Using traditional serenade, members of the youth alliance, Kabataan Kontra-Cha-Cha got the support of the residents and students in the communities around the University Belt (U-Belt) area against the alleged Palace-backed Constitutional “overhaul”, last July 6.
Don’t be fooled with (President) Arroyo’s Charter Change (Cha-Cha), says the song originally composed by members of the Kabataang Artista para sa Tunay na Kalayaan (Karatula)-Baguio Chapter.
Karatula is a national organization of young artists and cultural workers that aim to foster patriotism among the youth and one of the organizational conveners of the Kabataan Kontra-Cha-Cha.
The song also encourages the youth, being the ones who will harvest the fruits of the error by the pro-Administration legislators who voted for Constituent Assembly last June 2, to fight this hullabaloo, the Karatula members said.
Taren Lulu, Karatula’s national chairperson said the youth should use all art forms at their disposal against Charter Change.
“We must show our youthfulness through our protests. This includes composing jingles expressing our strong sentiment against GMA’s Cha-Cha. We must also popularize these jingles to create a culture of protest,” says Lulu.
In honor of the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, the Karatula members used popular MJ’s popular songs like “Beat It (the Cha-Cha)” and “(She’s) Bad” in their repertoire.
Meanwhile, College Editors’ Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) national president Vijae Alquizola said, consenting to GMA’s Cha-Cha is dancing for our future’s death; we move our bodies to its tune promising falsehoods, to its rhythm promising nothing but misery for our people.
“The campus journalists will definitely not have GMA for a dance partner,” he said.
On the other hand, Anakbayan chairperson Ken Ramos announced the upcoming youth protests throughout the month, warning to Mrs. Arroyo’s allies in Congress to be aware of the youth’s “ire.”
“Watch out for our ire. We will dance, but not to your Cha-Cha. Our beat is the people’s footsteps as we march on the streets, our song the people’s chants. Watch out as the youth fill the streets with protest this coming week,” he said.
Kabataan Kontra Cha-Cha is gearing up for a nationally-coordinated walkout of classes on July 10, and the State of the Nation Address on July 27. (An updated version of what appeared at CBCPNews.com)