Stars at the EDSA People Power of 1986

by Mark Angelo Ching
Feb 25, 2011
The APO Hiking Society was among the many artists who supported the People Power Revolution in 1986.

Stars will shine later at the the People Power Monument for Tatak EDSA 25, a commemoration of the 25th anniversary of People Power, that happened in 1986.

The hosts for tonight's program include Kris Aquino, Boy Abunda, Ruffa Gutierrez, Ogie Alcasid, and Dingdong Dantes. Special guests includeBlack Eyed Peas member apl. de. ap, and other Filipino artists.

In 1986, celebrities supported the People Power Revolution by attending rallies and by composing and performing songs. Here are some of the big names who lent their star power on EDSA 25 years ago:

Inspired by the successful revolution, Jim Paredes composed the song, "Handog ng Pilipino sa Mundo." It was performed and recorded by a group of young recording artists then, including Jim's own APO Hiking Society. The APO's two other members are Buboy Garrovillo and Danny Javier.

Also lending their voices to "Handog ng Pilipino sa Mundo" were Celeste Legaspi, Coritha & Eric, Edru Abraham, Gretchen Barretto, Ivy Violan, Inang Laya, Joseph Olfindo, Kuh Ledesma, Leah Navarro, Lester Demetillo, Noel Trinidad, and Subas Herrero.

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Award-winning director Mike de Leon directed the music video of "Handog ng Pilipino sa Mundo."

Young singer Virna Lisa sang "Magkaisa," a song composed by Sen. Tito Sotto after the peaceful revolution.

Freddie Aguilar performed "Bayan Ko," the anthem against former President Ferdinand Marcos's dictatorship.

"Bayan Ko" was a poem composed by José Corazón de Jesús in 1929, and set to music by Constancio de Guzman.

June Keithley used Ramon Jacinto's radio station, Radyo Bandido, to broadcast the events as they unfolded in EDSA.

Other celebrities who joined the People Power Revolution were Maya Valdes, Leo Martinez, Heber Bartolome, and, of course, Kris Aquino, who was then 15.

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