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EDSA: Then and Now

Posted at | Updated as of 01/11/16 2:06 PM

As we celebrate the 28th anniversary of the EDSA People Power revolution, take a look at how EDSA has evolved and how the characters in that event have changed through the years.

Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, the road itself, has undergone major changes in its landscape in response to population growth and modernization. The highway is now dominated by an elevated railway. Once grassy portions where tanks were parked after being stopped by civilians during EDSA are now occupied by skyscrapers.

EDSA the uprising meant a change leadership - from Marcos to Cory to Ramos. Two more leaders--Arroyo and Estrada--took the helm, and now PNoy. The leaders have changed but can we say the same for the country?

So, here’s a look at "EDSA" then and now.

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EDSA 1986. Soldiers aboard military trucks travel on their way to Camps Crame and Aguinaldo where thousands of people gathered. Photo: The Eggie Apostol Foundation

EDSA 2014. Vehicles share the highway with the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) near Kalayaan Avenue in Makati City. Photo by Fernando Sepe, Jr. for ABS-CBNnews.com

 
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Ortigas 1986. Soldiers sent to disperse the crowd in front of Camps Crame and Aguinaldo rest on an open field at the corner of Ortigas and EDSA with the Strata 100 and Strata 2000 in the background. Photo: The Eggie Apostol Foundation

Ortigas 2014. Strata 100 and Strata 2000 buildings are now dwarfed by newer and taller buildings shot from the same field, where the Asian Development Bank now stands. Photo by Fernando Sepe, Jr. for ABS-CBNnews.com

 
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EDSA 1986. A soldier stands with his rifle watching the crowd gathered in front of Camps Crame and Aguinaldo. Photo: The Eggie Apostol Foundation

EDSA 2014. The same spot on EDSA in front of Camps Crame and Aguinaldo is now bisected by the Metro Rail Transit. Photo by Fernando Sepe, Jr. for ABS-CBNnews.com

 
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EDSA 1986. People climb on top of the main gate of Camp Crame as the crowd along EDSA multiplies to tens of thousands. Photo: The Eggie Apostol Foundation

EDSA 2014. The main gate of Camp Crame, the General Headquarters of the Philippine National Police, today. Photo by Fernando Sepe, Jr. for ABS-CBNnews.com

 
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Sgt. Esguerra 1986 - People gather in front of government television, TV-4, at the height of the EDSA People Power revolution. Photo: The Eggie Apostol Foundation

Sgt. Esguerra 2014 - The same building where ABS-CBN now stands after it was reclaimed by the Lopezes in 1986. Photo by Fernando Sepe, Jr. for ABS-CBNnews.com

 
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EDSA 1986. The triumvirate of Gen. Fidel Ramos, Butz Aquino and Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile acknowledge the crowd on EDSA. Photo by T.V. Balbarona

EDSA 2014. Butz Aquino, today, as he reminisces the events that unfolded in 1986 eventually leading to the ouster of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Photo by Fernando Sepe, Jr. for ABS-CBNnews.com

 
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Enrile 1986. Then-Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile shortly after announcing his breakaway from the regime of President Ferdinand Marcos. Photo by Fernando Sepe, Jr., File

Enrile 2012. Senator Juan Ponce Enrile during the launch of his memoir in 2012 where he recollected the events that transpired in 1986. Photo by Fernando Sepe, Jr. for ABS-CBNnews.com

 
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Ramos 1986. The Armed Forces of the Philippines Deputy Chief-of-Staff General Fidel Ramos is welcomed by the crowd in Greenhills. Photo: The Eggie Apostol Foundation

Ramos 2014. Former President Fidel Ramos (right) sits with President Noynoy Aquino during a government function. Photo by Gil Nartea, Malacañang Photo

 
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Bongbong 1986. A page from the book "Bayan Ko!" shows Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. accompanying his father when the latter voted in the February 1986 presidential elections. Photo of the book Bayan Ko!

Bongbong 2014. Bongbong Marcos as a Senator of the republic, today. Photo by Fernando Sepe, Jr. for ABS-CBNnews.com

 
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Kris 1986. Kris Aquino addresses a crowd during one of the protests after the assasination of her father Benigno Aquino in 1983. Photo: ABS-CBN Files

Kris 2014. Kris Aquino, the "Queen of All Media," as a celebrity today. Photo by Fernando Sepe, Jr. for ABS-CBNnews.com