February 25, 2011


The February 25, 1986 issue of the Inquirer.
I grew up under Martial Law. I grew up hearing stories of people getting jailed for going against then-President Marcos. I grew up learning terms like "salvage" (summary execution of suspected activists), midnight curfew, NPA (leftist rebels), mobil (extremists from the police force), dictatorship.

You can say that I became politically aware at such a young age. We read the newspapers even in grade school although the publication then, the Daily Express, was a mouthpiece of the government. But we also read Time magazines, where we would learn that there was a bigger world outside the Philippines where people are free to move, to talk, to criticize even.

Then in 1983, the erstwhile rival of Marcos, Ninoy Aquino, was gunned down in the airport tarmac. Three years after, his wife, Cory Aquino ran against Marcos in a snap elections. Cory won but Marcos was declared the winner.

Ninoy Aquino mercilessly gunned down in the tarmac of the Manila International Airport.

A proud moment in Philippine history
Then the Edsa revolution happened, the first non-violent revolution in history that toppled the 20-year rule of Marcos. The headline that day, February 25, 1986, "It's all over; Marcos flees", was an unforgettable summary of the end of the Filipino people's travails and also a great expression of the Filipino people's triumphs.

I may be young then but things like these, you don't easily forget. We still do not live in ideal conditions but we're free! And for that, I will forever be grateful, as a Filipino, to Ninoy and Cory.

God bless Pinas! 


Maxabella said...

An amazing reflection. It's marvellous to get these sorts of personal insights from my global friends who have lived a very different life to me! x

supermac said...

Thanks, Maxabella. The government still sucks. But the fact that we can actually say it does is in itself a blessing.

Kymmie said...

It's a whole different world in each and every country. I remember the Marcos reign as a child (and all his wives' shoes!) Even though the country has come a long way, I am saddened to know that it still has so far to go. Thanks for your reflection. It's great to hear your perspective/thought balloon on this. xx

supermac said...

So you've heard of Imelda Marcos' 3,000 pairs of shoes!