On Rizal bday, youth groups urge fellow youth to be ‘pag-asa ng bayan’

Offer flowers at Rizal monument in Luneta, stage human chain in Espana

YOUTH ACT NOW! (Youth for Accountability and Truth Now!) celebrated National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal’s 147th birthday today by urging the youth to be ‘pag-asa ng bayan (the hope of the nation)’ and take action for meaningful social change.

YOUTH ACT NOW! member organizations the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP), Student Christian Movement, Kabataang Pinoy, Anakbayan, League of Filipino Students, youth artists’ group KARATULA , Youth Revolt, Kabataang Kristiyano para sa Bayan and the Liga ng Kabataang Moro spearheaded today’s activities to mark the event.

Youth and student leaders offered red roses at the Rizal monument in Luneta early this morning as a symbol of the youth’s commitment to continue Rizal’s legacy of vigilance and courageousness.

In the afternoon, youth and students from different schools and universities gathered in front of the University of Sto. Tomas in Espana and formed a human chain ‘underlining the youth’s unity and collective action against the ills of society.’

YOUTH ACT NOW! Spokesperson and NUSP president Alvin Peters said, “We urge our fellow youth to emulate Dr. Rizal’s heroism. Kabataan, maging pag-asa ng bayan. It is our noble duty to criticize when we see wrongs done, to take action when there is oppression and repression against our fellow youth and countrymen.”

For his part, CEGP national president Vijae Alquisola said, “Rizal once said, ‘There can be no tyrants where there are no slaves’. Our country is experiencing a new kind of tyranny, that of economic slavery and a government marred by corruption and lies. We enjoin our fellow youth to reject this miserable status quo and act for meaningful social change.”

LFS Chairperson Vencer Crisostomo said that ‘to relive Dr. Rizal’s heroism, the youth of today should diligently study and analyze the country’s situation and bravely face the challenges of the present. Mag-aral, mangahas, makibaka, this is Rizal’s legacy. Our elders are counting on us to be the young radicals of the nation, to once again create history by toppling the Arroyo administration and to build a future of good governance and social justice.”

YOUTH ACT NOW! announced that it would conduct weekly protests that would escalate towards a nationwide ‘walkout protest’ by July, before Pres. Arroyo’s State of the Nation Address. ###

One Response to “On Rizal bday, youth groups urge fellow youth to be ‘pag-asa ng bayan’”

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