EDSA celebration in Cebu

IMG_8875For the first time in almost three decades, the Philippine nation will see the commemoration of EDSA People Power Revolution in Cebu instead of the historic place itself on Tuesday, February 25.

“The President wants to highlight the kind of unity that we Cebuanos had sa pagbangon nato gikan sa duha ka kataglaman. And that (unity) is the essence of EDSA revolution,” said Acting Governor Agnes Magpale.

Undersecretary (Usec.) Jose Marie Oquiñena, director general of Philippine Information Agency said it is not the venue but the spirit of the celebration that is important. EDSA or the Epifanio De los Santos Avenue is the street in Manila where the people-led revolution was held.

Usec. Oquiñena and Mavee Onas of EDSA People Power Commission and floor director of the event, were in the Capitol on Friday, February 21 to discuss the preparations with Capitol officials and law enforcement agencies.

The EDSA victory is being celebrated every year, since the democracy was reinstated, after the fall of the dictatorial regime of former President Ferdinand Marcos.

The highlight of the commemoration is “Salubungan,” a re-enactment of the 1986 People Power Revolution. It was when the military led by retired general and former President Fidel V. Ramos and the civilians met in unity at the avenue to oust the dictator.

Actor Dingdong Dantes will play the role of Ramos while Senator Paolo Benigno (Bam) Aguirre Aquino IV will lead the throng of citizens.

The Salubugan will be held along Escario St. right in front of Capitol’s flag pole. The Capitol building will be seen as the background of the event.

There was also a plan to insert the participation of the nun, whom former President Corazon Aquino sought for a blessing before the revolution took place.

However, Vice Governor Magpale said the religious order of the nun refused to allow it.

President Benigno Simeon “PNoy” Aquino III will be present during the event. He is also scheduled to visit the typhoon affected areas in northern Cebu on that day. Xerxes Alkuino