Students and youth leaders under Youth Against Charter Change and Tyranny (Y-CHAT) danced to a different beat on October 26 as they converged for a free concert in Xaymaca Bar in Timog Avenue, Quezon City to rejoice over the initial victory against Cha-Cha advocates and the Arroyo administration.
“It’s not over yet but for now, we should celebrate this initial triumph of truth, democracy and the Filipino youth and people,” Y-CHAT spokesman and Kabataan Party vice president Carl Marc Ramota said. The Kabataan Party and the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) were co-sponsors of the event.
Joining the party were young professionals, teachers, artists, law students from different schools and student regents and trustees coming from different parts of the country who held a convention in Manila.
“Apart from street and cyber protests, this is another way of gathering the youth both for a night of poetry and music and in pursuit of our common goal to defend democracy and our country’s future.”
“This event does not only showcase the talent of young Filipinos but also serves as a venue to air out grievances and protests against injustice and dishonesty in government. It is the youth’s way of imparting our steadfast commitment to our historic role as catalysts of change.”
“This is the best way to spend the semestral break at this critical juncture of our nation’s history. There’s no break for the youth in educating the public further of the evils of this proposed Cha-Cha.”
Meanwhile, Ramota said Y-CHAT is organizing an even bigger concert-cum-Halloween party against Cha-Cha and political killings on October 30 at the Risen Garden , in front of the Quezon City Hall .