SF Pinoys reflect on 30th anniversary of People Power Revolution

Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Feb 19 2016 12:28 PM

This was the theme at the Philippine Consulate General of San Francisco during the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the People Power Revolution.

Author and columnist Benjamin Pimentel spoke on the fear and resilience of young Filipinos that fueled the movement to overthrow then President Ferdinand Marcos.

LGBT activist and filmmaker Jethro Patalinghug screened his documentary about his mother's struggle to balance community organizing and raising her family during martial law.

And long-time community organizer Cindy Domingo discussed the successful pursuit of justice for the 1981 Seattle murders of union leaders and anti-Marcos activists.

"We decided that we would fight against discrimination in every arena that we touched: education, where we worked, in the community, with the fight for control," said Domingo. "We would bring our progressive politics to the community and we would also struggle with the workers abroad."

These speakers also focused on the theme of "Never Again" to ensure that the spirit of the revolution endures.

"When we say 'Never Again' it's not just about Marcos," said Pimentel. "It's not just about one person. It's about the idea we will listen to someone who says we have all the answers. Therefore if you only give me all the power I can fix everything. We've gone through that. Other societies have gone through that so it's worth remembering."

"Even in America we are experiencing the same kind of oppressions and same kind of discrimination that the people of the Philippines have experienced during the Marcos dictatorship," said Patalinghug.

Also, in order to reach out to younger generations of Fil-Ams to help commemorate the 30th anniversary of ESDA, the Philippine Consulate General of San Francisco, the Philippine American Writers and Artists Incorporated (PAWA), and community partners are sponsoring an essay contest with cash prizes of up to $500.

Writers must be 18-30-years-old, of Filipino descent and must be a legal resident of the U.S.

Their original essay must explore the theme: "Recapturing the spirit of 1986 People Power Revolution and what it means to me as a Filipino-American." Essays are due on Monday, February 20th.