Here are some interesting facts on the 31st anniversary of the EDSA revolution happening today, February 25, 2017.
- The EDSA revolution was the first non-violent and bloodless revolution.
- EDSA symbolized the great Filipino polymath or universal genius Epifanio de los Santos. Prior to being Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA), its previous names were North-South Circumferential Road, Avenida 19 de Junio (June 19 Avenue), and Highway 54 although EDSA is not 54 kilometres long, but only 24.
- The EDSA Shrine or the Mary Queen of Peace Shrine constructed and completed three years after the revolution is a thanksgiving honour to the Virgin Mary for the peaceful EDSA revolution.
- Jim Paredes composed "Handog ng Pilipino sa Mundo" two months after the revolution.
- There were two inaugurations during February 25, 1986 including Marcos’ inauguration in Malacañang and Aquino’s inauguration in Club Filipino.
- “Bayan Ko” and “Magkaisa” are among the iconic songs during EDSA Revolution with the latter composed by now senator Vicente Sotto and sung by Virna Lisa Loberiza.
- The only radio station covering the events was Radio Veritas with other government-owned stations did not do.
- Yellow has been the colour of the revolution since the assassination of Ninoy Aquino, and “Tie a Yellow Ribbon” was Ninoy’s comeback song.
- The L hand symbol which was done by extending the thumb and the index finger pointing up which has a meaning of "Laban" or "to fight" was the eminent hand gesture of protesters during the revolution.
- Corazon Aquino became the 11th and the first female president of the Philippines after Marcos and his family departed the country for exile in Hawaii.
- The jumping of Fidel Ramos while announcing to the crowd the news that Marcos had already abandoned the palace is still symbolic in EDSA celebrations.
- The 31st anniversary today, February 25, 2017, will be the first simplest celebration of the holiday with a thematic "moving on” commemoration.
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