All are set for the 25th EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary celebration, organizers say

February 18, 2011 1:45 am 

By Joel C. Atencio

MANILA, Feb. 17 – Everything is set for the country's celebration of the 25th anniversary of the peaceful and world-renowned 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution on February 25, this year.

This was announced jointly by Commissioner Herminio Jhay “Ogie” Alcasid Jr. of the EDSA People Power Commission (EPPC) and Armed Forces of the Philippines-National Capital Region Command (AFP-NCRC) chief Brig. Gen. Tristan Kison during the "Talking Points" radio program, hosted Thursday by broadcast journalists Allan Allanigue and Grace Simando of the state-run DZRB Radyo ng Bayan at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Bldg. in Quezon City.

Alcasid said the meaningful celebration aims to rekindle the EDSA spirit of volunteerism, sharing, giving and caring.

He said that aside from the flag-raising ceremony at the People Power Monument at EDSA, an ecumenical mass at the EDSA Shrine and the reenactment of the “Salubong” where the military and the civilians meet at the EDSA strip, a medical mission at Camp Aguinaldo, sports, entrepreneurial and cultural activities, among others, are also lined up to celebrate the Filipino people’s historic victory against a dictatorial regime 25 years ago.

The celebration, with the theme, “Pilipino Ako, Ako Ang Lakas ng Pagbabago” starts on February 17 and ends on February 27.

“Activities include launching of books on the People Power Revolution, photo exhibits, planting of 50,000 trees, unveiling of markers, cultural shows, Freedom Tours and an original Pilipino Music (OPM) concert,” Alcasid said in the radio show organized jointly by the PIA, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS) and National Broadcasting Network (NBN)-Channel 4.

On February 23, a 40-hour vigil in 25 churches across the country will start. It will end on February 25.

Alcasid said another highlight of the celebrations is a boodle lunch with President Benigno S. Aquino III and some 2,500 people along the EDSA strip to rekindle the spirit of sharing that transpired on February 25, 1986.

“The EDSA strip will be full of food and souvenir stalls on February 25,” he said.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will also hold a job fair featuring 5,000 overseas jobs.

In Malacanang, a Kalayaan Marker will be unveiled on February 26 and the personalities who played significant roles during the EDSA People Power Revolution will be given recognition.

The celebrations end with a People Power Run on February 27.

Alcasid said he was a first year college student taking up B.S. Agriculture at the University of the Philippines-Los Baños (UPLB) in Laguna when EDSA 1 happened. He later shifted to A.B. Mass Communications in UP-Diliman, Quezon City.

For his part, Kison said the military and police are ready for the commemoration of the 25th EDSA People Power Revolution anniversary.

Kison said close to 100 soldiers or three companies of AFP-Civil Disturbance Management (CDM) will be deployed in the celebration venues in EDSA to secure the public.

The military official said they have coordinated with the Philippine National Police (PNP)-National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) for augmentation force.

“Our primary concern is to ensure the safety and security of EDSA revelers. Some portions of EDSA would be closed for the programs,” Kison said.

"We are making sure that all security measures are adequate and in place for the February 25 event<" he added.

Kison said he was a first lieutenant in the AFP when the People Power uprising broke out in EDSA in 1986. He graduated from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in 1979. (PNA)

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