“I see humans but no humanity” – Jason Donohue
In this date October 16, World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world in honor of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. The day is celebrated widely by many other organizations concerned with food security, including the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
October 16, also is Worldwide Anti-McDonald’s Day. Remember however, that any day is a good day to protest against the promotion of junk food, the unethical targeting of children, exploitation of workers, animal cruelty, and damage to the environment and the global domination of corporations over our lives!
Coincidentally, the creation of Food Not Bombs Baliuag were born on this date Oct. 16, 2003, that composed of young individuals who started organizing DIY punk/hc shows, joining and collaborating on socio, political and ecological action. At this day, we celebrated the 16th year of continues existence of hard-working volunteers and peace warriors of Food Not Bombs Baliuag to provide free meal to all the people who are neglected by the government and other institution. In 16th years many attempts and efforts to establish community project emerge in this place like providing Alternative Learning Center or Infoshop to promote literacy to marginalized communities and Guerilla Gardening for giving an importance on making your own food. Collectives like Urban Chaos and Pinagkaisahan Kolektiba rise and fall. Food Not Bombs Baliuag are also part of the campaign to Free Sagada 11 punks who we’re tortured and detained in 2006. In 2007, FNB Baliuag volunteers take an action against JPEPA (Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement) and also involved themselves in Solidarity action against G8. Until today, aside from giving free foods to homeless, senior citizen, street children, beggars and other bystander, the FNB Baliuag volunteers remains critical on how the system runs. Still imagining, admiring and creating changes for a better world. FNB Baliuag also adopts Really Really Free Market, giving away clothes and others useful resources to unprivileged people, not only that other volunteers initiated Free school called Atinto Otonomiya Free school providing street set-up platform for free teaching, awareness and education.
This day, an event was organized to celebrate and gather all of our friends, sympathizer, volunteers and family to join with us in a night of devastating art of noise and protest against humanitarian crisis. We believed that the uncontrollable war, famine, poverty, injustice, ecological destruction are made by humans who are profiteering on this occurrence, this worst situation totally undermined relationship, compassion, love and peace. We are in a bridge of humanitarian crisis and we don’t want this crisis to continue. This event also are part of our solidarity with the victims of State atrocities as two FNB volunteers in Baliuag, Bulacan (Patrcik Paul Pile and Jessie Villanueva De Guzman) and two FNB volunteers in Davao City (Chris Jose Eleazar aka Mokiam and Jan Ray Patindol aka Pating) got killed by police and another FNB volunteers in Bantayan, Cebu ( Marco Giducos aka Cram) detained in jail because of this War on drugs/ War on Poor. We condemned this State instigated violence which brought an estimated of 25,000 casualties, mainly coming from the poor families. Even local peace advocates are not safe to be subject of random killings without due process.
The night before October 16, 2018, the volunteers already meet up. They wake up early morning to gather vegetables and ingredients to prepare foods to all the visitor who will come. We invited local bands like Anomalya, Total Alarm, Noise Baragsx, Censorshit, Experimento ni Alien, Balatay Core, Unknown System, Power Abuse, WeekEnds and Australian bands “I Have a Goat and Stoned to Death” to come and play with the help of BCHC DIY Tour Booking and in coordination with Etniko Bandido Infoshop and Food Not Bombs Baliuag the event happened smoothly as planned. We borrowed and rent the band equipment like amplifiers, speakers, drum set and talked to the host venue Gourmet Food Park to materialize this gig. The show started around 7pm with film showing, art exhibition, free t-shirt printing, freedom wall for messages and free expression. The effort of all the people behind this event were tremendous and overwhelming. We are thankful to all of you who made this possible.
Stop the War and Killings.
Stop the State Atrocities.
Spread love and the culture of sharing.