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Volume IV,  Number 12              April 25 - May 1, 2004            Quezon City, Philippines

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As dusk falls on Manila’s San Andres district, a throng of workers, urban poor and farmers gather for the religious pageant, Santacruzan. Part of the Philippines’ traditional Flores de Mayo, the procession was staged April 23 by members and supporters of party-list AnakPawis (toiling masses) with several arches depicting the marchers’ wage hike demands, labor contractualization, oil and power price hikes and election-related issues. 

It is AnakPawis’ way of adding social relevance to Flores de Mayo which centuries ago was introduced by the feast-addicted Spanish colonizers as a religious festivity. With what the party-list group did, Philippine tourism’s Dick Gordon could be blowing his top in the summer heat.                       

  Photo by Arkibong Bayan/BULATLAT.COM

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