Netizens aired out their frustration and disappointment over a few members of the audience who allegedly insulted Lumad speakers during the UP Fair 2019.
On Twitter, several netizens called out attendees who got “bored” and even laughed at a few Lumads who were speaking on stage during the event.
The University of Philippines celebrated their UP Fair 2019 by promoting awareness for five different social issues, which include the rights of the indigenous groups of Mindanao or the Lumads. A few of them were invited to speak in front of the audience to share their experiences.
The UP Fair ran from February 12 to 16. During the Roots Music Festival on February 14, a Lumad girl wearing her traditional tribal outfit took the stage to speak. Another man also spoke up about Martial Law in Mindanao.
Netizens online shared their experiences overhearing other audiences criticizing and making fun of the two Lumad speakers.
On Twitter, netizen @notpamrodriguez tweeted that she saw two guys complaining about the Lumad girl’s speech.
She wrote, “So, while this lumad girl was presenting her speech during #UPFairRoots, a bunch of guys started making comments about it.
Guy 1: “what the ****”
Guy 2: “this is so **** boring ugh”
Kaya nga Rak N Rally?? UP Fair supports an ADVOCACY, which your fave bands support through the fair.”
Another netizen tweeted, “Those who mocked the Lumad kids who spoke during the UP Fair: May you never be forced out of your homes, and driven out of your lands. May you never have to fight for your right to go to school.”
A netizen described the incident, “Ginagaya pa nila kung paano magsalita. Nakakagalit.”
Another netizen @mallariady defended her community; saying that most of those who attended the UP Fair were outsiders and if they were the ones who mocked the Lumads, they shouldn’t have joined the event.
Meanwhile, Alcadev, a Lumad-run school, also aired their frustration. They wrote, “May pagkakataon na nagkakamali sa pagsalita ng Filipino dahil di naman ito ang wika namin.”
“Hindi madali ang magbahagi ng naranasang pandarahas ng mga militar. ‘Yung pakiramdam na paulit-ulit mong babalikan ang mga masasakit na alaala. Ang nais lang namin ay pakinggan n’yo kami,” they added.