Freedom Ride rolls off on Independence Day

THOUSANDS of cyclists and advocates are expected to participate in the Freedom Ride and Freedom Concert on Independence Day at the Eastwood Central Plaza aimed at raising awareness on human trafficking and the campaign to end 'modern-day slavery.'

The affair starts at 7 a.m.

Coordinated Freedom Rides will also be held on the same day in Iloilo (7 a.m. Jaro Belfry) and Zamboanga (7 a.m. Plaza Del Pilar), while a similar activity takes place in Dumaguete a day before (June 11) at 4 p.m. at Siliman University.

“We believe that while it is important to celebrate our freedom from colonial rule, it is also important for us to realize that many Filipinos are still enslaved. We want to celebrate our 115th year of independence by continuing the fight for the freedom of others,” Noel Cabangon, Dakila vice-president, said.

The Freedom Ride is part of the 'Stop Look Listen' campaign of Dakila against human trafficking.

The 'Stop Look Listen' campaign kicked off last March 9 with a Freedom Ride held in McKinley Hill, Taguig City participated by around 1,000 cyclists.

The Freedom Ride was also held in different provinces identified as trafficking hotspots in the country - Iloilo City (April 20), Zamboanga City (April 27), and Dumaguete City (May 5).

The event paved the way for the biggest bike ride ever organized in Panay Island (500), Dumaguete City, (400) and Zamboanga (250).

The bike ride was aimed to popularize the 1343 Anti Trafficking Hotline.

A Freedom Concert will be held after the Freedom Ride starting at 9:30 am. Performers include Cabangon, Radioactive Sago Project and Up Dharma Down.

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