The People Power Revolution, also known as the EDSA Revolution was a series of popular demonstrations in the Philippines which began in 1983 and concluded in 1986. It has marked as a significant national event that has been engraved in the hearts and minds of every Filipino.
People Power Revolution 2015
The People Power Revolution is an annual event which is held on February 25. By 2015, it will be held as usual on February 25 (Wednesday)
It was the power of the people who assembled in EDSA (Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue) that restored the democracy in the Philippines, which ended the oppressive reign of Ferdinand Marcos. Hence, it was called the EDSA Revolution.
The majority of the demonstrations took place on the long stretch of EDSA from Feb. 22-25, 1986 and involved over two million Filipino civilians and several political, military and religious groups. The protest culminated with the departure of Marcos from the Malacanang Palace to the United States. Corazon Aquino was proclaimed as the President of the Philippines after the revolution.
What is People Power Revolution?
The People Power Revolution is the combined efforts of the Filipino people who assembled in EDSA and brought an end to the 21-year dictatorship of the Ferdinand Marcos. This 4-day peaceful revolution has been a success and restored the democracy in the Philippines.
Main Attractions – People Power Revolution Philippines
Anniversary of the People Power Revolution starts off with a flag raising ceremony which is headed by the President of the Philippines. This event takes place on People Power Monument in EDSA. Representatives from different sectors of the society offer their participation in this program.
The EDSA People power commission organizes simultaneous celebrations in different parts of the country
History of People Power Revolution
Ferdinand Marcos was elected president in 1965 and was re-elected in 1969 despite the charge of vote buying and fraudulent election. He was prohibited for running for his third term on the 1973 election. So, on Sept. 23, 1972, he declared Martial Law.
With the declaration of Martial Law, Marcos was given full control of the military and authority to suppress freedom of speech. He also ordered the arrest of his political opponents and critics. Due to his abuse of power, many people has gone angry and wanted to have him out of Presidency.
On Feb. 22, 1986 people gathered along the stretch of EDSA to attempt to overrule the Marcos regime. As days go by, more and more people join this peaceful revolution and have finally got what they wanted as the Marcos family flew to America and Corazon Aquino was proclaimed as president on Feb 25, 1986.
Interesting Information about People Power Revolution
In the morning of February 25, two presidents took oath in different venues. Corazon Aquino was inaugurated in a simple ceremony at the Club Filipino; while Marcos conducted the inauguration in Malacanang.
When the news of Marcos’ departure reached the people, many rejoiced and danced in the streets. Many people all over the world rejoiced and congratulated the Filipinos.
National Holiday: Please be guided that the People Power Revolution is considered a National Holiday. All government offices are closed during this day.
Heavy Traffic: With the simultaneous celebrations of the People Power Revolution, expect heavy traffic on the day itself. Also, some parts of EDSA shall be closed during this day to accommodate some of the programs. So, better look for an alternative route before leaving your homes.
Date: The People Power Revolution is an annual event which is celebrated on February 25. By 2015, this event will be celebrated as usual on Feb. 25 (Wednesday).
Location: Nationwide. The People Power Revolution is celebrated in the whole country.
People Power Revolution 2016
The People Power Revolution 2016 will be commemorated on 25th day of February which will on a Thursday.