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February 25, 2011

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CCP CELEBRATES THE 25TH YEAR OF PEOPLE POWER

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines joins the rest of the country in celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the People Power Revolution on February 25, Friday through various artistic activities.

Twenty five Philippine flags interspersed with yellow flags shall fill the CCP Front Lawn to represent the 25 years of People Power. The Resident Companies will lead the public in the ‘planting’ of yellow ribbons in areas around the front. The CCP façade shall be washed with yellow light from 6pm till 9pm. Audiences can watch live performances of the Philippine Madrigal Singers and Ballet Philippines at the EDSA Shrine. A radio program shall feature a balagtasan (poetic joust) on the topic “Buhay Pa Ba ang Diwa ng EDSA?” (Does the spirit of EDSA still live?). Tanaga or haikus on people power will be composed for texting and posting on mobile devices and social media. Photographs and images from the People Power Revolution of 1986 will be projected on the electronic billboard on Roxas Boulevard.

The People Power Revolution (also known as the EDSA Revolution and the Philippine Revolution of 1986) was a series of popular nonviolent revolutions and prayerful mass street demonstrations in the Philippines that occurred in 1986, which marked the restoration of the country's democracy. It became a subsequent inspiration for the Revolutions of 1989 that ended communist dictatorships in Eastern Europe. It is sometimes referred to as the Yellow Revolution due to the presence of yellow ribbons during the arrival of Benigno Aquino, Jr. These protests were the culmination of a long campaign of civil resistance by the people against the 20-year running authoritarian, repressive 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 two million Filipino civilians as well as several political, military, and religious figures. The protests, fueled by a resistance and opposition of years of corrupt governance by Marcos, occurred from February 22–25, 1986, when Marcos fled Malacañang Palace to Hawaii and conceded to Corazon Aquino as the legitimate President of the Philippines.

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