". . .People all over
the world then saw the unbelievable. Filipino charging at giant tanks with Volkswagens.
Nuns and priests meeting armored cars with Rosaries and prayers. Little children giving
grim soldiers flowers and urging them not to fight for Marcos. People linking arms and
blocking tanks, daring them to crush their fellow Filipinos, which they did not."
(An editorial dated February 27, 1986)
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With the rise of
political unrest in the country under the Marcos regime, the people of the Philippine
Islands gained a reason for national reform. Spearheaded by the assassination of the late
senator Benigno Aquino, Jr., Filipino sentiments started to dominate the scene. Laban,
Ninoy, hindi ka nag-iisa
was the war cry raging in the hearts
from every freedom-loving Filipino individual from all walks of life. Soon afterwards,
people thirsting for independence from the hands of the tyrant gathered on the streets,
each carrying a religious artifact such as rosaries and crucifixes, as well as carry with
them the desire to overthrow the Marcos government.
In just three days, the
change was realized without any severe shedding of blood, proving once again that the
people own the land, and that no one shall stand in the way of freedom.
This web site is dedicated to the
change brought about by the indomitable spirit of the Filipino by capturing the emotion of
the three days and of the people. The site will show the different events and idealism
that spawned the Filipinos desire for national reformthe birth of the EDSA
Revolution. The 1986 EDSA Revolution Website, will contain the basic background behind the
EDSA Revolutionplus some other historical events connected to the revolutionand
will ramify into other aspects of the three-day event, including analysis on the people
behind the uprising and the two governments that played a key role in the Revolution.
Furthermore, additional information on democracy shall be covered including points such as
terminology. Overall, the aim of the site is to show how democracy and freedom can be
gained through a peaceful and nonviolent manner.
The 1986 EDSA Revolution: Mabuhay