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No classes on February 23 to mark EDSA People Power Revolt - PGMA

Manila (20 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has declared Monday, February 23, 2009 as special holiday for all private and public schools at all levels throughout the country in commemoration of the 23rd anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution.

The holiday was declared by virtue of Proclamation No. 1728 which was signed by Executive Secretary Eduardo R. Ermita by order of the President, on February 19, 2009.

Proclamation No. 1728 states that it is but fitting that the entire Filipino nation be given the opportunity to observe this milestone in the country's history because the historic event restored and ushered political, social and economic reforms in the country.

The historic event also serves as an inspiration to Filipinos everywhere as they continue to chart the collective efforts as a nation and as people.

Since the Proclamation did not mention anything about workers, then February 23 is a regular working day for both private and government employees.

In 2007, President Arroyo issued Proclamation No. 1224, declaring Feb. 22-25 every year as "EDSA People Power Commemoration Week" to perpetuate and propagate the spirit of the historic 1986 event.

The People Power Revolution which is also known as the EDSA Revolution and the Philippine Revolution of 1986, was a series of nonviolent and prayerful mass street demonstrations in the Philippines that occurred in 1986.

These protests were the culmination of a long resistance by the people against the 20-year running authoritarian regime of then current president Ferdinand Marcos and made news headlines as "the revolution that surprised the world," a non bloody revolution.

The protests, fueled by a resistance and opposition of years of corrupt governance, occurred from February 22 to 25 in 1986, when Marcos fled Malacaņang Palace to the United States and conceded to Corazon Aquino as President of the Philippines. (PIA 8) [top]

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