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July,2010

Philippines

This is the People Power monument along EDSA. The Edsa Shrine is now a church. On top of the Shrine is the image of Mother Mary, Queen of Peace.

A brief history:

The People Power Revolution (also known as the EDSA Revolution and the Philippine Revolution of 1986) was a series of non-violent and prayerful mass street demonstrations in the Philippines that occurred in 1986. It was the inspiration for subsequent non-violent demonstrations around the world including those that ended the communist dictatorships of Eastern Europe. It is sometimes referred to as the Yellow Revolution due to the presence of yellow ribbons during the arrival of Ninoy Aquino (Aquino was the no. 1 opposition of Marcos. he went into exile in protest of Marcos, then came back and was assassinated at the airport). These protests were the culmination of a long resistance by the people against the 20-year running authoritarian regime of then President Ferdinand Marcos and made news headlines as "the revolution that surprised the world". The majority of the demonstrations took place at Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, known more commonly by its acronym EDSA, in Quezon City, Metropolitan Manila and involved over 2,000,000 Filipino civilians as well as several political, military, and religious figures, such as Cardinal Jaime Sin. The protests, fueled by a resistance and opposition of years of corrupt governance by Marcos, occurred from February 22 to 25 in 1986, when Marcos fled Malacañang Palace to the United States and conceded to Corazon Aquino as President of the Philippines.

Footnote:

The recently elected President of the Philippines, Noynoy Aquino is the son of Ninoy Aquino and former President Corazon Aquino.

48 responses

  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker   gave props (2 Sep 2010):

    Thanks for this one, Litz. It is so easy to forget things, even when they happened not that long ago. This is one to remember

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (2 Sep 2010):

    I agree with Steve. A wonderful rememberance.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go said (2 Sep 2010):

    Yes Steve, I'm glad that even by driving by this place I was able to see the place where it all started. I was already here in the States when that occurs. We were all glued to the television watching what was happening before our eyes.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (2 Sep 2010):

    I was hoping they'd have a few of Imelda Marcos' shoes somewhere in the monument. Cool POV.

  • Rey mos

    Rey mos gave props (2 Sep 2010):

    Thanks for reminding me of what inspired during 1986 People Power. It was a memorable event during those times of political chaos when the people intervened and succeeded. I was in the university that time and my family did not allow us to go to EDSA for safety reason! But I attended the second EDSA People Power

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (2 Sep 2010):

    The Philippines are a great country, a great friend.

  • dana iordan

    dana iordan gave props (2 Sep 2010):

    I love how the heavy monument is tilted in the picture... as if to say that the wheel of history nevertheless keeps spinning

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (2 Sep 2010):

    dana, thanks. I posted it the way I shot it. I was inside a moving vehicle and just took a snap. I did not even realized that it was the famous shrine, I just felt that it might be. It was just re-affirmed by my sister when she saw it when I uploaded this.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (2 Sep 2010):

    @Richard, thank you.

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (3 Sep 2010):

    Excellent capture

  • dana iordan

    dana iordan gave props (3 Sep 2010):

    Sometimes chance adds great strokes to a picture : ) Love its transient feel!

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (3 Sep 2010):

    I've enjoyed the comments, history and image! Agree with Dana and others above .

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (3 Sep 2010):

    Great capture.

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (3 Sep 2010):

    Waaaay cool. Thanks for this one Litz.

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever   gave props (5 Sep 2010):

    Terrific capture!

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (5 Sep 2010):

    Nice!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (7 Sep 2010):

    A great shot of this beautiful monument!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (8 Sep 2010):

    Wonderful monument and interesting history that you shared in your narrative!

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly gave props (9 Sep 2010):

    I'm glad you posted it 'as shot', the off-angle gives a feeling of movement, upheaval, and that is what the memorial actually is about.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (9 Sep 2010):

    Thanks OC. I never thought of correcting the image when I was cropping it. I thought I like it tilted or angled the way it is. Thanks for the great interpretations

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (17 Feb 2011):

    A wonderful capture to celebrate an awesome movement by the people to gain their democracy. It continues in today's world, when will the greed end?????

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (17 Feb 2011):

    wonderful capture. and I love John's comment.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (13 Mar 2011):

    beautiful !!! fantastic capture!!!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (16 Jun 2011):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Karen K Smith

    Karen K Smith gave props (16 Jun 2011):

    WOW great image, great history and so RAD!

  • aileen g

    aileen g gave props (16 Jun 2011):

    voted!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (16 Jun 2011):

    Oh YEAH/RAD!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (16 Jun 2011):

    Back to vote!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (16 Jun 2011):

    I remember this well and you captured it beautifully. Voted.

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes   said (17 Jun 2011):

    Agree with Sonia, voted my darling!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (18 Jun 2011):

    ny'eyece, way RAD !!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker said (21 Jun 2011):

    BTV!

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott gave props (24 Jun 2011):

    My vote!!!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (25 Jun 2011):

    What a great informative narrative and lovely image, LG!

  • Ron LaFond

    Ron LaFond   gave props (30 Jun 2011):

    Great POV and treatment. "Yeah!" R

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (2 Jul 2011):

    Got my vote.

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (4 Jul 2011):

    Thank you for sharing Litz....Voted.

  • jaume Morera Barreda

    jaume Morera Barreda   gave props (10 Jul 2011):

    Excellent !!!!!! VOTED

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (11 Jul 2011):

    Love the story behind the photo, voted.

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (14 Jul 2011):

    Voted!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (15 Jul 2011):

    oh yeah! back to vote.

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (22 Jul 2011):

    Wonderful shot, great history lesson...perhaps there needs to be a revolution in the states...but there has to be good people freee from bribes and lobbyists etc to step in...voted

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (31 Jul 2011):

    Voted!!!Phillipines , a great country and I will visit atleast once in my lifetime!!1 Loved the people and culture!!!

  • jaume morera guixa

    jaume morera guixa   gave props (3 Aug 2011):

    My vote!!!!!

  • Massimo Bardelli

    Massimo Bardelli   gave props (16 Aug 2011):

    Good for the theme ,voted!

  • Lynn Pepper

    Lynn Pepper gave props (30 Sep 2011):

    Excellent - my vote!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (17 Oct 2011):

    Excellent!! My vote!!

  • Hazed Perceive

    Hazed Perceive gave props (18 Oct 2011):

    Excellent shot... got my vote

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