Monday, February 25, 2008


Rallyists at the foot of the Mendiola Bridge staged their program peacefully while members of the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Navy's anti-riot personnel stood on guard behind razor wire and steel barricades.

Many of the rallyists were members of Youth Act Now, Anak Pawis, The Christian and Muslim Coalition and the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), to name a few. They voiced out their gripes while standing right on the foot of the historic Mendiola bridge.

Due to intermittent rains, both pro- and anti-administration rallies all over Metro Manila peacefully dispersed beginning at around 4 p.m.

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Related links:

Push away evil by Michael Punongbayan - Philstar

Rallies set nationwide with EDSA 1 Anniversary - Newsflash

Pro- and anti-government rallies set to mark EDSA 1 revolt -


posted by Señor Enrique at 6:49 PM


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The devil wears Prada" ... Regardless of the times, Filipinos never lose their sense of humor.

February 25, 2008 7:23 PM  

Blogger carlosceldran said...

That is so wrong.

The Devil wears JC Buendia. She has been wearing him for years.

Nice street theater. But definitely not the boiling point to bring the Devil down.

February 25, 2008 9:34 PM  

Blogger Sidney said...

Your first picture is very powerful... a rose and a clinched fist!

And the "devil" wears Prada is a funny one!

Nice coverage as usual !

February 26, 2008 8:49 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

With more and more young people joining these protest marches, Bugsy, I'm sure I'd be seeing more creative and hilarious expressions of their exasperation with the administration :)

February 26, 2008 9:08 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I didn't even know who JC Buendia is until now that you've mentioned it, Carlos; just googled it.

Yes, interesting street theater. Another one coming up this Friday in Makati.

February 26, 2008 9:16 AM  

Blogger nutart said...

Pinoys have a truly unique way of expressing what you call "pika" o "asar". I forget the many instances or remarks when I would laugh out loud at the witticism.

It really is very interesting for me because I have a foreigner husband (how else can I describe him? :-)) who will look at me painfully because he cannot understand why something "illogically" said can be funny. If I explain it as the saying goes "nawala na!" yung joke.

Great shots! Sana the "Devil wears Prada (or JC Buendia) made it to the frontpages of the mainstream media!

February 26, 2008 9:19 AM  

Blogger Photo Cache said...

I had wonderful memories of EDSA 1. Living so close to Mendiola gives us a better look at all the happenings. It was an amazing time.

February 26, 2008 9:20 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Dspite its powerful imagery, Sidney, the teenage members of Youth Revolt, may have failed to summon the spirit they were calling for.

However, this "Devil wears Prada" protestor might have just inspired the local "bakla" contingent to come out of the woodwork and join the future marches with their usual outrageous and entertaining flair. Hope the religious contingent wouldn't mind their participation ... hehehe.

February 26, 2008 9:27 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Lost in translation, as they say, Bernadette. But you're right! Also, Pinoys are just amazing with word play even in English. Many of them should be working at Madison Avenue as highly-paid copywriters ... hehehe.

If not now, perhaps, in the future rallies, there will be more humorous expressions in which photographs of which will grace the front pages of our broadsheets. That'll be something else, indeed :)

February 26, 2008 9:40 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I was in NYC throughout the entire episode of EDSA 1, Photo Cache. It must have been a time filled with so much optimism.

February 26, 2008 9:42 AM  

Blogger Photowalker said...

Nice coverage. Though I wish I could've been there to shoot too.

February 26, 2008 9:44 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thank you, Photo Cache. It was a peaceful rally that you would have enjoyed covering. Lots of colorful subjects.

February 27, 2008 6:40 AM  

Blogger -= dave =- said...

DJB has some thoughts about EDSA, particularly the second. He says it's a downright coup with special participation of the Chief Justice Davide.

Hm, not much debate here about the relevance of People Power at present.

March 02, 2008 4:15 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hi Dave,

Tried but unable to find DJB's thoughts on EDSA.

Many are under the impression that Pangulong Gloria will serve the remaining years of her presidency.

March 03, 2008 7:21 AM  

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