“ATE BEBANG”

Amalia Alcantara is the epitome of “so others may live.”

“Ate Bebang” to many, Ms. Alcantara is a human rights activist, urban poor organizer, and leader to Nagkakaisang Residente ng Pook Malinis — a depressed community on the skirts of UP Diliman. Troubled by an impending demolition, pandemic crisis, politics and police issues.

1_Ate Bebang is Amalia Alcantara. Human rights activist, urban poor organizer and president to Pook Malinis residents'association. Uncelebrated woman, refusing to be held back.
Ate Bebang is Amalia Alcantara. Human rights activist, urban poor organizer and president to Pook Malinis residents’ association. Uncelebrated woman, refusing to be held back.

Since the coronavirus lockdown of 2020, Ate Bebang bears the brunt of her hungry neighborhood; established a feeding program and has been hauling in relief assistance from just about everyone (even from media personalities such as Jacque Manabat and Atom Araullo).

Born and raised on the rough streets of Quezon City, Ate Bebang went in and out of foster care, and later on got hooked on different gangs.

In 2003, she found company in a group of progressive UP students where she gained educational development via “Iskong Kababaihan.” Empowerment begins.

3_Representing Pook Malinis, Ate Bebang joins protest calls for end to demolition of their community, March 1, 2021.
Representing Pook Malinis, Ate Bebang joins protest calls for end to demolition in their community, March 1, 2021.

An erstwhile barangay official, Ate Bebang’s stand on other pandemic-aggravated issues goes on: calls for assistance to the poor, demand for a stop to demolition of houses in Pook Malinis, and end to police and military intrusions in Pook Malinis. All a must-win situation.

“A nice and bighearted person, Ate Bebang takes stand against abuses.” – Benita Parandas, a Pook Malinis resident attests.

4_Sad stories over meal, Ate Bebang recounts her medical condition, death threats, and struggle for the community.
Sad stories over meal, Ate Bebang recounts her medical condition, death threats, and struggle for the community.

Ate Bebang poured her energy to her civic duties even to the point of risking her health. Recently, she suffered what was diagnosed as Ocular Myasthenia Gravis, impairing her right eye and requiring a long list of medical tests. Undeterred, Ate Bebang goes on with her unbending moral duty in standing up for the community.

7_Addressing various student groups, Ate Bebang denounces worsening social injustices, human rights abuses and Duterte government atrocities.
Addressing various student groups, Ate Bebang denounces worsening social injustices, human rights abuses and Duterte government atrocities.

Amalia Alcantara is a mother, wife, and “ate.” Her acts are unpaid services for society’s strapped and powerless. Hers is a story of a woman who is able to lead, take pains, and fight against social issues worsened by a pandemic and the prevailing dark political scene.

8_On a life-threatening medical condition, Ate Bebang concerns herself with the community's most pressing matters at the moment.
On a life-threatening medical condition, Ate Bebang concerns herself with the community’s most pressing matters at the moment.

4 thoughts on ““ATE BEBANG”

    1. Thank you Father. I am currently in coordination with the community pantry of Pook Arboretum in UP Diliman. Stories to come. Salamat po sa push.

      P.S. Im accepting donations. Will be glad to pickup. 🙂

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