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Everything You Need To Know About The #EDSA30 Celebration

The programs to watch, the places to visit, and the roads to avoid on this National Holiday
by John Paulo Aguilera | Feb 24, 2016
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You've probably already made plans for tomorrow's holiday: a romantic trip to Tagaytay, a stress-relieving day hike, a no-bathroom-break binge-watching of your favorite TV show.

But would it hurt to actually commemorate the date from which you got the day off in the first place; the 30th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution?

We're not saying you head to the nearest library and drown yourself reading worn-out journals—just please do enough to refresh your memory on the real events that took place then and reassess what you think is the essence of that monumental event.

For instance, why don't you...

Witness the youth taking part in the grand celebration

Thousands of students will rekindle Jose Rizal's words ("Ang kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan") by joining the traditional "Salubungan" reenactment at the People Power Monument. The program also expects children of EDSA heroes and other youth leaders to attend, and that includes President Noynoy Aquino himself.

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Even if you don't like the prez, dropping by for a while will not be too much of a bother.

See some cool jets

Part of EDSA People Power's 30th anniversary celebration is a military fly-by over the People Power Monument. Two FA-50 fighter jets recently acquired from South Korea, plus at least 26 other aircrafts (15 SF-260 light military trainer jets, three Bell-412 utility helicopters, three Bell UH-1D military utility helicopters or Hueys, and three AgustaWestland AW-109 attack helicopters), will be featured in an aerial display.

We have no idea what any of those look like, but one thing's for sure: We'd love to watch some sick fighter planes—without having to go to war.


Experience the sights and sounds of EDSA People Power

Walk through the experiential museum "Pagbabago: Ipinaglaban N'yo, Itutuloy Ko!" set up at the Camp Aguinaldo Grandstand and Parade Grounds. Its nine exhibition halls present different sides of the peaceful revolt. A short stage play, films, iconic photographs, and other displays show the harrowing episodes during Martial Law up until the realization of the People Power Revolution.

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Admission is free from February 25 to 26.

Know what really happened during those days, straight from the horse's mouth

Discovery Channel will tell the story of the iconic event through the first-hand accounts of its key role players in a one-off special documentary, People Power: 30 Years On. Among those who offered their experiences during the historic uprising are the late President Corazon Aquino, President Fidel V. Ramos, Lingayen Archbishop Socrates Villegas, and even former First Lady Imelda Marcos.

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People Power: 30 Years On premieres on February 25, at 9 p.m. Encore telecasts will be on February 26, at 1 p.m.; February 27, at 7 p.m.; and February 28, at 10 p.m.

Now, if you're hell-bent on not taking part in any of these then just please don't contribute to the carmaggedon the festivities is expected to cause. Heed the MMDA's advice and stay away from these roads:


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