Day 8 – A place in time

Here’s the view from our 6th floor hotel room in the heart of Manila’s financial district. The gloomy concrete office towers won’t win many design awards. But the location is significant.

Just a few blocks away is a boulevard where Arlene once witnessed a revolution. The 1986 People Power revolution. Four days of non-violent mass demonstrations that toppled the Marcos dictatorship and installed Corazon Aquino as president.

The event was unprecedented – it was the first time millions of people willingly gathered peacefully against the risk of military action from a dictatorial government.

The revolution, which ran from February 22 to February 25 was considered a forerunner of non-violent demonstrations around the world, including Eastern Europe.

Arlene was a third year medical student at the time. She and classmates joined in a day of protest, making themselves available as medical support to treat any injured. Fortunately their medical skills were not needed.

The revolution was named after Epifanio de los Santos Avenue or EDSA, where the majority of the protests took place.

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