Rebuilding PH focus as LA Pinoys celebrate EDSA

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Feb. 26, 2014

LOS ANGELES – It’s been 28 years since the People Power Revolution took place along EDSA, overthrowing the Marcos dictatorship and restoring democracy in the Philippines.

Filipinos in Los Angeles celebrated the occasion with a mass held at the Philippine consulate, remembering where they were during the peaceful revolution.

“We were all excited at the same time very much scared,” Christy Buico recalled.

“Although we were not there with the revolutions we have worked here with the rallies and to Washington, D.C.,” Attorney Roman Mosqueda, who was in the US with the Ninoy Aquino Movement at the time, said. “[We] rallied the congress and the White House to have the revolution.”

Even the mass celebrant Father Albert Avendino of the Los Angeles Filipino Ministry remembered being at the protest as a young seminarian.

“Until the 25th, all of seminarians were in different marks,” he said during a sermon. “I was in PTV4. Some of us were at Malacanang. Every time I hear this song being played it brings back memories of every single detail that happened. My dear friends, I would like to join you in thanking God for what happened; again allowing us to this wonderful of God, this gift of freedom.”

While these Filipinos celebrate People Power, others are also hoping that the power of people throughout the world can come together for a different type of restoration—rebuilding the Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda.

The Peace Project, which takes scraps from typhoon-ravaged regions in the Philippines, and turns it into art projects that fund the building of homes on Bantayan Island, joined the EDSA commemoration.

The Peace Project says they are on pace to reach their goal of building 200 new homes beginning in April.

“We’re making progress,” Lisa Schultz of Peace Project explained. “We just got word that the rotary in Cebu and international rotary may support us with two containers of lumber. We have lots of families step up sponsor other families to provide them the house.”

You can contact Steve Angeles at steve_angeles@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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