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Thirty one years ago, millions of Filipinos gathered to EDSA to oust the former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who, in a very heartbreakingly strange turn of events, ended up buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

The bloodless EDSA People Power Revolution successfully ended the dictatorship of the Marcos regime, and restored the freedom we’re all enjoying now.

Marking its 31st anniversary on the Philippine history, Manila Bulletin revisits the songs during the EDSA revolution that will let you remember the spirit of patriotism and unity of the Filipinos during that time.

1. “Bayan Ko”

The song “Bayan Ko” tackles about oppression and the cry for freedom. It was popularized by folk singer Freddie Aguilar in 1983 and was revived by Lea Salonga during the funeral mass of former President Corazon Aquino in 2009. Until now, it is one of the most acknowledge nationalistic anthems.

“Pilipinas kong minumutya…Pugad ng luha at dalita…Aking adhika…Makita kang sakdal laya.”

2. “Handog ng Pilipino sa Mundo”

Veteran singer-songwriter Jim Paredes was so inspired by the success of the 1986 EDSA Revolution that he wrote “Handog ng Pilipino sa Mundo” in three minutes—without any revision. A music video of the song was also made and was shown on the Philippine television a few months after the revolution.

“Handog ng Pilipino sa mundo, mapayapang paraang pagbabago…Katotohanan, kalayaan, katarungan…ay kayang makamit na walang dahas…Basta’t magkaisa tayong lahat.”

3. “Magkaisa”

This is perhaps the most iconic and unforgettable song of the EDSA revolution. Written by Sen. Tito Sotto (yes, that Tito Sotto. IYKWIM) and performed by Virna Lisa, the song speaks about hope, unity, and sacrifice. Trivia: Vic Sotto is among the back-up singers alongside Babsie Molina and Bambi Bonus.

“Panahon na (may pag-asa kang matatanaw)… Ng pagkakaisa (bagong umaga, bagong araw)… Kahit ito (sa atin Siya’y nagmamahal)… Ay hirap at dusa.”


Header illustration by: Rod Canalita / Manila Bulletin

[Manila Bulletin]


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