By Hajilyn Javier and Florence Jose
Members of the MassCommunity showed their support for the university-wide 3-day strike against the budget cut by striking a pose.
Dancing to the tune of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” the students, led by the College of Mass Communication Student Council and UP Samanhan ng Mag-aaral sa Komunikasiyon (UP SAMASKOM) altered the song’s lyrics to express their protests against the decreasing government for education.
“I think the people behind the rallies and protests are reinventing the way they approach people.” said UP SAMASKOM president Venice Atienza. “Cool, actually. Kasi bilang taga Mass Comm, yung makita mong gumamit ng mga unusual way of connecting a cause to people is amazing, kasi innovative (Seeing people from Mass Comm use unusual ways to connect people to a cause is amazing because its innovative),” she added.
The college also participated in other alternative protest actions, including a fashion show, film fest and cultural day.
However, CMCSC Chairperson Norman Riego still believes the highlight of the strike was the “historical” three thousand-strong march from the University of the Philippines Diliman to Mendiola Friday.
“Ito ang pagpapatunay na handang-handa pa rin ang mga isko na itindig ang mga karapatan ng mga mamamayan (This is proof that the nation’s scholars are still ready to stand up for citizens’ rights),” he said.