Published at Philippine Daily Inquirer (Opinion Section)
August 24, 2016
by: Rina Jimenez-David
The “Parliament of the Streets,” the series of protests, marches, organizing meetings, symposia, even fashion shows, concerts and comedy acts that marked the post-Ninoy Aquino assassination period, will always be remembered as the political “coming out” of the Filipino middle class.
From out of the proverbial woodwork, Filipino professionals and concerned citizens stepped out of their comfortable anonymity to speak up, speak out and act out their rising anger and dismay.
Among these groups were women, including alumnae and student organizations from different women’s colleges and from women’s organizations, who imbued the anti-Marcos protests not just with umbrage but also with lighthearted creativity and witty irony.