I’m John lex Grayda, migrated here in Manila when I was 16. Now studying in the beautiful institution of University of Makati, escaping from mathematics,I took Political Science adventure. And hey I’m 19, I felt so old. I lived before in Bulan, Sorsogon, (Bicol province), Philippines. I graduated from Holy Spirit Academy of Irosin. Became a junior staff writer of our school paper, “Umalahokan”, my first article was about “Father’s day”, and a news article about “the special mass” which I can’t hardly remember the event. I speak bicol, and off-course tagalog ( when I arrived in Manila my tagalog is book-based) now I have this metropolitan tagalog, there are some terms that shocked me when I first heard and eventually I get rid of it and used it. I speak little Spanish just basics, I can understand more than I speak. I am avid fun of Hispanic Culture, I’m super eager to learn Spanish language and eventually fly to Latin America and Spain I love geography. I love memorizing the capitals of the countries, their locations on the map. My favourite countries are Australia and Mexico. I love the aussie accent, I’d like to visit Sydney, the opera house, bondi beach, great barrier reef, ayers rock and other spectacular view of vast Australian content. Talking about my personality, it’s hard to grasp. Once you talk with me we’ll get along, I’m friendly, talkative, I like informative conversation, especially Spanish culture, and language, history of the Philippines, geography. I like watching informative shows, especially the documentaries of National Geographic Channel, I learn tons of things from this channel, my favourites documentaries are “Air Crash Investigation”, “Don’t tell my mother”, I almost seen all of the documentaries, that’s why I can’t wait for the new series, and documentaries on NatGeo. When it comes to news I prefer DZMM teleradyo for local news, TVE( Television Espanyola, for Spanish news), CNN for international news. For sports I enjoy watching soccer especially the World Cup 2010 jubilation. I play badminton. I don’t like those people who are overly dramatic.
The Edsa Spirit is basically a congregation of people aiming for one common goal, that is ousting or dismantling the dictatorship/authoritarianism of President then Marcos. This is actually a collective idea who turns into a massive velvet revolution, an unbelievable outburst of emotion that the people during that time conceals only within themselves, because they are afraid of their lives and safety. Edsa Spirit is likewise a manifestation of profound love on this country (Philippines) a time for the people to stand on their principle and depict it to the dictatorship that they are already ill-sick of the system that Marcos had installed for Filipino people.
This was the turning point for the Filipino people to gather as one to achieve what this country truly deserves to have. Although this was a giant risk for them, they still go ahead, because they know that the Edsa Spirit, which is synonymous to “Damayan” will never turn their back to anyone who is in despair. That is why during the 1986 Edsa revolution fear is nothing for Filipinos, because they find their safety in the presence of the flock zealous Filipino people.
Further “Edsa Spirit” is one of the avenue in achieving the Freedom and true democracy. If not or have not the people gathered and shout what they want, I think dictatorship would be still existing today. In line with this “Edsa Spirit” is a continues search for Freedom, even if we already achieved what the Filipino people had won during the 1986 Revolution, we have to ensure that freedom is existing indefinitely. Maintaining Freedom and democracy in this country means we are emphasizing and giving importance to the revolution, those Filipinos who lost their lives, those who risk their lives, those who given what they have and those who sacrificed just to give this country the true meaning of Freedom and Democracy, which the Filipino people deserve to have.
Edsa Spirit is actually bifurcated into two:
You have the “Spirit of Edsa” in terms of ejecting something from the position or dismantling the tyranny administration. Edsa Spirit is then a collective action of people, to overthrow dictatorship. It is a “Bayanihan” wherein all-walks-of-life gathered together to achieve and fight for one common goal which is Freedom and Democracy.
Another view of “Spirit of Edsa” is the maintenance of what had the Filipino fought during the 1986 revolution. It means meanwhile enjoying Freedom and Democracy we also have to make it sure that we will never be deprive of it again. We basically needed to make it existing, for our grand-grand children experience what Freedom and Democracy is like. We have to remind ourselves of the sufferings, risk, lost lives, yearning and pitch darkness during Martial and make ourselves, rest assure that it will never be impose again in any way.