FEB 25, BERLIN---The Philippine Embassy and the Filipino community in Berlin commemorated the 26th anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power revolution, by reliving the vivid memory of the historic event. Though many of the Filcom members were too far away from home at the time, they reminisced the thought of how the EDSA spirit inspired other countries to aspire for their freedom, including the people power that led to the Fall of the Berlin wall in October 1989.
The commemoration was symbolically capped by a People’s Dialogue at the embassy with various leaders from different organizations that was attended by no less than Undersecretary for Political Affairs Jose Luis Martin “Chito” Gascon, who was invited by the Embassy as guest speaker representing President Benigno Aquino III.
Usec. Gascon was in Berlin to attend conferences on environment and climate change and a seminar among experts on Philippine politics, sponsored by the German foundation Friedrich Naumann Stiftung (FNS).
Ambassador Natividad presents the Embassy’s accomplishments in December 2011 and January 2012 and upcoming events to the members of the Filipino Community in Germany, 25 February 2012. An active advocate for change in his youth then, Usec. Gascon recalled his own personal experiences during the EDSA People Power in 1986. He emphasized EDSA’s “legacy of freedom and democracy” and how it inspired a series of similar “People Power” revolutions in other parts of the world, including the dismantling of the Berlin wall and the reunification of East and West Germany in 1989.
Gascon conveyed the message of President Aquino that while EDSA 1986 happened more than a quarter century ago, the revolution remains unfinished. While EDSA 1986 restored democracy, the fruits of democracy remain unattained to many Filipinos, he explained.
He then exhorted everyone to do their respective share in supporting the President in his many programs,...
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