The earlier post on land grabbing in Baguio reminded me of Woody Guthrie’s song, This Land is Your Land. You can read more about the song at Rex Pe’s blog. You can also read more info on Woody Guthrie, one of my favorite singers, at woodyguthrie.org.
For me, what’s most interesting in the song is the part that goes:
As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.”
If we are not alert, we will be seeing “No trespassing” signs all over the Cordilleras.
I’m not sure if it’s still there but I once saw (and was shocked to see) a “No trespassing” sign in my beloved St. Mary’s School. Apparently, you are not allowed to pass through the school’s hallowed grounds if you are not enrolled as a student. It may be good for the school but it destroys the sense of community which Sagada is also famous for.
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