Thursday, April 27, 2006

Black Friday Bulletin # 8 - Pre-Labor Day Friday Protest for April 28

Pre-Labor Day Black Friday Protest

Designated time and place of flash protest for April 28:
Your own offices and factories - 8 am to 5 pm

This Friday is the last working day prior to the celebration of Labor Day. Let's show our continuing protest against the continuing illegal stay of GMA in the Palace by wearing black in our own respective workplaces.

Plan of action:

1) Wear BLACK, preferably the "Patalsikin Na! NOW NA!" T-shirts. (Visit to see where you can order them)

2) If you are the business owner or manager of a business unit and your office policy allows it, request your people to wear black this Friday.

3) If you can, take a group picture of all of your officemates wearing black posing and doing the "Patalsikin" sign. Select a background that will identify your company and/or factory. Do it during break time and make sure you do not violate any company regulations.

4) Email pictures to so we can post it at our blogsite.

5) Since it's also Friday payday, you may want to "gimik" with your officemates. It's always good to see a group of people wearing black walking in the mall or watching the movies. Take pictures as well.

Forward this message to as many friends, relatives, colleagues, and egroups. I've also included below a brief description of the Black Friday Protest Movement, so those receiving your forwarded mail and hearing this for the first time will understand what we're trying to accomplish.

Let's paint our offices and factories BLACK this Friday.



The Black Friday Protest Movement was launched by eLagda on March 1 to give professionals, students, businessmen, and other sectors a venue to express their protest against the continuing and escalating acts of repression of the GMA administration as manifested in its series of proclamations – CPR, EO 464, and PP 1017 – all designed to curtail basic rights and oppress the people. Even after PP1017 has been lifted, the repressive measures continue.

Patterned after the flash mob concept, the Black Friday Protest calls on people to gather at a designated time and place every Friday wearing a black attire as a symbol of protest. There will be no programs or speeches. Instead, people will be given specific instructions on what to do, and the whole exercise should last about 30 minutes at most. It's safe, non-confrontational, and within the bounds of the law, even under a repressive one like PP 1017. The mere "flash" gathering of the people is the expression of protest.

Where will people get instructions?

Details of the Black Friday Protest action for the week will be published at its blogsite – every Wednesday evening. Those who would like to receive instructions directly can also subscribe to the movement's bulletin service by sending a blank email to


Blogger the jester-in-exile said...

too late my caveat, but there are firms that have policies saying that wearing slogan t-shirts can be cause for disciplinary action.

what can i say, in a lot of companies, the right to free expression is only given lip service.

too bad -- by coincidence, i was wearing black, as was many of my colleagues.

Saturday, April 29, 2006 6:57:00 PM  
Blogger Helga said...

Glad to see that your blog woes are over, jester! Yes, it's true that some businesses frown on wearing slogan tees, casual Fridays notwithstanding. I was in my patalsikin tee, working up a sweat at yesterday's STOP CHA CHA workshop. But because of the "formality" of my job as media liaison, had to wear a black blazer. Visit our BnW blog later, am finishing up a report on the event.

Saturday, April 29, 2006 7:49:00 PM  
Blogger maybagongbuhay said...

It's not because it's a "slogan T-Shirt" that it is being banned. It is because the words written on it are so stupid especially the "now na" part. And the fact that the T-Shirt and the creatures wearing it are being ridiculed all over the internet and being laughed at by everyone would surely give concern to corporate officials that if they have these "now na" T-Shirt wearers in the midst of their employees, it would reflect badly on the staff as a whole. I bet if the T-Shirt is "Bush Sucks" the company won't mind.

Sabi ng VP sa HR: Ano ba yang T-Shirt na yan ang pangit. Gawan mo nga ng paraan na huwag nang makita yang mukhang timang na design na yan ang sagwa.

HR: Oo nga Sir eh, ah, sabihin na lang natin bawal ang slogan T-Shirt. Yun na lang ang gawin nating reason.

VP: Ok, ok ikaw na bahala.

HR: Excuse me Mister, bawal ang mga "slogan t-shirt" sa oras ng trabaho kahit casual Fridays ngayon. Company policy lang.

BnW Member: Ah ganun? Don't you see ang dami naming naka black ngayon? We have overwhelming support. Tingnan mo na lang yung grupong yun lahat naka black! Marami kami ano!

HR: Ah, eh Mister, yan yung mga security guard na magta-transport ng pera sa armored car. Talagang black ang uniporme niyan. Isa pa, Blend 45 ang iniinom niyan dun sa tindahan sa tapat at hindi Starbucks!

Click to see pictures of the BnW movement with funny captions

Sunday, April 30, 2006 1:09:00 AM  
Blogger maybagongbuhay said...

Arroyo ex-budget chief joins Petron
Source: (April 6, 2006)

PRESIDENT Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's former budget secretary and one of 10 Cabinet members who resigned and demanded that the President do the same has joined Petron Corp., according to a copy of a declaration by the oil firm to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Emilia Boncodin was elected on April 4 as independent director of Petron, one the country's major oil players and which is also partly owned by the government, according to the document.

Boncodin was also elected chairperson of the nomination and audit committees and member of the compensation committee, it said.

In July 8 last year, Boncodin joined nine other Cabinet members who called for the resignation of the President over allegations that she cheated in the 2004 presidential election.

Former social welfare secretary Corazon "Dinky" Soliman, who was among those who resigned, said she was not in touch with Boncodin.

Unlike Boncodin, who has kept a low profile following her resignation, Soliman remains active in anti-Arroyo movements.

Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye refused to comment.

I think it won't be long before Dinky gets back into the fold and the BnW movement evaporates

Sunday, April 30, 2006 1:12:00 AM  
Blogger maybagongbuhay said...


I know what happenned Micketymoc. I know how this idea of “Luli Internet Brigade” came about. One day, a bunch of “Helga Type” konyos and konyas were regurgitating their Venti Lattes (or whatever the heck you call those) in Starbucks when the conversation went like this:

Helga-esque bimbo 1: You know, a lot of mga bloggers and posters in our blog are so kontra to ouur cause. Why kaya?

Helga-esque bimbo 2: You know, I have some chika.

Helga-esque bimbo 3: Talaga? You share the chika naman to us. Now na.

(glug glug glug… the others sip their coffees with boba from straws)

Helga-esque bimbo 2: I have this friend, OK, she has a friend whose brother has another friend who has a sister with a classmate who is a cousin of someone he met at Starbucks…

Helga-esque bimbo 4: Really? It’s intriga ha. Spill out mo na the details.

Helga-esque bimbo 2: Well, this friend whose brother has um… tama ba? Pero whatever basta… this guy I was describing was emailed by a certain claiming that he was related to Mr. Mike Arroyo and needed to secure a bank account and would deposit $30 Million dollars for safekeeping and would split the money with that guy. The guy was so tuwa! He gave out his bank details and basta, I don’t know the rest of the story but he ended up in Luli Internet Brigade.

Helga-esque bimbo 1: You know what, I received the same kind of email from that Mike Arroyo wanting my bank details saying he would deposit millions. He probably read my blog and saw how galing I write and want to recruit me. It only proves they want to hide their riches. There was also this email from the ex Finance Minister of Nigeria wanting also my bank details. I mean am I that good? Even overseas they want me to be part of some “Internet Brigade”… well, I can’t help it if I am so galing in writing. Have you read my blog entry about my new cat?

Helga-esque bimbo 4: Hindi, I would read it later I pramis! Pramis yan! Anywa, ah, so ganun pala what happenned. Kaya pala there are so many of yung kontra to movements like the Black and White movement there are millions of illegal money involved. Its because Luli bribes bloggers just to make kontra and write negative things about us.

Rummel P: Just like Political Abrogationsim. Political Abrogationism has an entry in Wikipedia but the Luli Brigade deleted the entry of Political Abrogationism in WIkipedia. They also criticized my books and said my books are walang kuwenta. They are really evil and should be abrogationismed.

Helga-esque bimbo 4: Ano daw? Political Abrogabudada?

Helga-esque bimbo 1: I don't know, he must be speaking a mountain dialect.

(comedy music ngweeee ngweee ngweee ngweeee NGWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE)

Thursday, May 04, 2006 1:14:00 AM  

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