May I invite you — if you happen to read this before 8:30 pm on February 20 (Manila time), that is — to watch EDSA 20: Isang Larawan? If the notice comes too late (we were working straight till 3pm today to try to cut the documentary some more, to accommodate the, ah, unexpectedly solid commercial load), my apologies — but we are working on making it available on the Internet very soon. And, oh, it will air in the United States and in Japan on the Mabuhay Channel, on February 25, at 9pm Pacific Standard Time.
What I like best about this documentary is that, in part because we kept the cameras rolling, so to speak, we catch a glimpse of the true personality of the interview subjects: Gringo Honasan’s charismatic bravado; Charles Hotchkiss’s quiet, confidence-building steadiness (he led the defection of the helicopter squadron); Sister Ping Ocariza’s joyful innocence (she is the open-mouthed nun praying the rosary in front of the tanks on Edsa); Butz Aquino’s gung-ho, can-do spirit.
I worked on the Reuter-Mercado "People Power" book in 1986, and I believe I am up to speed on "developments" in the Edsa story, but every time I see certain images from those four days, or read or hear certain stories, I still find myself moved to tears. If I were asked for a summary of what it was we in Inquirer TV sought to do in EDSA 20: Isang Larawan, I would say: We wanted to recreate, or at least recall, that moving experience.