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Thursday, February 25, 2016
Remembering EDSA People Power 30 Years Ago
Thirty years ago, we were a bunch of dreamy- eyed and idealistic young college students at Xavier University- Ateneo de Cagayan in Cagayan de Oro City who believed that we could make a difference in the world. During those uncertain times at the height of the People Power Revolution, I still remember our professors encouraging us to get involved and to be aware of what was happening around us.
We were miles and miles away from imperial Manila and yet we were one in spirit with the nation as we pitched in and listened to presidential bet Cory Aquino who had called for a boycott of Marcos crony- operated corporations. There was even a noise barrage and other forms of civil disobedience.
Those were exciting times in the eyes of a young college student who was slowly waking up to the sad realities around him. Remember, this was in Cagayan de Oro City, acknowledged opposition country and the turf of legendary & charismatic opposition leader Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel.
We knew something big that would alter the course of Philippine history was about to happen. We were aware that there was imminent danger especially for those who were in EDSA that time and the only news we got at that time were the sporadic broadcasts on air.
Remember, all these happened during the 80’s when there were no cellular phones and other modern communications technology. Even at those uncertain times, there was excitement particularly for us students and to the radicals.
Everything came to a head exactly 30 years ago when our peaceful, active & non- violent uprising was able to achieve what was then unthinkable; oust Marcos from Malacanang and end thirty years of a dictatorship.
There was jubilation during the next few days and everyone was in high spirits. We all thought that we were finally a nation that was to meet its glorious destiny.
But that’s another story.
Remember, the years may have dimmed the memories but the heart never forgets.
Long live the Spirit of EDSA People Power!
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