EDSA 25: 25,000 gather in peaceful, festive EDSA rites — PNP

February 26, 2011 6:07 am 

MANILA, Feb. 25 –- Close to 25,000 gathered Friday in a peaceful, orderly but festive celebration of EDSA People Power 1 along the strip of Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) in Quezon City.

PNP spokesman Agrimero Cruz said no untoward incident happened in the area due to tight security provided by the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), Quezon City Police District (QCPD) and augmentation forces from other police regional offices.

Cruz said soldiers and personnel from Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) worked together as force multipliers to ensure a safe celebration.

Meanwhile, people posed for photographs with the Lady of the Edsa Shrine as the backdrop. Others ogled on the old pictures of the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolt posted on a billboard outside the Edsa Shrine at Ortigas Center in Pasig City.

A sea of yellow — yellow ribbons, yellow posters, yellow shirts, yellow umbrellas – punctuated the celebrations.

Yellow was the symbolic color used in the 1986 protest led by the mother of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, the late President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino, who rose to power after the 1986 peaceful revolution.

Many people were seen wearing yellow shirts. Many bikes were tied with yellow ribbons, too.

In the background, "Bayan Ko" played on repeat, while performers from all over took the stage next to the People Power Monument, where people paused to watch before moving on find well-shaded areas.

The Flickhoundz from Malabon wowed onlookers with their dance moves, while Ka Benny Rodriguez told his EDSA story onstage. Strangers smiled at each other, despite the midday heat. (PNA)



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