Last February 25, 2010 –the 24th anniversary of EDSA People Power revolution and together with the spirit of EDSA People Power volunteers had gathered the supporters and friends at the Araneta Coliseum. The gathering was held from 2 PM to 8 PM. Some of the volunteer groups arrived as early as 8 AM . LP standard bearer Senator Benigno ” Noynoy” Aquino III and Senator Manuel Roxas together with their senatorial slate, led the people in reliving EDSA and rededicating ourselves to fulfilling the unfinished promise of EDSA.
Thousands of volunteers from all parts of the Philippines and the world had gathered in this momentous occasion. Our group was composed by the volunteers of Tuloy Pinoy and the Spirit of People Power Movement.
There are also enterprising people selling various items from button pins, Cory and Ninoy memorabilia’s, stickers, caps , wrist band , t-shirt, cellphone , among others.
The event was attended by several celebrities who appeared in Aquino’s campaign advertisements. Celebrity singers Ogie Alcasid, Noel Cabangon, Jim Paredes, Christian Bautista and local band Spongecola performed during the event and led the audience in chanting songs that expressed support to Aquino.
Composer Ryan Cayabyab played EDSA 1 staples “Bayan Ko and “Impossible Dream” towards the end of the gathering.
Yellow confetti rained inside the venue during the performance. Actor Dingdong Dantes, who spoke to the crowd before Aquino’s speech, said he refused an offer to endorse another candidate because he believed his “principle” cannot be paid.
jam- packed people inside the Araneta Coliseum
After the speech, members of the LP led the nearly packed coliseum—which accommodated some 20,000—and several thousands more outside the venue in pledging: “Noynoy, ibinibigay namin sa iyo ang lakas ng People Power. Hindi ka mag-iisa sa labang ito.”
Also present during the event was Noynoy’s girlfriend, Valenzuela Councilor Shalani Soledad. LP vice-presidential bet, Sen. Manuel Roxas II, and the party’s entire senatorial slate also showed their support for Aquino during the event.
Prominent personalities were also present to join the celebration like Aquino’s running mate, Senator Mar Roxas II, Quezon City Mayor Sonny Belmonte , former Quezon City Mayor Jun Simon , Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, former Manila Mayor Mel Lopez, and members of Aquino’s senatorial slate.
This is the first time that the country commemorated the historic bloodless revolution without Noynoy Aquino’s mother, the late President Corazon Aquino, who was extolled as an icon of people power. The former leader died of colon cancer in August 1, 2009 .
Fireworks display delighted the people around the area , a small concert was held on the grounds of Araneta Coliseum parking grounds .