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Seven Years. Wow. That’s a long time. I can’t believe 7 years have already gone since we toppled a corrupt president, only to replace him with someone far worse than we’ve imagined.

kasama-sa-edsa.pngI fondly remember that day. The people went out the streets in protest of the rejection of the Senator-juries to open the “Second Envelope,” an evidence rumored to be so compelling that it would assure the impeachment of then President Estrada.

I was actually frustrated that the revolt ended quickly. I wanted to stay tune to the TV more and see what else would transpire. My aunt, who then works at Robinson’s Galleria, always had fond stories to share. She had a hard time going to work everyday because of the volume of people assembline at the EDSA shrine, but she said that seeing the Filipino people in solidarity made the trip to work a bit less tedious.

Aerial shots of the mass of people were the most popular and astounding ones then. I’ve never travelled that much since I was just a sixth grader then. I’ve never seen the EDSA shrine nor the flyovers near it. And now I’m seeing them cramped with people, vehicular traffic obstructed from all sides, all shouting one thing in unison: ERAP RESIGN!

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Somehow, I wanted the revolt to have lasted longer. Somewhere inside me wanted it to get extended, because somewhere inside me wanted to join the people. But I was too young back then, and all I could do was pay heed to my parents’ advice and stayed home and tuned intenly on the TV. Classes in our school were cancelled because the teachers and the priests went to EDSA to join the revolution. Somewhere deep inside my thoughts told myself that I should’ve gone with them, I should’ve joined the revolt.

That’s why it was just so frustrating that years after, I met a lot of people through an organization I joined who went to EDSA seven years ago. Something pinched my heart and my mind kept on telling itself that I should’ve met these people earlier, I should’ve gone to EDSA with them. But all I could do then and now was regret.

I wanted to be part of making history happen. Too bad I wasn’t able to.

BLOG ACTION WEEK for EDSA DOS (January 12-19, 2007)
How about you? Where were you during the infamous EDSA DOS? Share your stories with us and we will collect them in an EDSA DOS Tribute Website. Let’s all share our stories of inspiration and lessons, so that we may aptly learn from them.

To make this all worthwhile and useful to ourselves and the world, BK will open a special website at http://peoplepower2.bloggerskapihan.com (please don’t forget to link to it and this post) where we will put your posts and feature the really good ones. Let this be our humble contribution to reviving our pride in ourselves as a people, and to inspiring all of us never to lose hope for the only country we can call our own.

The Bloggers’ Kapihan Crew will hold an event this coming January 19, 2007, Saturday at Kape Tasyo (Freedom Bar) in Anonas, Quezon City. Let’s all come together and share our stories with others who have struggled and claimed their rights to a just, free, and humane society. See you there!

I’m not really qualified to display the badge above because I wasn’t really part of EDSA DOS, but if you’d like to sport the badge on your blog here’re the codes:

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<a href=”http://peoplepower2.bloggerskapihan.com” title=”Remember People Power 2″><img src=”http://jmtuazon.tinig.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/kasama-sa-edsa.jpg” alt=”Kasama ako sa EDSA2!” border=”0″></a>

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<a href=”http://peoplepower2.bloggerskapihan.com” title=”Remember People Power 2″><img src=”http://jmtuazon.tinig.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/kasama-sa-edsa.png” alt=”Kasama ako sa EDSA2!” border=”0″></a>

*EDSA DOS photo from http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/8d/EDSA_2.jpg


12 Responses to “Has it really been Seven Years?”
  1. Gian Paolo says:

    And, now, Erap returns, rumored to run for the presidency again. Abangan natin ang susunod na mga kabanata…

  2. Lad Madrigal says:

    if you want the revolt be longer, because you want to join the,… i also felt the same way, pero hindi dahil gusto kong sumama sa rally, haha, mataas kasi ang dollars nung panahing iyon at sarap ng palitan 😀

    haha, seriously, this country must ignore the politics. even those who are in the position must ignore it.

    just do what you are suppose to do and do what the people voted you for.
    at ikaw gian! haha, adik ka, haha wala lang.

    😀

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    *scratches his head in confusion*

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    It’s a few miles from my house..$30 to get in..hmmm maybe I’ll head over..

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