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1986 Philippine People Power Revolution Large Language Model POV

Updated: Apr 12, 2023

Only this afternoon, I have asked large language (Open AI) model ChatGPT this. "How influential is the 1986 Philippine People Power Revolution?" This has been the response.


"The Philippine People Power Revolution, also known as the EDSA Revolution, was a non-violent popular movement that toppled the authoritarian regime of President Ferdinand Marcos and restored democracy in the Philippines in 1986. It was a significant event not only in Philippine history but also in world history, and its impact was far-reaching.

Here are some ways in which the People Power Revolution was influential:


  1. "It inspired other non-violent movements around the world: The People Power Revolution was one of the first successful non-violent popular uprisings in the world. Its success inspired other non-violent movements, including the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia, the Singing Revolution in Estonia, and the Tiananmen Square protests in China.

  2. "It restored democracy to the Philippines: The People Power Revolution ended the 20-year rule of President Marcos and ushered in a new era of democracy in the Philippines. It established a new constitution, which limited the powers of the president and guaranteed civil liberties and human rights.

  3. "It showed the power of collective action: The People Power Revolution demonstrated the power of ordinary citizens to effect change. The movement was led by a coalition of opposition leaders, religious groups, and civil society organizations, but it was largely driven by millions of Filipinos who took to the streets to demand change.

  4. "It had a profound impact on Philippine society: The People Power Revolution had a profound impact on Philippine society, shaping its political, cultural, and economic landscape. It paved the way for the modernization of the country and the rise of a new generation of leaders who were committed to democratic values.

"Overall, the People Power Revolution was a transformative event that had a lasting impact not only on the Philippines but also on the world. It demonstrated the power of people to bring about change and inspired other movements around the world."



Corazon Aquino taking the oath of office before Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee Sr. Club Filipino, San Juan on February 25, 1986. Photograph by Joe Galvez. Colorization by Prince Javier (https://youtube.com/@princejavier8501).


Days earlier, I have asked a similar question. "What are some of the political movements beyond the Philippine territory that have been influenced or inspired by the People Power Revolution in 1986?" This has been the response.


"The People Power Revolution in 1986 has been seen as a model and inspiration for other political movements, particularly in countries undergoing transitions to democracy or seeking to end authoritarian rule. Some examples include:


  1. "Eastern Europe: The events in the Philippines were seen as a source of inspiration for the peaceful protests that toppled communist regimes in Eastern Europe in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

  2. "Burma (Myanmar): The People Power Revolution was cited as a source of inspiration for the pro-democracy movement in Burma (Myanmar) in 1988 and again in 2007.

  3. "Ukraine: The Orange Revolution of 2004 in Ukraine was influenced by the events in the Philippines and was seen as a peaceful, nonviolent way to challenge electoral fraud and promote democratic change.

  4. "Arab Spring: The People Power Revolution was invoked as a source of inspiration during the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011, as people across the Middle East and North Africa sought to end decades of authoritarian rule and establish democratic governments.


"These are just a few examples of how the People Power Revolution has influenced and inspired political movements beyond the Philippine territory. The legacy of the People Power Revolution continues to be felt around the world and is seen as a powerful example of the potential for nonviolent protest to bring about political change."


This is the catch. The son of the former dictator overthrown during this event is now president.


Should be no surprise. Reading comprehension is lowest among 79 countries surveyed.


How this happens. Public does not read much. Gets very limited information that is on many occasions low in factuality. Mostly via verbal accounts -- includes such sources as Tik Tok, Youtube shorts, vlogs, or noontime TV shows. Public ends up incapable of critical thinking. Indicated by number of budol-budol, fake news, pyramiding scam, financial scam, or trolling victims. Fallacious forms of reasoning impregnating the mental models of much of the public.


"The enemies are the wrong forms of reasoning that contaminate minds like viruses that contaminate our blood streams. These wrong forms of reasoning make zombies out of our generals and the common people."


This generation is not into reading. More into games and video shorts. With 8-second attention span. What the plague does.


We need to get our kids to enjoy and love reading -- not just to make them read. Enjoy and love reading. That is how we are going to get the vaccine to enter the mental models of our kids.

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