Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Photo Dump: August 2014

SONA ng Bayan with Pau!

The red flags are waving! 
NXP caravan to protest illegal dismissal of union leaders
We destroyed a book for our book clutch!
Million People March art at Luneta by KARATULA

National Democracy group mobilization at Mendiola after Million People March
Activism wall at Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Unintended matching everything with Gio!
Wearing his favorite top! 

Back to school!

"Magkahawak kamay sa pakikidigma, para sa isang lipunang malaya..."

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Fall In Love With An Activist

I am somewhat inspired/frustrated with the flurry of my fellow activists' relationships. I am not looking for anything, or anyone at all, but through the months of activism. I come to know myself better. 


I love the masses, because of them, I found my purpose. Even before, I need someone or something that I can devote myself to. I keep joining organizations, trying new things, but everything was ephemeral--it wasn't enough. I focused on my studies first, because I have to shift, and after I've shifted, I decided to join STAND-UP. I have national democratic sentiments even before I joined, and after I attended the most basic educational discussion--MKLRP,  I know that what their cause is right.

It was the two days before the State of the Nation, and I joined the students, with my friend, Jilyan, as my buddy. We marched from UP Diliman to Sandigan ng Bayan, and there the action began. 

Assertion. That's what happened. Farmers, workers, women and students pushed to past through the hundreds of policemen blocking the street. We were outnumbered, unarmed. They were armed and ready to shoot. Harsh reality came settling in, I could die anytime, together with my fellow activists. But then, I felt relaxed, for I know if I die, I'll be dying with a purpose. It was chaotic, and then I saw men bleeding, crack skulls, barefoot students and fresh bruises. 

We then went to Camp Karingal for an indignation rally for the fellow comrades who were arrested and detained illegally. My friend and fellow Iskolar, Kyel, was one of them.I was crying nonstop after the quick response team dispersed.  There wasn't any grounds, he was only picking up his eyeglasses. I saw how ruthlessly the police smashed their truncheons on the heads of my fellow Iskos. They couldn't console me. It was a too real concretisation of the violence that our society is allowing. And from then on, I fight for the oppressed, I fight for true liberty.

This is where my passion lies, in serving the people.

This is where I belong.

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And in loving the masses, I need someone that will love them the same way as I do.

Fall In Love With An Activist

by Ana Catalina Paje
Fall in love with an activist because…
You could have the worst hair day of your life, he wouldn’t care…with his way of life, he’s had worse.
You won’t need to take her to a fancy restaurant, fine dining was never her thing…she would rather eat with her hands in the company of farmers.
You could shout at him all you want, he would just smile…he does it everyday..to assert for your rights.
She doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor. After all, she does understand class struggle.
You can be frank about him, in fact, he would like that very much.
Criticism and self-criticism are second nature to him. He always wants to improve himself.
She isn’t afraid to make the first move. Don’t worry she’s no bimbo.
It’s just that she believes in the equality of sexes. And she’s knows that women hold half the sky.
When you have a fight, it’s never all your fault. He knows that partly, he was to blame. Because he is a dialectical materialist.
She’s never boring. As long as social injustice and inequality exists, you won’t run out of things to talk about.
She’s very good at sharing her life with someone. Maybe it has something to do with their practice of collective living.
Being articulate is a skill he has come to master. And he will have no trouble telling you how much he loves you.
P.S. There’s a catch. You should know that you’re not the only person who owns his heart. You share it with the poor, the sick, the hungry, and the oppressed.
P.P.S. By the time you fall for an activist, give it a week or so, you’ll be an activist yourself. Because if you love and understand her, you would know it’s the right thing to do.
*repost from Facebook

Friday, March 28, 2014

Unexpected

There are some things you don't expect, but sometimes they turn out to be exactly what you need. And that's even more special, because you're not expecting anything from your mundane routine. 

Although I was giving hints of being an activism because I was aware of poverty and imperialism, I never expected that I will be one with the masses, fighting for their rights. Shouting in the streets for the injustices that the system allows, and registering opposition for state abandonment. And I haven't looked back ever since.

Last one for my budget cut series, black is a classy color and this one has a simple design in the front, but a cut at the back. Minimalist, for the first time. Haha!








Three months in, what have you achieved? Have a great summer!

- Seyra x

Monday, March 17, 2014

Too Common

Skater skirts aren't the hype anymore so I decided to finally blog about it. I'm a bit of a hipster, and I actually hate it when I wear the same thing as other people. Just like I hate personality politics and state negligence. 

The top is supposed to be cropped, but when I put it on, it looked like a normal denim sleeveless. Haha, it was free, so I don't have the right to complain. Because of this outfit's neutrality, I decided to punch it up with orange Vans. It worked!








Vans

Finals week is coming so I will last take a break from blogging but I'll see everyone soon! 

- Seyra x

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Cuts We Make

*Sige na, alam kong maipilit lang.
Part II of the Budget Cut protest series. Did you know that the government allocated 8.1 billion pesos for UP, instead of the proposed 17 billion this year? UP is losing its public character, it's commercializing education when its real mandate is to be the university of the marginalized.

I'm not sorry to rant like that. Side cuts are unexpected so it will capture people's attention. As for this outfit, I paired it with a skater skirt to create a wholesome look. 


Note to self: adjust skirt 




Five piercings!






Test shot.
I am posting more blog posts so keep on visiting my blog. See you all soon!

- Seyra x

Monday, March 3, 2014

Inspiration: Budget Cut

Why, hello! My sartorial documentation continues. 

For this post, I will squeal about cut-outs. There's just something about a little bit of skin peeking out of unexpected places. Plus, it is a great symbolism for UP's budget cut, P1.43 billion in 2011, and the allotted budgets for UP and other SUC's (State Colleges and Universities) are continually decreasing. This government does not prioritize education, instead they allot it to their pork barrel and military technology. It's infuriating to see that the masses subsist on salt whilst they are living their life exorbitantly--especially the President, with the biggest DAP of of all: 1.3 trillion pesos. How can he live like that? Not to mention the Yolanda victims, when many of the people died in relief centers because guess what? The relief NEVER came. The government still had the nerve to blame the people and act helpless, even if they have the resources to answer their cries of help and despair.

*Deep breath* Okay, end of rant. Here's my outfit post. The dress' print is overwhelming, so I toned it down with red sneakers. A refreshing (not to mention comfortable) combination, don't you think?
World Balance sneakers
Beyond thankful for Kristin Valle for taking my outfit shots this year! Love you to bits!


NO TO COMMERCIALIZATION OF EDUCATION!

EDUCATION IS A RIGHT!

RISE AGAINST STATE NEGLIGENCE!

- Seyra x

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

My Year So Far


Another shot before we left Tokyo.
I deviated from my normal "busabos" look and became this! Haha.

I don't normally wear shirts but this one's worth it.
How I love.
Khyncer missed me :)
Congrats to the ever beautiful Alex for winning in the UP Supahstah!
Throwback to my promenade `11
We will be giving 1709+ meals to UP Tacloban survivors because of all the people who helped!