Pinoys in US celebrate EDSA; urge focus on rebuilding PH

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Feb 27 2014 10:05 AM | Updated as of Feb 27 2014 06:05 PM

LOS ANGELES - It's been 28 years since the People Power revolution took place along EDSA overthrowing the Marcos dictatorship and restoring democracy in the Philippines.

Filipinos in Los Angeles celebrated the occasion with a mass held at the Philippine consulate, remembering where they were during the peaceful revolution.

"We were all excited, at the same time very much natatakot," said Christy Buico who was in Cebu during the EDSA revolution.

"Although we were not there with the revolution, we have worked here with the rallies to Washington D.C. and rallied the Congress and the White House to have the revolution," said Roman Mosqueda of the Ninoy Aquino Movement Los Angeles.

Even the mass celebrant Father Albert Avendino of the Los Angeles Filipino Ministry remembered being at the protest as a young seminarian.

"Until the 25th, all seminarians were in different marks. I was in PTV4. Some of us were at Malacanang. Every time I hear this song being played it brings back memories of every single detail that happened. My dear friends, I would like to join you in thanking God for what happened, again allowing us to this wonderful gift --This gift of freedom," he said.

While Filipinos celebrate People Power, Pinoys are also hoping that the power of people throughout the world can come together for a different type of restoration--rebuilding the Philippines after typhoon Yolanda.

The Peace Project, which takes scraps from typhoon ravaged regions in the Philippines and turns it into funding to build homes on Bantayan Island, joined the EDSA commemoration.

"We're making progress. We just got word that the rotary in Cebu and international rotary may support us with 2 containers of lumber. We have lots of families step up, sponsor other families to provide them the house," said Lisa Schultz.

The Peace Projects said they are on pace to reach their goal of building 200 new homes beginning in April.