EDSA is probably one of the toughest stories to write because it [the 1986 People Power Revolution] is such a defining moment in our history and retelling it for a new generation seems like a daunting task. Also, we all have different versions of that event that can be framed through different lenses – from historical to personal.
Since we lack stories on the revolution intended for young readers, I wanted this book to have an introductory feel that can capture both their curiosity as well as their imagination. So I decided to write about the event from their perspective.
The tricky part of the storytelling is in choosing which scenes should be given prominence. I think the magic of EDSA is clearly demonstrated in those small, seemingly unnoticed, moments that radiate with real emotions. Through the child’s eyes, I attempted to recreate those wonderful images vis-à-vis the iconic ones.
I think Serj Bumatay did a wonderful job in his re-imagination of Edsa. His visuals were current but at the same time nostalgic in feel. I purposely used words sparingly because I wanted the visuals to drive the story forward.
Most of the images I included in the book were culled from memory. These are the vivid scenes that left an impression when I was young. And I wanted to share those images with the young readers. I wanted them to ask questions the way I did during those times.
What do you think is the significance of EDSA to children?
EDSA is more than just a piece of our history. It is a wellspring of solid Filipino values like determination, cooperation, perseverance, etc. It is about unity. It is about faith. It is about freedom. It showcases the unwavering Filipino spirit. And I think children can learn a lot about themselves and what they are capable of doing through this book