On February 25, the Philippines will celebrate the 29th anniversary of the 1986 People Power Revolution.
The government is firming up a simple affair to commemorate the bloodless revolution amid fresh coup rumors and protest actions in the wake of the January 25 Mamasapano incident.
In a news conference on Tuesday, Commissioner Emily Abrera of the EDSA People Power Commission said this year’s celebration will be “very simple.”
“Next year will be [the]30th anniversary celebration, so we can go all out for the 30th,” Abrera told reporters.
Previous activities commemorating EDSA people power had been generally festive.
Abrera denied speculations that the choice to make the celebrations more subdued is a result of an alleged coup plot against President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
She said they have been planning the event for two months, way before reports of a supposed coup plot surfaced.
This year’s celebration theme will be “Ituloy ang Pagbabago [Continue the Change],” according to Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.
Coloma said the government aims to “continue to build a more progressive Philippines and guided by the spirit of EDSA.”
The anniversary of the EDSA People Power revolution will be celebrated this year through a Mass at the People Power Monument in EDSA to be presided by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle.
The President and his sisters are expected to attend the event.
On February 24, the day before the anniversary, former President Fidel Ramos will lead the annual flag-raising and wreath-laying to commemorate past heroes, including the military personnel who supported the revolution.