Last May 27, a year and three months after the illegal arrest of artist Ericson Acosta, family, friends and fellow artists mark his 40th birthday with a simple celebration of lugaw and the collective wish for his unconditional release from detention at the Calbayog provincial jail in Samar.
The fund raising activity was held at the UP Balay Kalinaw and was well participated with friends and celebrities taking turns in performing, giving updates on Ericson’s case, and serving lugaw to guests.
Serve the People: Lugawan para sa Kalayaan was organized by the Free Ericson Acosta Campaign (FEAC) in cooperation with the Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA). They call for the general, unconditional, and omnibus release not only of Ericson Acosta but all political prisoners in the country.
First posted at the Philippine Online Chronicles.
First published at The Philippine Online Chronicles.
Here’s FREE, a song for a free mind and the struggle for a free society. Also a contribution to this year’s Software Freedom Day (SFD) and the campaign for Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS) spearheaded in the Philippines by the Computer Professionals Union (CPU).
Thanks to everyone who listened and downloaded the song at Reverb Nation and Jamendo! Thanks to everyone who shared, posted, tweeted and blogged about it, and bought a copy at Band Camp! Thanks a lot for the continued support to makibaka music and this makabayang OPM artist. Rakenrol!
(Update October 2, 2011) Free has been listed along with two other songs at the Resources page of the Software Freedom Day wiki. Thanks a lot softwarefreedomday.org! An OGG version is available at the wiki page wiki.softwarefreedomday.org/Resources/FreeASongForSoftwareFreedom.
Below is also a video featuring the song and with behind-the-scenes footage of Software Freedom Day Philippines. Thanks Developer Society!
After nineteen long months, Randy Echanis will be having his first break from detention with the Supreme Courts order granting him provisional release for six months. Friends and family celebrated his temporary freedom in a gathering at the BAYAN office immediately after his release from Camp Crame. Click for Kodao’s News Video.