Rock The Riles: Year 5



This Sunday December 6 - 8 Metro Rail Transit (MRT) stations will host 8 simultaneous gigs.  Over 120 bands are participating.  Performing on platforms or beside turnstiles. 

Rock the Riles 2009 is on.

(reeh-les - Filipino word for train tracks) 

For the past 5 years, Rock Ed Philippines has worked to make the Filipino private citizen more interested in civic-issues.  We'd like to imagine that we educate in a rock and roll manner. 

Despite having no corporate sponsors, Rock Ed still decided to hold Rock the Riles, a tedious orchestration of 8 simultaneous gigs in 8 MRT Stations. Over a hundred twenty bands and artists will join forces to make this voice for justice a bit louder that it would've been. Many individuals pitched in small amounts to make this possible.

People lent sound systems, committed to give water, food, print IDs
etc and in the case of the bands, perform for free.

At the last minute, Unilab Philippines came in to commit to help with the sound systems.
Savings from that donation will be used to start the tuition fee fund of
the children of slain journalists. Feel free to donate to that fund.

This year is really to just push for justice for the innocents slain last Tuesday.
We encourage everyone to wear black. In solidarity, in protest, in anger, in grief.

Because even the word 'condemn' feels inadequate, we decided to up the volume of our cry this year. Originally organized to celebrate human rights day, we decided to re-focus our zoom lenses on this one cause.

Justice, we beg.

Come to any of the 8 stations, Taft Ayala Buendia Boni
Shaw Cubao Q.Av and North EDSA to join this voice.

This voice that says ENOUGH. Wear black. Gather. How else will we do this?
We keep asking until we find answers, even as we acknowledge that right now we have none.

57 innocent people tortured, mutilated, slain, defiled. 

Take the train, take a stand. Let them know you're saying: Enough.



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