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05/03/2009: Ambassador Gaa Urges Filipinos to Recall Lessons of 1986 EDSA Revolution at Opening of Commemorative “People’s Exhibit”

05 March 2009 WASHINGTON DC – Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy C. Gaa opened a commemorative exhibit on the EDSA 1986 People Power revolution, urging Filipinos to “recall the lessons” of the revolution and to refresh the collective spirit as a people against the challenges of a globalized world.

Addressing the audience during simple launching ceremonies at the Carlos P. Romulo Hall of the Philippine Embassy, Ambassador Gaa said the involvement of ordinary Filipinos was vital in the success of the bloodless revolution that restored democracy to the Philippines.

“The world stood transfixed as Filipinos, held together by the fervent desire for freedom and democracy, and with nothing more than non-violent action and prayer, ousted an authoritarian ruler and restored freedom and democracy.” Gaa said.

Ambassador Gaa pointed out in his remarks, “Thousands upon thousands of Filipinos – men, women and children of various backgrounds and beliefs - gathered at the Epifanio delos Santos Avenue or EDSA, the main thoroughfare of Metro Manila.”

Estimates place anywhere from 900 thousand to two million the number of Filipinos who were gathered at EDSA in February 1986.  The event led to the ouster of then President Ferdinand Marcos.

Ambassador Gaa explained, “They faced certain danger from heavily armed troops. Yet they stood their ground, preventing tanks from advancing, with only their bare hands and their prayers.”

Ambassador Gaa said the challenge now for the Philippines is “to protect this democratic legacy; Our goal now is to continue strengthening the Philippines’ democratic institutions and processes.”

“EDSA changed the course of Philippine history and left a lasting legacy to the Filipino people and to all freedom-loving peoples of the world,” added Gaa.

“We will remain true to this legacy: as we pledge unwavering dedication to democratic ideals, we will continue to work together for a stronger Republic,” stressed Ambassador Gaa.

The exhibit runs from March 4 to March 11 at the Carlos P. Romulo Hall of the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Ambassador Gaa Opens “People’s Exhibit” Commemorating 1986 EDSA Revolution


05 March 2009 WASHINGTON DC – Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy Gaa leads ribbon cutting ceremonies launching the week-long exhibit EDSA 1986 Learning the Lessons: Living the Legacy at the Philippine Embassy.  In his remarks, Ambassador Gaa emphasized the vital role of people’s involvement in the success of the non-violent revolution, saying “The world stood transfixed as Filipinos, held together by the fervent desire for freedom and democracy, and with nothing more than non-violent action and prayer, ousted an authoritarian ruler and restored freedom and democracy.”  Ambassador Gaa is joined by his spouse, Mrs. Erlinda Gaa and other guests at the Carlos P. Romulo Hall of the Philippine Embassy.  The exhibit will run until March 11.