Critical Mass Action Baliwag Dec.18, 2016 “Bikes against Coal and Fossil Fuels”

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Bulacan is one of the major industrial and agricultural center. It is strategically located between the commercial center of Manila and the industrial and trading centers of Northern Luzon. One of the traditional rice granary of the Philippines. Despite the great challenge posed by El Niño on agriculture, this province pulled off a bountiful harvest that has propelled it to being recognized by the Department of Agriculture as a Hall of Famer in the Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers Award. All of a sudden this claim progressively changing due to land conversion for real estate development, mall culture and consumerism. The food production in this area are now getting low because vast agricultural land are now becoming a low-cost housing project, supermarkets and malls. This building and construction will be requiring a huge amount of electricity and it will be dependent on coal and fossil fuel as a source of energy. The situation of food security is at risk and will create an impact on climate related issues.

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At 8am some of the participants already at the Hero’s park waiting. Volunteers from Food Not Bombs Baliwag, 350.org, some friends from Manila and other bikers gathered and other FNB crew are at Bustos preparing foods. While we are waiting we discuss the route and give some brief background of the Critical Mass Action then we put propaganda materials on our bike. The weather is calm with darker clouds as we think it will rain soon, so at 9 am we started the ride going to the north side of Baliwag. We saw a Shell gas station and decided to stop to take a rest and bring out our banner stating “Bikes Against Coal and Fossil Fuels”. After that we ride again, take the one lane of the road at the same time speaking through our megaphone to share the road and promoting the use of bike as an alternative form of transportation to minimize our dependency on fossil fueled cars and motors. We already feel the small drops of rains so we decided to rest and take a cover. The bike ride ended at 12nn timely for lunch break but we waited for FNB crew to come for the free food distribution. Then around 12:30pm food was ready, Food Not Bombs occupy a tent space in the park to set-up the table, install a banner and share foods while giving out flyers.

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Culture of Sharing Oct.31, 2016

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Culture of sharing is a practice in which we encourage people to share their skills, talent, information, stuffs etc. for free. Culture of sharing are horizontally organized and self-managed by the volunteers. There is no need for coercion and domination. Culture of sharing is a tool to minimize our dependency on State, Corporation, NGO and any other institutions in providing and exchanging services or goods. Culture of sharing is a values that promotes mutual-cooperation, self-reliant and willingness. Culture of sharing defies private property and intellectual property rights. Culture of sharing respects individuality for collective emancipation against monopoly and control. Culture of sharing applied in family house hold, with friends, neighbors, collectives, communities, etc. Creating a harmonious relationship with each other.

Biag, Buhay, Ikabuhi “Value of Life, Denouncing Killings” Oct.29, 2016

On October 29, 2016 autonomous individuals, cause-oriented groups and local networks shared their thoughts about the on-going war on drugs and affirmed the life force through poetry, music, performances and talks. Friends from Peace Church and volunteers from different info shops initiated an event at project 20 Maginhawa to launch Manlaban zine, a do-it-yourself publication which features critical content and writings on drug-related and extra-judicial killings. It was an expression of sentiments, info sharing, narration, perspective and idea of resistance. Such is the core of Manlaban, amidst the hate, stigma and violence, the freedom to express, to think for one’s self, and criticality to resist all forms of violence, authority and hierarchy. Fread from Theo sa Kanto and Chung of the Etniko Bandido Infoshop traced the series of meetings which lead to the Biag, Buhay, Ikabuhi event. Taong Grasa Orchestra opened the night with communal music.

Jestoni of Notra Block, a network of autonomous groups in Caloocan and the rest of Northern part of Metro Manila provided a context and rationale of Manlaban zine. Greg Bituin Jr. a self-published poet commemorated the 150th death year anniversary of the slain Filipino general, Antonio Luna through an spontaneous poetry. While Darnell, a Canadian anabaptist and also part of peace church shared a counter-narrative about people of the bible.

Meanwhile, a volunteer from Marindukanon Infoshop also offered a solidarity message on the newly-launched zine, Manlaban. Members of Linangan ng Imahen Retorika at Arte (LIRA) took turns in reciting poems about the current state of killings and violence in the archipelago. While I-Defend, a human rights and dignity coalition gave the current score on the war on drugs of the present administration. Musical performances from folk punk Bata,Xterm Zoid, A.lien, Kaibuturan and Kontemporaryong Gamelang Filiipino (Kontra Gapi) followed.

In addition, there were simultaneous happenings in support of the cause like free t-shirt printing, pot luck, film screening, really really free market. The said creative resistance and direct action was a manifestation of the long tradition of sharing culture based on horizontal organising, anti-authoritarian alternative and non-hierarchical politics.

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Manlaban Zine

This zine is a collection of creative art/writings that are related to an on-going campaign of this administration against drugs. Expression, sentiments, information, stories and ideas that are not usually seen on mainstream media. Every piece that includes here are shared freely. It is not been edited. We encourage the people who will get this to think, to be critical and resist.

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Decentralize Source of Power October 5, 2016 Quezon City

I was invited by 350.org to share some information regarding Solar Power.
The technical aspects on how the solar power works and our politics why we promote this kind of alternative source of energy in response to climate crisis issue and the battle against dirty energy.

In the Philippines, who are still dependent on coal and fossil fuels, the information regarding renewable energy is limited, sometimes the access on how to get this information are preferably for the privilege class only.  We believe by promoting and sharing technical aspects about Solar Power through different communities we can advance the campaign on decentralization and a self-manageable type of energy dependency. Making more popular in a wide range of general public is an strategy to eradicate  monopoly, control and centralization. Creating more autonomous facilities and commune that can provide technological development in the grassroots level.

Food Not Bombs and Free Market in Baliuag Sept.4,2016

As the continued violence happening in the Philippines. The recent bombing in Davao City that killed 14 people. The war on drugs that almost 2,000 already summary executed.   Food Not Bombs Baliuag steadily working on protest against this kind of violence and war providing free meal to the people who are still in the verge of poverty and hunger. There is also a Free Market sharing and giving away used clothes to most of the bystanders that are in need of this. The FNB action held in the park of Baliuag, Bulacan.

“Bahaginan sa 6th floor” Polytechnic University of the Philippines August 5, 2016

“Bahaginan” means sharing. This event was initiated by different individuals and group who believe on culture of sharing.                                                                                                          Activities: open library, free market, poetry, food trip, jammin, film viewing, discussion etc.

Art, Ecology, Resistance 2016

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2015 was recorded to be the hottest year in the history of mankind. Meanwhile the recent typhoon Yolanda was tagged to be the strongest storm, which has already been exceeded by other storms from other countries. Changes in weather patterns has become unexplainably irregular. These are the symptoms of Climate Change, which is for the most part caused by human activity.

People had invented technology that rely on limited sources such as minerals from underground. The act of taking and processing materials like these causes substantial amount of carbon, which heats up the planet at a faster rate. This heat affects the whole world. A cold place snows up easier, while hot places dry up more more easily. It also storms more often in places where rain usually falls. Sadly, this kind of deluge hits developing countries often.

To avoid coming up with real solutions, the system of paying carbon-credit was invented. This is a system where industrialized countries pay developing countries for the purpose of caring for their forest. This is a band-aid solution that only tolerates the unsustainable emission of other countries.

Meanwile in December 2015, a Climate Summit was launched in Paris, France to confront the problems which, thanks to our doing, Climate Change caused. The leaders of various countries convened and agreed to lessen carbon emmisions. They allotted how much to cut off from their respective discharges. However, there were other countries that that did not take part. Aside from that, there is no international mandate that will be the basis of apprehending the trangressors.

In connection to this, the Philippines committed to minimize carbon emissions by 70 percent until year 2030. This is aside from the plan to put up another 67 coal-fired powerplants (27 has already been started), and the grievances of communities who are directly affected. These communities lose their lands to plants and mines that are supported by the government. Mining and energy seem to be a huge industry in the Philippines.

Filipinos primarily obtain coal as source of electricity. Coal that the Phiippines imports from other countries like Indonesia, which are also penetrated by companies from Europe and North America. Those companies, mostly private, are the same sources of coal-fired powerplants in the Philippines. These plants supply homes. But most of the energy go to the mines, which supply raw materials to countries that are highly industrialized. By putting up coal-fired powerplants, it is claimed that shortage of energy may be resolved. In reality, most of the energy being utilized by the country supplies huge industries such as malls and bypass the national grid.

To call attention to the issue of mining and energy, groups and individuals chose to launch Sining Kalikasan Aklasan, which focuses on this topic. This is an issue which involves the richest people, those who live in the city that benefit from mining, the government, the poorest who buy from the latter electricity and oil, and communities that are deprived of space and life. Because change does not come from those who benefit from the current system and institutions, and so, the people themselves are encouraged to start this change

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Sining Kalikasan Akalasan is a venue where anyone can share knowledge and be inspired. This is horizontally organized by various groups and scenes including artists, musicians, performance artists, spiritualists, anarchists, permaculturists and other more. This was formed through the initiative of others to present alternative solutions and practices that are connected to the everyday problems that people face as part of the earth. These are practices that exist in many places, other countries, in our archipleago, especially the indigenous people who have a deep connection with nature.

 

Sining, Kalikasan, Aklasan July 25, 2016

Creative and festive protest event promoting the importance of the environment against coal and mining. Sharing different environmental issues, skill-sharing and workshop of different alternatives, awareness about seeds, seedlings and trees and giving away this for custodianship, spontaneous performances, eating with free vegetarian foods, working hand in hand without bureaucracy and leaders, chatting and laughing, painting and printing on your own initiatives, creating free market with bunch of stuff to share, interacting with diverse people etc. etc.

thank you to all of the people who manage to give their time for this temporary autonomous zone..love, peace, respect