Still remember how the news headlines looked like on February 25, 1986?

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Whether or not you were there along EDSA thirty years ago, you're probably familiar with the story of the People Power Revolution.

Social media has not been imagined yet - so people were relying solely on the newspapers and radio to keep up with the pace of events unraveling everyday.

The People Power Revolution was a series of popular demonstrations that began after the assassination of former Senator Benigno Aquino in 1983 and culminated in 1986 - a few months after the country's fraudulent "1985 snap elections." 

Fidel Ramos, who was then Vice Chief of Staff for the Armed forces of the Philippines (AFP) and then defense secretary Juan Ponce Enrile made the official announcement of their withdrawal of support of the Marcos administration.

Former Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin goes on air and says "Leave your homes now ...I ask you to support Mr. Enrile and Gen. Ramos, give them food if you like, they are our friends."


Feb 23 news headline


After Cardinal Sin's plea, thousands of people trooped to EDSA and barricaded the gates of Camp Aguinaldo and Camp Crame to protect Ramos and Enrile. They also brought food and other supplies to the soldiers.

The majority of the demonstrations took place on Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) from February 22–25, 1986, and involved over two million Filipino civilians, as well as several political, military, and including religious groups led by Cardinal Jaime Sin, the Archbishop of Manila and the CBCP President Cardinal Ricardo Vidal, the Archbishop of Cebu.

The protests culminated with the departure of the dictator from Malacañang Palace to the state of Hawaii. Corazon Aquino was proclaimed as the legitimate President of the Philippines after the revolution.

This was what the news headlines looked like on February 25, 1986 from Bulletin Today (now Manila Bulletin).


Feb 23 news headline


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