MANILA - Songs and impromptu poetry marked Friday’s protest action against the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the historic People Power Monument.
A few singers and spoken word artists, such as Noel Cabangon and Jonel Revistual of Words Anonymous, kept the young crowd energetic even as rains threatened to cut short the hastily called rally.
Cabangon sang the famous “Bayan Ko” originally performed by Freddie Aguilar and “Tatsulok” by Buklod.
“Pipay” of Liberal Party Youth also shared her poem on stage.
Jonel Revistual also performed spoken word poetry, but a malfunctioning cellphone cut short his performance.
Chants deriding the Marcos family and even invectives were aplenty during the nearly 7-hour long program that started at 3 p.m.
President Rodrigo Duterte, who allowed the burial, also got a tongue-lashing.
“Tutal uso na naman ang mag-mura ngayon,” said Budit Carlos of human rights group i-Defend after cursing the late dictator and his family out of sheer anger.
As the crowd at the People Power Monument got thicker, the protesters spilled onto the road and asked the passing motorists to honk their vehicles’ horns.