Today marks the 29th anniversary of People Power Revolution (also known EDSA Revolution). This post is a tribute to all the regular people who braved the street known as EDSA and the iconic personalities to overthrow an oppressive government.
In 2010 Victorinox, in partnership with the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation, released a limited edition yellow classic. It is a Classic with yellow cellidor scales printed with the portraits of Cory and Ninoy Aquino in the front scale and in the back, the iconic Ninoy Aquino eye glasses with the iamninoy iamcory inscription. It also has a special yellow box.
Ninoy and Cory Aquino were two of the most respected and celebrated leaders of our country, the Philippines. Their eldest son, Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III is currently the incumbent (15th) President of the Philippines.
Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino II was a senator during the 1960s and 1970s and was a constant critic of the Marcos regime. He was arrested when Martial Law was established in 1972. Following a heart attack, he was permitted to travel to the United States for medical treatment. After recuperating, he toured America; attending symposiums, lectures, and giving speeches in freedom rallies opposing the Marcos dictatorship. He decided to go back to the Philippines knowing fully well what can happen. He was assassinated at the Manila International Airport in 1983 upon returning from his self-imposed exile. His death catapulted his widow, Corazon Aquino, into the political limelight, and prompted her to run for President as member of the UNIDO party in the 1986 snap elections. This turn of events ended the 21 year-Marcos regime after the EDSA People Power (peaceful) Revolution on February 1986.
Corazon "Cory" Aquino was Ninoy's widow and run against Ferdinand Marcos for the Philippine Presidency in the 1986 snap elections. The elections declared Ferdinand Marcos was the winner but widespread cheating prompted Filipinos to revolt on February 1986 and was known as the EDSA People Power Revolution, a peaceful revolution (without bloodshed) that resulted to the forced departure of Marcos and establishment of a new government and constitution led by Cory Aquino.
Bonus: watch great videos of Ninoy's speeches at www.youtube.com/NinoyAquinoTV