Aquino leads Edsa People Power anniversary celebration Saturday

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III will lead Saturday morning the 26th anniversary celebration of the Edsa People Power Revolution at the People Power Monument in Epifanio De Los Santos Avenue (Edsa) that will include flag-raising ceremony and Salubungan.

Representatives from different sectors of society will offer their commitments during the program.

After the events in Edsa, the President will proceed to Rizal Park in Manila to attend the unveiling of the statue of Jaime Cardinal Sin, one of the major figures during the Edsa Revolution in February 1986.


The Edsa anniversary celebration will be capped with a concert in Iligan City featuring original Pilipino music (OPM) artists who volunteered to perform for the benefit of the victims of the Typhoon Sendong.

They will also honor volunteers coming from different parts of the country who assisted communities affected by the typhoon.

According to the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), the Aquino government wants to strengthen the spirit of volunteerism among Filipinos, the driving force in the peaceful revolt in 1986.

The Edsa People Power Commission has lined up several activities in 26 different venues all over the country for the celebration that will focus on volunteerism, unity and concern in achieving national progress.

The theme for this year's celebration will be "Ano ang iyong Taya Para sa Pilipinas Natin."

In a related report, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Thursday advised motorists and the general public to bear with traffic inconveniences this weekend as it will closed some parts of the Edsa to make way for the scheduled activities of the 26th anniversary of the 1986 Edsa People Power uprising.

In an advisory posted on its Twitter account, the MMDA said motorists should take alternative routes so as to avoid the expected traffic problem.

The agency said the closures will take effect starting Friday, February 24, while other areas will be closed on Saturday, February 25.

On Friday, the 4th and 5th northbound lanes of Edsa near the People Power monument will be closed from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. the MMDA said for the "rehearsal" of the activities.

On Saturday, the following areas will be closed to traffic: From 12:01 a.m. to 3 p.m. - fourth and fifth lanes of Edsa Northbound from Corinthians Gate to Aguinaldo Gate 4, from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Edsa Northbound fully closed from Ortigas towards Santolan northbound and from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m. – White Plains Westbound from Temple Drive towards Edsa.

The alternative routes according to the advisory include Ortigas flyover to San Juan, Ortigas eastbound to C5, Shaw Boulevard eastbound to C5, JP Rizal to Makati and Mandaluyong Bridge, Edsa Kalayaan to C5 and Shaw and Julia Vargas to C5.

Likewise, the advisory said the MMDA may also close the portion from Megamall E-Bay northbound to Main Avenue E-Bay but only if the need arises.

For his part, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said additional traffic enforcers will be deployed along Edsa and the alternate routes.

He added that the agency is also coordinating with the organizers of the EDSA People Power festivities as well as the local government units affected by the alternate routes (Pasig, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Makati, Quezon City and Cainta) to ensure to ease the expected traffic congestion. (SDR/AH/Sunnex)

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