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EDSA Shrine, Quezon City

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EDSA Shrine was built to mark the birthplace of People Power, the 1986 spontaneous uprising that put an end to the Marcos dictatorship. EDSA is short for Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, and it was here that millions converged and toppled the totalitarian Marcos regime without bloodshed. The shrine, topped by a mammoth bronze statue of the Virgin Mary, is regularly used for religious services. In 2001, it became the scene of another popular uprising (People Power II), which ousted Joseph Estrada from the presidency.