26 years ago, a series of nonviolent demonstrations happened in the Philippines known as the People Power Revolution. The majority of the protests took place on the long stretch of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, commonly known as EDSA from February 22-25, 1986 which involved millions of Filipino civilians joined by the different religious sectors and groups, political and military personnel. Nuns and priests led prayer vigils, people from all walks of life; rich or poor and even children altogether came into the streets unarmed. Men and women linked arms together to block the troops. Human bodies were used to barricade against soldiers which later on retreated without shots fired.
Yellow ribbons were everywhere to show mass support for the assassinated Senator Ninoy Aquino on August 21, 1983. It also signified as the mark against regime violence, corrupt governance and electoral fraud. The peaceful revolution led the departure of President Marcos, the dictator from Malacañang Palace to Hawaii, United States. Immediately after the revolution, the late Corazon Aquino was proclaimed as the legitimate President of the Philippines.
The EDSA Revolution restored the country’s democracy, “the revolution that surprised the world”. I was only 20 years old then and proud to say that I was one of the millions of Filipino people who peacefully demonstrated the love for freedom.
To commemorate the 26th Anniversary of the People Power Revolution, let me share you a video of how we Filipinos achieved liberty without violence.
Video courtesy of youtube.com