Freedom Tour (Part I) - 25th EDSA People Power Anniversary

FREEDOM TOUR - a project of the Department of Tourism and Ninoy Aquino Foundation run from February 23-25. The tour covers four important sites during 1986 EDSA Revolution; La Salle Greenhills Gym, EDSA Shrine, EDSA People Power Monument and the Club Filipino. 

I was only 7 yrs old during the People Power Revolution I still remember the tight security measures implemented in Gate 1 of Fort Bonifacio few blocks away from where we live. Of course who cannot remember the songs "Bayan ko"  "Magkaisa", and "Handog ng Pilipino sa Mundo"  which became the anthem of the bloodless EDSA Revolution. The Freedom Tour I attended tells the whole story of EDSA People Power Revolution, we were brought to four significant venues. A re-enactment of important events of the peaceful revolution was the highlight of the tour.


It is free, an air-conditioned bus brought us to the Four Historical Sites and fortunately I was invited by a friend to join the tour.

Here's the first part of the tour. Our first stop, the La Salle Greenhills Gymnasium, the site of the National Tabulation Center for NAMFREL's Quick Count. 


Mr. Edmund from DOT tells us the important events that happened during the EDSA People Power Revolution

The tally board used in 1986

Representatives from Department of Tourism and our visitors from Holland
Our arrival at the EDSA Shrine in Ortigas


Our 2nd stop - the EDSA Shrine. It was built in 1989 to commemorate the memories of the Peaceful and Bloodless People Power Revolution. 






The "Flame of Freedom"

The "Flame of Freedom" is a sculpture done by Artist Manny Casal  of three hardy men bearing a cauldron of flame over their shoulders. The Flame of Freedom represents the Philippine's three major islands, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.


Another Representative from the Department of Tourism explains the significance of the "Flame of Freedom"  and the "Shrine of Mary" to participants and foreign visitors.

The EDSA Shrine was built and dedicated to Our Lady who has miraculously interceded to oust the dictatorship in a bloodless manner also called People Power Revolution happened in 1986.



1 comments:

emer guingon said...

Thank you for sharing. fyi I did the concept program for Gawad Kalinga freedom from poverty tour, then with tito Tony Meloto shared to DOT Usec Jasmin for the EDSA25, last Feb 2011. Then DOT implement it. Next edition is Freedom tour camps: to people empowerment in GK communities.
mabuhay --from Gk CSI (www.facebook.com/gkenchantedfarm)

 

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