1986 EDSA People Power Revolution: Filipino's Collective Action to Reclaim Freedom | Knowledge Channel

1986 EDSA People Power Revolution: Filipino's Collective Action to Reclaim Freedom


This year marks the 38th anniversary of the historic 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution. During this momentous event in Philippine history, the world witnessed how Filipinos struggled and achieved democracy through a bloodless revolution. It is also a testament to the strength of collective action that can drive meaningful change in our society. 


Let's take a moment to commemorate a significant historical event and introduce our children to a great example of Filipinos' unwavering resilience and unity in the fight for their freedom. This list revisits the journey of the Philippines, from the dark days of the 1972 martial law to the triumphant moment of reclaiming democracy. 


1. Martial Law Proclamation  

On September 21, 1972, President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. declared Martial Law in the Philippines through Proclamation No. 1081. Not long after, no indications of the media were found, people were unwarrantedly arrested, and institutions were shut down. Marcos Sr. subsequently concentrated all governmental power on himself and employed the military as a primary means to exert his political influence. Understand martial law better by watching this Kasaysayan TV video.  



2. The Impacts of Military Involvement  

The presence of the military is felt all over the country, patrolling during curfew and ensuring no rallies or gatherings take place. They have the power to arrest individuals suspected of opposing the government and have taken on roles as mayors, governors, and corporate board members. The military's involvement in various aspects of life has been enforced. Learn more about the military involvement in this Kasaysayan TV video. 



3. A Series of Events that Amplifies Resistance 

In response to unfair government practices, individuals inevitably unite to resist them. La Tondeña workers held a strike to protest unfavorable working conditions and employment standards, and over 200 other strikes followed across the country. Church leaders have become more vocal in expressing their opposition to human rights violations, while students have also joined and established progressive organizations. Check out this Kasaysayan TV video to get the full scoop on all the events that led up to the EDSA Revolution. 


4. EDSA People Power Revolution 

From February 22 to 25,1986,  millions of Filipinos marched along the Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue, most commonly known as EDSA , protesting against the two-decade regime of the late dictator, President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. The revolution was characterized by its peaceful methods, orchestrated by people from different walks of life united by a shared love for the country and a burning desire to reclaim its liberty.  More information about the EDSA People Power Revolution is in this Kasaysayan TV video. 



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