This summer Anakbayan New Jersey (ABNJ) members Nina Macapinlac and Dan Santiago had the opportunity to integrate and serve with different communities in the Philippines as part of the Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network (KBKN) relief and rebuild mission. Along with 25 other Filipino American youth, Nina and Dan travelled through Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao to gain exposure and contribute to the different struggles and organizing in peasant, fisherfolk, worker, and youth and student communities. They also had a chance to participate in the State of the Peasants Address in Angeles City and the State of the Nation Address in Manila. The ABNJ newsletter team got the chance to learn about these two rockstars’ experiences for the newsletter’s first ever Special Feature!
First off, why would someone (like you!) want to go on a KBKN relief and rebuild mission trip to the Philippines? “I wanted to inform my activism here,” said Nina. She also wanted to see the countryside to challenge what she was taught about it growing up. Nina and Dan both expressed that the mission trip was important for them on a personal level as Filipino of the diaspora. “I just wanted to reconnect with my roots, go back to the homeland,” shared Dan. Continue reading