MANILA, Philippines – What was supposed to be a typical Friday night to celebrate the end of a week became a night to mourn and rage about an act many find unforgivable: the burial of a dictator in a cemetery for heroes without fair warning.
Protesters of all ages and walks of life took to the streets and monuments to voice out their opposition, to support their friends and loved ones, or to feel part of a common cause.
WATCH: Sights and sounds at the People Power Monument. pic.twitter.com/nBAmhAjpiD— Bea Cupin (@beacupin) November 18, 2016
In the People Power Monument in White Plains, Quezon City, protesters seemed to relive the revolution that inspired the shrine.
Their anger was palpable in the constant screams and chants, the roughly written placards proclaiming disgust, but so was the camaraderie that linked protesters to each other.
College kids gave out cold bottled water for free to thirsty protesters, residents of nearby subdivisions like Corinthian Gardens offered parking spaces in front of their homes, trash bags were regulary filled to ensure the monument was clean.
University students stood on traffic barriers shouting and carrying signs to urge passing vehicles to express their anger about the burial by honking their horns.
Countless private cars, buses, and motorcycles obliged, to the cheers of the protesters.
The different chants gave voice to the aspects of the Marcos burial that people despised most.
“Tuta ni Marcos, Digong Duterte! (Lap dog of Marcos, Digong Duterte!)” rang one chant.
“Pera ng bayan, Botox ni Imee! (Money of the people, Botox for Imee!)” rang another.
“Hukayin! Hukayin! (Dig him up! Dig him up!)” got the message across succinctly.
LOOK: Protester takes…selfie with CDM personnel pic.twitter.com/CogpEDbumc— Bea Cupin (@beacupin) November 18, 2016
Given the proximity of several schools and universities to the monument, it came as no surprise that millennials comprised a significant chunk of the crowd that night.
Many of these millennials never even lived through the Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship. Yet their anger showed this did not matter. The collective memory of Filipinos and the consequences of the Marcos regime still felt in society today provided the fodder for the flame of their outrage.
It was a night to remember, a night not to go quietly into the dark but rage brightly so that future generations will know a fight was fought.
Someone even canceled their Grindr date to be at the anti-Marcos burial rally at People Power Monument pic.twitter.com/PW6GcLgR64— Pia Ranada (@piaranada) November 18, 2016