The EDSA People Power Commission invites the public to participate in the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of EDSA Revolution.
- TalaKalayaan (February 15, 17, and 19, 2016)
People Power was more than a demonstration of courage and solidarity. It was a rare opportunity for Filipinos to listen to each other, share each other’s thoughts and vision for the country, and achieve not only collective action but collective realizations.
Thirty years after the EDSA Revolution, we revisit those rare moments of shared learning through the TalaKalayaan. The portmanteau of the Tagalog words Talakayan and Kalayaan, TalaKalayaan is a series of dialogues that celebrate our freedom to think and speak.
These dialogues will be patterned after the World Cafe format, where participants are given a chance to share their insights to small groups representing different sectors of our society. This method is deemed more suitable for young people given this generation’s need to always be connected and be part of a conversation rather than being talked to or lectured at.
TalaKalayaan sessions will be organized for youths coming from different sectors such as the college and high school students, religious (seminarians), military, government, journalists and non-government organizations. These sessions are planned to be held in historically significant areas like Mendiola, Camp Crame, Club Filipino, etc. Lastly, the EPPC will invite EDSA heroes and participants so that the youth may be able to converse directly with resource persons and collectively harvest new insights about the EDSA Revolution.
- Iskoolmates (Taping: February 16, 2016/Airing: February 21, 2016)
In partnership with People’s Television Network (PTV-4), the EPPC will be producing a youth-oriented, informal debate show that will discuss the relevance of People Power thirty years after the revolution. In line with this year’s theme, the show will enable viewers to listen to the youth as they are the ones who will continue the fight for freedom and democracy.
This special “Iskoolmates” episode will be an avenue for today’s youth to voice out their views on People Power so that they may be enlightened about how they can use their freedom to serve the nation. The show will feature debates from UP but students from different schools and universities will be invited to join the discussion as part of the live audience. The debate will be held at the CineAdarna Theater, University of the Philippines Campus, Diliman, Quezon City.
- Launching of the “12:01” Comic Book (February 21, 2016)
The EPPC will launch “12:01,” the third and final installment of its series of youth-oriented books about the EDSA Revolution published in partnership with Adarna Publishing House. 12:01 is a comic book for teenagers written by multi-awarded author and Palanca finalist Russell Molina, and illustrated by equally-celebrated comic book artist Kajo Baldisimo. It tells the story of the social awakening of a group of friends when they were once out in the streets past curfew during the time of Martial Law.
12:01 follows the success of EDSA, a counting book for toddlers featuring symbols of the EDSA Revolution, and Isang Harding Papel (winner Filipino Reader’s Choice Award, Children’s Picture Book Category), a children’s story book about the account of a little girl who grew up without a mother because of Martial Law.
- Wreath Laying at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (February 22, 2016)
A wreath laying ceremony will be held at the Libingan ng mga Bayani to honor all military heroes who fought for the nation’s freedom. Former President Fidel V. Ramos is the guest of honor. This event contextualizes the EDSA Revolution as the culmination of a long struggle of the Filipino people for freedom and self-governance.
- Martial Law Chronicles music video
The EPPC has partnered with the Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) to produce videos that will counter the propaganda materials that seek to revise the nation’s history during Martial Law. Its target audiences are the “millennials,” born in the 1990s, who have had little access to the historical facts on the Martial Law years. The project will use social media to counter historical revisionism, and encourage the youth to think critically about the struggle for freedom and democracy during the era of the dictatorship.
The main feature of the project will be a modern music video that is interactive as it will be shot using a 360-degree point of view, allowing the viewer to watch the scenes from various angles. Posted on a website created primarily for this campaign, visual cues in the music video will entice the viewer to links presenting historical facts and figures in easy reference guides.
The FMA’s creative team is led by Ms. Susan Quimpo, author of Subversive Lives: a family memoir of the Martial Law Years. Palanca awardwinning writer Rody Vera will be partnering with Quimpo to bring about the “Martial Law Chronicles.”
- EDSA Trenta: Are We Still Worth Dying For?, A PTV Special Forum (Taping: February 18, 2016/Airing: February 24, 2016)
The EPPC is partnering with the People’s Television Network (PTV-4) to produce “EDSA Trenta: Are We Still Worth Dying For?,” a special forum to engage Filipinos and encourage them to think critically about the history of Martial Law and the EDSA Revolution. Key participants in the 1986 People Power Revolution will be invited as resource persons to discuss the topic with students and young bloggers and historians. It is hoped that the forum will serve as a platform to inspire discourse and reflection on the gains of People Power and its relevance to today’s struggle for reform. Over 500 students from different schools and universities are expected to attend the forum which will be held at the Mother Consuelo Auditorium, La Consolacion College Manila.
- Salubungan Program at the People Power Monument (February 25, 2016)
In accordance with this year’s theme, thousands of students will join the traditional reenactment and program of the Salubungan. Traditional features of the celebration include the flag raising and a commemorative program where His Excellency President Benigno S. Aquino III is the guest of honor. The children of EDSA Heroes and other youth leaders will also take part in the Salubungan reenactment and program to symbolize the new generation’s desire to keep aflame the ideals of EDSA.
- People Power Experiential Museum (February 25 – 26, 2016)
In order to educate the youth about the history of Martial Law and the EDSA Revolution, a People Power Experiential Museum will be set-up inside Camp Aguinaldo, which combines elements of theater, cinema, photography, performances, installations, and other allied arts.
The site recreates the experience of Martial Law and the struggle of courageous Filipinos to awaken the sleeping masses. The visitors enter the various halls of the museum and journey through various phases of the Martial Law experience and the miraculous days of the EDSA People Power Revolution. Each phase is “guided” by an actor who assumes the role or character, either imagined or based on history, who takes the audience through the experience that the specific site represents.
The People Power Experiential Museum is expected to be both engaging and educational so that young people may be better informed about the experience of the nation under tyranny and the struggle for freedom and democracy, which was finally reclaimed by the Filipino people at EDSA in 1986.
Just outside the museum on February 25, the AFP grandstand area will be transformed into a festive strip where visitors will get a chance to relive the four miraculous days of the EDSA Revolution. They will be able to gather with EDSA veterans, enjoy the meals at the food stalls, and listen to songs and watch plays that talk about that period. There will also be EDSA-themed games and contests all throughout the day.
To request for media coverage of the official events and information concerning these, please contact Pauline Balmes at 784-4286 loc. 4505, 09055394269, 09288634269, or email her at [email protected] or email@example.com.
“Rebel” by Ballet Manila
On the 30th anniversary of the EDSA Revolution, Ballet Manila (BM) celebrates the spirit of People Power with the world premiere of Rebel – a full-length ballet by British choreographer Martin Lawrance, inspired by the rebellion of the Roman slave Spartacus while deriving characters and events from the historic EDSA Revolution. BM Artistic Director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde returns to the stage as prima ballerina for the pivotal role of Inang Bayan. Rebel also features internationally acclaimed musical theater artist Joanna Ampil, and the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Gerard Salonga.
Ballet Manila’s Rebel goes onstage at 8pm on February 25, 26, and 27, and at 3pm on February 28 at the Aliw Theater in Pasay City. Tickets are available through TicketWorld Manila at 891-9999 or at www.ticketworld.com.ph.
International Human Rights Film Festival by Active Vista
Active Vista, an organization that aims to bring its audience to understanding human rights through cinema, is holding a Film Festival in Metro Manila, Dumaguete, Davao, Iloilo and Cebu from February 24 to 27. The featured films include “EDSA XXX” by Khavn, “Barber’s Tales” by Jun Lana, “Kapatiran” by Pepe Diokno, “The Missing Picture” by Rithy Panh, “Citizenfour” by Laura Poitras, “Margarita with a Straw” by Shonali Bose, “Miss Bulalacao” by Ara Chadhury, “Iisa” by Chuck Gutierrez, and “Engkwentro” by Pepe Diokno.
SCHEDULE OF OFFICIAL ACTIVITIES
|TalaKalayaan: People Power & Philippine Nationalism
Facilitator: Fr. IJ Chan-Gonzaga, S.J.
Cine Adarna, UP Diliman
|TalaKalayaan: People Power & Social Change
Facilitator: Beverly Wico Sy
|PTV Special Forum
Mother Consuelo Auditorium
La Consolacion College Manila
|TalaKalayaan: People & Youth Activism
Facilitator: Professor Alvin Campomanes
Venue: To be arrange
|“12:01” Comic Book Launch
QCX Museum, Quezon City Circle
Libingan ng mga Bayani, Taguig
|Media Sneak Peak of the People Power Experiential Museum
|Flag Raising and Salubungan
People Power Monument
EDSA Cor. White Plains Avenue
February 25 – 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
February 26 – 8:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
—From the EDSA People Power Commission