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LUPANG RAMOS: Isang Kasaysayan

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This short history at the 372-hectare Lupang Ramos in Dasmariñas, Cavite was collectively written by the members of Katipunan ng mga Lehitimong Magsasaka at Mamamayan sa Lupang Ramos (KASAMA-LR or Organization of Legitimate Farmers and Dwellers at Lupang Ramos) headed by its Secretary General, Miriam Villanueva. This was the result of several visits to the protest camp at Lupang Ramos, where we were fortunate enough to observe a general meeting of KASAMA-LR; learn to transfer chili and mustard seedlings; and share stories with some members of the organization. The short memoirs in the second part of the book are the result of writing sessions and informal interviews that the mothers had to find time for from their daily schedule of working the land, doing household chores, and taking care of their children.

The project hopes to, first, contribute to the documentation of the lives and stories of peasant women in the Philippines that have long been invisible in History and Literature; and second, show the equally protracted struggle of farmers not only in Cavite, but in the whole country. We hope that the people will be encouraged to protect our farmers and land. Like the three-decade-long struggle at Lupang Ramos, it is only legitimate, fair, and just that we, the people, also fight for genuine land reform.
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