For hundreds of years, the Lumad indigenous peoples of Mindanao, like many indigenous communities in the Philippines and throughout the world have continually been pushed from their ancestral land.
In Sarangani, the B’laan have been pushed to the mountain tops, where they receive little to no access to basic services and education from their government. Children walk up to three hours, through dense and tough terrain, through mountains and rivers to reach their school. It is through community organizing and collective struggle that people are able to provide education and food and supplies to areas where the government refuses to develop roads or any means of bettering peoples’ lives.
Facing heavy discrimination from outside communities and the military, the B’laan gradually ceased wearing their traditional clothing, saving it for special occasions. Now, their lives, culture, and way of living are further being threatened by military enforced foreign mining operations that will render their land useless for farming and living. (via nclrmrz » Blog Archive » B’laan)
Manila, Philippines: March on the U.S. Embassy demands ‘Stop the war on Gaza!’, August 13, 2014.
Photo by Buhay Manggagawa
Women’s platoon in the New People’s Army
Cool gender fact: The Communist Party of the Philippines, a marxist-leninist-maoist party, recognizes that people have the right to choose their own gender. This policy also applies within the ranks of the NPA.
Apo Whang Od, 93, is literally one of the last living connections to pre-colonial Filipino culture. She is the last mambabatok (or tribal tattoo artist) in the Philippine region.
I was hearing a very angry Ted Failon on the cab’s stereo.
“Artist ka diba? I-drowing mo nga ang Diyos mo. Tapos lalagyan namin ito ng ari ng lalaki. Hindi ka ba mababastos?”
Obviously, Ted Failon was talking about the current national controversy - Filipino artist Mideo Cruz and…