Kiki & Lala

When Yellow Turns To Silver

Posted on: February 25, 2011

Happy EDSA Anniversary, Kiki!!


Where were we 25 years ago? Well, we weren’t allowed to join the fun pictured above. So while our folks took to the streets, we remained in “hiding” in opposite ends of the city! When it was all over and we were reunited in your house, it was like we hadn’t seen each other in years. Things were different now – in a very good way.

And though we were young (you were 10 and I was 8), the gravity of what had just happened was not lost on us. We have our politically involved parents to thank for that. Thank you!

I know much has been said about how far we haven’t come in the last 25 years, but today I’d like to focus on how much we achieved – even in just those four days. The power of prayer (not religious coercion) and the power of unity (not contrived political causes) are what brought an evil dictator to his knees.

I don’t mean to simplify the process of the cataclysmic events that gave birth to People Power but if you were to take just those two simple tools – prayer and unity – and use them the way we did in 1986, there would be no stopping the Philippines on the road to greater prosperity and spirituality.

Twitter is abuzz today with different views on what the legacy of the 1986 People Power Revolution really is. Here is my take:

We ARE the original people power. (Yun nga ang HANDONG NG PILIPINO SA MUNDO, diba?) Our peaceful revolution served as an inspiration to countries on the other side of the world like

Poland


Czechoslovakia


Romania


and of course, Germany

The peaceful restoration of democracy in ’86 and the seamless transition of power in ’92 are EDSA’s greatest legacy. That, and knowing that no matter how flawed we are as a people we are capable of changing our country and our world for the better.

The only problem is, as Pinoys, having tremendous hope seems to be enough for us. So here we are 25 years later… while we have our political freedoms, corruption and poverty persist.

So if anything is to be gleaned from today’s fancy commemorations, let it be that as a nation and as individuals we need to do our part, take responsibility for all the ills around us and for goodness sake, stop waiting for someone (who??) to save us and fix us! We didn’t wait for anyone in 1986. Millions took to the streets saying, Me! I want to support the rebel soldiers! Me? I‘ve had enough. I‘m going to do something about it.

As a parting shot, here’s a version of our favorite song, recorded just last year in your neck of the woods. Happy Anniversary to all of us!

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6 Responses to "When Yellow Turns To Silver"

I’d don’t think anyone could’ve said this any better! You’re so right, it’s about responsibility and accountability. That’s gotta come from each of us. And I’m not just talking about angry tweets and disappointed status updates. We have to go beyond that now. Very well said, Lala!

ty ty ty…
and are you still awake?

as my dad said, EDSA was the easy part. it’s change that’s hard. there was a generation that started it – many are now gone or too old. so what are we going to do? sit and complain that the job’s not done?

i like the poland, Czechoslovakia,romania and germany thing:) and the music video as well:) astig ka pala:)

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