Documentaries About the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution in the Philippines

Every 25th of February of the year, the Philippines commemorates the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution which symbolizes the restoration of democracy in the Philippines after the Marcos Regime.

While most of the Millennials (like me) and Gen Zs aren’t born yet during this historical event, we all want to have a glimpse of what really happened during that time. Sure, it happened in 1986, but we’re not all gonna lie that this event still affects the Philippines today. Hence, it’s every Filipinos’ responsibility to educate themselves of what happened back then and how are we all going to make sense of it today.

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But before that, here is a music video of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution in the Philippines by Virna Lisa:

The 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution in the Philippines Theme Song: Magkaisa

I am a huge documentary lover, and with that, I have compiled these seven documentaries I found over the internet about the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution.

EDSA 20 ‘ISANG LARAWAN’ (2016)

This 50-minute documentary was produced by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, a national newspaper network in the Philippines.

Description from YouTube: This documentary special, which was released in 2006 to mark the 20th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution, uses voices that had previously never been heard from before.

EDSA 30 (2016)

This 20-minute documentary was a follow-up for the previous EDSA 20 documentary also by Inquirer.Net.

COUP D’ETAT: THE PHILIPPINES REVOLT 1986 (2017)

This 1-hour documentary was produced by an Australian television network.

Description from YouTube: Australian television documentary that describes the four days of nonviolent military revolt that saw the ouster of President Ferdinand Marcos from the Philippines. Explains who participated in the revolt and why it was successful.

1986 PEOPLE POWER EDSA HISTORY (2013)

This 25-minute documentary was produced by the Philippine Department of National Defense in 2013.

BIYAHENG EDSA (2006)

This 30-minute documentary was produced by GMA News and Public Affairs, a national television network in the Philippines.

Description from YouTube: In this documentary that originally aired in February 2006, broadcast journalist Howie Severino travelled along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue, more widely known as EDSA, to investigate how the Philippines has changed in the 20 years since People Power. We are reposting this video online in anticipation of the 25th Anniversary of People Power this February 21 to 25, 2011.

BATAS MILITAR (1997)

This 2-hour documentary was produced by the Foundation for Worldwide People Power (FWWPP).

Description from YouTube: From the Foundation for Worldwide People Power (FWWPP), the makers of “Beyond Conspiracy: 25 Years after the Aquino Assassination,” comes a documentary that was critically-acclaimed for its coverage about one of the darkest episodes in Philippine history when the whole nation suffered under the unmitigated oppression by the Marcos authoritarian rule.

4 thoughts on “Documentaries About the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution in the Philippines”

  1. I am lucky to have witnessed the EDSA revolution when I was on my second year high school in Tondo. Though I am not physically present, the feelings are intense that time. I remember those videos and photos. Thank you for comemorating that special event.

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  2. I was with the UP Manila contingent in EDSA at that time. I donโ€™t remember, which day it was. I remember there was no tension so we were able to sleep, but the nice thing then was we woke up to the sound of Walk of Life by the Dire Straits, a blues-rock song with a good-vibe riff for an intro. It must have been 5 or 6 in the morning. The sun was already up and I saw Prof. Randy David nearby sweeping to keep the area clean.
    We were better than those in Woodstock in that regard

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  3. I was with the UP Manila contingent in EDSA at that time. I don’t remember, which day it was. I remember there was no tension so we were able to sleep, but the nice thing then was we woke up to the sound of Walk of Life by the Dire Straits, a blues-rock song with a good-vibe riff for an intro. It must have been 5 or 6 in the morning. The sun was already up and I saw Prof. Randy David nearby sweeping to keep the area clean.
    We were better than those in Woodstock in that regard

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  4. February 1986, I was 15 turning 16 years old, a graduating HS student of Rizal High School Pasig. It was a mixed emotion, sad and worried because graduation rites might be postponed or cancelled. Our family was listening to Radio Veritas, I personally and actually heard all the happenings in EDSA. Those documentaries are legit. I salute to all the people who responded for their bravery and courage. At home, we joined by praying the rosary, with the intention toโ€ฆ bless all the people in EDSA, to justice be revived. Praying that no one will be hurt and die. Being a Legion of Mary, I tearfully prayed that Mama Mary will intercede to end the injustice and corruption of Marcos government. I hope that our Filipino youth will not be corrupted by false narratives of the Marcos funded fake historians to distort this momentous historical event that made every Filipino proud. The bloodless revolution that overthrown a corrupt dictator.

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