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People Power Day February 25 is a Working Holiday

To the dismay of many, February 25, the official celebration of the 1986 People Power Revolution had been declared as a working holiday. This means that the private sector as well as government employees will have work during the day. Students and schools however will not be having any classes on all levels.

The People Power Revolution commemorates the peaceful revolution in the Philippines in 1986 when then dictator Ferdinand Marcos was ousted by a popular revolt. The celebration this year is the 25th year anniversary of the peaceful revolution and will be from February 17 to 27 with the theme "Tatak Edsa: Pilipino Ako, Ako ang Lakas ng Pagbabago or The Mark of Edsa: I am a Filipino, I am the Strength Behind Change."

According to Philippine Online Chronicles, activities for this years celebration includes a concert of original Filipino music, organized in part by singer-composer and member of the EDSA People Power Commission Ogie Alcasid; a book launch; photo exhibits; the planting of 50,000 trees; a 40-hour vigil in churches across the country starting February 23; and a re-enactment of the ‘Salubong’ when the military and the civilians met at the EDSA strip.

A special boodle fight lunch will also be held at EDSA on the 25th, expected to be attended by 2,500 people, including President Noynoy Aquino. A boodle fight is a military-style way of serving food on a long line of banana leaves, to emphasize camaraderie. People are expected to eat with their hands.

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