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Bruised, insulted, betrayed—there are many ways to describe what many Filipinos felt at the surprise burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos on Friday at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig.

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It’s hard to wrap your mind around the sight of a late dictator laid to rest in the Heroes’ Cemetery, and even given the 21-gun salute honor. And to call the red-carpet event that had a same-day edit video and an official hashtag, “a simple family affair” is downright confusing and insulting.

No wonder anti-Marcos groups had a hard time getting it together. Several groups called for several protests at several locations in Metro Manila with several call times. How confusing. And LP calling for a belated press conference at 1pm on Friday? #FunnyNotFunny.

So thank God for millennials, them who have been getting such bad rep lately. On Friday, when the elders learned of the burial, felt the jab deep in the gut, and cried foul, these kids swiftly organized themselves, and acted accordingly.

Below are five times this weekend that millennials injected the much-needed hope in our battered hearts; five times they showed us that despite all of this, the future is not lost.

Here’s a hat tip to you, kiddos. Carry on.

1. When Nicole Aliasas stood all by herself outside Libingan ng mga Bayani to protest the burial. Twenty-two year old Nicole was in BGC, where she works when she learned from her colleagues who were already at another protest rally in Timog that the burial will happen at noon. Since she was already in the area, she made her way to LNMB, stood outside the gate and held her left fist high in protest, who cares if there wasn’t anybody else to join her cause.

2. When UP, Ateneo and Miriam students joined forces for a massive protest rally along Katipunan. UP held a protest at Palma Hall on Friday afternoon, ringing the Carillion to play Bayan Ko until midnight. Instead of heading out to EDSA as planned, 500 UP protesters headed out to Miriam College, where Ateneo students and faculty members headed out after its noise barrage at 1pm. From there, the Katipuneros marched to EDSA and joined the 3,000-strong crowd already gathered there. It was a glorious sight to behold.

3. Millennials taking over EDSA. While there were easily decipherable placards on Friday evening at the People Power Monument on EDSA, strange and funny ones definitely caught the eye of the elders. One read “Deez nuts,” which got elders asking for a translation, while another, about canceling a grindr date to protest the burial, became an overnight sensation on social media. A 19-year-old boy with a plastic container went around the monument offering biscuits to protesters. Everybody enjoyed Noel Cabangon’s rendition of “Tatsulok,” which was made popular by Bamboo. It wasn’t quite a Friday night party, but wasn’t quite a grim protest either.

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4. When a millennial, on Twitter, used a Harry Potter metaphor to fight those who say millennials can’t protest the Marcos Burial. “Hoy Harry Potter, wala kang karapatan lumaban kay Voldemort. Wala ka pa naman nung naghasik siya ng lagim ha? Shut up ka na lang,” goes the first of the Harry Potter series of tweets by Twitter user @individnoelle. She is obviously fighting  pro-Marcos elders who say millennials can’t protest the Marcos Burial because they weren’t alive during Martial Law. Using more Harry Potter references in her succeeding tweets, @individnoelle quickly got the attention of her fellow millennials, who quickly participated in the trail of thought and added more of their own. The crowdfunded narrative shredded into pieces the logic thrown against them.

 

5. When Scholastican Shibby Lapeña De Guzman continued her protest on Facebook. A photo of her protesting the burial, megaphone in tow, surfaced online, where pro-Marcos folks were either (1) supposedly “protecting” her saying what St Scholastica’s College made the students do was child abuse and (2) making them seem irrelevant because they didn’t leave through Martial Law anyway. “Hello, I’m the girl in the picture with the megaphone. Please do not underestimate the youth. We completely know and understand the injustice we are protesting against. Thank you,” she wrote in the comments section. A look at her Facebook timeline shows the girl completely gets it.

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