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This Week in Metro Manila (February 20 to 26, 2017)

February 25 is declared a Special Non-Working Day

By: Patricia Marie Prado | February 20, 2017
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EDSA People Power Revolution

Manila EDSA celebration 2017

EDSA People Power Revolution will have its 31st anniversary this week. (Image: EDSA People Power Commission)

This week in Manila, EDSA People Power Revolution will have its 31st anniversary on February 25. The momentous event is declared a special non-working day and will fall on a Saturday. The government has prepared a string of activities on the 25th to celebrate the said event.

Mass in commemoration of EDSA People Power Revolution

31 years ago on February 25, Filipinos from all walks of life gathered at the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, known today as EDSA, to hold a peaceful demonstration to end the reign of former dictator President Ferdinand E. Marcos. Today the event is remembered annually to celebrate the efforts of the Filipino people who fought for the freedom of the country now known as the EDSA People Power Revolution.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea will spearhead the events with the theme of “A Day of Reflection: Celebrating People Power,” on February 25 for the annual commemoration of the EDSA People Power Revolution.

A mass will be held inside Camp Aguinaldo and a program led by the EDSA People Power Commission to remember the efforts of the revolution will follow.

No traffic rerouting on February 25

Manila EDSA celebration 2017

Expect traffic and demonstrations on the 25th. (Image: Silent No More PH)

The government didn’t declare any traffic rerouting on the 25th yet for the celebration of the EDSA People Power Revolution. But people who will pass by EDSA along Camp Aguinaldo, Santolan, and Ortigas are still advised to expect traffic build up as certain events will take place on said areas.

Demonstrations hosted by various groups are also to be expected on February 25. A coalition called February 25 Coalition along with other groups and alliances are gathering on the 25th along EDSA White Plains Ave. to host protests and programs from 4:00 PM until midnight. Thus motorists and commuters that need to pass by the area are advised to take a different route instead or allot extra travel time to avoid being stuck in traffic.

Sunshine to rule the rest of the week

Manila EDSA celebration 2017

Sunny weather will rule the week

This week’s weather will predominantly be sunny until the weekend. Although slight showers are to be expected in the middle of the week, the EDSA People Power Revolution anniversary will be welcomed with a sunny weather. The February chill is still expected to last and a jacket is advised to be worn for protection from the cold.

February 25 declared as a Special Non-Working Day

Manila EDSA celebration 2017

The People Power Monument located on the corner of EDSA and White Plains Avenue in Barangay Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City (Image: Filipino History, News and Classic Stories)

By Proclamation No. 50, s. 2016, February 25 is declared a Special Non-Working Day. The declaration is in line of the remembrance of the 31st anniversary of the peaceful EDSA People Power Revolution. Malls and other public areas are in business as usual, while government offices are closed since the said event will fall on a Saturday.
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About Patricia Marie Prado
Patricia came from the field of business and accounting but is now pursuing her dreams of being a writer. She is a self-confessed introvert and is passionate about reading, travelling, writing, movies, coffee and God. When she's not writing, she loves discovering new coffee shops/cafe and doing TV-series marathons.
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