MAY 2016

Lakbay Lumad USA

San Francisco to Salupongan

On April 29th, 2016, as part of the national speaking tour, Lakbay Lumad USA: The Continuing Journey of Mindanao's Indigenous Peoples for Peace with Justice, The International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) and Salupongan International hosted “San Francisco to Salupongan”. The evening featured a discussion and cultural offering by delegates from the Lumad (indigenous) communities who are fighting for their human rights, cultural preservation and self-determination in the Philippines. We also had a ritual blessing from the Ohlone Tribe, performances by Kabataan Youth, Jean Teodoro, Rachel Lastimosa and Kulintang Friends of the Bay Area, artwork by Erin Yoshi and Robert Trujillo (Trust Your Struggle), and food by Cafe Gabriela. The event was a direct opportunity for our local community to learn more about the indigenous people’s struggle in the Philippines and how it relates to our struggles of displacement and gentrification in the Bay Area. 

Daghang salamat po! Thank you very much! To all the delegates, organizers, volunteers, performers, artists and vendors! Also, a thank you to our co-sponsors:  Kularts, Causa Justa Just Cause, West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center, Pin@y Educational Partnerships, All Tribes SF UZN Chapter, Trust Your Struggle, Gabriela SF, Tulay Filipino American Student Success Program CCSF, Critical Resistance, PODER (SF), Chinese, Progressive Association, Cafe Gabriela, and A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition Bay Area. As well as our endorsers: Pam Tau Lee, Filipino Community Center, AROC: Arab Resource & Organizing Center, Philippine Studies Department - CCSF, Parangal Dance Company, The Center for Political Education, ALAY, Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM)- حركة الشباب الفلسطيني, and Nafcon National Alliance for Filipino Concerns.

The event was a success because of all of you! We appreciate your time and your continued support for the Lumad and building international solidarity. Mabuhay!

Check out "San Francisco to Salupongan" coverage through the Global Inquirer and Asian Journal.

Lakbay Lumad USA Tour Continues

The tour visited Washington D.C., San Diego, Long Beach, Chicago and Minnesota, and will continue onto Portland, Seattle, New Jersey and New York. If you have family or friends in these areas who would like more information, please have them check out, It's a great opportunity to learn more about the Lumad and their current struggles in the Philippines. 

For those who have missed the Bay Area events and would like to still contribute, please donate by visiting, Lakbay Lumad USA. Thank you!

May Day 2016: Oakland, CA

Piya Malayo, of KATRIBU Philippines, speaking at May Day Rally in Oakland, CA.

Report Backs

PASACAT - San Diego, CA

PASACAT - San Diego, CA

USF/DeAnza - San Francisco, CA

USF/DeAnza - San Francisco, CA

Last month, Salupongan International delegates were invited to share recent experiences from visiting Salupongan communities and evacuation centers. They held discussions in San Francisco and San Diego to share the ongoing struggles and conditions of the Lumad. We wanted to acknowledge PASACAT in San Diego, for providing us a positive space and USF/DeAnza in San Francisco for allowing us to engage in dialogue with your students and educators. 

Thank you PASACAT and USF/DeAnza for hosting Salupongan International! 

We invite you to join our Solidarity Exchange Program!

Salupongan International facilitates Solidarity Exchange Programs in the Philippines, (also known as exposure or integration trips), throughout the year where participants can integrate with local communities and learn about the cultural, socio-economic, and political reality of our partner indigenous and peasant communities.

We also take this opportunity to invite you to the following events:

  • July 16-20, 2016 International Solidarity Missions (ISM) in areas in Mindanao, Cordillera, Eastern Visayas, Southern Tagalog, and Panay region; and
  • July 21-22, 2016 2nd General Assembly of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) in Davao City, Philippines.

For more information on the Solidarity Exchange Program, International Solidarity Missions or General Assembly, please email We hope to see you this summer!