24 February 2013, Tel Aviv, State of Israel – In commemoration of one of the most important and significant watershed in Philippine history which placed the country in the world stage, the Philippine Embassy and the Filipino Community in Israel held a simple commemorative program marking the 27th year of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution. The clamor for change and restructuring in the Philippines swept the entire country, leading to a bloodless revolution and signaling the impending birth of a new world order which culminated in the fall of the Iron Curtain in Europe three years later.
The rallying theme "Pilipinas Natin, Abot Tanaw Na!" captures the continuation of our shared commitment to nation-building with the guiding spirit of People Power Revolution. Almost three decades later, the Philippines continues to reap the fruits of this bloodless revolution, enjoying freedom and democracy that was once fettered by dictatorship and oppression. As a result of this exceptional bravery, the international community heralded and praised the indomitable spirit of the Filipino people who remained committed to the tenet and spirit of liberty and independence. This peaceful revolution has become a symbol of Filipino resiliency and an important facet of our national identity.
Chargé d'Affaires ad interim (Ms.) Greg Marie Concha-Mariño invited everyone to pay homage to the brave men and women who stood firm, without fear and hesitation, to face overwhelming odds. She led the singing of the Philippine National Anthem, followed by an invocation led by Labor Attaché Merriam Cuasay and a short welcome message from Third Secretary and Vice Consul Lorenzo Rhyz Jungco IV. The short program was concluded by the reading of the message of Ambassador Generoso D.G. Calonge by the Chargé d'Affaires ad interim.
"It is our solemn duty to preserve this memory so that the next generation will be guided by the principles which the present generation so arduously fought for. It is this revolution that renewed the power of the people, strengthened the meaning of democracy and restored democratic institutions of the government." CDA Mariño said. "The inherent power that resides in the people entails greater responsibility, and it is our sworn duty to protect it and make use of such power for the common and greater good of the entire Filipino nation," CDA Mariño concluded.
After the commemorative ceremony, CDA Mariño invited the members of the Filipino Community to proceed to the Consular Section to watch EDSA People Power Revolution commemorative documentaries, namely: "Ninoy: The Heart and The Soul" and "Puso at Diwa ni Ninoy." —END—