Fight for freedom, have some fun in ‘Red October Fest’

MANILA — It’s not a Red October Plot. It’s a Red October Fest. A concert.

Artists, activists, and opposition figures are coming together this Saturday, October 20, for a “collective display of commitment to freedom of expression and all other basic rights.”

The “Red October Fest” concert in Sagul Malingap Foodpark, on Malingap St, Quezon City, is organized by the Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP), Let’s Organize for Democracy and Integrity (LODI) arts and media alliance, and the Movement Against Tyranny (MAT).

The evening concert will feature Rom Dongeto and friends, Jess Santiago, Mae Paner, Bong Dailo, Rica Nepomuceno and bands Musikang Bayan, General Strike Band, the Reds Pangkat Sining of Redemptorist fathers and brothers, Hitana and Tubaw.

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Satirist Mae Paner is one of the artists set to perform in Red October Fest concert. (Photo from Kodao Production’s website)

There will also be special performances by party-list representative Sarah Elago, former congressman Neri Colmenares, former solicitor general Florin Hilbay, Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes Jr., former DSWD Undersecretary Noel Leyco, and Pastor Caloy Diño of the Coalition for Justice.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are at P100 each.

The concert organizers are twitting the government’s “Red October” gimmick, which they say comes with a condemnable package of attack and slander of dissenters and critics.

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FILE PHOTO: Concerned Artists of the Philippines singing Bayan Ko,at a Luneta rally Sept. 21, 2017 / Bulatlat

“Dissent is a constitutional right and indispensable to ensuring a functioning democracy. Let us stand firm and resist all attacks on civil liberties in the name of a false ‘stability,’” the organizers said.

Inviting everyone to join, they called on the public to “fight for freedom and have some fun.” (

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