Thursday, February 28, 2008

Filipino Students hold nationwide Action Day

February 28, 2008
League of Filipino Students (LFS)

Today is Youth Action Day nationwide! Students declare schools ‘Truth Zones/GMA-Free Zones’
Simultaneous school actions to culminate at Ayala rally tomorrow

YOUTH ACT NOW! (Youth for Truth and Accountability Now!) launched simultaneous youth actions in 10 key cities nationwide today in preparation for the Interfaith Assembly at Ayala tomorrow.

Students unveiled streamers declaring their schools as ‘Truth Zones’ or ‘GMA-Free Zones.’

In Metro Manila, students from UST, UE, UP Diliman and Manila, Ateneo, Miriam, Lyceum, De La Salle Taft, TIP, PSBA, JRU, CCP and GAUF held simultaneous in-campus programs and assemblies before unveiling their declaration. (attached is the complete schedule of activities)

Participants of the Youth Action Day around Metro Manila capped the day with a mini-concert entitled, ‘Sa Totoo Tayo! A Unity Gathering for Youth Fighting for Truth’ held at the Xaymaca Bar in Timog at 6:00 pm.

In other parts of the country, students from the University of Negros Occidental Recoletos held a torch parade while students from UP Baguio, University of Cordillera and Baguio College of Technology Student Council held a noise barrage at Session Road.

Students from UP Los Banos, Lipa Cathedral and PUP-Maragondon Cavite also organized a candle-lighting protest.

Similar actions were also staged in Naga City, Albay, Cagayan de Oro Ciy, Davao and Iloilo.

“We fully expect these simultaneous displays of youth outrage against corruption to snowball towards the Ayala rally tomorrow. Students will attend, represent their schools, and stand proud that their schools are ‘Truth Zones,’ said YOUTH ACT NOW! Spokesperson Alvin Peters.

YOUTH ACT NOW! is a coalition of student councils, campus publications, organizations and individuals representing more than 50 schools nationwide. ###


University of the Philippines-Manila
10am – press conference with teachers and non-teaching faculty
11am – assembly at the College of Arts and Sciences
11:30am – unveiling of ‘GMA-Free Zone’ declaration

Lyceum of the Philippines
11am – noise barrage vs. GMA’s 7 years
12noon – unveiling of ‘GMA-Free Zone’

Polytechnic University of the Philippines
12noon – assembly and program with Mr. Jun Lozada,1pm – unveiling of ‘GMA-Free Zone’ declaration

University of the Philippines-Diliman
12noon – assembly and program, CASAA Steps, Palma Hall
5:30pm – letter installation, Sunken Garden

University of Sto. Tomas, Jubilee Gate-Espana, 3pm, unveiling of ‘GMA-Free Zone’ declaration

University of the East, Recto Gate, 3:30pm, unveiling of ‘GMA-Free Zone’

De La Salle University-Taft, 3-5pm forum with Mr. Jun Lozada

Ateneo de Manila/Miriam College, Gate 2.5 Katipunan, 5pm, quilt-signing (with JRU, PSBA, TIP, CCP)

Caloocan, Monumento, noise barrage, 5pm (with UE Caloocan and GAUF)

Sa Totoo Tayo! A Concert Gathering of Youth Fighting for Truth, 6-9pm, Xaymaca Bar, Timog, QC