Independence Day 2012: Freedom from Golden Kuhol and Leech


Noynoy Golden Kuhol and US Leech Effigy. Mounted through clay, paper mache and bamboo by Ugatlahi Artists Collective in collboration with SINAGBAYAN. Photo  JM Lerio

Golden Kuhol was introduced in the Philippines and Asia to augment its food supply. Ironically, it became a major pest of rice.

There was a time when Nueva Ecija province in the Philippines was a rice bowl in Asia yielding for its people and other countries. Ironically, the country cannot even feed its own people.

While farmers till the land as much as there is land to till, they do not have land at all. Hundred hectares of Nueva Ecija province along with Tarlac is owned by the Cojuangco family.

What holiday calls for celebration when farmers continue to be landless and Filipinos gradually die of foodless days?

This Noynoy Golden Kuhol effigy along with its US Leech was mounted in clay, paper mache and bamboo with the aide of a Kalinga knife for 120 straight hours by Ugatlahi Artists Collective in collaboration with SINAGBAYAN. It was a delight to burn it in 5 minutes during the People’s March to Mendiola for Independence Day organized by Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (Peasant Movement in the Philippines).

Calls from different sectors

From Migrante International: No to US military presence and intervention in the Philippines. Photo JM Lerio

From Farmworkers of Hacienda Luisita Tarlac: Land for the tillers. Photo JM Lerio

From Anakpawis Partylist: Fight for land, wage, job, home and rights. Photo JM Lerio

From children and Gabriela Women’s Partylist: Oppose Oplan Bayanihan of the Armed Forces of the Philippines which means militarization and human rights violations. Photo JM Lerio

From Kalikasan Partylist. Photo JM Lerio

From ACT Partylist. Photo JM Lerio

From Kilusang Mayong Uno (May First Movement). Photo JM Lerio

From Kabataan Partylist and Anakbayan. Photo JM Lerio

About Joanna Lerio

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