ARROYO  MARKS  2001  EDSA II  ANNIVERSARY  W/  MASS  AT  PALACE

MANILA, January 17, 2005
(STAR) President Arroyo celebrated yesterday her 2001 assumption to power in a military-backed civilian uprising with a Mass at Malacañang.

The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Rico Nobleza of San Antonio de Padua Parish.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said it was good that Mrs. Arroyo was able to hear Mass with the public at the Palace’s Ceremonial Hall "...in order to provide an important symbolism that Malacañang is for the people."

Ermita said EDSA II will continue to be celebrated along with EDSA I on Feb. 22 to 25, and that the EDSA People Power Commission would decide whether the two EDSA ceremonies could be integrated.

EDSA II has brought peaceful elections last May and continuing peace efforts between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, he added.

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said the administration continues to engage "civil society" in dialogue to recognize its role in the country’s development.

She said she and other government officials are explaining to "civil society" groups the thrusts of the administration, she added.

Around 800 people who attended the Mass were later served snacks consisting of porridge, lumpiang hubad, meat balls, and puto.

Apart from Ermita and Soliman, other personalities who heard Mass were: Mrs. Arroyo’s husband, Jose Miguel and their granddaughter Mikaela Gloria, Interior Secretary Angelo Reyes, Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye, Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez, and former interior secretary Jose Lina Jr. — Marvin Sy


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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