Bukluran Student Alliance is a broad socio-political alliance of student organizations in Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM). Bukluran was established on December 13, 1996 back when PLM students seems to be needing an alternative as campus politics was then a choice between rah-rah activism and traditional conservatism.
It was born out of the need to form a broader alliance that shall encompass different student organizations in PLM from academic to religious, socio-civic to political, fraternities & sororities to other varsitarian organizations in order to instill unity amidst diversity in line with the growing repression and corruption under then-PLM President Benjamin Tayabas. The establishment of this formation was opposed on two fronts; first by Partidong Tugon as led by SSC President Jasper Espino, and second, by the ultra-left faction of Sandigan led by the League of Filipino Students (LFS)-PLM.
The second faction of Sandigan proceeded to link up with Kalipunan ng Malayang Kabataan (Kamalayan) then headed by Raymund Deonaldo, Humane Society headed by Irene Gallardo and Magnum Opus to form the core group for the founding of a new alliance. This political core group expanded some more; recruiting a wide range of student organizations like Gay Factory, Munting Tanghalan Theater Group, Liliosa, Tau Gamma Phi, Magic Five, Style Council, PLM 49’ers, among others; and gave birth to the Bukluran Student Alliance.
The first issue that put Bukluran to the test is the controversy regarding the expired term of then PLM President Benjamin Tayabas…