The Celebration of Cordillera Day 2010: Advance the Politics of Change!

27 04 2010

Baguio City – April 25:  According to the official statement of the Cordillera Peoples’ Alliance, there was approximately 5,000 delegates from different provinces in the Cordillera, Ilocos Region, Cagayan Region, NCR, Central Luzon and Mindanao, and indigenous peoples advocates from Taiwan, Cambodia, Thailand, Canada, France, Germany and Australia participated in the successful celebration of the 26th Cordillera Day celebration held last Sunday, April 25, at Melvin Jones, Burnham Park, Baguio City.

Cordi Day 2010

Organized by the Cordillera Peoples Alliance,the celebration carried the theme Advance the Politics of Change. It formally opened with an Ibaloi indigenous ritual and prayer led by Ibaloi elders.

The Cordillera Administration Region (CAR) is located in the Northern Luzon Mountains of the Philippines inhabited by the rich diverse cultures of the Igorots. The Cordillera Day was first celebrated as the triumphs of the Indigenous People  (IP) over big corporate business such as the Chico Dam.  The Day was used to commemorate the Martyrs of the IP struggles.  Today, the Cordillera Peoples’ Alliance (CPA) leads the struggle for the recognition and respect of the IP in the Cordillera as well as the rest of the Philippines and IPs of the world.

“The success of the 26th Cordillera Day celebration demonstrates the Cordillera indigenous peoples’ continuing efforts to advance the politics of change through the defense of the ancestral land, resources and human rights amidst heightening state repression, development aggression and red tagging of people’s organizations and leaders especially at this time of electoral campaigns,” said CPA Secretary General Abigail Anongos.

The Inquirer newspaper criticized Satur Ocampo for donning native attire to grab votes however, CPA refuted the comments:

As guest of honor on this celebration, senatorial candidates Satur Ocampo and Liza Maza donned the Igorot G-String (wanes) and Benguet tapis (devit) as requested by the CPA and elders from the different Cordillera tribes. “We are very honored that they responded to our request. Their track record on good governance and credibility and concrete support to Cordillera communities as political activists and Bayan Muna and Gabriela Womens Party Representatives deserves such recognition,” CPA officers quoted.

The Celebration was used to “advance the politics of change”.  Indigenous People in the Cordillera are sick of being considered second class citizens often harassed by corporate mining companies and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.  To advance the Peoples’ agenda, each province in the Cordillera endorsed the Katribu Partylist, the Makabayan Coalition, Loren Legarda and Manny Villar along with local candidates who adhere and agree to also push for changes and not just pay lip service.

Black Prop attempts to scare and intimidate the Cordilleran People but their resistance is beyond the damages that Black Prop can achieve! Their hatred in the current status quo allows them to rise out of the current rotten system an attempt to start a bright new future

Though Black Propaganda have been used as an attempt to stifle the IP will to fight back, the CPA along with Katribu Partylists along with the Makabayan Coalition continues to lead the advancing changes in Election 2010 and beyond.

KATRIBU Partylist nominees Beverly Longid (1st nominee and a Kankanaey-Bontok), Nelson Mallari (3rd nominee and an Aeta) and Virgilio Aniceto (5th nominee and an Ibaloi) challenged the delegates to act against the heightened ‘black propaganda’ against Katribu and other progressive partylists and the threats received by candidates and community leaders.

In her keynote speech for the celebration, Longid stressed that, “Indigenous peoples should vote that which truly represents them in the upcoming elections.” Longid also stated that the party sought for the disqualification of A-IPRA Partylist First Nominee and NCIP Chairperson Atty. Eugenio Insigne because his being a government employee seeking Congressional seat is against the partylist law.

5000 Parading in support of Liza Maza and Satur Ocampo for Senator and the Katribu PartylistDespite heavy rains, the 5,000-strong delegation enthusiastically marched along Session, Magsaysay and Harrison in their indigenous attires and continued at Melvin Jones for the sharing of the Cordillera provinces on the people’s agenda for the upcoming elections and the Cordillera Day Declaration for Politics of Change and the May 2010 Elections Baguio City mayoralty candidate Atty. Joe Molintas and candidates for councilor Art Allad-iw, Pinky Rondez, Richard Carino and Rob Ocampo joined Makabayan Coalition and Katribu in a Meeting de Avance. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pictures around Baguio

16 04 2010

ELECTIONS

7 Elections

7 Eleven goes with its 7-Elections Campaign: touting Candidates with their political affiliation

VENDORS

Balloon Vendor

Balloon Vendors such as this one sells Cultural Influenced Icons from other Countries, like Pikachu, Yugioh and Mickey Mouse

Sending the Wrong Message

In SM Baguio, The movie rating "G" claims that all general audience of all ages are admitted but a side note under says anyone bellow 3 years old not admitted even if accompanied by Adults.

Cultural Art?

This street lamp in Burham Park, is one of several Phalic symbols within the city.

The History of the Philippines

Yes, we cater to foreigner's first

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My Journey Through Abra Part I

2 07 2009
First Meal at Chow King with Richard

First Meal at Chow King with Richard

Yea.. i know, I broke my no coke rule and what a way to start out my simple living right?

Second Meal at the Peasants Picket Line

Second Meal at the Peasants Picket Line

Day 2, warm chopped bananas, meat from a can uncooked and inapoy (rice). Yes, it was hard for me to eat the meat and banana

BAYAN ST Interview on the governments lack of concern regarding the geunine land reforms

BAYAN ST Interview on the governments lack of concern regarding the geunine land reforms

Unexpectedly, i was recorded for this 5 minute interview reppin’ bayan-usa on why those in the united states are against carp and for garb and why our gov is sending aid to the AFP. What a second day in the P.I. ANd yes, its been along time since seeing my friends from bayan-st and kasama-tk.

Peasant Picketline in front of the House of Representative held for 2 months

Peasant Picketline in front of the House of Representative held for 2 months

I stayed and interviewed the peasants from different organizations and regions.

Adobo to go... 3rd meal at the bus terminal heading to baguio

Adobo to go... 3rd meal at the bus terminal heading to baguio

I know its only the 5rd pic and its lame that its been food. I was told by friends to document what i eat as well. Anyhow, i do have other pics you can view in person.

On the Road to Baguio with Ben, the American Born in Taiwan with the American Born Chinese

On the Road to Baguio with Ben, the American Born in Taiwan with the American Born Chinese

Our Destination is the Cordillera People’s Alliance Office.

En Route to Sallapadan passing a Carabao

En Route to Sallapadan passing a Carabao

We went toUSA for Cordi DaY. uD-UDiao, Sallapadan, Abra. Peasant’s livelihood depends on the healthiness of the carabao – for tilling the land since the country is a backward nation. Peoples’ organizations and partylists have been advocating for land and technology for the people.

En Route to Sallapadan passing the Public Toilets

En Route to Sallapadan passing the Public Toilets

S/He toilets… just thought they were cool. aND THANK GOODNESS….They are only public toilets and not private ones.

Youth from Abra and Baguio help with the Cordi Day Registration

Youth from Abra and Baguio help with the Cordi Day Registration

My adopted Family and host

My adopted Family and host

Justice for Albert Terredano

Justice for Albert Terredano

Albert was a peasant leader who was assassinated in 05′ by the warlords. After his assassination, many leaders lie-low fearing that they will be the next target. This resulted in 2000 masses who were not being led. Slowly the organizations are getting stronger again.

Vernie of CWORK speaking of the ills of the imperialist led crisis around the world and what the people should do to stand up

Vernie of CWEARC (Cordillera womens education action research center) speaking of the ills of the imperialist led crisis around the world and what the people should do to stand up

Cordi Day Dance: Tell why the dancing seem to never stop?

Cordi Day Dance: Tell why the dancing seem to never stop?

Cordi Day Awit ng Pag-asa

Cordi Day Awit ng Pag-asa

Cordi Day Licuan Delegates

Cordi Day Licuan Delegates

P.I. Lyle at Cordi Day

P.I. Lyle at Cordi Day

Cordi Day- The Calm Before the Storm

Cordi Day- The Calm Before the Storm

Cordi Day - The Storm

Cordi Day - The Storm

Kultural Performance at Cordi Day

Kultural Performance at Cordi Day

The youth shows how the indigenous spirit to fight for their rights remains well alive today despite militarization and temptations to sell out his people to profit for himself.

Wood Needed to cook for 800 delegates

Wood Needed to cook for 800 delegates

Cordi Day Cooking for 800 Delegates.. yeah?.. you try cooking rice for that many people

Cordi Day Cooking for 800 Delegates.. yeah?.. you try cooking rice for that many people

Cordi Day Hugas.. someone has to do the dirty job

Cordi Day Hugas.. someone has to do the dirty job

Is this what Arm Struggle is all about?  If so... I guess since I lost this round, I should remember its protracted

Is this what Arm Struggle is all about? If so... I guess since I lost this round, I should remember its protracted

More Piture updates to come the internet wants to cooperate =)