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Tibak is a play on the Filipino word, aktibista (activist), and generally refers to activists and street parliamentarians. Its origin and continuous use could be traced to University of the Philippines (UP) student activists and teachers during the 1960s and 1970s. As an advocate of academic and intellectual freedom, it was a natural consequence that UP would produce students and faculty members who are critical and socially-aware. The tibaks of UP distinguished themselves during the Martial Law years, participating in rallies, demonstrations, forums, and other mass actions that ultimately led to the downfall of the Ferdinand Marcos administration. From the 1990s onwards, the word tibak also applies to activists who are professionals, laborers, farmers, and other activists who are not students or teachers from UP.

Listed below are some of the tibaks of UP who were at the forefront of the parliament of the street and in the struggle for social change in the Philippines.

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  1. Leandro Alejandro
  2. Joker Arroyo
  3. Lorena Barros
  4. Karina Constantino-David
  5. Randy David
  6. Juan Escandor
  7. Agnes Garcia
  8. Vicente Ladlad
  9. Malou Mangahas
  10. Nur Misuari
  11. Francisco Nemenzo
  12. Filemon Nolasco
  13. Roger Posadas
  14. Nelia Sancho
  15. Jose Maria Sison



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