Evelio Javier Day

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Evelio Javier Day


Monument of Evelio B. Javier in San Jose, Antique on Javier Day, 2011.
Official name Governor Evelio B. Javier Day
Observed by Five provinces: all of Panay Island and Guimaras
Significance Marks the day in 1986 that Gov. Javier was assassinated, which led in part to the successful People Power Revolution later that month.
Date February 11
Next time11 February 2019 (2019-02-11)
Frequency annual
First time 1992
Related to EDSA Revolution Anniversary

Evelio Javier Day, officially Governor Evelio B. Javier Day, is a special non-working public holiday in the Philippines to "commemorate the death anniversary of the late Governor Evelio B. Javier" in the four provinces that comprise Panay Island, the Philippines, specifically Antique, Capiz, Aklan, and Iloilo. [1] It has been a holiday on Panay Island every year since 1987. [2]

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Antique (province) Province in Western Visayas, Philippines

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Evelio Javier was a politician who was assassinated in the closing days of Ferdinand Marcos's presidency. [3] A staunch supporter of then-presidential candidate Corazon Aquino, he was shot on February 11, 1986 four days after the Snap Elections of 1986 were held but while the counting was continuing. [3] The assassination of Evelio Javier helped lead to Marcos's fall from power during the People Power Revolution, [3] His assassination is seen as a tipping point in Marcos's fall. [3]

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People Power Revolution Series of popular demonstrations in the Philippines in 1986

The People Power Revolution was a series of popular demonstrations in the Philippines, mostly in the capital city of Manila from February 22–25, 1986. There was a sustained campaign of civil resistance against regime violence and alleged electoral fraud. The nonviolent revolution led to the departure of dictator Ferdinand Marcos, the end of his 21-year presidential rule, and the restoration of democracy in the Philippines.

Javier was killed in Freedom Park in San Jose, Antique allegedly under orders from former Assemblyman and Marcos ally Arturo Pacificador but Pacificador was acquitted of charges in 2004. [3] Today Freedom Park is the center of Javier Day celebrations.

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Evelio Javier Filipino politician

Evelio Bellaflor Javier was a young governor of the province of Antique in the Philippines and an opponent of the dictatorship of President Ferdinand Marcos. His assassination on February 11, 1986 was one of the causes of the People Power Revolution that overthrew Marcos. Evelio Javier's brother, Exequiel Javier, served as congressman from 1987 to 1998 and from 2001 to 2010 and governor from 1998 to 2001, and 2010 to 2015.

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  3. 1 2 3 4 5 Palisada, Stanley (02/11/2011). "Remembering Evelio Javier". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 8 February 2013.Check date values in: |date= (help)

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