EDSA 20: An Invite

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.


Filed under Readings in Media, Readings in Politics, Readings in Religion

5 responses to “EDSA 20: An Invite

  1. Issy

    Hi, I like your blog — balanced, clear, intelligent analyses. I wish I had read your post before the 20th, I would’ve have liked to see the docu. But since I didn’t, here’s my question–are Enrile & FVR represented in the docu? Enrile in particular played a critical role in EDSA 1, a role w/c Cory Aquino attempted to erase in all her gov’t ads, propaganda, & photo exhibits on people power & w/c FVR “restored” when he became President.

  2. Thank you for the kind words, Issy. We’re working on making the docu available on the Internet, and for personal downloads, very soon. But yes, the role of Enrile and Ramos was reflected. While Enrile declined to be interviewed and Ramos had too tight a schedule, Gringo Honasan (in my view) made up for their absence. Or at least that’s what I’d like to think. I do realize that I may be guilty of the intentional fallacy!

  3. Issy

    Oh great! I’d really like to see the docu. 🙂 And yes, Honasan probably did make up for the absence of the other two.

    Off topic — The first post of yours I read was the one on Dean & Sassy. I didn’t comment then, but I thought that was a great post. I’m not a lawyer, but I grew up in a family of lawyers, so I more or less have learned how to spot lawyerly bs.

    Hope to keep reading your posts — Cheers!

  4. Many thanks, Issy. I think the main thing about the Dean & Sassy imbroglio I objected to was mistaking popularity for good sense. Conversely, we shouldn’t mistake lack of popularity for … you get the picture!

  5. tracking back…

    Edsa 20/20: Download the Documentary

    Last February 20, Newsstand announced that, “we are working on making it available on the Internet very soon.”

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