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ADLAW SANG PANGABUDLAY: IMAGES FROM THE LABOR DAY RALLY | LITRATO: IMAGES FROM SUGARLANDIA by BacolodSpice

Thousands of them came.

Most of them marched at least a hundred kilometers from the northern Negros Occidental city of Escalante during a Lakbayan or People’s March that ended with a rally today, May 1, in Bacolod City.

Most of them work in the sugarcane fields.

Their demands remain the same – land, food, job security, decent wages and social services – as they have been several decades ago.

Their chants rang out strong in the streets during the time of Marcos – when many sugar planters and businessmen joined them – and these reverberate still.

But during the time of Cory – when only a few sugar planters and businessmen joined them – even when democracy was supposedly restored, their basic demands were largely unmet.

Decades have passed, promises have been made, most of them unfulfilled.

But they plod on. Their calloused feet and hands and sun-baked skins are a testimony to their tenacity.

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SHADOWS OF A PROTEST | Workers from across Negros Occidental gathered by the thousands in Bacolod City to commemorate Labor Day | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

GIRL IN LABOR DAY RALLY | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

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12 thoughts on “ADLAW SANG PANGABUDLAY: IMAGES FROM THE LABOR DAY RALLY | LITRATO: IMAGES FROM SUGARLANDIA by BacolodSpice

  1. Thanks for the coverage julz.

    Posted by Ronald Ian Evidente | May 1, 2011, 10:05 am
  2. Great pictures. Gasaka tanan but ang sweldo remains the same.

    Posted by abbyperez | May 2, 2011, 7:51 am
    • Thanks, Abby. You’re right. Tanan na lang except for what we earn. Interesting research from Ibon Foundation.

      It said that the real value of the peso is only around 25 cents. But of course everyone knows about it except government, perhaps.

      Hope to see you again on this blog. :)))

      Posted by negrossugarbacolodspice | May 2, 2011, 10:24 am
  3. I don’t know if it’s just with the B&W photos or these shots are really just full of messages that sentimental (emo :]) souls could very well read.. It’s sad that a number of presidents had ran and won the elections and yet the simple wishes and mere needs of these laborers are still unmet.. Yes, it’s been decades and the kids who rallied on labor day years ago may already be the parents of the children whose feet are shown above but still, the sentiments that they take with them to the streets are still the same..

    Posted by meCOLEE | May 2, 2011, 9:21 am
  4. Whoa… saw the flickr page and the pictures blew me away. you should have the pix published in Newsweek or something lyk that. im sure they would love to print these.

    Posted by Dean Develin | May 3, 2011, 10:33 am
  5. I experience walking with them last April 30 from Sum.ag church to city hall. We started walking from Sum.ag about 12 noon i think(i forgot but its around that time) and we reach downtown area around 5 in the afternoon. After that day i promise myself never to try joining a rally…… again!(actually someone did asked me to participate, i got curious and really i did’nt know it was a rally:D hehehe kapoyyy!!)

    Posted by RPSmontecillo | May 3, 2011, 3:50 pm
  6. I also got some chance chating one of those activist… she stated that if only our government(from past till present)listen and gave them a little benefits they wud not waste der time marching on d streets… all dey were asking for is a little help from our leaders… and der point is they are d ones who are working hard all day to provide us food but still they are the major victims of food shortage(irony of farmers)… the government shud really do something regarding this matter

    Posted by RPSmontecillo | May 3, 2011, 4:06 pm

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