Professor Komenich Revisits Philippine Revolution Through Pulitzer-winning Photos

February 25, 2016

SF STATE NEWS -- When Kim Komenich, assistant professor of Journalism, reflects on the Philippine Revolution of 1986, he notes, β€œIt only took a few days, but it was years in the making.” For two of those years, Komenich was on assignment for the San Francisco Examiner, documenting on camera the events leading up to and including the civilian and military coup that toppled dictator Ferdinand Marcos on February 25, 1986. The images tell the story of the revolution as it unfolds β€” Catholic nuns, rosaries in hand, form the first line of defense against machine-gun wielding Marcos troops. Smiling Aquino supporters band together as they burn a Marcos T-shirt. Aquino troops, crouching with machine guns poised, begin the takeover of the government-run television compound. His coverage of what became known as the EDSA People Power Revolution earned him the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in spot news photography.