TO OUR BANTAYBILANG FAMILY: Be present for the Sumilao farmers!

Hi fellow bantaybilang volunteer!

Kamusta na?

It has been half a year since we stepped up and answered the call for heroism, that fight for free elections.

Many events have happened since then. Events that are influencing how we regard our country, our nation, our government and our very selves as individual Filipinos. One such event is the Sumilao March.

A group of farmers from Sumilao, Bukidnon in Mindanao has been marching since October 10, even as I type this letter. Now, groups like Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB), Development Studies majors of the Ateneo, Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panligal (SALIGAN), Christian Life Community Philippines (CLCP), the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG), Ateneo Peace Institute (API), Ateneo Business Resource Foundation Inc., Office of Social Concern and Involvement (OSCI), Student Councils and many others are organizing to help the Sumilao Farmers from Bukidnon get back their ancestral land.
If you want a good background of the issue, you may click this link from SLB or search for it online. But this letter is more about inviting you to join the Ateneo community in welcoming them next Wednesday at the Church of the Gesu and at the Bellarmine field, 5pm until 8am the following day. Much like bantaybilang's sleepless night sessions but only for ONE BIG NIGHT!

One big night with the Sumilao farmers.
Yes my friends, they are spending the night with the community and the Ateneo will be their last stop before they proceed to the Department of Agrarian Reform and MalacaƱang.

One big night of sharing, singing, guitar sessions and whatnot with your little groups and the farmers and other little groups. You may even want to camp out for the night at Bellarmine field, just inform us beforehand for security purposes.

Just one big community being there at that moment for our brothers and sisters in need.
That is on Wednesday, December 5, 5pm at the Ateneo's Loyola campus.

See you then! Thank you very much.

Karl Satinitigan
Volunteer Management
bantaybilang 2007

P.S. You may also march with the Sumilao farmers and members of the Ateneo community. We will wait for them at Cubao's Shoe Expo and start marching with them from Cubao to Ateneo at 345pm on Wednesday.

P.S.S. Do pass around if you believe in their cause. Thank you again!