STORIES   from theMINES...of struggle,  sisterhood & solidarity
Photo by PhilRights
STORIES   from theMINES...of struggle,  sisterhood & solidarity
Judy A. PasimioFarah Sevilla, En.PAmleth Lyn BumanglagEdel GaringanRyan G. Palacolrgpalacol@yahoo.comALYANSA TIGIL MINAc/o...
Table of ContentsAcknowledgment                                         5Introduction                                     ...
Doing Their Assignment                        48Edel S. GaringanBEVERLY: Granddaughter of Lepanto Mines       51Judy A. Pa...
Dandelita                                      92Astrid VillanuevaImelda Luza                                    94Zenia T...
Sibuyan Island
Acknowledgment                                                                  AStories fromWomen in LuzonChapter 1: the ...
IntroductionStories from the Mines:of struggle, sisterhood and solidarityBY JUDY A. PASIMIOLILAK (PURPLE ACTION FOR INDIGE...
Stories fromWomen in LuzonChapter 1: the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity   7
1CHAPTER           LUZON          STORIES
For the Beautyof BugueyBY REI PANALIGAN         ROSBIN TACUBOY-MARTIN         Buguey, Cagayan Valley         Alliance for ...
But then, leaving Buguey is not                            an option because she believes,                            deep...
Going Againstthe TideBY JOAN MASARATE        IMELDA MAPE        Buguey, Cagayan Valley        Brgy. Kagawad, Pagdaya, Bugu...
ABOUT   THE AUTHOR:                            Joan MasarateChapter 1: Women in Luzon                         13
BelievingBY EMIELLOU S. PAN14                   Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
SR. MINERVA TACUBOY                            Cagayan Valley                            Pastoral Ministry Coordinator and...
Power and violence are      the instruments essential     in winning a battle, but in     this situation, she aims to     ...
Manang TinaA Story of Defense forLand, Life, and ResourcesBY VERNIE YOCOGAN-DIANO                            The Entry of ...
The Entry of Mining                 RUPINA BATIEL MOYAEN                 Apayao                 Save Apayao People’s Organ...
I was unable to leave my                                  house for a month in August                                   20...
A Struggle to Reclaimthe Forests andMountains’ BeautyBY ANGIE ADVIENTO         SELYA BAHAG         Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya ...
ABOUT   THE AUTHOR:                            Angeli AdvientoChapter 1: Women in Luzon                         21
Mother’s HomeBY RICO MALLILLIN                           In the barricade                           “They burned our house...
In her own house                                    CARMEN ANANAYO                                    Didipio, Nueva Vizca...
ABOUT   THE AUTHOR: Rico Mallillin24                     Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
Ka Badang:Hungry for JusticeBY JUDY A. PASIMIOChapter 1: Women in Luzon   25
KA BADANG ISIDRO     Mindoro26   farmer             Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
This is a sacrifice am doing not                    just for myself but for the others.                     So maybe the Lo...
What’s Servingin Pearl’s Cafe?Ate Pearl discovered new great things tooffer other than brewed coffee & pasta.BY EDEL S. GA...
At Pearl’s Café                                    ATE PEARL                                    Tablas Island, Romblon    ...
Story of ValorA child retold the story of a woman whoinspired her to fight for what is right.BY JENNY VAN FIESTADA         ...
… and she was even     surprised that the owner of      that mining company is a   popular person in the province.    She ...
A Beautiful DreamThe campaign against mining is harshand difficult but this teacher in Romblonsees it otherwise.BY SHERRYLL...
Chapter 1: Women in Luzon   33
Winnie Royo:Losing & Finding Her VoiceBY JOE- ANNA MARIE CASIDSID - ABELINDE34                                       Stori...
WINNIE ROYO                                     Sibuyan Island, Romblon                                     Adviser, Allia...
Sisters’ Act in SibuyanBY EDEL S. GARINGAN                             Vantage point36                    Stories from the...
ROYO’S SISTER          Sibuyan Island, Romblon          Sibuyan Island Sentinels League for Environment Inc.Chapter 1: Wom...
Another blow38             Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
It lingers onChapter 1: Women in Luzon                   39
EMELINE RAFOLS     Sibuyan Island, Romblon40                             Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhoo...
An Insistent NO!BY JOEL ABELINDEChapter 1: Women in Luzon   41
42   Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
In a flood of sudden rage, Emeline approached and                   grabbed him by the collar. “What are you doing         ...
Rodilisa’s Heartbreak:Sibuyan’s MournBY MINERVA E. TABAR         RODILISA MARIN         Sibuyan Island, Romblon           ...
“We just want a silent                                 protest, we did not want                                 to end the...
A Mother’s Hymnfor JusticeListen to the song that captures thedeath of an environmental hero.BY EDEL S. GARINGAN46        ...
PERLITA PALOMAR                            Sibuyan Island, RomblonChapter 1: Women in Luzon                             47
Doing Their AssignmentMeet the teachers in Sibuyan who wereaccused of a misconduct for doing theirshare in protecting the ...
Passing gradeAccused of misconductChapter 1: Women in Luzon                   49
BEVERLY LONGID     Benguet     Chair, KATRIBU Party List50                               Stories from the Mines: ...of Str...
BEVERLY: Granddaughterof Lepanto MinesBY JUDY A. PASIMIOChapter 1: Women in Luzon   51
For Beverly, there is one most          common sight today in the       Mankayan communities—a long     line of pails wait...
Manang ElizaRising from the spillBY EDEL GARINGAN AND ELIZABETH MANGOLChapter 1: Women in Luzon               53
ELIZA M. HERNANDEZ         Marinduque ABOUT   THE AUTHOR: Elzabeth Mangol54                            Stories from the Mi...
Her Fightfor A SafeCommunityBY ELIZABETH MANGOL                            NATIVIDAD NAGUTOM                            Ma...
56   Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
Tagapangalaga ngPinagmulan ng BuhayNI RUFINA GAMBOA-ARCEGA          ATE PINES          ZambalesChapter 1: Women in Luzon  ...
58   Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
Chapter 1: Women in Luzon   59
ABOUT   THE AUTHOR:60   Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
Malaking LabanPara sa KabundukanBY CARLO FAJARDOChapter 1: Women in Luzon   61
MARITES DELA CRUZ     Zambales     Maporac Aeta Orgaization62                              Stories from the Mines: ...of S...
Wala po akong kinakatakutan                     sa ganitong pakikipaglaban                       sapagkat... ayaw namin   ...
2CHAPTER          VISAYAS          STORIES
From Tears to BlissComing to blows for the Common GoodBY JOHN DAVID AGPALO66                     Stories from the Mines: ....
ISIDRA BAUSAL                                        Javier, Leyte                                        Unahin Natin Lag...
Nightmare WarfareHer fight against mining is worth dying forBY JOHN DAVID AGPALO         EDITA REALANO         MacArthur, L...
Manang Edita has no regrets                              because she believes that her                                advo...
Green VoicesA journalist finds a good cause tosing to her heart’s desireBY EDEL S. GARINGAN70                    Stories fr...
When you do this work, it is      like you are saving yourself           and the lives of other      people… it is a nice ...
Beyond the Pillarsof EducationMa’am Tess gives meaning to a devotionof teaching a communityBY LALAINE TRONO         TESS T...
Never mind that there                                        are threats to her life,                                     ...
Mayette BadarAn advocate faces sad realitiesof women in miningBY JUDY A. PASIMIO         MAYETTE BADAR         Eastern Sam...
Maaring maalwal ang buhay           ng ilang mga kasama, at        kababayan dahil sa mina; pero         pano na bukas? Sa...
Choosing the Right PathBehind her sweet smile and comicalpersonality is a woman who fearlesslyfights for what she thinks is...
ELENA GALO          Maasim, Leyte          Brgy. Councilor of Lunas, Maasin, LeyteChapter 1: Women in Luzon        2:     ...
Sacrificing our       environment     for money is not      sustaining our      needs but is a     mere selfishness.        ...
Bruised but Not BrokenThe story of a HERO’s unfaltering courageto fight against mining in HomonhonBY SADIE DELANTAR        ...
ABOUT   THE AUTHOR:               Sadie Delantar80   Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
The Makings of a HEROHow one woman became a heroin the war against miningBY SADIE DELANTAR                               ,...
NIDA ABUEME     Homonhon, Samar     Homonhon Environment and Rescuers Organization (HERO)82                               ...
A Woman with ChoiceNancy Badilla chooses to fight for Manicani- her home, her hope1 HMC received its Environmental Complian...
ATE NANCY     Manicani, Samar     Save Manicani Movement84                            Stories from the Mines: ...of Strugg...
ABOUT   THE AUTHOR:                              Maria Daryl L. LeyesaChapter 1: Women in Luzon        2:          Visayas...
3CHAPTER          MINDANAO           STORIES
Sweet Ordinary Gestureof SupportA mother in Dinarawan proves that helpcomes even in small actionsBY EDEL S. GARINGAN      ...
And being at the kitchen                                 does not mean that she                                  has less ...
The Unfolding Storyof the Mamanwasand GandyBY VANESSA ABALOS       She believes that if mining will      psuh through in t...
GANDY PURUGOY          Jabonga, Agusan del Norte          Dinarawan Indigenous People’s Organization                      ...
Dandelita – a feistymother to her family andher Mamanwa communityBY ASTRID VILLANUEVA                              192    ...
DANDELITA A. PALAY          Jabonga, Agusan del Norte          Dinarawan Indigenous People’s Organization                 ...
Imelda LuzaBY ZENIA T. BALASA         IMELDA LUZA         Tandag, Surigao del Sur         Women Association of SDS - Tanda...
What she feared more is when the genuine action from the basic        sector of farmers and the indigenous opposing mining...
Activist at HomeEmma had been to many places and livea good life miles away from the country,but she knows at the beginnin...
EMMA HOTCHKISS                                        Cantilan, Surigao del Sur                                        Car...
Staying home98   Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
Resistance of Womenin SamlangThe struggle to know the truth andbuild a good life from itBY EDEL S. GARINGANChapter 1: Wome...
SAMLANG WOMEN      Sarangani100                   Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
Indeed, everything in the                         surface is so rich, that for                       the women in Sitio Sa...
What it Takes toProtect Life......and all the things that nurture it?BY EDEL S. GARINGAN                          ROBINA P...
I am not afraid to                                die. If it is for the                               community, I can    ...
DELIA MALUNGON      Sarangani      a B’laan in T’murok, Sarangani104                                    Stories from the M...
Delia’s Small VoiceBY JONATHAN ESPINAI     t was all still vivid in Delia’s mind. That        Delia is a B’laan, an indige...
More than anything else, Delia has successfully         In the coming days, Delia and the other B’laanstapped the most per...
WILMA TEROMag-aaral, AktibistaSubanenSA PAGKWENTO KAY JUDY A. PASIMIOChapter 1: Women in Luzon        3:          Mindanao...
WILMA TERO      Zamboanga      Kesalabuukan Tupusumi Organization108                                        Stories from t...
Para sa aming mga Subaanen, ang                 lupa ay napakasagrado dahil kung               ito ay mawala at masira, wa...
I am VICKY CAJANDIG,I am a SubanenAS TOLD TO JUDY A. PASIMIO110                          Stories from the Mines: ...of Str...
VICKY CAJANDIG                               Zamboanga                               Pigsalabukan Bangsa Subanon (PBS) and...
I did not want the      Subanen communities      to feel helpless against         these companies.112            Stories f...
A Mayor’s StandShe was not allowed to get inside themining site she opts for closure, nowshe’s looking for other ways to g...
114   Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
I can look myself            in the mirror in the          coming years and say           to myself that I have           ...
4CHAPTER           NATIONAL          ADVOCATES
Sa PagmiminaNI DOLORES B. YANAN118                   Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
DOLORES YANAN                                       Defend Zambales        4: National AdvocateChapter 1: Women in Luzon  ...
Lakad, martsa at higa sa kalsada ang      kinailangang gawin upang maipahayag      sa mga kinauukulan ang kanilang mga    ...
Doc Nymia:Human RightsAdvocate, DefenderBY JOY ICAYAN                                       DR. NYMIA PIMENTEL-SIMBULAN   ...
ABOUT   THE AUTHOR:                Joy Icayan works as a research associate                in Philippine Human Rights Info...
TeacherOsangBY ATTY. VIRGINIA PINLAC                                       ROSANNA VILLEGAS                               ...
SR. EDEN ORLINO, SPC Sister of St. Paul of Chartres124                               Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggl...
Sr. Eden Orlino, SPC                                           Advocacy in human                                        ri...
Leading the Way inNature ConservationBY JOEL ABELINDE126                Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood...
ANNABELLE PLANTILLA                                       Chief Operating Officer of Haribon Foundation Inc.        4: Nati...
Fulfilling A Mission inA Distant LandFrom Canada she reached out toa community who loved her backBY EDEL S. GARINGAN128    ...
CATHERINE COUMANS                                               MiningWatch Canada        4: National AdvocateChapter 1: W...
The Lawyer. The Activist.The Congresswoman.BY KRISTINE MENDOZA                                CONG. KAKA BAG-AO           ...
that the progress of                                             this country lies in the                                 ...
RISA HONTEVEROS AKBAYAN Representative132                       Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Sol...
Advocate RisaBY KRISTINE MENDOZA        4: National AdvocateChapter 1: Women in Luzon                     the Philippines ...
These Congresspersons have      always catered to the interest       of foreign mining companies.      The task assigned t...
Love for Nature…that Never EndsBY MARK PERE MADRONA        4: National AdvocateChapter 1: Women in Luzon                  ...
REGINA PAZ LOPEZ Managing Director, ABS-CBN Foundation136                                      Stories from the Mines: ......
What the miners do to        nature is very gruesome.            I visit mining places           and I see huge holes     ...
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  1. 1. STORIES from theMINES...of struggle, sisterhood & solidarity
  2. 2. Photo by PhilRights
  3. 3. STORIES from theMINES...of struggle, sisterhood & solidarity
  4. 4. Judy A. PasimioFarah Sevilla, En.PAmleth Lyn BumanglagEdel GaringanRyan G. Palacolrgpalacol@yahoo.comALYANSA TIGIL MINAc/o Haribon Foundation2/F Santos and Sons Building#973 Aurora Blvd. corner Dapdap St.,Cubao, Quezon CityTel: +63 (02) 434-46-42Tele Fax: +63 (02) 434-46-92www.alyansatigilmina.netPrinted in the Philippines October 2012
  5. 5. Table of ContentsAcknowledgment 5Introduction 6CHAPTER 1 8For the Beauty of Buguey 10Rei PanaliganGoing Against the Tide 12Joan MasarateBelieving 14Emiellou S. PanManang Tina 17Vernie Yocogan-DianoA Struggle to Reclaim the Forest & Mountains’ Beauty 20Angie AdvientoMother’s Home 22Rico MallillinKa Badang: Hungry for Justice 25Judy A. PasimioWhat’s Serving in Pearl’s Cafe? 28Edel S. GaringanStory of Valor 30Jenny Van FiestadaA Beautiful Dream 32Sherryll R. Mindo-FetalveroWinnie Royo: Losing and Finding Her Voice 34Joe-Anna Marie Casidsid - AbelindeSister’s Act in Sibuyan 36Edel S. GaringanAn Insistent NO! 41Joel AbelindeRodilisa’s Heartbreak: Sibuyan’s Mourn 44Minerva E. TabarA Mother’s Hymn for Justice 46Edel S. Garingan
  6. 6. Doing Their Assignment 48Edel S. GaringanBEVERLY: Granddaughter of Lepanto Mines 51Judy A. PasimioManang Eliza 53Edel Garingan and Elizabeth MangolHer Fight for A Safe Community 55Elizabeth MangolTagapangalaga ng Pinagmulan ng Buhay 57Malaking Laban Para sa Kabundukan 61Carlo FajardoCHAPTER 2 64From Tears to Bliss 66John David AgpaloNightmare Warfare 68John David AgpaloGreen Voices 70Edel S. GaringanBeyond the Pillars of Education 72Lalaine TronoMayette Badar 74Judy PasimioChoosing the Right Path 76Faye P. BadaBruised but Not Broken 79Sadie DelantarThe Makings of a Hero 81Sadie DelantarA Woman with Choice 83CHAPTER 3 86Sweet Ordinary Gesture of Support 88Edel S. GaringanThe Unfolding Story of the Mamanwas & Gandy 90Vanessa Abalos
  7. 7. Dandelita 92Astrid VillanuevaImelda Luza 94Zenia T. BalasaActivist at Home 96Edel S. GaringanResistance of Women in Samlang 99Edel S. GaringanWhat it Takes to Protect Life... 102Edel S. GaringanDelia’s Small Voice 105Jonathan EspinaWILMA TERO Mag-aaral, Aktibista Subanen 107Judy A. PasimioI am VICKY CAJANDIG, I am a Subanen 110Judy A. PasimioA Mayor’s Plight 113Edel S. GaringanCHAPTER 4 116Sa PagmiminaDolores B. Yanan 118Doc Nymia: Humang Rights Advocate, DefenderJoy Icayan 121Rosanna VillegasVirginia Pinlac 123Sr. Eden Orlino, SPCJoy Icayan 124Leading the Way in Nature ConservationJoel Abelinde 126Edel S. Garingan 128The Lawyer. The Activist. The Congresswoman.Kristine Mendoza 130Advocate RisaKristine Mendoza 133Love for Nature... that Never EndsMark Pere Madrona 135
  8. 8. Sibuyan Island
  9. 9. Acknowledgment AStories fromWomen in LuzonChapter 1: the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity 5
  10. 10. IntroductionStories from the Mines:of struggle, sisterhood and solidarityBY JUDY A. PASIMIOLILAK (PURPLE ACTION FOR INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S RIGHTS)6 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  11. 11. Stories fromWomen in LuzonChapter 1: the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity 7
  12. 12. 1CHAPTER LUZON STORIES
  13. 13. For the Beautyof BugueyBY REI PANALIGAN ROSBIN TACUBOY-MARTIN Buguey, Cagayan Valley Alliance for Buguey Community Advocates (ALBUCODA)10 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  14. 14. But then, leaving Buguey is not an option because she believes, deep in her heart, that no home will be as lovely as Buguey. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rei PanaliganChapter 1: Women in Luzon 11
  15. 15. Going Againstthe TideBY JOAN MASARATE IMELDA MAPE Buguey, Cagayan Valley Brgy. Kagawad, Pagdaya, Buguey, Cagayan Valley12 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  16. 16. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joan MasarateChapter 1: Women in Luzon 13
  17. 17. BelievingBY EMIELLOU S. PAN14 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  18. 18. SR. MINERVA TACUBOY Cagayan Valley Pastoral Ministry Coordinator and member of Federation of Environmental Advocates in Cagayan (FEAC)Chapter 1: Women in Luzon 15
  19. 19. Power and violence are the instruments essential in winning a battle, but in this situation, she aims to address the conflict with compassion, mercy and forgiveness. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Emiellou Pan16 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  20. 20. Manang TinaA Story of Defense forLand, Life, and ResourcesBY VERNIE YOCOGAN-DIANO The Entry of Commercial LoggingChapter 1: Women in Luzon 17
  21. 21. The Entry of Mining RUPINA BATIEL MOYAEN Apayao Save Apayao People’s OrganizationThen Militarization…1 Anglo American Corporation calls itself “one of the world’s major diversified mining groups. We continue to extend our reach around the globe and expand the materials we mine.” From http://www.angloamerican.co.uk/aa/about/ accessed August 31, 2009. The website also states the company’s presence in the Philippines with exploration which started in 2000 in Mindanao and in the Central Cordillera. http://www.angloamerican.co.uk/aa/imap/#pageType=map/ locn=Philippines/industry=all/activity=all/filter=industry/lSelect=nothing18 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  22. 22. I was unable to leave my house for a month in August 2006 because of threats... It was very difficult.Resolved to Resist and Exist ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Vernie Yocogan-DianoChapter 1: Women in Luzon 19
  23. 23. A Struggle to Reclaimthe Forests andMountains’ BeautyBY ANGIE ADVIENTO SELYA BAHAG Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya Didipio Earth Saver’s Multi-Purpose Association, Inc (DESAMA)20 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  24. 24. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Angeli AdvientoChapter 1: Women in Luzon 21
  25. 25. Mother’s HomeBY RICO MALLILLIN In the barricade “They burned our house!”22 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  26. 26. In her own house CARMEN ANANAYO Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya Didipio Earth Saver’s Multi-Purpose Association, Inc (DESAMA) A day in DidipioChapter 1: Women in Luzon 23
  27. 27. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rico Mallillin24 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  28. 28. Ka Badang:Hungry for JusticeBY JUDY A. PASIMIOChapter 1: Women in Luzon 25
  29. 29. KA BADANG ISIDRO Mindoro26 farmer Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  30. 30. This is a sacrifice am doing not just for myself but for the others. So maybe the Lord will reward me by taking my UTI away. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Judy A. PasimioChapter 1: Women in Luzon 27
  31. 31. What’s Servingin Pearl’s Cafe?Ate Pearl discovered new great things tooffer other than brewed coffee & pasta.BY EDEL S. GARINGANFred’s story28 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  32. 32. At Pearl’s Café ATE PEARL Tablas Island, Romblon Romblon Ecumenical Forum Against MiningPeople Power in Romblon ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Edel S. GaringanChapter 1: Women in Luzon 29
  33. 33. Story of ValorA child retold the story of a woman whoinspired her to fight for what is right.BY JENNY VAN FIESTADA MARBETH M. FADRIQUELA Tablas, Romblon Adviser, Alliance of Students against Mining (ASAM)30 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  34. 34. … and she was even surprised that the owner of that mining company is a popular person in the province. She could not accept that a child of Romblon is doing such terrible act to their town. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jenny van FiestadaChapter 1: Women in Luzon 31
  35. 35. A Beautiful DreamThe campaign against mining is harshand difficult but this teacher in Romblonsees it otherwise.BY SHERRYLL R. MINDO-FETALVERO SHERYLL FETALVERO Tablas, Romblon Adviser, Alliance of Students against Mining (ASAM)32 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  36. 36. Chapter 1: Women in Luzon 33
  37. 37. Winnie Royo:Losing & Finding Her VoiceBY JOE- ANNA MARIE CASIDSID - ABELINDE34 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  38. 38. WINNIE ROYO Sibuyan Island, Romblon Adviser, Alliance of Students against Mining (ASAM) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joe-anna Marie AbelindeChapter 1: Women in Luzon 35
  39. 39. Sisters’ Act in SibuyanBY EDEL S. GARINGAN Vantage point36 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  40. 40. ROYO’S SISTER Sibuyan Island, Romblon Sibuyan Island Sentinels League for Environment Inc.Chapter 1: Women in Luzon 37
  41. 41. Another blow38 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  42. 42. It lingers onChapter 1: Women in Luzon 39
  43. 43. EMELINE RAFOLS Sibuyan Island, Romblon40 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  44. 44. An Insistent NO!BY JOEL ABELINDEChapter 1: Women in Luzon 41
  45. 45. 42 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  46. 46. In a flood of sudden rage, Emeline approached and grabbed him by the collar. “What are you doing here? I thought you are an example because you oppose mining like the people. How much were you paid?” The chairman startled and was unable to react, say a word or pull away from her. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joel AbelindeChapter 1: Women in Luzon 43
  47. 47. Rodilisa’s Heartbreak:Sibuyan’s MournBY MINERVA E. TABAR RODILISA MARIN Sibuyan Island, Romblon The day that breaks her heart Elementary teacher and a member of Sibuyan Island Sentinels League for Environment Inc.44 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  48. 48. “We just want a silent protest, we did not want to end the day like that,” Rodilisa recalled when asked about that day. Sibuyan cried with her. An Awakening Truth ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Minerva TabarChapter 1: Women in Luzon 45
  49. 49. A Mother’s Hymnfor JusticeListen to the song that captures thedeath of an environmental hero.BY EDEL S. GARINGAN46 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  50. 50. PERLITA PALOMAR Sibuyan Island, RomblonChapter 1: Women in Luzon 47
  51. 51. Doing Their AssignmentMeet the teachers in Sibuyan who wereaccused of a misconduct for doing theirshare in protecting the island they all loved.BY EDEL S. GARINGAN Surprised gathering TEACHERS IN SIBUYAN Sibuyan Island, Romblon48 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  52. 52. Passing gradeAccused of misconductChapter 1: Women in Luzon 49
  53. 53. BEVERLY LONGID Benguet Chair, KATRIBU Party List50 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  54. 54. BEVERLY: Granddaughterof Lepanto MinesBY JUDY A. PASIMIOChapter 1: Women in Luzon 51
  55. 55. For Beverly, there is one most common sight today in the Mankayan communities—a long line of pails waiting for their turn to be filled up with water, a precious resource in this dried up land. “Why can’t the company provide this service to the people?”52 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  56. 56. Manang ElizaRising from the spillBY EDEL GARINGAN AND ELIZABETH MANGOLChapter 1: Women in Luzon 53
  57. 57. ELIZA M. HERNANDEZ Marinduque ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Elzabeth Mangol54 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  58. 58. Her Fightfor A SafeCommunityBY ELIZABETH MANGOL NATIVIDAD NAGUTOM MarinduqueChapter 1: Women in Luzon 55
  59. 59. 56 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  60. 60. Tagapangalaga ngPinagmulan ng BuhayNI RUFINA GAMBOA-ARCEGA ATE PINES ZambalesChapter 1: Women in Luzon 57
  61. 61. 58 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  62. 62. Chapter 1: Women in Luzon 59
  63. 63. ABOUT THE AUTHOR:60 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  64. 64. Malaking LabanPara sa KabundukanBY CARLO FAJARDOChapter 1: Women in Luzon 61
  65. 65. MARITES DELA CRUZ Zambales Maporac Aeta Orgaization62 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  66. 66. Wala po akong kinakatakutan sa ganitong pakikipaglaban sapagkat... ayaw namin maranasan ng aming komunidad ang mga nararanasan ng mga kapwa naming katutubo sa ibang lugar. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Carlo FajardoChapter 1: Women in Luzon 63
  67. 67. 2CHAPTER VISAYAS STORIES
  68. 68. From Tears to BlissComing to blows for the Common GoodBY JOHN DAVID AGPALO66 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  69. 69. ISIDRA BAUSAL Javier, Leyte Unahin Natin Lagi Ang Diyos (UNLAD) Bito Lake Fisherfolks and Farmers Association ABOUT THE AUTHOR: John David AgpaloChapter 1: Women in Luzon 2: Visayas 67
  70. 70. Nightmare WarfareHer fight against mining is worth dying forBY JOHN DAVID AGPALO EDITA REALANO MacArthur, Leyte Unahin Natin Lagi Ang Diyos (UNLAD) Bito Lake Fisherfolks and Farmers Association68 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  71. 71. Manang Edita has no regrets because she believes that her advocacy is worth dying for. “I am also doing this for my family. For our livelihood that was stolen by the miners.Chapter 1: Women in Luzon 2: Visayas 69
  72. 72. Green VoicesA journalist finds a good cause tosing to her heart’s desireBY EDEL S. GARINGAN70 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  73. 73. When you do this work, it is like you are saving yourself and the lives of other people… it is a nice feeling to know that you are able to influence people to also protect the environment. Yet all of these are not easy! MARISSA CANO Baybay, Leyte Journalist, Instructor at Visayas State UniversityChapter 1: Women in Luzon 2: Visayas 71
  74. 74. Beyond the Pillarsof EducationMa’am Tess gives meaning to a devotionof teaching a communityBY LALAINE TRONO TESS TABADA Baybay, Leyte Director of the Institute for Strategic Research and Development Studies, Visayas State Universities72 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  75. 75. Never mind that there are threats to her life, it’s all part of the risk to bring out the truth. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lalaine TronoChapter 1: Women in Luzon 2: Visayas 73
  76. 76. Mayette BadarAn advocate faces sad realitiesof women in miningBY JUDY A. PASIMIO MAYETTE BADAR Eastern Samar Pambansang Koalisyon ng mga Kababaihan sa Kanayunan (PKKK), President of the Eastern Samar chapter74 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  77. 77. Maaring maalwal ang buhay ng ilang mga kasama, at kababayan dahil sa mina; pero pano na bukas? Sa susunod na bukas? Kung sira na ang kalikasan, ang kabuhayan? Kung watak watak na ang mga pamilya dahil sa awayan?Chapter 1: Women in Luzon 2: Visayas 75
  78. 78. Choosing the Right PathBehind her sweet smile and comicalpersonality is a woman who fearlesslyfights for what she thinks is right.BY FAYE P. BADA76 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  79. 79. ELENA GALO Maasim, Leyte Brgy. Councilor of Lunas, Maasin, LeyteChapter 1: Women in Luzon 2: Visayas 77
  80. 80. Sacrificing our environment for money is not sustaining our needs but is a mere selfishness. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Faye Bada78 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  81. 81. Bruised but Not BrokenThe story of a HERO’s unfaltering courageto fight against mining in HomonhonBY SADIE DELANTAR ROSARIO ABUENO Homonhon, Samar Homonhon Environment and Rescuers Organization (HERO)Chapter 1: Women in Luzon 2: Visayas 79
  82. 82. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sadie Delantar80 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  83. 83. The Makings of a HEROHow one woman became a heroin the war against miningBY SADIE DELANTAR ,Chapter 1: Women in Luzon 2: Visayas 81
  84. 84. NIDA ABUEME Homonhon, Samar Homonhon Environment and Rescuers Organization (HERO)82 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  85. 85. A Woman with ChoiceNancy Badilla chooses to fight for Manicani- her home, her hope1 HMC received its Environmental Compliance Certificate on February 1992, the Interim Mines Permit on August 1992, and the Mineral Productivity Sharing Agreement on October 1992.Chapter 1: Women in Luzon 2: Visayas 83
  86. 86. ATE NANCY Manicani, Samar Save Manicani Movement84 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  87. 87. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Maria Daryl L. LeyesaChapter 1: Women in Luzon 2: Visayas 85
  88. 88. 3CHAPTER MINDANAO STORIES
  89. 89. Sweet Ordinary Gestureof SupportA mother in Dinarawan proves that helpcomes even in small actionsBY EDEL S. GARINGAN Pinky Capua PINKY CAPUA Jabonga, Agusan del Norte Dinarawan Indigenous People’s Organization88 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  90. 90. And being at the kitchen does not mean that she has less knowledge on and commitment to the campaign. She knows that MRL had violated their rights and had disturbed their culture and only brought chaos to their peaceful living.Chapter 1: Women in Luzon 3: Mindanao 89
  91. 91. The Unfolding Storyof the Mamanwasand GandyBY VANESSA ABALOS She believes that if mining will psuh through in their town, there will be landslides, water will be contaminated with substances harmful to human being and worst, mountains will be devastated.90 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  92. 92. GANDY PURUGOY Jabonga, Agusan del Norte Dinarawan Indigenous People’s Organization ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Vanessa AbalosChapter 1: Women in Luzon 3: Mindanao 91
  93. 93. Dandelita – a feistymother to her family andher Mamanwa communityBY ASTRID VILLANUEVA 192 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  94. 94. DANDELITA A. PALAY Jabonga, Agusan del Norte Dinarawan Indigenous People’s Organization “The pro-mining people may enjoy their present situation, but in no time, they will have no place to go. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Astrid VillanuevaChapter 1: Women in Luzon 3: Mindanao 93
  95. 95. Imelda LuzaBY ZENIA T. BALASA IMELDA LUZA Tandag, Surigao del Sur Women Association of SDS - Tandag Chapter94 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  96. 96. What she feared more is when the genuine action from the basic sector of farmers and the indigenous opposing mining will stop. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Zenia BalasaChapter 1: Women in Luzon 3: Mindanao 95
  97. 97. Activist at HomeEmma had been to many places and livea good life miles away from the country,but she knows at the beginning that thereis really no place like homeBY EDEL S. GARINGAN A tricky encounter96 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  98. 98. EMMA HOTCHKISS Cantilan, Surigao del Sur Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, Carmen, Lanuza (CCMCL) Baywatch FoundationFamily affair? In the court roomChapter 1: Women in Luzon 3: Mindanao 97
  99. 99. Staying home98 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  100. 100. Resistance of Womenin SamlangThe struggle to know the truth andbuild a good life from itBY EDEL S. GARINGANChapter 1: Women in Luzon 3: Mindanao 99
  101. 101. SAMLANG WOMEN Sarangani100 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  102. 102. Indeed, everything in the surface is so rich, that for the women in Sitio Samlang, they no longer have to extract what’s beneath their land and mountains.Chapter 1: Women in Luzon 3: Mindanao 101
  103. 103. What it Takes toProtect Life......and all the things that nurture it?BY EDEL S. GARINGAN ROBINA POBLADOR Saranggani Bae, female leader of a B’laan Tribe in Samlang102 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  104. 104. I am not afraid to die. If it is for the community, I can give my life for it.Chapter 1: Women in Luzon 3: Mindanao 103
  105. 105. DELIA MALUNGON Sarangani a B’laan in T’murok, Sarangani104 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  106. 106. Delia’s Small VoiceBY JONATHAN ESPINAI t was all still vivid in Delia’s mind. That Delia is a B’laan, an indigenous group of day when the representatives of the mining people in the Southern Mindanao. She may be company, Sagittarius Mines Inc., or SMI, perceived as a simple home-maker, a farmer’svisited their town of Malungon in Saranggani wife, and a member of an indigenous group,province in Mindanao to offer them something but she is considered a rarity in their town. Shethat seemed impossible to resist. possessed something that is so elusive for their poor community, even considered a privilege for some. Delia, unlike her other tribe members, isBetter livelihood, health services, infrastructure, educated. And being well-educated means sheand even scholarships for their children, those has a bigger responsibility for her people, to guidewere all promised to them by the mining company them towards a well-informed decision.in exchange for their “yes.” Their approval to theproposed copper-gold mining project near their Delia knew it all along, that SMI, just like otherarea. A plan that is undoubtedly destructive to mining companies, are just taking advantage ofthe environment and its people, yet still highlysupported by the local government. motives. At that point, she claimed that big responsibility, to use her education to inform andIn a town stricken by extreme poverty where empower her people. She made a stand to say NOmajority of the people rely on agriculture for a to mining.living, it was a very tempting offer. Most of Delia’sneighbors were inclined to grab that once in a Her conviction was powerful enough that, littlelifetime opportunity. All their lives, they have beenstruggling. Mining was supposed to be their one tribe against mining. She spearheaded numerouslast shot for a decent living, but Delia knew better. meetings with the tribe about its negative effectsShe was more than aware of what happened on their lives, on how this would destroy theirto the nearby provinces affected by mining, forest and eventually their source of living. More importantly, she challenged her people to think about their future, as well as of their children’s (We have future. SMI’s promises are not for free, shesome tribe members who are now experiencing explained; in the coming years, mining just might joepardize their own lives.Chapter 1: Women in Luzon 3: Mindanao 105
  107. 107. More than anything else, Delia has successfully In the coming days, Delia and the other B’laanstapped the most personal attribute of her tribe built a fence to protect their property.members and used it to ignite their sense ofpride to eventually object to the proposed mining (Leave usproject. She reminded them to be proud of alone. Let us just live the life that we want. We canbeing a B’laan, to stay true to their identity andtraditions. That being a B’laan is being free tocultivate their own land. It is their land, and no Just like the fence that one day would be takenone, even the big mining companies, can take that down, she knew that the company would notaway from them. She added that even the law stop until the resistance faltered. This was justrecognizes the ancestral domain of indigenous the beginning. She knows that harassments andpeople. By the time when SMI conducted another bribery would follow, but Delia is willing toconsultation, almost all were against the proposed conquer it all, for her family and for the B’laanmining project. Delia’s efforts paid off, but little people. Her passion for their traditions and alsodid she know that, it was just the beginning of for the environment is so profound and intense.more challenges ahead. Delia wants us to know that while we are busy managing our own lives in the city, there is aThe mining company did not give up. Backed by small group of indigenous people in a far andthe local government, SMI was intensely serious mountainous place in Mindanao whose lives areto take over the B’laan’s land. Delia did not expect threatened by mining capitalists.the harassments that came afterwards. A few months ago, the local government of Saranggani received 15M worth of assistance from SMI. Though the true intention of the (Our Barangay captain confronted meangrily. He asked me why we don’t want mining big that mining company is compared to Delia. Nobody knows how long Delia could hold on andAfter a few days, strangers were spotted in awareness.their area, roaming around as if observing thevery small details of the town. Eventually those It won’t hurt if for just one moment, let we try tosuspicious men were starting to lure and bribe the listen to Delia’s small voice.B’laan people to change their minds and supportthe mining project. Delia knew that those actionswere aimed at her to scare her. Maybe becauseshe is a woman, harassers thought that it would beeasy to frighten her.But Delia proved them wrong. She showed themthat though she is a woman, and she is strong and ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jonathan Espinastrangers out of their place.106 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  108. 108. WILMA TEROMag-aaral, AktibistaSubanenSA PAGKWENTO KAY JUDY A. PASIMIOChapter 1: Women in Luzon 3: Mindanao 107
  109. 109. WILMA TERO Zamboanga Kesalabuukan Tupusumi Organization108 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  110. 110. Para sa aming mga Subaanen, ang lupa ay napakasagrado dahil kung ito ay mawala at masira, wala rin ang lahat ng espiritu na nandyan sa paligid namin - mga espiritu na nagbigay- lakas at giya sa aming mga belian.Chapter 1: Women in Luzon 3: Mindanao 109
  111. 111. I am VICKY CAJANDIG,I am a SubanenAS TOLD TO JUDY A. PASIMIO110 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  112. 112. VICKY CAJANDIG Zamboanga Pigsalabukan Bangsa Subanon (PBS) and Executive Officer of PIKHUMPONGAN DLIBON SUBANEN, INC. (PDSI)Chapter 1: Women in Luzon 3: Mindanao 111
  113. 113. I did not want the Subanen communities to feel helpless against these companies.112 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  114. 114. A Mayor’s StandShe was not allowed to get inside themining site she opts for closure, nowshe’s looking for other ways to get inBY EDEL S. GARINGANChapter 1: Women in Luzon 3: Mindanao 113
  115. 115. 114 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  116. 116. I can look myself in the mirror in the coming years and say to myself that I have done something that is just right for the people of Tubay. MAYOR SADEKA GARCIA-TOMANENG Tubay, Agusan del NorteChapter 1: Women in Luzon 3: Mindanao 115
  117. 117. 4CHAPTER NATIONAL ADVOCATES
  118. 118. Sa PagmiminaNI DOLORES B. YANAN118 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  119. 119. DOLORES YANAN Defend Zambales 4: National AdvocateChapter 1: Women in Luzon the Philippines 119
  120. 120. Lakad, martsa at higa sa kalsada ang kinailangang gawin upang maipahayag sa mga kinauukulan ang kanilang mga kinalilimutang obligasyon. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dolly Yanan120 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  121. 121. Doc Nymia:Human RightsAdvocate, DefenderBY JOY ICAYAN DR. NYMIA PIMENTEL-SIMBULAN Executive Director of Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRights) 4: National AdvocateChapter 1: Women in Luzon the Philippines 121
  122. 122. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joy Icayan works as a research associate in Philippine Human Rights Information Center.122 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  123. 123. TeacherOsangBY ATTY. VIRGINIA PINLAC ROSANNA VILLEGAS KAISA KA Youth Youth for Nationalism and Democracy ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Atty. Virginia Pinlac is a human rights lawyer and President of KAISA KA 4: National AdvocateChapter 1: Women in Luzon the Philippines 123
  124. 124. SR. EDEN ORLINO, SPC Sister of St. Paul of Chartres124 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  125. 125. Sr. Eden Orlino, SPC Advocacy in human rights protection, justice and peace, biodiversity conservation are best expressions of God’s love and concern for His ‘anawim’ and creation. Doing advocacy work is doing God’s work. 4: National AdvocateChapter 1: Women in Luzon the Philippines 125
  126. 126. Leading the Way inNature ConservationBY JOEL ABELINDE126 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  127. 127. ANNABELLE PLANTILLA Chief Operating Officer of Haribon Foundation Inc. 4: National AdvocateChapter 1: Women in Luzon the Philippines 127
  128. 128. Fulfilling A Mission inA Distant LandFrom Canada she reached out toa community who loved her backBY EDEL S. GARINGAN128 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  129. 129. CATHERINE COUMANS MiningWatch Canada 4: National AdvocateChapter 1: Women in Luzon the Philippines 129
  130. 130. The Lawyer. The Activist.The Congresswoman.BY KRISTINE MENDOZA CONG. KAKA BAG-AO Congresswoman, Dumagat Island AKBAYAN Representative130 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  131. 131. that the progress of this country lies in the improvement of the lives of its basic sectors who manage and protect our mineral resources. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kristine Mendoza 4: National AdvocateChapter 1: Women in Luzon the Philippines 131
  132. 132. RISA HONTEVEROS AKBAYAN Representative132 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  133. 133. Advocate RisaBY KRISTINE MENDOZA 4: National AdvocateChapter 1: Women in Luzon the Philippines 133
  134. 134. These Congresspersons have always catered to the interest of foreign mining companies. The task assigned to me was to change their minds.134 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  135. 135. Love for Nature…that Never EndsBY MARK PERE MADRONA 4: National AdvocateChapter 1: Women in Luzon the Philippines 135
  136. 136. REGINA PAZ LOPEZ Managing Director, ABS-CBN Foundation136 Stories from the Mines: ...of Struggle, Sisterhood and Solidarity
  137. 137. What the miners do to nature is very gruesome. I visit mining places and I see huge holes everywhere and red liquid flowing to the sea. It is awful! ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mark Pere MadronaChapter 4: National Advocate
  138. 138. Photo by Erwin Mascariñas
  139. 139. There are morestories to tell... UNIPP

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