The Philippine Embassy in Madrid, together with the Filipino community, organized a mass to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution at the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora del Espino in Madrid on February 24.
Attended by over 300 Filipinos, the mass highlighted the importance of the spirit of the EDSA People Power Revolution especially in light of challenges that the Philippines faces in today.
During the short program, Ambassador Carlos C. Salinas reminded everyone to give importance to the country´s democracy and the constant need for unity.
“While much was gained in that singular event (EDSA), much more needs to be done and that each and everyone has a role to play,” he noted.
The mass was Ambassador Salinas’ first community engagement since assuming as Philippine Ambassador to Spain.
The members of the Filipino community, who wore specially made “Tatak Edsa” yellow t-shirts, enthusiastically sang the songs associated with the EDSA People Power Revolution mainly Bayan Ko, Handog ng Pilipino sa Mundo and Magkaisa and proudly waived their Philippine flags to the beat of the music.
After the mass, which was co-celebrated by two Filipino priests based in Spain, a small merienda was held at the community center where Filipinos exchanged their personal experiences of EDSA.
The Embassy also hosted a small flag-raising ceremony for Embassy personnel and members of the Filipino community.
It was followed by a breakfast of chocolate con churros to the delight of the members of the Filipino community.
The Embassy also screened documentaries of the EDSA People Power Revolution for the whole week at the Consular area as part of its EDSA celebrations, as well as the live EDSA People Power Revolution celebrations in Manila.
In addition to these activities, another EDSA commemorative mass was heldon February 27 in Madrid.