Project Nameless Stages “A Night of Song and Tribute to the Nameless”

Ferns. Photo by Faith Bacon.

The Project Nameless Collective marked the first day of March 2013 with a simple but  loving tribute to the young Ati leader Dexter Condez and famed botanist  Leonard Co, as well as thousands of other heroes who have  lost their lives serving the Filipino people.

Less than a week after the successful launching of the Project Nameless website held at UP, the Nameless Collective staged a night of songs by people’s artists Ferns Tosco, Sazi Cosino and the Bersus band at Insomnia Bar, Centris complex.

Ferns, Boracay’s Reggae Princess, sang her heart out in tribute to Dexter, spokesperson of his Ati tribe which has been fighting for the recognition of 2.1 hectares of land in Bgy. Manoc-Manoc as their ancestral home. Dexter, only 26 years old, was gunned down on February 22, after a meeting with tribal leaders and nuns supportive of the Ati’s position on the issue. A murder complaint has been filed against a security guard employed by the Crown Regency Resort and Convention Center, which is one of three hotels that oppose the Ati’s demand.

A documentary by Nanette Matilac about botanist Leonard Co was also part of the night’s agenda though technical problems prevented its showing.  Leonard, an outstanding botanist, and two companions were shot by military men while  listing plant species in the forests of Leyte for the Energy Development Corp.  Leonard’s parents and widow Glenda filed murder charges against nine soldiers of the Philippine Army but they were recently found guilty only of homicide, a lesser charge, by the Department of Justice.

The event was attended by Tibak President Joel Saracho, writer Pete Lacaba, Atty. Argee Guevara, Nini and Nanette Matilac, members of the Nameless Collective, staff from the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation and friends and supporters.