The University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) will rename the steps of its Humanities Building as the "Hagdan ng Malayang Kamalayan" in honor fallen activists.
A marker made by artists Emmanuel Garibay and Lito Mondejar, will be unveiled on March 9 the steps of the Humanities Building to remember UPLB activists who were killed, tortured, or forced to disappear during Martial Law.
The event, which will be held at 4 in the afternoon is an initiative of the UPLB College of Arts and Sciences and the Los Baños community.
“During this time of dissent in our country’s history, we organized and mobilized thousands of people in Southern Tagalog to oppose the dictatorship. We paid the price of freedom when a number of UPLB-based activists were detained, tortured, and martyred by a cruel regime,” said Filemon Nolasco, lead convenor of the UPLB Bantayog Project.
“We need to remember our history as a community, and to recognize our strength to change our nation’s narrative,” Nolasco added.
Among the UPLB activists being honored are Jessica Sales, Risalina Ilagan, Cristina Catalla, Gerardo Faustino, Alysius Baes, Rodelo Manaor, Manuel Bautista, Ma. Leticia Ladlad, and Modesto Sison.