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President's Message on EDSA People Power Anniversary | February 25, 2019

Dear HAU Community,

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord. – Luke 4:18-19

Today, February 25, 2019, is a non-working public holiday to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution. Regardless of your individual position on whether the so-called “Promise of EDSA” has been kept, I recall that event as giving Filipinos worldwide a strong sense of national pride especially because other countries, especially in Eastern Europe, had tried to emulate our bloodless revolution to restore democracy.

Given that “the revolution that surprised the world” has been the target of attempts at historical revisionism, an important part of our educational function as a university is communicating the truth and retelling history as it happened. Please allow me to share with you two resources that might be helpful in (re)educating ourselves on the circumstances behind and leading to the EDSA People Power Revolution.

The first resource is “Marcos: The Man and The Myth,” a 46-minute video that is part of the “Asian Century” video series of Channel News Asia.

The second resource is “A Dangerous Life,” a 162-minute 1986 Australian film—with both fictional characters and historical figures—dramatizing the final years of the Marcos regime from the assassination of Senator Aquino to the Edsa People Power revolution. At the time of its showing, the film received mixed reviews.

In addition to the above, you may find useful in your reflections the following documents from the Catholic Church (listed in chronological order):

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. – George Santayana, 1905

Laus Deo semper!

Luis Calingo

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