Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Manobo Fight for Land, Education, and Their Future

One of our guides from our first weeks of orientation in Mindanao shared this video with me on Facebook this week. I just watched the twenty minute documentary, and it is a great illustration of the context of the Lumad, Indigenous People, in Mindanao, the second-largest and southern most island in the Philippines. If you have the time, please check out this story. It features members of the Manobo tribe and some of the schools like the one we visited in our first week of the Philippines, as well as gives you a taste of what the Visaya language sounds like.

*The New People's Army (NPA) is the armed branch of the Communist movement in the Philippines. Conflict between the NPA and the Armed Forces of the Philippines has been a constant since President Marcos declared martial law in 1972.

For further reading on my experience in this community, please read the following blogs from my first month in the Philippines:

First Week in the Philippines
Immersing and Exposing
Reactions Against the Empire, Part 1: Development

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