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EDSA

&ITS The Avenue and the Revolution

in the Mind of the Young

BY ROWENA DIOCTON I PHOTO BY JEFFREY BULANADI

YOUTH

Almost three decades have passed since a crowd of men,

women, and children, who bear a mixture of anxiety and

resignation on their faces, marched and camped along the

Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) towards a unified

goal. From the 22 nd to the 25 th of February in 1986, people

of young and old, of rich and poor, and of different religious

beliefs held their hands in anticipation of either a massive

bloodbath or a peaceful surrender.

Three years after the EDSA Revolution, I was born to the

ongoing arguments that the so-called revolution did not end

there.

“Yet to the hundreds of thousands

of Filipinos from all social classes who

massed on the streets that week, there

seemed to be no doubt that they were

‘making revolution’ and that they were

participating in ‘people power’,” says

Filipino scholar Reynaldo Clemeña Ileto

in the book, Filipinos and their Revolution:

Event, Discourse, and Historiography.

During my elementary days, dozens

of books and papers have already been

written about what everyone regards as

the “bloodless revolution” and the “people

power.” Right before I went to high

school, a second ‘revolution’ was formed—the one they aptly

named the “Second People Power Revolution.” This time,

critics amassed to rethink the meaning of a revolution, the

dangers of a people with its democracy, and the use or misuse

of mass power.

When the third people power broke out the same year as

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the second, news of its divisiveness and political ploy came

about. Due to its main goal of deposing the just-instated then

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and bringing the power

back to once ousted former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada,

claims of the so-called revolution’s impropriety became worth

of mouth.

TO A YOUNG BLOOD

At this age of vast television, radio, and print access, even

a mere student is bound to think. At that time, two or three

years ago, I had come up with a conclusion

when it comes to the three [in]famous

revolutions—“people power” per se started

to be a top-of-mind weapon for political

gain.

Today, the Avenue had become a long

road each of one has to go through to reach

an end, a destination. Not one person is

significant enough to question the integrity

of those who truly believed that those

whose prayers and placards, all brought

while marching along EDSA, were of lesser

value than any other measure. For sure, the

power of the people remains a strong access

point. In a way, it’s a force to behold.

Many say that the youth, from whose mouth still sprang forth

milk, should remain quiet lest they utter the inconsiderate. I

say, it’s never too early to pursue what it true, what is righteous,

and what is the best decision at all times. Let EDSA be not

only a venue of congested traffic or a series of uprisings. Let

it be more.

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