“Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Those who do not remember their past are condemned to repeat their mistakes.” -George Santayana
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Edsa 1 People Power last month, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism went out of the streets of Metro Manila and asked several students about their take on this historic event. The end-product is this video entitled “Jaywalking Edsa”, and watching our youth’s seeming obliviousness of their past was quite a disconcerting experience.
Fortunately, there are still young people out there who remain serious in learning the nation’s history and the important lessons it teaches us in charting a better future for our children and grandchildren. The following article about Edsa 1 was written by Patricia Evangelista, the Philippine Daily Inquirer‘s youngest opinion columnist. A speech communication graduate from the University of the Philippines and the first Filipina to win the International Public Speaking Contest in 2004 (read her winning piece here), Patricia also works as a TV host and producer.