DAGUPAN CITY, (PNA) Hundreds of elementary pupils from Lyceum Northwestern University (LNU) Dagupan were the first to read and listen to the story of EDSA people power revolution as the EDSA People Power Commission launched the EDSA children’s book here on Thursday.
The EPPC, now on its 23rd provincial tour, conducted a “Salubungan Forum” with the high school and college students of LNU prior to the book launch.
Commissioner Cesar Sarino of EPPC told the students the story of EDSA people power which he said was one of the greatest historical events that took place in the country yet was seemingly taken for granted and unknown to the new generation.
Dagupan City Mayor Belen Fernandez and provincial administrator Rafael Howard Baraan graced the forum with Sarino.
Fernandez in her speech said that to her the value of the people power lives on as each one strives to attain the “Matuwid na Daan” being led by the administration of President Benigno Aquino III.While, Baraan inspired the students to regain their love for their country since they are said to be the hope of the nation.
Sarino said that the EPPC aims to spread the experience and virtue that happened in EDSA 27 years ago to the youth of the nation through conducting forums and by creating the children’s book which is now distributed in the schools of the several provinces visited by the commission.
“The people power revolution did not only oust a dictator but it also brought back to the Filipino what this country stands for and who are the Filipinos,” he said.
He was referring to President Ferdinand Marcos who declared martial law in 1972 — he was elected in 1965 — and lifted this in 1981, three months before the presidential elections in summer.
He urged the young people to be a member of the EPPC network, a movement that encourages the members to live out the virtues of unity, volunteerism and love of the country that were seen during the 1986 people power revolution.
The EPPC will be in Nueva Ecija in October.