By Raïssa Robles
I urge everyone to drop by the Theater Level in Trinoma Mall (Quezon City) to view nearly 500 incredible photographs snapped by veteran photo journalist Sonny Camarillo.
I guarantee you, you will weep when you see these powerful photographs. Such as the one below taken in Luneta during the funeral of Ninoy –
I met Sonny while covering a protest rally after Ninoy Aquino died.. Probably seeing that I was new to covering rallies, he took me by the hand and guided me. He told me where to position myself so that I could anticipate the action. He told me how to sniff out danger.
This year, Sonny has mounted an incredible collection of all the photos he took during the period starting with Ninoy’s wake and funeral to the Edsa People Power in 1986.
The photographs show the flowering of People Power.
After viewing them, you will realize how incredible it was that we did as a nation, kicking out a Dictator long past his shelf life with our bare hands.
People have asked me whether by siding with those who kicked out Marcos I was being biased against the Marcoses.
Let me put it this way. The Marcoses destroyed democracy. The media is a pillar of democracy for its role is to help guarantee the accountability of leaders who hold power. Which is why I was for the restoration of democracy in 1986.
What we have done with that democracy is another story.
If there is one thing you still have to do to mark the 30th anniversary of Edsa People Power, it is to view Sonny’s photographs.
Hurry. They are there for viewing only until 9 PM of Monday evening, February 29.