Malacanang is inviting the Filipino public to join the 27th anniversary celebration of the EDSA People Power Revolution on Monday in EDSA in Quezon City considering its significance to the nation's history.
"Nananawagan tayo at iniimbitahan natin ang ating mga mamamayan na dumalo, lumahok at makiisa sa pagdiriwang natin ng ika-dalawampu't-pitong anibersaryo ng EDSA People Power Revolution na may temang, "Pilipinas Natin, Abot Tanaw Na," Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Hermino Coloma Jr. said in an interview Saturday over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.
Monday's event is important because it will raise awareness on the historic event that happened several decades ago when the Filipino people fought and ousted a tyrannical regime, Coloma said.
The celebration will have greater significance especially to young Filipinos who didn't see and experience the people's bloodless fight against the Marcos dictatorship.
Filipinos launched a civil disobedience movement to boycott institutions connected to the Marcoses following a failed snap election in February 1986, Coloma explained. The move culminated to the EDSA People Power revolt in that year.
President Benigno S. Aquino III will lead the anniversary celebration at the People Power Monument in EDSA. The President will join the flag-raising ceremony and after that he will sign the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013.
The landmark legislation is the state's official recognition of the atrocities committed by the Marcos administration against its own people.
Part of Monday's event is opening the Malacanang grounds to young people for story-telling and sports events to impart Filipino values to the country's youth.
"Bubuksan ang pintuan ng Malacanang Palace doon sa area ng Kalayaan Hall, para maranasan naman ng ating mga mamamayan, lalung-lalo na ng mga kabataan kung paano 'yung nasa loob mismo ng Malacanang Palace," Coloma said.
"Ito ay lalahukan ng mga youth leaders at ang karamihan sa mga dadalo doon at pupunta sa open house ay mga kabataan. Kaya rin naman idineklarang walang pasok para himukin natin ang marami sa mga kabataang nag-aaral pa na kunin din 'yung pagkakataon na magpunta sa Malacanang at sa Kalayaan grounds."