Filipinos have long moved on from EDSA: historian


Posted at Feb 22 2017 09:57 PM | Updated as of Aug 21 2017 05:17 PM

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A historian argues that despite the clamor for a grander celebration for the commemoration of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution this year, Filipinos have moved on from the memory of the bloodless revolution.

"The funny thing is in a way, people are saying now because of the big issue of the Marcos burial that we should celebrate the EDSA People Power Revolution, but for the longest time—and this is what I’ve always been saying—we have moved on from this," University of the Philippines professor Xiao Chua said in an interview with [email protected]

"In the 1990s, even the documentaries about EDSA are citing that less and less people are going to the EDSA revolution [anniversaries]," he added.

Chua noted the issue of the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani "actually let people decide that they should go on the 25th of February."

Chua also welcomed the Duterte administration's decision to hold simpler celebrations in Camp Aguinaldo for this year's EDSA commemoration, saying it's a sign the present government is "not anti-EDSA" even after Marcos burial in the heroes' cemetery. 

But, he also noted, this is "not the first awkward EDSA" celebration, with commemorations during the Arroyo regime also being at minimal after President Corazon Aquino, a prominent figure in EDSA, called for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's resignation in 2005.