Free Ericson Acosta: Rice Porridge for Freedom


Musicians Chikoy Pura (The Jerks) and Cabring (Datu’s Tribe) serving lugaw at P100 for Ericson’s Legal Defense Fund. Photo by Jun Madrid / UP System Information Office.

May 27, Sunday @ Balay Kalinaw, University of the Philippines, Diliman — Friends, family, colleagues, fellow artists and advocates of human rights gathered to share rice porridge in commemorating Ericson Acosta’s 40th birthday.

His father said Ericson would normally spend his birthday holiday with his family. He would see to it he could visit home despite his busy field work in far-flung provinces. He did not make it home last year. This time, he cannot celebrate this day again with his family.

Detained now for a year and three months, Ericson is at the Calbayog City Jail in Samar after a warrantless arrest on February 13, 2011 and trumped-up charge of illegal possession of explosive. He was then physically and psychologically tortured for 44 hours and held ex-communicado under military camp.

Ericson is a dear friend, nationalist poet and musician, teacher and researcher. After his stint as editor of the Philippine Collegian based at the University of the Philippines during his student days, he continued to serve a wider community by volunteering and reaching out to rural communities commonly neglected by Philippine government in terms of social services and livelihood.

The Free Ericson Acosta Campaign (FEAC) composed of artists, friends and UP alumni along with human rights advocates and SELDA Association of Ex-Detainees Against Illegal Detention and Arrest lead the call for his immediate release.

Join us in pressuring the Aquino government and the Department of Justice. Send your Letter of Appeal to:

His Excellency Benigno Simeon Aquino III
Republic of the Philippines
Malacanang Palace
Fax: +63 2 735 6167

Hon. Leila M. De Lima
Secretary, Department of Justice (DOJ)
Padre Faura Street
Ermita, Manila, 1000
Fax: +63 2 523 9548
Email: /

You may also support the campaign by:

Sending Solidarity Statements

Signing the Online Petition

Donating for his Legal Defense Fund:
Account Name: Isaias Acosta
BDO The Block
SM City North branch
Savings Account: 00-0251065464
Routing #: 021000089
Swiftcode: BNORPHMM


Actress and former UP Regent Bibeth Orteza reading Ericson’s poem Sipat from the Pitong Sundang Collection. Photo by Jun Madrid / UP System Information Office.

See more recent photos of Lugawan para sa Kalayaan (Rice Porridge for Freedom) 

Read his Prison Diary Jailhouse Blog

Read his Poetry

Listen to his Songs from Prison Sessions

Share Free Ericson Acosta Flyer

Watch Free the Artist Video

Like his Facebook Page 

About Joanna Lerio

cultural journalist, multidisciplinary artist, educator, traveller, dreamer, yogini, vegetarian, advocate
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