Run Deliks, switchbitch, and more Filipino artists are performing at the upcoming “Nakaugat Lahat sa Lupa” (Everything is rooted in land), a music event-discussion to commemorate the 36th anniversary of the Mendiola Massacre.
The pay-what-you-can event will be held on January 20, 2023, at The Paper Lantern, Quezon City, Philippines.
Also included in the artist lineup are Mallware, Ahju$$i, Teya Logos, Memoryville, JK-Ultra, and Hard Head Collective. The event is produced by Artista ng Rebolusyong Pangkultura (Artists of the Cultural Revolution), or ARPAK.
Dubbed by journalists as “Black Thursday,” the incident left 13 farmers dead—Danilo Arjona, Leopoldo Alonzo, Adelfa Aribe, Dionisio Bautista, Roberto Caylao, Vicente Campomanes, Ronilo Dumanico, Dante Evangelio, Angelito Gutierrez, Rodrigo Grampan, Bernabe Laquindanum, Sonny Boy Perez, and Roberto Yumul—on January 22, 1987, when Philippine state security forces violently dispersed farmers marching towards Malacañang and “opened fire on 10,000 to 15,000 farm workers and peasants demanding equal land distribution and decent wages,” according to news site Rappler.
In the post announcing the gig, ARPAK wrote, “Makalipas ang 36 na taon, hindi nagbago ang panawagan ng mga magsasaka: tunay na reporma sa lupa at hustisya. Wala rin pagbabago sa tugon ng mga nagdaang rehimen pagdating sa usaping agraryo. Tuloy-tuloy ang pag-atake ng estado sa kilusang magbubukid. Subalit hindi rin tumigil ang pagsulong ng diwa ng martsang magbubukid patungong Mendiola sa kanilang nagpapatuloy na pakikibaka para sa lupa, katarungan, at kapayapaan.”
(36 years later, the call of the farmers has not changed: true land reform and justice. There has been no change in the response of previous regimes when it comes to agrarian issues. The state’s attack on the peasant movement continues. However, the spirit of the peasant march to Mendiola did not stop in their ongoing struggle for land, justice, and peace.)