A Sunday at Hacienda Luisita

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My friend M tagged me along with J and K to shoot at a community in Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac.  Hacienda Luisita is a 6,435-hectare sugar plantation estate located in the province of Tarlac, Philippines, owned by the Cojuangco family, which includes the late former President Corazon Aquino and her son, incumbent President Benigno Aquino III. It spans various municipalities in the province, including the capital Tarlac City. [See more info: Wikipedia]

A tragic event happened on November 16, 2004 when twelve picketing farmers and two children were killed and hundreds were injured when police and soldiers dispatched by then Labor Secretary Patricia Santo Tomas, on behalf of the Cojuangco family, stormed a blockade by plantation workers. The protesters were pushing for fairer wages, increased benefits and, more broadly, a greater commitment for national land reform. Despite witness accounts of police, government soldiers and security personnel firing into the picket line, no arrests were made. [Wikipedia]

We arrived at around noon time and a medical mission was being held there at a multi-purpose area.  From there we proceeded to shoot at the nearby rice field and then to the ‘picket line’ and near the Central Azucarera de Tarlac.

A community of folks with a good heart.

This is my impression of the place.

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