In 1970, the Malayang Samahan ng Bagong Kababaihan or MAKIBAKA (Free Movement of New Women), founded by Lorena Barros, an activist, held a picket in front of the Araneta Coliseum where a beauty pageant was being held.

Slogans by the group included “Women should fight for national democracy,” “Down with the commercialization of sex,” “Stop treating women as sex objects,” and “Away with the degradation of women,” among others.

The word “makibaka’ has since been synonymous with struggle.

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