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25/02/2010: Philippine Embassy Commemorates the 24th Anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution

25 FEBRUARY 2010, WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Embassy of the Philippines commemorated the 24th Anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution today with a flag raising ceremony led by Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy C. Gaa.  A quintet of officers, Minister and Consul Ariel Penaranda, First Secretary and Consul Arlene Magno, Third Secretary and Vice Consul Angelito Nayan, Third Secretary and Vice Consul Robert Borje and Third Secretary and Vice Consul Corina Apostol delivered a choral rendition of the Philippine National Anthem.  A short video presentation highlighting the memorable events of the peaceful revolution that led to the restoration of democracy in the Philippines was likewise featured.

In his remarks, Ambassador Gaa said, “from all walks of life and from many political persuasions, Filipinos were drawn together to Epifanio delos Santos Avenue to say with conviction – as individuals and as a nation -  ‘NO and Never again to authoritarianism and dictatorship.’  That message resonated around the globe.  And the events that followed are now a lasting legacy of the Filipino people to all freedom-loving peoples of the world.”

“Today I say, let us transform that brief shining moment in 1986 into a lasting beacon that guides us all in our actions as we work for a Philippines that is truly free, peaceful, prosperous and progressive.” END.