Ambassador Manuel M. Lopez and embassy personnel sing the national anthemThe officers and staff of the Embassy of the Philippines led by Ambassador Manuel M. Lopez. (AMML) held a simple ceremony to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution.
The ceremony started with the singing of the national anthem, followed by the reading of the message of Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III by consul general Marian Jocelyn Tirol- Ignacio. The highlight of the ceremony was the remarks given by AMML. Noting that some embassy personnel had not yet been born when the People Power Revolution occurred, the ambassador shared his personal experiences of the events leading to and during this momentous event in Philippine history.
AMML recalled that his brother [Eugenio “Geny” Lopez Jr.] was put in prison during martial law, and that they lost their family-owned businesses to the dictatorship. His family strove to survive during those times.
“The assassination of Sen. Benigno Aquino in 1983 became the catalyst for EDSA,” noted AMML, who was present with other members of his family at EDSA from day one.
He expressed the hope that Filipinos will never forget EDSA and will always cherish the freedom they now enjoy. (Excerpted from http://tokyo.philembassy.net/)