Monday, January 14, 2008

Remembering People Power 2

Bloggers Kapihan blog action for this week is about "Remembering People Power 2" and I thought I'd share my experience about it. I do remember People Power 1, I was a kid then and very much a supporter of the change in government. It was what was needed my parents explained to me. I remember collecting newspaper clippings and reading up about what was happening in my surroundings even though I didn't exactly understand what was really happening. I remember it well coz classes were suspended for about a long time and that's the time I learned how to ride a bike (all on my own). I also remember being one of the "flower girls" when former President Cory Aquino (she was still just a candidate then) visited our school (St. Scholastica's College). I welcomed her in my school uniform with matching yellow-ribboned pigtails (now don't go looking for a photo, I don't have one). That was back in 1985... fast forward to 2001.

So, 16 years later People Power 2 was staged to overthrow former President Estrada due to a long list of things. I think that served as a very good lesson to everyone that electing the right person is key to our nation's success and that being president is no mere acting role. I would never dream, nor aspire to be in that seat. Goodness! Eh di lalo na ako di naka-blog! LOL. But kidding aside, we all know how important it is to have good leaders `coz good leaders build great nations (now how do we get back to being Asia's tiger???). Anyway, this ain't a post about how to be a good nation, it's about remembering People Power 2, sorry I digressed.

Anyway, I was old enough (of course!) to go to EDSA during People Power 2. My parents though did not allow me to go on the the few days. I went on the last day with 2 of my high school buddies, Mercy and Chare. We took the MRT and walked up the bridge to get a better view of what was happening in the EDSA Shrine. There were loads of people and loads of support coming in from different areas. Free food and drinks! It was a very peaceful rally and everyone was feeling jubilant. The most memorable thing that happened was witnessing GMA being sworn in as president. I am a huge, huge fan of former Chief Justice Hilario Davide and I was very excited to see him swearing in GMA - he represented the legislative side of government which legitimated the "take over". I couldn't help but cry over how things were going. My thought balloon then was, "Now at least with GMA as president we can move forward and do without worrying over our president's activities."

I felt jubilant that day. I witnessed firsthand how democracy works, but I also felt nervous - what if this was abused? Well it did, a few months after with EDSA 3, but it didn't work out. I know the feeling of getting mad and agitated about what's happening around. I lived that for a couple of years while in college. We were kept angry and I eventually realized that writing my observations and criticism about how government was doing things wasn't really going to help anyone (except get as mad as me), so since then I concentrated my efforts in helping society in other ways.

What about you? Where you at ESDA DOS? What have you done for our country since then?


  1. Anonymous7:09 PM

    I was there too. And proud to be...

  2. Uy, beterana ka rin pala. :p

  3. I'm on of the children of the Revolution. I was there at EDSA 2. College days. not yet an active blogger. =)

  4. @ria jose - talaga! di tayo nagkita hehehe.

    @ederic - korek!!! lie-low na lang :p

    @dhon jason - sayang wala pang blogging nun!

  5. Anonymous3:48 PM

    Hi Ms. Aileen,

    I was there too. Imagine if, not only blogging but also Twitter was around during that time. We'll probably be getting blow by blow account. :D

  6. Anonymous6:41 PM

    wala pang MRT nung edsa 2...

  7. Anonymous6:37 PM

    i still remember how jubilant everyone was. my office was very close, so me and my friends were able to join most of the activities, up to the highlight--when even my kids joined me. if only...

  8. Anonymous2:05 AM

    hindi ako nakapunta diyan. i was on the province :)

  9. Anonymous10:57 AM

    May mrt na po nun, I remember riding mrt from edsa/taft to ortigas para makarating sa edsa shrine, nakatulong din and MRT para dagsain ang EDSA nun. Nakakatuwa nga kasi paglabas ko pa lang ng train sa Ortigas station, nagtataasan na ng kamay ang mga tao sabay sigaw ERAP RESIGN!

  10. @arnold gamboa - I agree!

    @anonymous - meron na po MRT nun, MRT 2 is the line from Katipunan to Divisoria which intersects with MRT at the Cubao station.

    @electronicslabdotph - awwww sayang

    @bleue - diba, nakakakilabot.

  11. I was stage marshal at EDSA II. Since then, I've come to realize that we can't rely on politicians or tycoons to improve this country. We need to do that ourselves.

    By directly connecting Filipinos to opportunities, Google enables us to improve this country without relying on said politicians or tycoons. I guess that's one of the ways you've helped our country since EDSA II.

  12. I wasn't in EDSA II. Most of my classmates went but I didn't. I did not believe in the one they replaced Estrada with. 'Turns out my hunch is true. It is so difficult to find a good leader in our country. Also, people are not so keen on changing their rotten habits, so I think we have a long way to go before real progress is achieved.

  13. Anonymous12:39 PM

    Hey...glad your still alive and kicking!!!!