Showing posts with label EDSA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label EDSA. Show all posts

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Twenty-Six Years Ago...

I remember that night as clearly as if it happened yesterday. It was about 7 PM and we were all gathered at the table after dinner listening to what was happening in Manila on the radio. Then, we heard it..."wala na si Marcos" (Marcos is gone)...we all looked at each other as if to check if we all heard it right. Then I saw my dad for the first time ever in my life, with tears in his eyes and in a quivering voice saying, we are free.  My mom started crying and suddenly everyone was laughing (and crying all at the same time), cheering, jumping and hugging each other.  We all climbed into our car and drove to the town center, where the church bells were ringing, people streaming into the street in their night clothes (just like us), some did not even bother to put their dentures on!  There was a lot of clapping, cheering, hugging and pure joy in everybody's face.  The police kept a respectful distance but some were also waving and clapping.  That was our shining moment...a time where hope rose like a phoenix in people's hearts.  It was a time for unity...a time when everything and anything was possible...a chance for a new beginning.  I can still remember that feeling of hopeful expectation that the Philippines will rise from the ashes and start again. 

These were the heroes of EDSA...where are they now?  Where are we now?  Twenty-six years after EDSA, questions remain unanswered, life for majority of Filipinos have not improved and the country has not recovered.  What happened to the hope and promise of EDSA?  Where has it gone?  Can we ever bring it back?

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