The Center for Nationalist Studies-UPLB (CNS-UPLB) launched its month-long centennial celebration of the 1917 October Revolution in Russia on October 4, 2017 at the UPLB Oblation Grounds. A joint singing of the “Do You Hear The People Sing” from the musical Les Miserables, served as the highlight of the event.
The October Revolution in Russia was brought to fruition by the valiant struggle of the Russian people led by the Bolshevik, the revolutionary proletarian party, against the exploitative conditions shaped by the expansion of monopoly capitalism in the twentieth century.
The centenary of the October Revolution, which successfully installed the socialist order in Russia for four decades before it was overpowered by internal revisionist forces and US imperialism from the outside, is a significant occasion to reflect on the enduring legacies of this historical episode. The October Revolution continues to inspire emancipatory movements in different parts of the world.
Various UPLB organizations delivered solidarity messages during the ORCC launching, University Student Council (USC) emphasized the need to continue our struggle for our democratic rights, “hanggang sa ngayon, marami pa ring kinakaharap ang mga mamamayang Pilipino…kaya patuloy nating pag-alabin ang paglaban [para sa] ating mga karapatang pantao,” Charmane Maranan, UPLB USC Chairperson said.
Anakbayan UPLB said that the October Revolution serves as an inspiration for us today. Anakbayan Chairperson, Mackie Valenzuela said, “tayong mga mamamayang Pilipino ay ginagawang inspirasyon ang nangyari sa Ruso, 100 years ago. Ating ipinagdiriwang ang isang rebolusyon na isinulong ng uring proletaryado”
Organizations also condemned the systematized fascism of the Duterte Administration, ang pasismo ang sistematikong pag gamit ng dahas ng estado na ang Philippine National Police (PNP) at Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)”, UPLB Development Communicators’ Society (DevComm Soc) said.
UPLB DevComSoc also called for continued vigilance and involvement as we are also victims of fascism “hindi porke’t malayo sa atin ang pangyayari, hindi na tayo makikialam. Kasama tayo sa nangyayaring pasismo ng estado, Kalakip ng sistematikong pasismo na ito ay pang-aalipusta sa ilang pamantasan sa student institutions sa ilang pamantasan sa Maynila.”
CNS-UPLB has lined up events for the whole month of October up to the first week of November. These include a forum on “National Situation and People’s Struggle” on October 12, a forum on “Lenin’s Imperialism in the 21st Century” on October 16, and “Mga Berso ng Oktubre: Rebolusyonaryong Pakikibaka Sa Iba’t Ibang Panig ng Mundo,” a poetry writing contest. UPLB Babaylan’s Pride March on October 19 will also serve as part of the commemoration. [P]