(photo from davaotoday.com)
In observance of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on March 8, youth leaders from cities in Mindanao and a group of Fil-Am missioners held a torch parade in Davao City to show the youth’s solidarity with the indigenous peoples in Mindanao.
The parade signals the start of the youth’s environment summit of around 300 youth leaders called Pangiya Ki! (Shout Out) held from August 8 to 10 at Homitori Inn.
Participants held a torch march around the city and then lighted candles and linked arms circling on a dove-art installation.
Fritz Vegas, convener of the Summit, explained the significance of the linking of arms
“The Filipino tradition of the ‘kapit-bisig’ (linking of arms) signifies the youth’s collectively solidarity around the world in bringing a decisive action to defend Mindanao’s environment from plunder and militarization,” Vegas said.
The summit culminated with the formation of the youth alliance Sinubaden to push for the protection of the environment and indigenous communities from mining plunder and militarization.
The spearheading organizations are Panalipdan! Youth, Kabataang Mindanao Resource Center, Kalumaran, Salugpongan International and Save our School’s Network together with regional host organizations, Rise for Education alliance in Southern Mindanao, Youth for Peace-CARAGA, Panalipdan Youth-SOCSKARGENDS, Youth Alliance for Peace-Northern Mindanao and Panalipdan Youth-Zamboanga Peninsula. Observers for the summit were members of North America-Philippines Solidarity Affair (NAPSA) and Kapit-Bisig Kabataan Network (KBKN).