Sorry, that’s the only title I could think of thanks to Darah’s constant singing of the chorus.
I apologize for the lack of blogging on our part. We intended to update today for our rest day, but random illnesses and a last-minute visit from our good friend and ex-LFSer, Brandon, took up much of our time. But as folks prepare for the big student walk-out tomorrow, I felt the need to share what we’ve experienced so far.
The first full day of our exposure trip started on the 14th, with our group fully assembled (for this portion of the trip) the night before. Since we’re a youth and student group, we started it off right with a student walk-out at UP Diliman. The climax of that day happened as we were lining up to ended the College of Arts and Letters. Right as we were going to pass the front gates, the security guards closed the gates on us. This was apparently the administration’s attempt to stifle the walk-out and prevent us from encouraging other students to join us. We were told that this was the first time the administration had done this to the students.
I noticed the students in front talking to the guards calmly and politely, knowing that this call ultimately wasn’t from them but at the same time, they had the power to let the students go. Behind them, the anger of the rest of the students rang echos in the building entrance. Students inside the building observed from balconies on top. But their persuasion fell on deaf ears.
Instead of feeling defeated or turning the crowd into an unruly mob, the organizers did some quick thinking. “What about the basement?” And with a quick game of telephone with the students, everyone rushed down to the entrance of the basement to continue with what they had started. A great sense of joy resonated throughout my body. The students were determined to carry on with their plan of action no matter what and were prepared to take advantage of the administration’s apparent lack of thorough planning to stop the walk-out. Point: students.
When the students had recovered from the change of plans and regrouped, they walked throughout the halls, encouraging their fellow students to join them. But it wasn’t just: “Hey everyone walk out just because we say so!!!” I witnessed organizers taking the time to talk to groups of students on the current education situation and encouraging them to walk-out. When the crowd would pass by classrooms, organizers would enter the rooms and explain to the students what was happening and why they should join us. It’s such a simple idea but one very much overlooked (at least at our school). Making sure people are on the same page and knowing why they’re walking out. That’s building true unity.
We made our way throughout the building and eventually the whole school. Chanting and yelling their disapproval for Noynoy and the school’s administration, but the walk-out wasn’t completely serious. We are y/s, of course. There was a dance routine and a skit performed by students in order to gain the attention of their fellow classmates. And you know, to have some fun.
But that walk-out was to build up for the bigger walk-out, which is technically happening in a few hours. The organizers are preparing last minute prop items and other materials they will need for the day.
Oh wow, that was only one day. We have to sleep now. I’ll update about the rest of the trip soon.