How some of Cebu’s youth leaders see Edsa ‘People Power’ Revolution

By: Pegeen Maisie M. Sararaña - Multimedia Reporter - CDN Digital | February 25,2021 - 08:30 AM

Collective action to bring about change. A bloodless revolution.  Fight for freedom. 

This is what the Edsa Revolution also known as the People Power Revolution means to some of the youth leaders of Cebu today, 35 years after the historic event happened.

Rhea May Ambrad, Sangguniang Kabataan chairperson of Barangay Mantalongon, Dalaguete town, calls on the youth to use the freedom gained from Edsa "People Power" Revolution. | screen grab from Pegeen Maisie Sararaña's video on Youths and Edsa Revolution

Rhea May Ambrad, Sangguniang Kabataan chairperson of Barangay Mantalongon, Dalaguete town, calls on the youth to use the freedom gained from Edsa “People Power” Revolution. | screen grab from Pegeen Maisie Sararaña’s video on Youths and Edsa Revolution

Read: Cebu and the days leading to February 25, 1986

For Rhea May Ambrad, a Sangguniang Kabataan chairperson of Barangay Mantalongon, Dalaguete town in southern Cebu, the freedom she enjoyed today is the result of the Edsa “People Power” Revolution.

“Millions of Filipinos marched along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue who cried for change, who prayed for the dictatorship of President Ferdinand Marcos to end. So, the Filipino people can start anew and live a democratic life,” Ambrad, 21, said in an interview.

Arron Bruce Clarin, Esmeca-Ann Ngujo, and Cherrie Mae Ano, youth leaders of Batan-on alang sa Kalambuan sa Cordova (BAKA-C), for their part, see the People Power Revolution as a as a collective voice to bring about the common good.

Askin Villarias, 22, of the Cebuano Youth Ambassadors Inc., also has a similar view and described the Edsa “People Power” Revolution as the “cradle for the Filipinos’ collective action into reinstating democracy through peaceful means from  decades-long dictatorship under Ferdinand Marcos.

Villarias said that this even strengthened the Bayanihan spirit of Filipinos in reclaiming freedom and the value of human rights in a democratic society.

Askin Villarias of the Cebuano Ambassadors Inc. says that the Edsa "People Power" Revolution has strengthened the bayanihan spirit of the Filipino people in reclaiming their freedom through bloodless means. | screen grab from Pegeen Maisie Sararaña's video on Youths and Edsa Revolution

Askin Villarias of the Cebuano Ambassadors Inc. says that the Edsa “People Power” Revolution has strengthened the bayanihan spirit of the Filipino people in reclaiming their freedom through bloodless means. | screen grab from Pegeen Maisie Sararaña’s video on Youths and Edsa Revolution

Read: Edsa: 35 years later

And with the freedom enjoyed today because of the People Power Revolution, BAKA-C’s youth leaders believe that this is the reason that the event should be commemorated each year and for them to continue the gains from that bloodless revolution 35 years ago.

“The true essence of bravery is not about violence,” Ano added.

BAKA-C’s youth leaders said that the Edsa Revolution was a good start for the youth to continue to call for change and amplify their voices.

“If we see wrong, call for a change because our voice matters,” they said.

Ambrad urged her fellow youths to use what we gained from EDSA Revolution.

“Let us speak. Let us exercise our freedom of speech,” Ambrad said.

BAKA-C leaders - Esmeca-Ann Ngujo, Arron Bruce Clarin,  and Cherrie Mae Ano (from left) - say that the Edsa "People Power" Revolution should be commemorated each year so that the freedom gained from the event will be remembered and not taken for granted. | screen grab from Pegeen Maisie Sararaña's video on Youths and Edsa Revolution

BAKA-C leaders – Esmeca-Ann Ngujo, Arron Bruce Clarin,  and Cherrie Mae Ano (from left) – say that the Edsa “People Power” Revolution should be commemorated each year so that the freedom gained from the event will be remembered and not taken for granted. | screen grab from Pegeen Maisie Sararaña’s video on Youths and Edsa Revolution

For BAKA-C youth leaders, they believe that this bloodless revolution 35 years ago should also be commemorated so that it would not be taken for granted and be remembered that a bloodless revolution is indeed possible.

Villarias, for his part, also offered a word of caution and reflection of what the Edsa Revolution is.

“Let us also reflect on how we should avoid blind fanaticism towards any politician regardless of their political affiliations. In a democratic country, like the Philippines, we should remember that the authority must be derived from the governed and not from any politician using any threat of force,” Villarias added.

/dbs

Subscribe to our regional newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of Cebudailynews. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

TAGS: Ambrad, Año, BAKA-C, barangay Mantalongon, Batan-on Alang sa Kalambuan sa Cordova, Cebuano Youth Ambassadors Inc., Clarin, Dalaguete, Edsa People Power Revolution, Edsa Revolution, Ngujo, People Power Revolution, Sangguniang Kabataan chairperson, Villarias

Subscribe to our regional newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.