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PGMA to lead EDSA commemoration ceremonies

Manila (19 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is expected to lead the wreath laying ceremony at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on February 22 that will kick off the four-day celebration of the 22nd commemoration of the Edsa I People Power.

During the wreath laying that will start at 7:00 a.m., President Arroyo will be joined by Vice President Noli de Castro, Edsa People Power Commission (EPPC) Chairman, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, Sec. Teodoro, AFP Gen. H Esperon, PNP Director General Avelino Razon, Mayor S. Tinga, Cabinet Officials, Diplomatic Corps and AFP Major Commodores.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, EPPC Chair said this year's commemoration will be celebrated on February 22-25 with the theme "Kapayapaan at Pagkakaisa Tungo sa Kaunlaran".

The National Organizing Committee with the EPPC composed of the different agencies, government owned and controlled corporations, and non-government organizations have lined up other activities to highlight the commemoration.

After the wreath laying, a media forum will follow at Bulwagan ng Bayani with VP Noli de Castro and Exec. Sec. Ermita and EPPC officials.

The day's event will also include the opening of the photo exhibit of Sonny Camarillo dubbed "EDSA Then & Now" at the Marikina Riverbank Mall and a video showing of EDSA documentary in all networks.

February 23 is slated as Youth Day. Activities during the day included the Department of Education's Oratorical Contest/Painting at the NCCA Auditorium. Other activities are the NYC Debate at NCCA Auditorium, Philippine Sports Commission Sports Exhibits in NCR, Baguio, Cebu, Davao and Bacolod and Dambana ng Bayan EPPC Photo Exhibit in EDSA and Bantayog ng Bayani.

On the other hand, a community mass which will start at 5:30 p.m. is scheduled on February 24 at the EDSA Shrine.

On February 25, a simultaneous flag raising will be conducted in Cebu, Baguio, Davao and People Power Monument at 7 a.m. This will be followed at 9:00 a.m. by an Ecumenical Concelebrated Mass and at 10 a.m. a jobs fair at the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA).

A simultaneous flag raising will also be held in Philippine Embassies, consular offices abroad and selected cities.

Through Proclamation No. 1462, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has declared February 25 as a special non-working day throughout the country to give Filipinos the opportunity to observe this historic event. (PIA Iloilo) [top]

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