Freedom from coal candle lighting ceremony in Jaro Cathedral
Freedom from coal candle lighting ceremony in Jaro Cathedral

In two days the Philippines will be remembering its day of independence from Spain a little more than a century ago. In line with that we thought it fitting also for the Filipinos, more specifically the Ilongos to declare once again freedom not from tyranny or imperial oppression but from the greatest threat facing humanity today: climate change upon which coal is the greatest culprit.

So there in the quiet of the night we along with people from the community and the church we solemnly lit candles symbolizing our opposition living out the famous lines of Dylan Thomas’ poem that reads: “Do not go gentle into that good night… In the short program the Captain Mike, retold the legend of the Rainbow Warriors concluding that in the end we are all warriors who are in a long quest for freedom and true enough we all are and in the case of Iloilo we are with them in their noble pursuit of freedom from coal.

Chuck Baclagon