History and Culture

Remembering People Power, The Hope In These Filipino Youths Live On

Metro Manila

Gari Sy Rivera
Gari Sy Rivera | Feb 24, 2020

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“Knowing the history of EDSA Revolution is important to every generation in the present, and for those to come,” expresses senior college student Yula Ferma, “because there, we could see that we, the Filipino people, have the power to stand for what’s ours.”

“The EDSA Revolution may have passed, but it doesn’t stop there.”

Built on the corner of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, commonly called EDSA, and White Plains Avenue in Barangay Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City is the People Power Monument. This landmark commemorates the People Power Revolution of 1986, also known as the non-violent EDSA Revolution by the hundreds of thousands of Filipinos who called for restoration of democracy. Since the events and end of a trying era for the Philippines then, Filipinos have not forgot about the value of truth, justice, peace and togetherness in one’s nation, including those who were born long after the Edsa Revolution.

Passersby, youth individuals here at the very monument share their knowledge, lessons and perspectives grown out of the stories they’ve learned of the peaceful protest and the distressing events that inspired it. Though the People Power Revolution is long gone and young adults today weren’t present during its times, there’s still a number in this very generation who are encouraged to express the importance of the nation’s strength, unity, and freedom today.

[related: In Quezon City, Five Monuments Honoring Heroes and History!]

 “This is our present now. It's our turn to shape the future we want for ourselves and the next generations to come. It’s up to us to do better. No one else is gonna fight for our future but us.”

Browse through the gallery above for more insights of a few inspiring young Filipinos, and their hope for the nation’s tomorrow.   

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