To many, joining protests is sacrifice, but to some, it is pretty rewarding.
A lone protester, Nicole Delas-alas, 22, briefly stole the limelight from the Ferdinand Marcos burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) on Friday noon.
Nicole was able to approach the gates of the LNMB, which was guarded by a phalanx of Navymen with shields.
Garbed in black, she faced the gate and raised her fist to the air.
To her right was a group of Marcos loyalists, waving small flags and chanting, “Mabuhay si Apo Lakay (Long live Apo Lakay)! Marcos is a hero!”.
With every boom of what sounded like cannon shots, the senior citizens cheered. One of them taunted, “Paborito ko ang ampalaya (Bitter gourd is my favorite)!”
But it was around Delas-alas whom journalists milled around, as the young marketing professional was alone.
Delas-alas explained that she needed to be there in order to compensate her absence a day before.
She said she and her friends were recruited at school and was paid a handsome amount of money but she was not able join the protest during the Marcos burial day because of her school activities.
Nicole, 22, said joining rallies and protests like this help her survive while in college.
“Ideology and principle are nothing if at the end of the day, you don’t have something to eat, or even a fare going to school”, Delas-alas said.
Delas-alas did not give full details on how much money she and her colleagues are earning but told reporters that several hours of attendance could finance her whole week of schooling.
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