Edsa Revolution Essay

Theme:  Recapturing the spirit of 1986 People Power Revolution and What It Means to Me as a Filipino-American. 

Length of essay:  700 - 1000 words (not including bibliography, if needed); typed double-spaced, in Arial, Times or Times New Roman font, 12 point size. 

Please submit in PDF format to pawa@pawainc.com by

Deadline:  February 20, 2016, 8:00 p.m., Pacific Daylight Savings time.  

The contest is open to Filipino-Americans, aged 18 - 30, and residents of the U.S.A.  

The following are excluded from participating in the contest: Philippine Consulate staff, PAWA Board members, the People Power @ 30 Organizing Committee, community partners and their families, and writers with a book credit in Books in Print, up to January 31, 2016.  

The contest will be judged by a group composed of PAWA members. Essays will be judged on presentation of ideas, style, clarity and coherence.


Cash prizes:  $500 for First Place (ABS-CBN award); $200 for second (Inquirer.net award); and $100 for third (Philippine American Press Club award). In addition, Certificate(s) of Recognition, selected books from the PAWA catalog, and if local residents, comp admission to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The first place winner will also receive one signed copy each of the new (2016) books by authors Myles Garcia and Mila De Guzman, with subjects relative to the event. The winning essay will be read at the Philippine People Power commemorative event at the Consulate General of the Philippines in San Francisco on February 25th.

Winners grant permission to PAWA, all media sponsors and partners to publish their winning essay.

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Good luck to all entrants. Mabuhay! 



doubt that the social security that the People Power Revolution promised has not been achieved and insome cases, even worsened.

On the same note, there is a huge gap between the rich and poor in the Philippines. This wasagain one of the primary reasons why the People Power Revolution took place. In 2009, the wealth of the 25 richest Filipinos is equal to the wealth of 60 million poor people, as stated in the EDSA article. Onthe Gini Inequality Index, it stands on 44 and succeeded by only by the infamous Latin Americancountries. A Working Paper of the International Monetary Fund points out that in 1985, during theMarcos regime, the income of the wealthiest 20% of the Philippines was equal to the 10 times theannual income of the poorest 20% of the Philippines, while in 1990, this number rose to 11 times thewealth of the poor. Again, one of the very basic ideas that led to the People Power Revolution,inequality, was compromised.

A major complain of the People Power Protesters was the blatant corruption of the Marcosregime. However, the problem is still evident in the country. According to the Global BarometerCorruption Report 2010, 16% of the services in the Philippines are given after taking a bribe. TheCorruption Perceptions Index 2011 rates it at 2.6 with 0 being highly corrupt. According to an articlepublished on the 25th Anniversary of the People Power Revolution, many of the presidents after Marcos,including Arroyo and Joseph Estrada are accused with allegations of corruption. Even though this wasone of the pillars of the EDSA Revolution, the levels of corruption in the state have barely unchanged.

The common Filipino who took part in the revolution had many hope and expectations from thenew administration. The bitter truth is, these future administrators of the Philippines proved to be moreor less the same. During the revolution, numerous promises were made but these had no substance.These included ones on social security, removal of inequality and corruption. The same reasons which

were criticized during Marcos’ s regime were still profound after he left the Philippines. This is because

the people who worked with Marcos were still free. The need in 1986 was to punish the supporters of 

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