A toned down celebration of the anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution was held at the People Power Monument in Quezon City on Tuesday, as the main celebration of the historic uprising took place in Cebu.
A flower offering and a pledge of allegiance to the Philippine flag were led by Vice President Jejomar Binay and former president Fidel V. Ramos.
An ecumenical prayer led by Rev. Fr. Anton Pascual, Bishop Efraim Tendero of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, and Imam Ustadz Yusoph Dapi was also held.
Among the attendees of the anniversary rites at the monument were members of the Yellow Ribbon Movement, August 21 Movement, and employees of the Quezon City and Makati City governments.
While President Benigno Aquino III and other government officials opted to celebrate the 28th anniversary of Edsa People Power 1 in Cebu City, others like former President Fidel Ramos and Vice President Jejomar Binay decided to commemorate the historic event at the People Power Monument in Quezon City.
Led by Binay, the Quezon City officials and personnel and EDSA veterans , including former vice president Teofisto Guingona, businessman Jose Concepcion and Pastor Boy Saycon attended the wreath laying rite at monument.
Meanwhile, at the Cebu Provincial Capitol grounds, the traditional “Salubungan” was staged with actor Dingdong Dantes and members of the Armed Forces of Philippines meeting up with the group of Senator Bam Aquino and several students and other civilians.
The original Salubungan along Edsa was done by the group of then Defense minister Juan Ponce Enrile and former military general Fidel Ramos and the group of former Senator Butch Aquino, the uncle of President Aquino.