KAMANDAG, Kaisahan ng mga Artista at Manunulat na Ayaw sa Development Aggression (Alliance of Artists Against Development Aggression/Land Grabbing), is a network of artists that aims to advance National Minority rights and Environment Protection Promotion, and defense through the use of art.
For KAMANDAG artists and writers, we see “Development Aggression”, as development or progression of state aggression, land grabbing, and fascist attacks on our people—mainly our peasants and our national minorities. Not for even a millisecond, do we count any of these project as a “development project” that just gone awry because of a technical glitch of not securing an FPIC. “Development Aggression” is no development at all. It is instead a degeneration of our common home, sacrificing environment, people, culture, in the name of profit and capital.
From our brother Aeta and Peasant.
“NOT even a single Indigenous, will benefit from Balog-Balog Dam, but what they will destroy is the land of our Ancestors!”
-Johnny Basilio, Aeta Tribal Association
An Aeta leader holding firm on their rights on Ancestral Domains.
“WE can’t do anything, they are armed!”
-Fer Manoloto, Local Peasant
He witnessed how a bulldozer destroyed his near to harvest rice field.
What Artist and Writers say:
“As said by an Indigenous leader friend, “If how high the mountains that they will destroy, the defense we will build is higher!” And we are part of that defense!”
-Maningning Vilog, Chairman – Kamandag
“Sabi ng isang magsasaka, tulad ng puno habang ikaw ay maraming nagiging magandang bunga mas lalong bumabaon ang pailalim ang mga ugat at paa sa lupa. Galing din ako sa pamilya ng mga magsasaka, ramdam ko ang hirap. Kaya itinataas ko ang platform ng ating mga magsasaka at katutubo. Tuloy-tuloy lang tayong maglingkod sa kanila na walang hinihinging kapalit, mas masarap ang makapagbigay ng sining sa kanila.
-Archie Oclos, Visual Artist
“There are things that are unheard of because the government conceals it, and things that we don’t see often in social media, things that will only be learned through immersion.
-Nath Santos, Writer/Fashion Designer
“When I had the chance to lived with them (Aeta), that’s the time of my enlightenment on their situation. That they do not just go in cities, most of them are displaced. A single question in my mind begets a lot of questions. Until, the Indigenous became my inspiration on some of my art works.”
-Brian Gonzalez, Visual Artist
“They are one of the reasons why I deepen my embrace on writing. Because we are storytellers, and their lives are the stories. It’s rightful to share their stories to others, because I’m sure that this will be the start of a new hope.”
-Jayvee Carizo, Writer
WE ARE AGAINST DEVELOPMENT AGGRESSION!
ARTIST AND WRITERS OF THE WORLD UNITE!
Be part of us!