This is an eyewitness account of revolution. It is different from the usual such account in that it is not one, but several witnesses speaking. It also speaks of a different sort of revolution, one that is nonviolent, fought not with arms but with what has since been not the strength of an army nor a political grouping, but the power of prayer. They feel they have been called “people power.” Revolutions tend to be ugly, even when successful. This is an exception; it is a “beautiful revolution.” Its “combatants” include men, women, and children who had more fun than fear during the event, and who like to think of what they went through as a religious experience. Their triumph confirms for them part of a miracle. The revolution took place in Manila on February 22-25, 1986. It came as a dramatic sequel to an electoral contest waged between President Ferdinand Marcos, in power for 20 years, and Mrs. Corazon Aquino, widow of the assassinated political leader Benigno Aquino, Jr. Many had predicted that Aquino would get the votes, but that Marcos would claim power, and that the Filipinos would simply accept it as they had in the past accepted corrupt elections.
Published in 1986.