Anakbayan is a comprehensive, national democratic mass organization of Filipino youth with over 40,000 members around the world.
Established on November 30, 1998 – the birth anniversary of Filipino hero Andrés Bonifacio and the founding anniversary of the pre-Martial Law organization Kabataang Makabayan – Anakbayan seeks to unite youth from different sectors of society in order to advance the cause of national democracy: workers, peasants, fisherfolk, urban poor, students, out-of-school youth, women, professionals, migrants, Moros, Christians, etc.
The organization is open to all Filipino youth (13-35 years old) who are willing to actively uphold the program of the organization.
Anakbayan believes that Philippine society today is not truly free or democratic. It is under the control of U.S imperialism, along with local landlords, big capitalists, and corrupt government officials. The national democratic struggle seeks to realize true national liberation for the country and the realization of the democratic rights of the people.
Anakbayan Toronto, which first started taking shape in May 2011, is one of Anakbayan’s overseas chapters. Since our formation, we have been advocating for Philippine issues and issues affecting the Filipino community in Canada. We also work with other Filipino and non-Filipino organizations with similar aims and objectives.