Philippines: People Power Revolution Celebration 2011, Starts with Unveiling of H.E. Cardinal Sin’s Monument

By on Feb 25, 2011 in Current Events, Events, Local, Opinion Comments

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MANILA-Philippines, The EDSA People Power Revolution celebration 2011 have kicked off with the unveiling of His Excellency Cardinal Sin’s monument at the area of Burgos Avenue and Roxas Boulevard, Rizal Park. This is after the flag raising. Local TV sites featured the momentous event, February 25, 2011.

There are various events scheduled for the day that would encourage the Filipino people to once again commemorate the historical event that had made the Philippines famous for its peaceful people power revolution. The peaceful revolution has showed the world that it is possible to topple a dictatorship without any weapon, except unity, persistence and an intense desire for change.

The unveiling of H.E. Sin’s monument was attended by Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, Members of the Catholic clergy and His Excellency President Ninoy Aquino, with Aquino’s family in attendance.  The monuments of late President Corazon Aquino and Benigno Aquino II, stand proudly beside the Cardinal’s monument.

It can be remembered that the key personalities that initiated the People Power were then Defense Minister Enrile, Fidel Ramos and Cardinal Sin. Corazon Aquino had consolidated the Filipino people by going against strongman Ferdinand Marcos.

Through Cardinal Sin‘s request Filipinos from all walks of life; religious persons, the wealthy and the poor formed a human barricade for Enrile, Ramos and the soldiers who have holed up in Aguinaldo, to prevent imminent bloodshed.

The themes of the speeches were about continuing the fight against corruption, democracy and poverty. Aquino said: “Hawak natin ang susi ng pagbabago.” (We hold the key towards change,) emphasizing that change comes only when individuals cooperate.

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He said in a separate speech, “ Makakamit lang natin ang tagumpay kung magkakaisa tayo.” (We can only achieve success if we are united.)

Free medical and dental services are also provided at Camp Aguinaldo by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes (PCSO) as part of the EDSA People Power Revolution.

The unveiling of the marker for Former president Corazon Aquino at the POEA was done afterward by his son, Ninoy Aquino.

There are more scheduled activities for the rest of the day, like the Boodle fight (a food buffet where people from all walks of life eat together using their bare hands) with the military and VP Jejomar Binay, and an Entertainment Night that would be participated in by several well-known singers.

The “salubongan”  or re-enactment of this world famous revolution of the 20th century, is set at 3 pm at EDSA, within the area of Camp Aguinaldo. Thousands of people are participating in this event.

World leaders from all over the four corners of the globe, greeted the Filipino people, as Filipinos celebrate the historic 25th EDSA People Power Revolution.

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