SF Pinoys reflect on 30th anniversary of People Power Revolution

SAN FRANCISCO – “An evening of remembrance featuring the voices of People Power”

This was the theme at the Philippine Consulate General of San Francisco during the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the People Power Revolution.

Author and columnist Benjamin Pimentel spoke on the fear and resilience of young Filipinos that fueled the movement to overthrow then President Ferdinand Marcos.

LGBT activist and filmmaker Jethro Patalinghug screened his documentary about his mother’s struggle to balance community organizing and raising her family during martial law.

And long-time community organizer Cindy Domingo discussed the successful pursuit of justice for the 1981 Seattle murders of union leaders and anti-Marcos activists.

“We decided that we would fight against discrimination in every arena that we touched: education, where we worked, in the community, with the fight for control,” said Domingo. “We would bring our progressive politics to the community and we would also struggle with the workers abroad.”

These speakers also focused on the theme of “Never Again” to ensure that the spirit of the revolution endures.

“When we say ‘Never Again’ it’s not just about Marcos,” said Pimentel. “It’s not just about one person. It’s about the idea we will listen to someone who says we have all the answers. Therefore if you only give me all the power I can fix everything. We’ve gone through that. Other societies have gone through that so it’s worth remembering.”

“Even in America we are experiencing the same kind of oppressions and same kind of discrimination that the people of the Philippines have experienced during the Marcos dictatorship,” said Patalinghug.

Also, in order to reach out to younger generations of Fil-Ams to help commemorate the 30th anniversary of ESDA, the Philippine Consulate General of San Francisco, the Philippine American Writers and Artists Incorporated (PAWA), and community partners are sponsoring an essay contest with cash prizes of up to $500.

Writers must be 18-30-years-old, of Filipino descent and must be a legal resident of the U.S.

Their original essay must explore the theme: “Recapturing the spirit of 1986 People Power Revolution and what it means to me as a Filipino-American.” Essays are due on Monday, February 20th.

For more information visit www.pawainc.org.

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  • Sir Dennis Ypon
    19 February 2016 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    The same people that hated martial law, the same people who were causing problems in the Philippines. The same people who like to cry for human rights violations, the same people who are still supporting CPP-NPA. They’ll blame you for the high crime, nonprogress in economy, inability to support people during natural disasters, etc.

  • Santiago Del Mundo
    19 February 2016 at 3:00 pm - Reply
  • Froilan Magaoay
    13 March 2016 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    Whatever! Celebrating EDSA 30th anniversary for the sole purpose of misleading youth. For sure that is the notion behind all these. How so? The media will have you believe their so called stories of abuse (self-righteous and self-center-University of the Philippines brain washed tactics). People that engineered EDSA would probably staged protest and bring-cook all kinds of food while people in the background will horrific scenes…lying down on the streets, holding rosary, candle with entangled arms crying, whining, bitching, moaning, shouting and probably burning the American flag. This goes on and on for days. All these are happening while the CPP-NPA are conducting raids in the remote areas of Isabela or Cagayan. Is that right? If you own transportation business (buses, trucks, etc.) traveling to Isabela or Cagayan, you could bet your life you are going to pay some (CPP-NPA) imposed fees. This is happening as of today. Try riding Florida Transit going to Isabela or Cagayan for your next vacation. This goes unheard, uhuh???

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