Three decades ago, the Philippines was the center of media attention from around the world. The EDSA (Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue) Revolution is one of the most historic Philippine revolutions for having a peaceful revolution in contrast from the previous history of bloody revolts. During this time, there was no single drop of blood that was seen during that period when the Philippines transitioned its governance from the previous political administration. This is the reason why entire Philippines commemorates EDSA revolution every 25th of February of each year to remember political heroes who helped the Philippines to transition from autocratic ruling into a democratic society.
In this time of the year, EDSA is expected to be divided between two of the largest political parties in the Philippines. They are the Liberal Party, which was the solid supporter of the Aquino, symbolizing the yellow color and the "L" hand sign. On the other hand, The PDP-Laban (Partido Demokratiko Pilipino) is bannered under the Duterte administration. The Liberal Political Party and its supporters will rally within the vicinity of EDSA Shrine. Die-hard Duterte supporters will rally in Luneta or in the Quirino Grandstand, which accommodates more people than those who are within the EDSA shrine later this day. Both parties will only have one goal, which is to celebrate the anniversary of EDSA Revolution that took place between the dates of February 22 and 26 in 1986.
|Duterte supporters on the left and Liberal Party on the right|
Before the revolution, EDSA was formerly known as "North-South Circumferential Road" during the 1930's due to the route of the road, which was constructed by Osmundo Monsod and Florencio Moreno. The road was renamed as "highway 54" in 1950's for believing that it was 54 kilometers long. On the 7th of April in 1959, Republic Act No. 2140 was then approved, renaming the road to Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue, which is popularly known today as EDSA. The name was named after Epifanio Delos Santos, who was a historian, philanthropist, jurist, and a scholar. This is the place where the modern revolution took place when the Philippines transitioned its political power from the Marcoses to the Aquino administration in 1980.
EDSA is always the main pathway for rallyists whenever they want to apply their freedom of expression against a certain institution such as the government. Leftist groups often walk through the EDSA to express their opinions, concerns, and their opposition to any government institution, agency, or politician. EDSA witnessed numerous politically-motivated activities through the years. This road is one of the most historic in the Philippine history because it played an important role in shouldering numerous revolutions, crackdowns, and catering major international events from time to time. Many believe that EDSA played an important role in their personal and professional lives until today.
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Rodrigo Duterte Supporters
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Every rally of Rodrigo Duterte supporters, the numbers are always significant in each locality across the country. With Metro Manila with the most populated region in the Philippines, the number of Duterte supporters are expected to reach in a six-digit figure who will attend the rally in Luneta or in the Quirino Grand Stand. The number is expected to dominate the number of supporters, against the rallyists who will be joining with the Liberal Party in the EDSA shrine later this day. The rally is expected to end in the evening after supporters have already poured their support for his excellency Rodrigo Duterte.
One of the most interesting parts of Duterte supporter is their disciplined way of rallying whenever they are gathered to honor the president. This is when they voluntary clean the area where the rally took place. The extent of discipline has already been proven from the past rallies across the world whereas there was either little or no trash that was seen from the streets or the venue where the rally took place. The behavior is thought to be impressive because those who attended the rally have shown their respect and discipline by cleaning up their own trash after the rally. The gathering wants to prove that EDSA celebration is a generalized commemoration, which is not only headed by the Aquino clan.
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Liberal Party in EDSA Shrine
Aside from the die hard supporters of Rodrigo Duterte in Luneta, the members of the Liberal Party are expected to gather within the vicinity of EDSA Shrine. This is the usual place for the Aquino and the Liberal Party supporters to commemorate the EDSA Revolution in 1986. The rally is headed by the Aquino clan, Liberal Party leaders, and the supporters of the opposition groups against the Duterte administration. This rally is expected to reach until night time as some members invited several celebrities as well as musicians to highlight the event with several entertainment programs during the rally.
EDSA anniversary became an annual tradition for the Aquino clan as well as the members of the Liberal Party. Each year, they gather in the same vicinity to respect and honor the legacy of Cory Aquino and Benigno Aquino. This tradition is expected to be passed on to the next generation, which will be one of the most important parts of the Philippine history. The main concern is that the celebration will be the best opportunity for the public officials who are members Liberal Party to voice out their criticisms against the Duterte administration, further dividing the political support of the government.
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Who will you join to commemorate the anniversary of EDSA Revolution?