Linangan – Willem Geertman Art and Culture Network

Plant seeds of solidarity. Comfort those who hunger for freedom. Help quench the thirst for justice.

Kultura Pilipina

Kultura Pilipina is an Open Community Space Project that is a non-profit, multi-function, creative space-sharing environment where people can meet, work, collaborate, hold creative and cultural activities and events. The Kultura Pilipina is currently located at Manitobadreef 8. 3565CH, Utrecht, Netherlands. 

Willem Geertman

The main community space at Kultura Pilipina is the Kuya Willem’s Hall. It is named after Willem Geertman, a Dutch solidarity worker who lived in the Philippines for more than three decades. “Kuya” is a Tagalog word for “big brother” and is used to express respect and fondness. Willem was well-loved and accepted by people in the communities that he had served and worked with.

Willem supported the struggles of poor peasants,  workers and indigenous people. He was a vocal defender of the poor and a courageous environmental advocate. In July, 3, 2012, he was murdered. Many believe that he was killed for taking the side of peasants and indigenous people against corporate mining, logging and other projects that adversely affect the lives and livelihood of the poor.

Save Lumad Schools

Linangan conducts information activities about neglected sectors in the Philippine society. One of our campaigns is to inform the public in the Netherlands about the plight of the indigenous people. One of the issues that the foundation is focusing attention to is the right of indigenous children to education.

Lumad (indigenous people) communities in several provinces in Mindanao have been able to establish alternative schools and centers despite lack of government support. These schools teach scientific and sustainable agriculture, literacy, numeracy, technical skills and cultural studies. But these schools have been deprived of government support, or even ordered closed by local government agencies and military officials who accused the schools of teaching the students rebel against the government.

The Lumad peoples of Southern Mindanao remain determined to build better lives through the education of their children. They are currently campaigning in the Philippines and in other countries in the hope of gathering support for their children’s right to education.

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