hearts of every Filipino.

Effects of EDSA People Power around the World

One by one, the people of the world saw changes in every country's government. The Communist curtain was trampled as every state of the former superpower nation, Russia, pulled away from the oppressive governance of Communism.

I was lucky to visit one of its fallen state, like Ukraine. As a sailor, in 2002, I happened to witness the transformation of its government from Communism into a democratic-type of governance. Although, there's still a trace of the former government, people are more aware of the good points of democracy.

Prior to it, people of Myanmar can now enjoy the effects of democracy due to the steadfast inspiration of the lady president (not anymore in house arrest) Ang San Suu Kyi.

How about the political uprising in the Middle East. Egypt's old leadership was recently toppled. Transformation is being seen in Bahrain, much more the Libyan government. people are clamoring for democratic change and it can be traced back to the Philippine version of bloodless revolution. And that is EDSA People Power.

Epifanio de los Santos (April 7, 1871April 18, 1928)
Epifanio de los Santos (April 7, 1871April 18, 1928)

EDSA: The Road to Freedom

EDSA or Epifanio delos Santos avenue is the main road of Metro Manila. Before the MRT was constructed, it became the silent witness of many rallies being held to voice out public opinion whether its political or non-political.

It became the salient point as people gathered at the Ortigas center of EDSA and performed their historic march to the Malacanan amid the barricades (barbed wires)with the soldiers waiting during the EDSA People Power revolt.

EDSA have seen better days of the Filipino people. And to closely know the acronym, here's a special tribute to the man behind this road.

Most of the street names are usually addressed to politicians who made a big contributions to the country. But this road is an exception, the name was given as tribute to a prolific historian named Epifanio delos Santos.

Known as Don Panyong, he was known as a revolutionist, a publisher, writer-translator during the Spanish regime. His major contribution was the translation of a well-known literary prose, Florante at Laura ( written by Francisco Baltazar known as Balagtas or orator).

As a historian, he painstakingly collected documents, arts and literary works of noted Filipinos during those times. He traveled around the world just to have those authentic documents.

As part of his legacy, many streets, colleges, hospitals and even a printing press was also named after him. Much more with the auditorium at the Philippine National Library, his name echoed in many books of Philippine history.

To us, Filipinos, this road signifies hope and freedom to the future generation.

We've done it already since 1986, the inspiration continues up to this year...2011.

Mabuhay! Long live to us all!!!



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    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @sergio baldrez: Mabuhay din sa'yo (Long live to you, too!)

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      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Arian Rey: That's true. Marcoses are fixated with what they achieved (by salting away the nation's riches) and now they're going denying the accusations that have been proven in our history and the evidences of mistakes and abuses they committed to the Filipino people.

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      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @earthbound1974:I agree with you. The corrupt practices of our government officials will just come and go, but they can't take our independent spirit, our nationalism and democratic dispositions to make this country a better place to live in.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Romano Arnesto. Thanks for the cheers!

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      serio baldrez 

      7 years ago


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      Arian Rey 

      7 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES)

      The Marcoses are in denial regarding the true account during their regime. They're changing the history for worst.

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      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Mabuhay (Long Live!) ang mga Pilipino. We should be proud of our independence. And they can't take that away from us!!!

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      Romano Arnesto 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      Long live the Philippines and happy anniversary!!! Mabuhay!!!


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