February 25, 2020
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
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. – George Santayana, 1905
Tomorrow, February 25, 2020, is a non-working public holiday to commemorate the 34rd anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution. On a personal note, I was a young professor then and my sense of pride in the “Promise of EDSA” had eclipsed my euphoria from the early tenure and promotion I had then recently received. 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, especially the Millennials and Gen Z among 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. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/video-on-demand/asian-century-s1/marcos-the-man-and-the-myth-8830540
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.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNhVry_a7pQ
In addition to the above, you may find useful in your reflections the following three documents from the Catholic Church (listed in chronological order):
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. – John Stuart Mill, 1867; also, Edmund Burke
Laus Deo semper!