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Board approves 22 nominees at August 2013 meeting

The Board of Directors of Project Nameless approved 22 nominees for inclusion in the Project Nameless roster of heroes and martrys at its meeting on 2nd August 2013. The Board accepts nominations for heroes at any time and processes nominations at its regular meetings. The family, friends, comrades, and communities of the heroes are invited to contribute stories about them on this site. Please email info@nameless.org.ph for more information on contributing to the site and the project. The 22 heroes and martyrs approved by the Board on 2nd August are:

Human Rights Violations Victims Welcome the Signing of Reparation Law

Photo by Ruben Felipe

Quezon City – Human Rights activists, survivors, relatives and friends of victims of state violence during the dark years of Martial Rule laud the signing into law of RA 10368 or the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013, in a Forum held at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Amphitheater, Tuesday afternoon, March 5, 2013.

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.

The Nameless launched

Photo by B. Larin

The Nameless was launched on 20 February 2013, by the Project Nameless Collective, the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) of the University of the Philippines (Diliman),  UP PADAYON, and UP SAMASA, at the CSSP. The widows of murdered heroes Rolando Olalia and Leonor Alay-ay attended the launch, along with many Martial Law-era activists and young student activists. Ruben Felipe, Project Nameless representative informed the gathering of the objectives of the project and the web site.

Tbak Pilipinas Message of Solidarity

Tbak Pilipinas greeted Project Nameless on its launch on 20 February 2013. Joel Saracho, President of Tbak Pilipinas, said in the solidarity message of the nameless:

"They were fathers and mothers,  brothers and  sisters, husbands and wives, comrades and friends. They are now the martyrs offered in the proverbial altar of democracy , but they were once flesh and blood we laughed and marched with.  And we choose not to forget them."

Tibak Pilipinas is an organisation of activists of the Martial Law period that was founded on 30 July 2002. Tbak launched Tbak Rising in 2012, a book of essays about activism during the Martial Law years, edited by Prof. Ferdinand Llanes.

PAHRA welcomes The Nameless

In a Solidarity Statement for the launch of The Nameless, The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) said it was "enthused and grateful for the initiative of the people in launching the website for the Nameless – an all inclusive project of honoring the women and men, those with their own sexual orientation and gender identity, the young and the elderly, the normally abled and those with disabilities, the survivors and those who have died - contributors all to the diverse struggles against tyranny and oppression to ensure that fundamental freedoms and human rights serve as the foundation for governance, development and peace."

Alan Jazmines congratulates The Nameless

Alan Jazmines, veteran activist, sent a message to Project Nameless on the occasion of the launch of The Nameless on 20 February 2013. Jazmines congratulated the project, and "comrades, fellow advocates, sympathizers, loved ones, friends and many nameless others picking up the fallen, naming the unnamed. Sharing the causes and reliving the deeds of our heroes and martyrs. Growing their legacies in ways such as this project and many other ways, versatile, dynamic, expansive and overcoming the limited processes and numbers." Jazmines also said, "While the heart of the site is about heroes and martyrs, we look forward to rich and rewarding positive discussions on the struggles our heroes and martyrs fought for and the legacies they left behind. For the others to carry on.

"Ganito Tayo Noon ..." Reunion, 7 January 2013

Activists, comrades, friends, and family gathered for the Fourth "Ganito Tayo Noon ... 1980-1986" Reunion at ALPADI Compound, Antipolo, on 7 January 2013. The gathering featured an adaptation of the Facebook Timeline to represent events and stories brought to the reunion. Entertainment was provided by Jose Leonidas, Sinaglahi, Jes Bartolome, and others. A tribute to comrades and friends who have passed away was presented. The next reunion is set for 4 January 2014.

Dekada '80 Boks Reunion at 70s Bistro

Friends and comrades, activists from the 1980s (and other decades), reunited at Bistro 70s on 14 December 2012, to renew friendships, remember times spent together, discuss current events, and talk about future possibilities for the Philippines. There was good music from Sazi Cosino, Mel Soto, Arnel Torres, Joel Alcover, Jes Bartolome, Nitoy Adriano, Ernie de la Cruz, Bong Ramilo, Luna, and Repubika De Lata. Elmer Mercado, with Susan Warren-Mercado, made a rare and much-appreciated appearance. The event was a success, thanks to organizers led by Mel "Reunion Queen" Soto and Sazi Cosino, and others. Suggestions for the 2013 reunion include holding it on November 30th, birthdate of Andres Bonifacio and anniversary of the founding of Kabataang Makabayan.

ML@40 Concert: Remembering the Struggle and its Songs

The ML@40 concert remembered Martial Law, forty years after its declaration, on 21 September 2012, at the AS Lobby, CSSP, UP Diliman. The concert remembers the Martial Law period through the enduring power of songs that the people keep in their hearts and minds. It reminded us to guard against and fight the forces that brought about Martial Law 40 years ago, and that we must continue to sing as we fight.

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