FVR brings ‘Pilipinas’ roadshow to Dagupan; unveils new EDSA 1 book and SAF docu

September 24, 2012 at 11:25 am Leave a comment

DAGUPAN CITY – Former President Fidel V. Ramos’s unveiled a retrospective on the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution and a chronicle of the milestones by an elite police unit via a book tour and documentary roadshow here last September 14.

In the Dagupan leg of the Pilipinas: The Story Behind the Glory, Ramos presented to spectators at the jam-packed Lyceum Northwestern University Gymnasium the book Silver Linings: 25 Years of the EDSA People Power Revolution and Beyond and Tagaligtas: Special Armed Forces Video Documentary.

The former president, one of the stalwarts who sparked the historic peaceful ending of the 21 years of Marcos dictatorship, told the audience that to kindle the ever-burning spirit of the revolution, they must love God, their homeland, the Filipino people and the environment.

“The book is [a gift] by Pangasinenses to the whole country,” he added.

Proving that he has still got the charisma he sported when he was still the head of the state, Ramos pulled volunteers from the crowd, leading them to reenact the “Victory Jump”.

The audience burst into thunderous clapping and cheers as the already 84-year-old former president went ahead of the younger volunteers to finish 15 push-ups.

Asked on the relevance of the revolution today, he replied, “More relevant today that what happened on February 22, 1986. How the people kick out the dictator with the power of peace, they cannot replicate it.”

Asked if there is a possibility of an third revolution, he said such won’t happen if the citizen will vote only for the patriotic candidate because through that way the democracy the Filipinos had fought for during the First EDSA Revolution will always be alive.

On the Responsible Parenthood bill which is currently tackled in both upper and lower plenary of the congress, saying that the he stands by his “Ramos Policy” or fostering families according to exercise of freedom of conscience of people to produce quality life and children.

Mayor Benjamin S. Lim opened the roadshow hosted by the city government by encouraging in his welcome remarks the youth to protect and live by the democracy that is the legacy of the pacific tyrant ouster.

Before Ramos addressed the crowd, an audio-visual presentation featuring the highlights of the Silver Linings book and film showing of the Tagapagligtas documentary rolled.

The spectators also heard from the book’s main author and noted Ramos family biographer Melandrew Velasco, book co-author Gen. Renato Velasco who introduced the former president and former Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Rafael Alunan III who produced the documentary, with LNU Pres. Gonzalo Duque capping the show with his closing remarks.

Ramos donated a copy of the book and documentary along with a compilation of his books to the university and Dagupan City National High School, the only two institutions in the country that received such collection apart from the National Library of the Philippines based in Manila. (CIO)

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