#MillionManMarch Against Pork Barrel

On Monday, Filipinos celebrated National Heroes Day. On that same day, we made history. Various groups, people’s organizations, schools and even families went to Luneta to express anger against a still-corrupt government. This, despite the President’s call for “tuwid na daan.”

A simple call to action from an obscure Facebook user immediately gained support in a span of days. So even with Maring and Habagat combined, the forces that stormed Luneta remained strong. Rain was pattering when we walked from the Central Post Office to Quirino Grandstand. Because we joined a crowd, it was relatively ok. We wound our way through the busy street by taking photos of people protesting.

When we got there, the feeling is indescribable. I had goosebumps. It’s like going to a Quidditch World Cup Game except that the cause was more intense because it involves the hard-earned money of our fellowmen. You can see the anger brewing inside the gathered peoples. It’s pent-up and Luneta was the place where that collective anger was brought upon. But more than the anger, you can also see peace. It’s a bit schizophrenic, but that’s what I saw that day. People transformed the protest from a mere rally to a celebration of Filipino unity against a government that consistently denied listening to its Boss.

It’s inspiring. After that successful call to arms, the ball is now on the follow-through. How do we continue to make our seemingly insensitive government become transparent and accountable to the people they vow to serve? It is something we should answer not just through a tweet or a status update, but more so in deed.



Makibaka. Huwag Magbaboy. 

































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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

#MillionManMarch Against Pork Barrel

On Monday, Filipinos celebrated National Heroes Day. On that same day, we made history. Various groups, people’s organizations, schools and even families went to Luneta to express anger against a still-corrupt government. This, despite the President’s call for “tuwid na daan.”

A simple call to action from an obscure Facebook user immediately gained support in a span of days. So even with Maring and Habagat combined, the forces that stormed Luneta remained strong. Rain was pattering when we walked from the Central Post Office to Quirino Grandstand. Because we joined a crowd, it was relatively ok. We wound our way through the busy street by taking photos of people protesting.

When we got there, the feeling is indescribable. I had goosebumps. It’s like going to a Quidditch World Cup Game except that the cause was more intense because it involves the hard-earned money of our fellowmen. You can see the anger brewing inside the gathered peoples. It’s pent-up and Luneta was the place where that collective anger was brought upon. But more than the anger, you can also see peace. It’s a bit schizophrenic, but that’s what I saw that day. People transformed the protest from a mere rally to a celebration of Filipino unity against a government that consistently denied listening to its Boss.

It’s inspiring. After that successful call to arms, the ball is now on the follow-through. How do we continue to make our seemingly insensitive government become transparent and accountable to the people they vow to serve? It is something we should answer not just through a tweet or a status update, but more so in deed.



Makibaka. Huwag Magbaboy. 

































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