The Edsa Revolution, also known as the People Power Revolution, took place in February 1986 and is regarded as a pivotal moment in Philippine history. The dictatorial government of President Ferdinand Marcos was overthrown in the Philippines, and democracy was reinstated as a result of a nonviolent revolution.
Every year on February 25th, the Philippines observe a national holiday honoring the EDSA Revolution, also known as “People Power Day” or “EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary.” Filipinos observe this period as a time to remember the courage and sacrifice of those who walked to the streets in peaceful protest against the Marcos administration and the military forces that supported him.
Filipinos typically congregate on this day at Quezon City’s People Power Monument to pay tribute to the revolution’s heroes with prayers and floral offerings. Also, there are speeches, concerts, and other activities, as well as parades, all around the nation.
The commemoration of the EDSA Revolution serves as both a call to continue the battle for social justice, human rights, and effective government in the Philippines and a reminder of the might of the people in gaining democracy. It’s time to take stock of what we’ve learned from the past and to reaffirm our commitment to giving every Filipino a brighter future.
Although if the EDSA Revolution anniversary has become less widely observed in recent years, it is not fully correct to claim that it is no longer a holiday. The following are some potential explanations for the decrease in popularity of the holiday:
Political polarization: Several organizations have used the anniversary of the EDSA Revolution into a political issue in order to advance their respective agendas. Some consider the event as a representation of freedom and democracy, while others only see it as a political ploy. Due to the resulting mood of division, the commemoration of the event has been subdued.
Politics disillusionment: The political system and political behavior have left many Filipinos disappointed. They view the EDSA Revolution as a brief window of opportunity that did not completely materialize since the nation still has numerous social, economic, and political issues.
A generational gap may prevent the younger generation from completely understanding the significance of the EDSA Revolution because they did not personally experience it. So, they might not be as excited about commemorating its anniversary as the more senior generation.
Additional issues: Some individuals might believe that commemorating the anniversary of the EDSA Revolution is not a priority because to the COVID-19 outbreak and other urgent crises affecting the nation.
The EDSA Revolution’s influence on Filipino history and society cannot be overstated, notwithstanding the anniversary’s fading commemoration. The ideas of democracy, freedom, and social justice that it championed continue to resonate with many Filipinos today.