Last October 25,the indigenous peoples of Mindanao set foot on the nation’s capital. Dubbed Manilakbayan ng Mindanao 2015, the caravan’s aim is to bring to the public’s attention pressing issues such as human rights violations and mining plunder, which are severely affecting Lumad communities.

Progressive peoples’ organizations based in Manila warmly welcomed the Manilakbayan contingents.



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Manilenyos line up along Taft Avenue to welcome the Manilakbayan ng Mindanao contingents
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Urban poor folk from Manila shake hands with Lumads

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Talaingod chieftain Bibiyaon Likayan Bigkay (right) is one of the delegates of Manilakbayan ng Mindanao 2015. Around 700 Manobo tribesfolk from Bukidnon and Davao del Norte are currently sheltered at UCCP Haran in Davao City due to the presence of paramilitary and state forces.
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Leaders of peoples’ organizations eat lunch with the delegates of Manilakbayan


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Manilakbayanis march towards Mendiola

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The lumad stayed at the University of the Philippines campus for one week. The camp site became an alternative learning venue as students came to visit and learn more about the indigenous peoples’ situation.

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Lumad leaders share a light moment with former President and current Manila City Mayor Joseph Estrada. The lumads are allowed to stay at the Liwasang Bonifacio only until November 12 and they may be forcibly evicted due to APEC.


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Integrated Bar of the Philippines president Atty. Rosario Setias-Reyes consoles Paquibato massacre survivor Aida Seisa. The IBP has issued a statement calling for the end of ‘military-sponsored’ oppression of the lumad
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The lumads are currently sheltered at Liwasang Bonifacio