After EDSA Revolution

After the fall of Marcos’ regime, EDSA (Epifanio de los Santos Avenue) came to signify the People Power Revolution of 1986. Writing became even more nationalistic especially because it was influenced by the tragic 1990 earthquake in Baguio City, the Mount Pinatubo eruption in Zambales, and the disastrous flood in Ormoc City.

Post-EDSA compositions speak of varied subjects heavily alluding to the colorful history of the nation, its effect on present Filipino culture, and the insistent resilience brought about by change. Also, a lot of award-giving bodies and writers’ organizations emerged.

Worth-noting are the following:

  1. The appearance of female writings calling for gender equality and freedom of expression.
  2. Criticism of write-ups about women.
  3. LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Plus) compositions.
  4. Revolutionary essays calling out for reforms in government.
  5. The plight of OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers).
  6. The endless fight against poverty and the focus on self-actualization hand-in-hand with the consistent priority of the family.
  7. The emergence writings done in local languages.
  8. References:

    • Ang Literatura ng Pilipinas, “The Literature of the Philippines.” CHED Technical Panel, Manila: De La Salle University Press, Inc., 1997.
    • Baltazar, Silverio, et. al. Philippine Literature: Past and Ptesent. Quezon City: Katha Publishing Co., Inc., 1981.
    • Bascara, Linda, et. al. “Philippine Literature.” Manila: Rex Book Store, 1999.
    • del Castillo, Teofilo T. and Buenaventura S. Medina, Jr. Philippine Literature from Ancient Times to Present. Quezon City: Philippine Graphic Arts, Inc., 1974.
    • Tomeldan, Yolanda, et. al. “Prism: An Introduction to Literature.” UP Printing Press, 1985.
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