It has been three decades since the EDSA People Power revolution but its lessons remain relevant, key personalities of the bloodless revolt said Monday.

For Charie Villa, a journalist who covered the People Power, it is time to remind the public that they can help initiate change.

"EDSA gave us this power, that we have the power to shape the country we want, to shape the government we deserve," said Villa, lamenting that EDSA is now just known as a congested highway.

"We can change traffic in EDSA, we can fix our country if we take on that power again," she added.

Singer-songwriter Jim Paredes said EDSA was a "monumental jump" in Philippine history.

"The freedom that we gained from EDSA demands longer attention span from people, more intelligent discussion. It is our duty as citizens to really learn about the issues. Through the ballot, we can lose our freedoms again," he said.

He also warned of the "temptation for dictatorship, temptation for corruption."

"Do we have to go back there or do we have to move forward? Mag-isip kayo. You guys can chase the course of history with the right vote," said Paredes.

Melinda Quintos De Jesus for her part said it is time to seek answers within.

"Freedom and democracy are not by themselves freedom and democracy alone. Ano na ang dapat na gawin kong tama?" she said.

Human rights lawyer and former senator Rene Saguisag said EDSA is relevant, especially with elections coming up.

"Mag-ingat kayo sa pagpili. We cannot give up on the only motherland that we have," said Saguisag.

Religious leaders meanwhile urged leaders to be selfless.

Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani said it's time to get rid of thieves in the government.

"Dalawang bagay ang nakikita ko when I look at the political scene. Ang galing ni Marcos but he is greedy. Huwag maniwala na kapag nagnakaw na ng marami [he will stop], lalong magnanakaw iyan," he said.

Sister Mary John Mananzan said she will always be thankful to have witnessed the miracle that is EDSA.

"EDSA will be a brief shining moment and I am so grateful I experienced it in my life. It was an opportunity given to us but we missed it," she however lamented.

Mananzan said an overhaul in the system and needed, and not just to replace leaders via revolutions.