Press Release
February 26, 2010

People Power Commemoration

A gathering of people wearing yellow shirts filled the Araneta Center on Thursday to commemorate the People Power Revolution of 1986. The people wore yellow to pay tribute to the color of the first EDSA Revolution, and former President Cory Aquino.

The crowd flocked to Araneta not merely to commemorate the first EDSA Revolution, but also to warn the Arroyo administration and other factions who plan to manipulate the results of the May polls that they will be facing a movement similar to that which toppled the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos through a series of nonviolent and prayerful mass demonstrations.

Aquino, the son of People Power icons, Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr. and former President Corazon Aquino called on supporters and participants of the first EDSA Revolution to help ensure a clean and peaceful elections this May.

"Ngayon, wala na tayong dapat pang ikatakot. Tayo ay gising na. Tayo ay mulat na. Tayo ay kikilos na upang makamit ang tagumpay. Taas-noo muli ang Pilipino sa mundo," Aquino said.

Performers Ogie Alcasid, Christian Bautista, Erik Santos, and Noel Cabangon performed songs that reminded the audience of the People Power Revolution. The audience sang along, particularly to the Ryan Cayabyab Singer's medley of "Handog ng Pilipino sa Mundo" and "The Impossible Dream."

Actor Dingdong Dantes also attended the event to show support for the Aquino-Roxas tandem and the LP senatorial slate. The event was hosted by Jim Paredes of the Apo Hiking Society, Bam Aquino, Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, and Juana Change.

After the speeches of Aquino and Roxas, the crowd gathered outside the coliseum to re-enact the events of the People Power Revolution. Celebrations were also simultaneously held in Naga City, Davao, Cebu and other parts of the country.

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