Manilakbayan 2015 arrived at the main campus of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City on October 26 after nine days of travel from various regions in Mindanao. They were welcomed by UP Diliman chancellor Michael Tan, teachers, students and staff. the national university is hosting the Manilakbayan camp while the 700-strong contingent is in Metro Manila for series of activities in the Philippine capital.
At least 71 Lumad opposing large-scale mining operations on their ancestral domains have been killed under the Benigno Aquino administration while more than three thousand are in various evacuations centers across Mindanao. The Lumad’s tribal community schools are also under threat from government troops and their paramilitary groups.
Here are some photos of Manilakbayan 2015’s arrival at UP Diliman. #
(Text and photos by Raymund B. Villanueva)