Silver Linings: The Continuing Saga of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution book is very engaging because it impacts our lives directly and indirectly. Without the bravery of these men and women who stood up to a dictator, we might not be a free country today. If EDSA did not happen, we could have plunged into a civil war that would have crippled the entire country. We might not even be here today. Thankfully, we have the heroes of EDSA People Power to thank for.
“Silver Linings: The Continuing Saga of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution” chronicles the events starting from the early years where Ferdinand Marcos rose to power, then becoming a president in 1965, then Martial Law era, and then on to the contributing events that started the EDSA People Power revolution of 1986.
The tipping point that roused the nation was the assassination of Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. The long pent up resentment towards the government suddenly appeared with people no longer afraid to challenge authority. Millions of people demonstrated on the streets.
In November 1985, Marcos declared a snap election where he ran and Cory ran for the opposition. The election was in February 1986 and it was riddled with fraud on several fronts. The centralized vote counting in PICC was being manipulated in favor of Marcos — the NCC computer professionals tabulating the election count can see that Corazon Aquino was leading in the computerized system but Marcos’ men were manually listing a Marcos lead on the tally board visible to the public. The NCC people walked out in protest which was seen on national TV. This event was one of the events that triggered the EDSA revolution.
By February 22, 1986, Gringo Honasan, Juan Ponce Enrile, and Fidel V Ramos were mobilizing. The rest is history.
The book contains detailed accounts and personal interviews of the changemakers of the revolution led by former President Fidel V. Ramos, General Velasco, Rafael Alunan, then Colonel Sotelo, General Biazon, Juan Ponce Enrile, Gringo Honasan, Red Kapunan, Renato de Villa, Corazon Aquino, Butz Aquino, Jaime Cardinal Sin, June Keithley, and thousands of other changemakers.
Reading this book will make you think as if you were there with the heroes of EDSA. They knew that they could die but they chose to face the supreme sacrifice for the future of their family, friends and country. This is their story.
The book largely allocated a great deal of information about the EDSA revolution, but the book does not end there. It further described every presidential era after Marcos, starting from former President Corazon Aquino, to Fidel Ramos, to Joseph Estrada, Gloria Arroyo, Benigno Aquino III, and eventually Rodrigo Duterte.
This 526 page book is hard-bound of detailed interviews, and hundreds of pictures. Your family deserves a copy of this book for what is chronicled here is part of our history (that some are trying to revise).
History is immutable, we cannot rewrite it, we can only learn from it.
The author of Silver Linings: The Continuing Saga of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution is Melandrew T. Velasco, Rafael Alunan III, and Reynaldo V. Velasco. Foreword by Fidel V. Ramos
“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
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