By Maylene Manzano


The Ugnayan ng Nagkakaisang Artista (UNA) surprises the crowd with a dance number during a flash mob at Palma Hall on 15 July 2011. MICHELLE ANGELICA SORIANO

A group of student activist organizations held a flash mob Wednesday at the College of Engineering to decry what they call a worsening education crisis and to fight for greater state subsidy.

The Ugnayan ng Nagkakaisang Artista (UNA) staged “Sayaw Iglap Laban sa Isang Taong Pahirap” with youth groups such as Anakbayan and the League of Filipino Students (LFS).

A flash mob refers to a surprise presentation of a group of people in a public place.

The protest featured interpretative dances from members of UNA-affiliated orgs such as the UP Repertory Company, Alaysining and the Dance Sport Society.

Anakbayan member Hazel Mary Rodelas said the flash mob is just one of the various protests her group has lined up as President Benigno Aquino III’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) draws near.

The president is scheduled to deliver his message at the opening of the 16th Congress on July 25.

“[These are] build-up actions for the upcoming SONA,” Rodelas said.

She added that the protests were held to encourage students to get involved and fight for their rights, particularly on education.

Rodelas said that UNA, which also performed at the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy and the Institute of Mathematics, is hoping for “creative solutions” to social issues through artistic expression.

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