Col. Noel Detoyato, chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Public Affairs Office.
The world’s first peaceful people power revolution rectified the dark past of the military, which was seen as one of the tools employed to quell dissent during the martial law years, according to Col. Noel Detoyato, chief of the Public Affairs Office of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Martial law, according to Detoyato, was the dark era of the military that is now being portrayed in the “Experiential Museum” set up at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City (Metro Manila) on Wednesday as part of the observance of the 30th anniversary of the civilian-backed military revolt that toppled the Marcos dictatorship.
“The dark past of the military was portrayed in the experiential museum and this is what we say, it is dark and it is past. We now have a transformed Armed Forces of the Philippines,” the official said.
Aimed at educating the youth about the history of martial law and the EDSA revolution, the museum combines elements of theater, cinema, photography, performances, installations, and other allied arts to recreate the struggle of Filipinos.
Officials said the museum is both engaging and educational so that young people may be better informed about the experience of the nation and the struggle for freedom and democracy.
The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Pagbabago: Ipaglaban n’yo. Itutuloy ko.”
Other highlights of the celebration, among others, is an air show to be led by the Philippine Air Force which will be using the two newly-acquired FA-50 fighter jets to perform high-speed opener pass.
The supersonic jets were seen flying Monday and Tuesday.