People Power Day in the Philippines Date in the current year: February 25, 2024

People Power Day in the Philippines People Power Day (also EDSA Revolution Anniversary) is annually observed on February 25 in the Philippines. This is a special observance for the country: it's a non-working holiday only for schools.

The history of People Power Day is connected to snap elections of President Ferdinand Marcos, that were held on February 7, 1986. The elections were violated, that resulted in demonstrations and protests. Amidst the controversy, Marcos was proclaimed as the winner of the elections and all 50 opposing members of the Parliament walked out in protest.

Corazon Aquino, Marcos' the main political opponent during the elections, called on the mass protest against presidency of Marcos. She was supported by the public and the Catholic Church, which led to a military revolution in the country.

The main events of the revolution took place on a long stretch of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) in Manila on February 22-25. The mass protest involved over 2 million Filipino civilians and several political, military and religious groups. The protest culminated in departure of Marcos and Corazon Aquino was proclaimed as the legislate President.

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