This year’s commemoration of the 1986 People Power Revolution will no longer be held at the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) but in Malacañang.
Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the EDSA People Power Commission headed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. decided to hold the commemoration of the 28th anniversary of the peaceful revolt at the Palace grounds to avoid inconvenience to motorists and commuters.
He said the ceremonies will include the traditional “salubungan” to mimic the meeting of the people and soldiers in the 1986 revolt that ousted then President Ferdinand Marcos.
Other activities include a “pulong-bayan [town hall meeting]between President Benigno Aquino 3rd and representatives of various sectors.
The EDSA Revolution—which occurred from February 22 to 25, 1986—is annually commemorated on February 25.
According to Coloma, this year’s anniversary will have the theme “Kapit-bisig para sa Pagbangon [Linking arms together toward recovery].
He said that the administration is shifting the focus of EDSA 1 celebrations from those who took part in the 1986 revolt to modern-day Filipinos working together to fight poverty.
“Unti-unti nating inilalayo ang sentro ng selebrasyon sa kabayanihan ng mga nanindigan sa EDSA noong 1986 tungo sa pagbabayanihan ng mga Pilipino sa kasalukuyang panahon upang maibsan ang paghihirap na dulot ng maraming dekada ng korapsyon at pagsasamantala ng mga nasa kapangyarihan [We are slowly moving the celebration away from the heroism of those who stood for freedom on EDSA in 1986 toward the efforts of Filipinos to help each other to alleviate the suffering caused by many decades of corruption and abuse by those in power],” Coloma said.
“Nais nating pagtuunan ng pansin ang pagpapa-angat sa antas ng kabuhayan ng mga Pilipino na patuloy na nakararanas ng ‘di makatarungang kahirapan. Pinahahalagahan natin ang pagpupunyagi ng mga mamamayan sa pagpapabuti ng kanilang pamumuhay, pagtutulungan, at pagmamalasakit sa isa’t isa sa panahon ng pangangailangan [We want to focus our efforts on improving the lot of Filipinos who continue to suffer from poverty. We honor the efforts of our countrymen who work to improve their lives, help one another, and have concern for each one in times of need],” he added.