Thursday, December 20, 2007

Sumilao Update: Metro Manila Leg - Day 17

At 5AM today, the farmers will walk to Paco Church to confer with Cardinal Rosales. Rosales will be joined by 800 clergies and parishioners. A mass will be celebrated for them. Assembly time is 4:30AM. All who wish to join are requested to wear white shirts. They will then proceed to Luneta. On Friday, they will announce their next move.

As of this moment, the farmers are meeting among themselves to discuss logistics and the basic economic needs of those they left behind. Anxiety and melancholia seems to be a seasonal thing for them. The hardship they have endured has taken its toll and they need all the support we can extend.

They can exist on meager rations but the loneliness is sometimes too much to bear. The farmers need ears that would listen. They need minds that understand. They need hearts that will feel for them. I hope you can lend your ears, your minds and your hearts to them, even just for a few minutes. Its Christmas season, let's give a little part of ourselves to our Higaonon brothers who nothing.

"Bloggers Call for Boycotting of Monterey/Purefoods Products in support of Sumilao farmers. This Christmas season, December 15, 2007 to January 2, 2008. Bring down the sales of San Miguel Food, Inc. to show public support to the farmers of Bukidnon who were denied of their 144 hectares of land. Please pass to all bloggers."

Bloggers' Voice Update:

Pedestrian Observer
AWB-Arbet Bernardo: Sumilao Sa Metro Manila
The Equalizer: Boss Danding
The Four-eyed Journal
Oddball by Mayor Jesse Robredo: Sumilao Walk
Manila Bay Watch
Loves an Ocean
Planet Naga
Postcard Headlines
The Antisocial
Thirty Thousand Fishes
The Citizen On Mars
Ellen Tordesillas
Gari Lazaro
Uniffors: On Patricia Evangelsita's Column
Ibangon Ang Bayan: Ang Makabagong Lumad
The Equalizer:Boycott SMC's Monterey Meat
Ang Sa Wari Ko
AWB-Arbet Bernardo: A Nation of Crackpots and Nuts
Viking: The Skeptical Subversive
Manila Bay Watch: Boycott San Miguel Products
Messages From Balatucan
AWB-Arbet Bernardo: Kababuyan
The Antisocial: So, Who's Afraid of the Lumads? The Same Plight
The Nutbox: Supports Boycott
You can show your support for the Sumilao Farmers here.