On their last day at Liwasang Bonifacio, a benefit concert for lumads was held. The lumad people are in Manila as part of Manilakbayan ng Mindanao 2015, a caravan which seeks to raise awareness regarding the plight of indigenous peoples in Mindanao. The lumad explained that their schools and communities are being attacked because of their firm stance in defending their ancestral land.
The concert’s title, Pangiyak Ki!, means to shout out in the Manobo language.
The concert was opened with a Panubatubad or opening prayer by Manobo chieftain Bai Bibyaon. She called for the pullout of military troops in lumad communities.(Click to download)
Musician Bayang Barrios stands proud of her lumad roots. She hails from Bunawan, Agusan del Sur, she told the audience she was discriminated during her youth for being being a Manobo. (Click to download song)