‘Salubungan’ reminisces 1986 Edsa revolt-A A +A
Monday, February 25, 2013
THE Zamboanga City Government has joined the nation in commemorating on Monday the 27th anniversary of the Edsa People Power Revolution with a short re-enactment of the bloodless uprising called “salubungan.”
The salubungan, which was held at the Rizal Park in front of City Hall, is reminiscent of the February 25, 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution when ordinary citizens and members of the religious sector marched together in Efipanio Delos Santos Avenue (Edsa) and met rebel soldiers to stop military tanks and convince other soldiers to join them in the uprising against the Marcos rule.
The presence of the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which was jointly carried by House Deputy Speaker for Mindanao and first district Representative Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar and Mayor Celso Lobregat to the center of the stage following the salubugan, has added significance to the celebration.
“Today’s celebration is very significant because together with our mayor of Zamboanga, we held our Lady close and brought her in the center of the activities. We owe a lot of gratitude to God and our Lady has protected the Philippines in her very hands in all the atrocities that we have had,” Salazar said.
Students, teachers, soldiers, government and non-government workers and other sectors converged at the park early Monday to participate in the event, which was covered live and presented via skype during the celebration at the People Power Monument with President Benigno Aquino III leading the activities.
Salazar recounted that she was a 20-year-old youth leader at the Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU) when the people power revolt took place at Edsa on February 25, 1986.
Salazar said Zamboanga City was very remote from where everything was unfolding from Edsa and “all that we could do was pray for our nation.”
“We celebrate 27 years of liberation, 27 years of freedom and 27 years of victory. May this Edsa celebration remind us all to always uphold the integrity of our nation, just as what I did 27 years ago as a student leader,” she added.
To the young people present during the event, Salazar urged to continue to “love our nation and do what is best for our nation.”
Lobregat emphasized that unity and solidarity fuelled the Edsa People Power Revolt, a bloodless uprising participated by people of various backgrounds, social classes, beliefs and ages.
“The People Power Revolution could have easily turned bloody but it did not. The military and police forces deployed to restore order could have gunned the people down into submission but even they could not help but be moved by the unarmed assembly. Such is the power of a people united by a common goal!” Lobregat said.
Lobregat said the work toward a progressive and corruption-free Philippines is far from over, citing there is still so much more to be done.
He said the country is well on its way to achieve its goals for further progress and development but the way would be much easier and faster if the people will continue to work together.
Task Force Zamboanga commander Colonel Glenn Macasero, in reading Western Mindanao Commander (Wesmincom) chief Lieutenant General Rey Ardo’s statement, described the 1986 revolution as one of the defining moments of the country where people “showed to the whole the meaning of Filipino solidarity and showed that we are a nation of peace-loving people.”
Ardo, in his message, called on the people to “renew our vow of unity as a nation and pledge to uphold peace as our way of life for much more is still to be done.”
The event in Zamboanga City on Monday was attended by officials from the City Government and different government agencies, academe, as well as from private and other sectors. (Bong Garcia)