I wasn’t at EDSA in ’86

Nato Reye: “We can’t change society by one or two EDSA uprisings, much in the same way we can’t change society through the periodic holding of elections. Changing the head of government is not enough. Unless we change the dominant class relations in society, unless we break up the monopoly of state power by the compradors, big landlords and bureaucrats, there can be no genuine change.”

like a rolling stone

EDSA_Revolution_pic1.jpgI was not a participant of the first EDSA People Power uprising.

I was 10 at the time. I was at home when it happened, monitoring the news through the radio.

In the days after the toppling of the dictator, we were bombarded with songs and videos about the greatness of People Power. Everyday on TV, after the playing of the national anthem, came the songs Magkaisa and Handog ng Pilipino sa Mundo. These were the post-EDSA anthems that I remember watching throughout the summer vacation in 1986. There were videos of nuns linking arms, of ordinary folk giving flowers to soldiers in Camp Crame and Camp Aguinaldo. There were scenes of unarmed civilians trying to block armored personnel carriers of the regime.

I was curious of this phenomenon and at the same time proud that it was the Filipinos who were showing the world this way to achieve change.


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