Category: BAYAN USA

Pangandoy: The Manobo Fight for Land, Education, and Their Future


“Pangandoy: The Manobo Fight for Land, Education, and Their Future” is an inspiring short film by Hiyas Saturay during her trip to Mindanao Philippines working with the indigenous people of Mindanao and their struggle to access their schools and ancestral land.

Rosewood United Methodist Church
4101 Rosewood Ave
Los Angeles, California 90004

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Suggested Donation: $5 (no one turned away for lack of funds, come join the film screening)


The film is a product of her three-month stay with the Talaingod Manobos (indigenous people from Mindanao) to learn about their history, culture, and struggle for education. We will be hosting local screenings in the LA area and on various college campuses.

Special Guest Speakers

Vennel Francis Chenfoo
Vennel is a youth activist serving as the Deputy Secretary General of BALSA Lanao, a citizen-led response to Typhoon Sendong and Typhoon Pablo and advocacy for climate justice. He is involved in environmental campaigns and indigenous peoples’ rights as the Secretary General of Panalipdan Youth-Northern Mindanao.

Ms. Amirah Ali Lidasan
Amirah is a Muslim woman leader based in Mindanao and National President of Suara Bangsamoro (Voice of the Moro People). She attended the International People’s Tribunal in Washington D.C. this summer and will discuss the Mamasapano incident, Bangsamoro Basic Law, and the overall human rights situation for indigenous Moro people in the Philippines.

Sister Ma. Famita Somogod
Sister Famita Somogod is a Catholic nun and coordinator of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines-Northern Mindanao Region (RMP-NMR). She a co-convenor of the Save Our Schools (SOS) Campaign, to advocate for indigenous community-based schools that provide free education to underserved areas in Southern Mindanao, Philippines.

About the Director
Hiyasmin Saturay is 24-year-old artist and filmmaker born and raised in the Philippines. Her family was forced to move to the Netherlands as refugees when the Philippine military targeted her family for organizing against a mining company trying to gain access to their island of Mindoro. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. She resides in Long Beach, California and is a member of Habi Arts, an LA-based organization of Filipino artists fighting for national democracy in the Philippines. Her recent film, “Pangandoy: The Manobo Fight for Land, Education and Their Future,” was a product of her three-month stay with the Talaingod Manobos to learn about their struggle and resistance.

Stop the Execution of Mary Jane Veloso


From the Frontlines: Report Back of Mission to Mindanao


Our report back is coming up on the 42th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines and we have much to share about the people’s determination to overcome both man-made and natural disasters. Please come and spread the word!

On August 2-9, 2014, over 30 people from the USA joined the National America-Philippines Solidarity Affair (NAPSA) and Rehabilitation Mission in Southern Mindanao, Philippines. The NAPSA 2014 was initiated by Panaghiusa (“Unity”) and joined on by the youth of the Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network (KBKN).

On September 21, 2014, we invite you to join us as the participants of the mission share their personal experiences, thoughts and aspirations of the people who have been devastated by a series of typhoons resulting from decades of unmitigated environmental plunder.

Sunday, September 21, 2014
Rosewood United Methodist Church
4101 Rosewood Ave (off N Vermont Ave)
Los Angeles, CA 90004

In the Fellowship Hall
Doors open at 5:30 PM
Program starts at 6:30 PM and ends at 8 PM

Free parking available on N Berendo St.
Light refreshments will be served

Hosted by Rosewood United Methodist Church Advocacy Ministry

Sponsored by: National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), KBKN, Panaghiusa, Rosewood UMC Task Force on the Philippines, Filipino-American Health Workers Association (FAHWA), BAYAN USA SoCal, International Action Center, Union of Progressive Iranians, International League of People’s Struggle, and Union del Barrio

Justice for Melissa Cultural Solidarity Night

Justice for Melissa Cultural Solidarity Night

Friday, May 23, 2014, 7 PM
Justice for Melissa Cultural Solidarity Night

Echo Park United Methodist Church
1226 N. Alvarado Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Join us for a cultural solidarity night of music and poetry.  Call for justice for all victims of human rights violations in the Philippines.

Enjoy live performances and hear the poetry of special guest and poet Melissa Roxas—a survivor of torture—courageously sharing her story in the pursuit of justice.

Read Melissa’s open letter to President Obama at

Read BAYAN USA’s statement and week of actions at

More information on the cultural solidarity night at

Forum for Peace in the Philippines


Join us for a discussion about the current human rights situation in the Philippines. We will share personal testimonies and updates from the indigenous people of Talaingod who have been evacuated due to heavy militarization. Learn about the role of the peace talks in the Philippines and be part of the movement for a just and lasting peace in the Philippines!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Rosewood United Methodist Church
4101 Rosewood Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90004

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact

Cal Pac Taskforce for the Philippines
Rosewood UMC
ANAKBAYAN Los Angeles & San Diego
GABRIELA Los Angeles
Habi Arts

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