On the Hacienda Luisita massacre tenth year commemoration (2004-2014)
Produced by Luisita Watch and Molotov
HLMX (Hacienda Luisita Massacre Ten Year Commemoration) Music Video Trilogy
Produced by Luisita Watch and Molotov (2014)
These music videos of songs from 5 Year Plan (“Pagbawi”), Goons N’ Guns (“Luisita’s Cry), and Gazera (“Kung Puntod na ang Bukirin”) pay tribute to the martyrs of Hacienda Luisita.
Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac province is a 6,453-hectare sugar estate controlled for decades by the Cojuangco-Aquinos, one of the most powerful landlord families to ever hold state power in the Philippines.
In 2004, seven farmworkers were killed and hundreds of others were injured in the infamous Hacienda Luisita massacre. Political killings and gross human rights violations continue under the current Philippine President, Benigno Aquino III, a scion of the Cojuangco-Aquinos.
The videos, directed by Cinemalaya X Best Editor Gerone Centeno, follow decades of Hacienda Luisita’s history through the eyes of Luisa, a 10-year old peasant girl. Luisa is played by Angela Tubiera of Hacienda Luisita, the youngest “spokesperson” of the farmworkers’ land and justice campaign.
To the memory of Isidro “Edong” Batan (d.October 31, 2014)
Gerone Centeno / AJ Metrio / Paolo Lorenzo / Sinag De Jesus / Angelo Jamilano / El Lorenzo / Kerima Tariman / Ericson Acosta / Onin Tagaro / Kirk Sanchez / Owen Berico / Joanne Cesario / Robert Sarmiento / MC Sacay / Joyce Cesario / Francis Diaz /
Angela Tubiera (Luisa) / Michelle Smith (Luisa’s mother) / Jimmy (Luisa’s father) / Merto (farmer) / Gerone Centeno (despotic landlord) / Sinag de Jesus (goons) / Ronald (Jhaivie Basilio) / Paolo Lorenzo (farmworker)
“Pagbawi” by 5 Year Plan / Rosler Esturco (vocals) / Neil Ambion (guitar) / Edsa Manlapaz (bass) / Michael Beltran (drums)
“Luisita’s Cry” by Goons N’ Guns / “Luisita’s Cry” original song by Pink Cow / Lanseta (vocals / BLKD (vocals) / Thomas (vocals) / Pitz (guitar) / Dolpho Mapagmahal (bass) / Bryan Dela Vega (horns) / Lon Caacbay (drums) /
“Kung Puntod na ang Bukirin” by Gazera / based on the poem “Kung Puntod na ang Bukirin” by Axel Pinpin / original song by Karit – NNARA-Youth / Lanseta (vocals) / Gold Villar (vocals) / Jonathan Mangulabnan (guitar) / Jomar Mangulabnan (guitar) / Jharem Bituya (bass) / Pigo Caig (drums)
LUPA AT HUSTISYA (LAND & JUSTICE): HACIENDA LUISITA
A brief report on the implementation of government-mandated land distribution in the historic and highly-controversial Hacienda Luisita sugar estate controlled by the family of Philippine President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III. With the expiration of the government’s long-running Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) on June 30, 2014, Luisita farm workers under the alliance AMBALA continue to seek genuine land reform and justice.
with English subtitles
“Tayo ang Boses” plays with the word “boses” (voice) and the the plural “bosses” (mga amo) as contra-puntal to BS Aquino’s political adage “Kayo ang boss ko.” “Tayo ang Boses” is a compiliation of protest songs and jingles – a principled stand, a declaration and an assertion that indeed, the voices of the people, the real “bosses” of this nation, have long been agonizing, and have been telling BS Aquino that “enough is enough” and that a societal overhaul is imperative.
On the 2004 Strike of Sugar Workers and Hacienda Luisita Massacre
Sa Ngalan ng Tubo (2005)
November 16, 2004, seven people died at the picketlines of Hacienda Luisita, Philippines. On strike were thousands of millworkers and farmworkers of the sugar refinery and plantation controlled by the Cojuangco-Aquino family, kin of current Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and one of the wealthiest and oldest landed families in the country. Their demands were met with a volley of bullets from the police and military.
The story of Hacienda Luisita is the story of social injustice in the Philippines.
Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research (EILER, INC.)
Peasant Alliance of Central Luzon (AMGL)
Tudla Multimedia Network (now Tudla Productions)
In cooperation with:
Hacienda Luisita Farm Workers Alliance (AMBALA)
Focus Central Luzon
Aklasan! (Uprising!) (2004)
Produced by Sine Patriyotiko (2004)
Sinag de Jesus
Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), CATLU, ULWU, AMBALA, UMA, HLI communities, and TUDLA productions