Solidarity in art National minorities perform in the city

They have come down from the mountains.

The Mangyan, Dumagat, Aeta and Igorot from Luzon. The Tumandok from Panay islands. The Lumad tribes and Moro from Mindanao.

Different tribes of Lumad perform in the streets of Mendiola and in open spaces at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. (Photos by Raymond Panaligan and Ronalyn V. Olea)

They speak different languages. They practice different cultures. Yet, they share tragedies of displacement and violence due to what they call as development aggression.

They depict their stories through performances. Using indigenous instruments and their own language, they educate the city-bred about their struggles and aspirations.

Lumad children depict the plagues their communities face through a cultural performance at the GT Toyota, UP Diliman, Oct. 13. (Photos by Ronalyn V. Olea)

They find allies in many artists and activists, who showed their solidarity through speeches and performances.

CLOCKWISE: Former political prisoner Ericson Acosta performs his compositions while in detention. On the guitar is Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes Jr. 2ND PHOTO: Folk singer and poet Jess Santiago performs for the indigenous peoples and Moro during the solidarity night at UP Diliman. 3RD PHOTO Peace consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) sing "Pag-ibig sa Tinubuang Lupa" during the solidarity night at UP Diliman. (Photos by Raymond Panaligan)
Aeta from Central Luzon perform during the solidarity night at UP Diliman, Oct. 21. (Photo by Raymond Panaligan)
Igorots from the Cordillera region and Mangyan from Southern Tagalog convey their messages through performances during the solidarity night at UP Diliman, Oct. 21. (Photos by Raymond Panaligan and Ronalyn V. Olea)

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Photos by Raymond Panaligan and Ronalyn V. Olea

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