The Diocesan Social Action Center (DSAC-Bacolod) organizes an online and onsite commemoration of EDSA after 36 years.
The event, dubbed as "EDSA Happened! Pwersa sang Masa: Balikdon ang Kagapon, Bwas Kita Maga Bangon!" was a night of sharing and of music by Martial Law and EDSA survivors as resource speakers and local artists.
In his message, Rev. Father Dimitri A. Gatia passionately challenged young people to act in the now. "San-o pa kamo mabangon? Buas pa? Indi buas...kundi subong!", Fr. Gatia commented.
On the other hand, Rev. Fr. Armando B. Onion also delivered a feisty message on the contribution of the Church of Bacolod to the EDSA phenomenon. He asserted that long before EDSA, the Church of Bacolod has already rallied against the abuses of the Marcos dictatorship. According to Fr. Onion, “we have our own narrative that we should not forget.” He cited the examples of Bishop Antonio Y. Fortich and the Negros Nine as main actors in what he believes as a narrative of struggle against Martial Law.
Rev. Frs. Gatia and Onion were also joined by Msgr. Guillermo A. Gaston who was also present at the event.
A sizeable crowd gathered in front of the Bishop’s House, composed of various sectoral representatives, youth groups, seminarians and religious for a night of sharing and music to remember EDSA 36 years after.
In his message, Rev. Fr. Chris S. Gonzales, DSAC Director, acknowledge the presence of all who made the event a success. He also encouraged the youth to step up and take the cause of EDSA in the now. “Subong na ang pagbangon”, Fr. Chris noted.