Zambo recalls EDSA revolt with ‘Salubungan’ PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 14:14

Zamboanga City yesterday joined the nation in celebrating the 27th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution with a short re-enactment of the bloodless uprising highlighted by the ‘salubungan’ of various sectors at the Rizal Park fronting City Hall.
Adding significance to the celebration was the presence of the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary which was jointly carried by House Deputy Speaker Beng Climaco and Mayor Celso Lobregat to the center of the stage following the salubugan.
“Today’s celebration is very significant because together with our mayor of Zamboanga, we held our Lady close and brought her in the center of the activities. We owe a lot of gratitude to God and our Lady has protected the Philippines in her very hands in all the atrocities that we have had”, Climaco, who led the celebration together with Mayor Lobregat said.
Students, teachers, military forces, government and non-government workers and other sectors converged at the park as early as 7am to participate in the event which was covered live and presented via skype during the celebration at the People Power Monument with President Benigno Aquino III leading the activities.
The ‘Salubungan’ is reminiscent of the February 25, 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution when ordinary citizens and members of the religious sector marched together in Edsa and met rebel soldiers to stop military tanks and convince other soldiers to join them in the uprising against the Marcos rule.
Climaco recounted that she was a 20-year old College youth leader at the Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU) when the people power revolt took place at the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) in Manila on February 25, 1986.
“Zamboanga City was very remote from where everything was happening from EDSA and all that we could do was pray for our nation”, she said.

She continued: “We celebrate 27 years of liberation, 27 years of freedom and 27 years of victory. May this EDSA celebration remind us all to always uphold the integrity of our nation, just as what I did 27 years ago as a student leader”.

To the young people present during the event, Climaco urged to continue to “love our nation and do what is best for our nation”. “Reza kita firme con Dios y La Virgen que proteje canaton”.

Mayor Lobregat emphasized that unity and solidarity fuelled the EDSA People Power Revolt, a bloodless uprising participated by people of various backgrounds, social classes, beliefs and ages.

“The People Power Revolution could have easily turned bloody but it did not. The military and police forces deployed to restore order could have gunned the people down into submission but even they could not help but be moved by the unarmed assembly. Such is the power of a people united by a common goal!”, he said.

But while the country rightfully attach significance to the historic 1986 revolution, Lobregat said the work towards a progressive and corruption-free Philippines is far from over. “There is still so much more to be done”.

He stressed the country is well on its way to achieve its goals for further progress and development but the way would be much easier and faster if the people will continue to work together. 

“Como cosa firme ta abla el di aton defunta alcalde Maria Clara “Ma’am Caling” Lobregat, continua kita man junto-junto para el progreso y desarollo del di aton nacion Pilipinas en particular el di aton Ciudad de Zamboanga”, he said, as he thanked the EDSA People Power Commission-Zamboanga Provincial Council through Dr. Anton Lim for organizing the different activities in commemoration of the historic event.

Meanwhile, WESMINCOM Chief LTGen. Rey Ardo in a message read by Task Force Zamboanga Col. Glenn Macasero described the 1986 bloodless revolution as one of the defining moments of the country where people “showed to the whole the meaning of Filipino solidarity and showed that we are a nation of peace-loving people”.

In celebrating the 27th anniversary of the EDSA revolution, Ardo called on the people to “renew our vow of unity ad a nation and pledge to uphold peace as our way of life for much more is still to be done”.

“With unity and solidarity we can accomplish anything and your AFP is behind you all the way”, the military official added.
Also present during the celebration yesterday were Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, Councilors Myra Paz Abubakar, Eddie Saavedra, VP Elago and Percival Ramos, Civil Service Commission Regional Director Macybel Sahi, WMSU President Dr. Milabel Ho, ZSCMST President Dr. Milavel Nazario, ZSPC President Dr. Nora Ponce, Febarkaza president Art Onrubia, Urban Poor leader Violy Alejandro, former councilors Roel Natividad and Charlie Mariano, Campo Islam barangay chairman Nadz Sampang, former CSWDO head Francisco Barredo, other barangay officials, school principals and administrators, regional agency executives, city department heads and other sectoral representatives. — Sheila Covarrubias