EDSA People Power Vintage Postcards

Epifanio de los Santos Avenue or acronym called EDSA. The highway stretches about 23.8 kilometers (14.8 miles) and traverses major Metro Manila towns and cities like Caloocan, Quezon City, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Makati and Pasay.

This multi view photo postcard with yellow border was among the most popular postcard sold and was out of stock just few months after this was release. The reason was the yellow border which associate the new regime.

EDSA History

EDSA used to be called Avenida 19 de Junio from 1946 to early 1950’s then Highway 54 from the mid- 1950 to 1959. On April 7, 1959, De los Santos’ birthday, Republic Act No. 2140. It was then referred to as Epifanio de los Santos Avenue or EDSA since then.

single view postcard of the people who joined the 1986 EDSA People Power revolution

It was at the Ortigas corner EDSA which is near Camp Crame and Camp Aguinaldo where the popular four day uprising from February 22–25, 1986. There was a sustained campaign of civil resistance against regime. There were at least several hundreds of thousands to more than 2 million people which went to the 4 day peaceful rally.

It with triumph of the peaceful revolution, Popular National Bookstore printed postcards while other smaller bookstore soon followed. This was popular items send to postcard / deltiologist in different parts of the world.

There were at least a dozen or so multi-view photos per postcard, While there were also single photo postcard which captured the people en mass.

multi-view photos of the EDSA 1986 People Power Revolution

Some local deltiologists and souvenir sellers quickly capitalized the newly released people power stamps issued by PHLPOST and sell them on tourists, deltiologists and maximum philately collectors from all parts of the globe.

1986 People Power Revolution stamps and souvenir sheet (mint condition)

The new administration of President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino together with Vice President Salvador “Doy’ Laurel were featured in the 4 pieces set of stamps (60 centavos – quantities: 1,000,000, 1.20 pesos- quantities: 1,000,000, 2.40- quantities: 641,500 and 3.00 pesos -quantities: 1,000,000 ) and a souvenir sheet stamp ( Php 7.20)quantities -50,000. The stamps also comes within presentation folder, which had a premium and first day issue with different cache designs.

First Day Cover had -Makati cancellation, Camp Crame cancellation, with another variation Makati and Camp Crame cancellation. The stamps and first day cover were printed by APO Neda Printing Company. The used stamps were sold at much cheaper price compared to the mint one.

2021 marked the 35th anniversary of the peaceful change of power with postcards and stamps serves as reminder of the not so distant history.

EDSA People Power :Popularity of Postcards

EDSA People Power postcards during the 1980’s up to early part of 2000 were sold in many bookstore and was used for different purposes. It was used for school projects by students of both private and public schools in their Social Studies, Araling Panlipunan, History, Humanities,Political Science among few. It was reprinted several times and sold en mass by some bookstores in Divisoria and in the provinces.

However it is not somewhat rare to find EDSA 1986 People Power postcards even in local stamp bourse, curio stores and online auction sites.

Sources and References:

Personal interview with postcard collectors

Scott’s Stamp Catalog 1987 Philippines

Archbishop Jaime Cardinal L. Sin exhibit

Our Lady of EDSA Shrine and  background skyscrapers -EDSA corner Ortigas Avenue

second floor of the EDSA Shrine where the exhibit is being held

EDSA Shrine – Quezon City

February 25, 2011 marked the 25th or  silver anniversary of EDSA People Power was celebrated with great jubilation in all parts of the country.

The theme ” Pilipino Ako, Ako Ang Lakas ng Pagbabago ”  Highlighting the achievements made for the country and the world. The logo with the People Power monument and the portraits of President Corazon C. Aquino and martyred husband Senator  Benigno Aquino Jr. with yellow ribbon

 

 

 

 

Veritas magazine

This momentous event capped several years of martial rule which ended in a bloodless revolution 25 years ago.

photo collage of martyrdom of Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. in 1983

Part of the celebration was the unveiling of Cardinal Sin’s life sized statue at the nearby Andres Bonifacio drive in Manila  , a commemorative People Power envelope by the Philippine Postal Corporation , job fair , concert , historical tours of EDSA  , photo exhibit , military parade and an memorabilia exhibit of the late Jaime Lachica Sin  Archbishop of Manila  .

The People Power envelope  has two (2) designs with a denomination of P 15.00 nd quantity of 5,000 pieces.  Size: 4 1/8 inches x 9 ½ inches , Printer: Amstar Company, Inc. Lay out Artist: Mr. Jesus Alfredo Delos Santos

The exhibit was opened by Archbishop Socrates Villegas and distinguished guests. The exhibit was held at the second level of the EDSA People Power shrine near Robinson’s Mall , Galleria branch .

head bust of Archbishop Jaime L. Sin

Jaime Sin, also Jaime Lachica Sin (31 August 1928 – 21 June 2005)  Chinese  name: 辛海梅; 辛海棉 Xīn Hǎiméi; Xīn Hǎimián ).

old seminary in Jaro, Iloilo

He was the Roman Catholic archbishop of Manila  known for his instrumental role in the People Power Revolution from February 22 to 25 1986 , which toppled the regime of  President Ferdinand Marcos and installed  Mrs. Corazon Cojuangco- Aquino as the president .During his reign, he was considered an influential and charismatic leader of the country. He is also instrumental in another People  Power II in 2001.

old church bell

photograph taken during his elevation as a cardinal by Pope Paul VI

Cardinal Sin was only the third native Filipino Archbishop of Manila, following centuries of  Spanish , American , Irish  episcopacy.  He was made cardinal  by Pope Paul VI .     When he was the  Archbishop of Manila, he was widely considered  Primate of the Philippines , though no formal dignity has ever been attached to the archdiocese.

University of San Francisco citation

medal -order of Sikatuna  was conferred to his eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin by President Gloria Macapagal -Arroyo

This award is conferred upon individuals who have rendered exceptional and meritorious services to the Republic of the Philippines, upon diplomats, officials and nationals of foreign states who have rendered conspicuous services in fostering, developing and strengthening relations between their country and the Philippines, or upon personnel of the Department of Foreign Affairs  (DFA), both in the Home Office and in the Foreign Service .

miter , red skull cap and  episcopal bishop ring used by Jaime Cardinal L. Sin during his life time are on display

Miter ( also spelled mitre) from the Greek word  μίτρα, “headband” or “turban”, is a type of headgear now known as the traditional, ceremonial head-dress of bishops and certain abbots in the Roamn Catholic Church. Anglican church  The miter is also used by Anglican Church  some Lutherian  churches, and also bishops and certain other clergy in the Eastern Orthodox and Russian Orthodox .

Skull Cap is also known  called a Zuchetto and it comes in various colours: Red : Cardinal , White : The Pope and members of the Dominican and Norbetine religious orders , Violet: (Called Amaranth Red by the RCC) Patriarchs, Archbishops and Bishops , Black: Priests and Deacons.

Episcopal Ring -When a Bishop is consecrated as Bishop, he receives a ring representing his office (Cardinals receive their own special ring, also). The Pope’s ring, known as the “Fisherman’s Ring,” is the personal and unique seal of that reigning Pontiff and is (or at least used to be) destroyed on his death.

Back side view of the archbishop vestments exhibit

front side view of the exhibit :

Pallium is worn only by archbishops (in their own dioceses), patriarchs, and the Pope, as symbol of their authority. It’s a band of white wool adorned with 6 small black crosses, worn around the neck with extensions front and back, and pinned to the chasuble in three places about the neck. The non-silk part of the pallium is made of white wool, part of which is supplied by two lambs presented annually by the Lateran Canons Regular on the feast of St. Agnes (21 January). The lambs are solemnly blessed on the high altar of that church after the pontifical Mass, and then offered to the pope, who sends palliums made of their wool to the archbishops.

Bacolo or Crozier (crozier, pastoral staff, paterissa, pósokh) is the stylized staff of office (pastoral staff) carried by high-ranking Catholic prelate  The other typical insignia includes the miter  and the episcopal . This was not exhibited .

Pectoral Cross – is worn usually relatively large, suspended from the neck by a cord or chain that reaches well down the chest. It is worn by the clergymen  as an indication of their position, and is different from the small crosses worn on necklace by many Christians, which have no special significance.

death mask done by Mr. Napoleon Abueva

He retired on 15 September 2003, having reached the age of retirement for bishops under Canon Law. He died at the age of 76 on 21 June 2005 .

The author would thank all the people behind this event . The exhibit will run until second week of  March  . There is no entrance fee.

tarpaulin poster with a chronology of events  are hung across EDSA and nearby White Plains Avenue

People Power Monument with yellow-colored flowers

References:

APA citation. Braun, J. (1912). Zucchetto. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. from New Advent:  http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/15765b.htm

MLA citation. Braun, Joseph. “Zucchetto.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 15. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912.

Noonan, Jr., James-Charles (1996). The Church Visible: The Ceremonial Life and Protocol of the Roman Catholic Church. Viking. pp. 191. ISBN 0-670-86745-4.

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