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[Press Release] CHISMIS, EPAL, REKLAMADOR: Artist-activist group bring light to socio-political issues in time for #Halalan2022 | DAKILA

#HumanRights #Halalan2022

CHISMIS, EPAL, REKLAMADOR: Artist-activist group bring light to socio-political issues in time for #Halalan2022

In time for national elections next year and in observance of the International Youth Day on August 12, artist-activist group Dakila, along with Active Vista and We the Future, tackles various human rights and socio-political issues relevant to Philippine society through Ibang Klase Rin — a 15-20 minute digital program with three stand-alone episodes.

The episodes entitled Mga Marites Noon at Ngayon, Cancel Mo Mukha Mo, and Araw Gabi Laglag Pantry tackle historical revisionism and disinformation, good governance, and civic spaces, respectively. It aims to provide historical facts and insights on our current societal context to battle the anti-democratic narratives, especially as the country nears Halalan 2022.

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[Press Release] As frontliners of the resistance, artist and youth groups condemn passage of terror bill – #WeTheFuturePH

As frontliners of the resistance, artist and youth groups condemn passage of terror bill

Artists and youth groups in the country expressed their indignation and dissent over the swift passage of the Anti-Terror Bill, also infamously called the Terror Bill. Congress approved the bill on the night of June 3, two days after President Rodrigo Duterte certified it as urgent.

#WeTheFuturePH, a non-partisan national movement of Filipino youth standing up for rights, freedom, and democracy, stood against the bill and demanded its immediate repeal.

“The historic battle cry for Freedom — Kalayaan — has been frontlined by the youth since the days of the Philippine Revolution until today,” said #WeTheFuturePH spokesperson Madelene de Borja in a statement. “Hence, the Terror Bill is a betrayal, not only of democratic principles but also of our historical struggle for Freedom and Independence.”

The group called the bill “a political tool criminalizing dissent, activism, and being a member of the political opposition, all of which are indispensable and essential in a free, independent, and democratic country.”

“Dissent and protests are corrective tools of the people against different forms of injustice, especially those committed by the government,” De Borja said. “They serve to communicate and realize our aspirations for a better nation.”

“We need safe spaces, online and on-ground, where we can freely express ourselves and exchange ideas without fear. The Terror Bill will deprive us of these safe spaces by providing a blanket authority to state agents and government-allied online trolls to harass, intimidate, and threaten critical voices of dissent,” she added.

#WeTheFuturePH was part of online protests organized by various grassroots, labor, and human rights movements calling to junk the bill this morning.

“The Filipino youth deserves better. We demand better: better leadership, better governance, better public services, better policy solutions, and better leaders that uphold our rights, freedoms, and dignity, and protect our country’s democracy — this is our vision for the New Normal,” De Borja emphasized.

“Our demand is a better Philippines. In 2022, we shall fulfill this vision through the power of the vote to elect legislators who will prioritize us and elect a president who does not kill us.”

The artist collective DAKILA also took a stand against the Terror Bill in a statement, pointing out that the critical citizenry is not the enemy.

“While we stand against any real threat to the public, the anti-terror bill is built on dangerous provisions that only indicate its true targets: valid criticisms and legitimate acts of dissent — both important to a functioning democracy,” said DAKILA spokesperson Leni Velasco.

For DAKILA, the bill both justifies and intensifies the state of surveillance, red-tagging, and human rights violations in the country.

“The vagueness of the bill also makes every Filipino a potential target. By simply expressing an opinion on the government, anyone can be arrested without any warrant and may be imprisoned,” Velasco expounded.

DAKILA showed support for the protest against the Terror Bill through an email campaign to legislators demanding for them to scrap the bill. They also joined forces with members of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), such as Balaod Mindanaw, Karapatan, LILAK (Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights), Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), and Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) in a statement to condemn the bill and marched with the Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP) at the rally held today at UP Diliman.

“As the bill creates more terror than it solves, we call on to everyone to join us in expressing our strong rejection of the terror bill and to focus on the real urgency now — the curbing of the pandemic,” Velasco said.

Walang pipikit. DAKILA called on all Filipinos to be watchful and to speak against any threats to undermine human rights as enshrined in the Constitution. DAKILA and #WeTheFuturePH pledged to uphold the historical role of artists and youth as frontliners of the resistance — to pursue eternal vigilance to protect the freedom of the nation.
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[Statement] Philippines: Proposed Anti-Terrorism Law will solidify abuse of State power -Forum-Asia

Philippines: Proposed Anti-Terrorism Law will solidify abuse of State power

(Bangkok, 2 June 2020) – The railroading of the Anti-Terrorism Bill in the Philippines will further erode human rights in the country, rights groups said today.

The Asian Forum of Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its member organisations Balaod Mindanaw, Dakila, Karapatan, LILAK (Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights), Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), and Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) warned that the proposed law would lead to a crackdown on civic space and fundamental freedoms.

‘We have seen the systematic intimidation of civil society, from human rights organisations to journalists and the general public under the Duterte regime. The Anti-Terrorism Bill would institutionalise and facilitate abuse of power, leading the weaponisation of the law against its people,’ the groups said.

On 1 June, President Rodrigo Duterte certified House Bill 6875 or the Anti-Terrorism Bill as urgent, which would allow the House of Representatives to fast-track its approval.[1] The bill is expected to be passed before Congress adjourns on 5 June. The House of Representatives had earlier adopted the Senate version of the bill, approved in February 2020, to facilitate its passage into law.

The proposed anti-terror law contains provisions that effectively erode civil liberties and remove necessary checks in power. Vague language in the bill, including on the definition of terrorism which includes acts committed ‘regardless of the stage of execution’ would allow for broad interpretation and overreach.[2]

The bill allows for a lengthened period of warrantless detention, and surveillance that goes beyond stipulations in existing national security legislation. It would lead to the creation of an Anti-Terrorism Council, comprised of State officials, which would have the power to authorise the arrest and detention of a person suspected of being a terrorist – a power reserved for the Courts.

Under Duterte’s administration, repressive laws and policies have been used as tools of intimidation and reprisals against human rights defenders and critics. Executive Order No. 70, adopted in 2018, led to the consolidation of the country’s agencies towards a whole-of-nation approach against national insurgency. This policy was used to justify surveillance activities and raids against organisations accused of being communist fronts.[3]

Citing ‘national security’, State officials have regularly released lists tagging human rights defenders, including United Nations Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, as terrorists. FORUM-ASIA’s members Karapatan, PAHRA, and TFDP have also been labeled as terrorists for speaking out against human rights violations in the country. These accusations threaten their security and compromise the ability to conduct their work.

The administration has used existing legislation, including on cyber-libel and sedition to target critics, while pushing for new laws that dismantle Constitutional guarantees and stifle dissent. The recently introduced Bayanihan to Heal as One Act included a ‘fake news’ provision which has been used to arrest individuals posting online criticism of the government’s response to the pandemic.

‘Fast-tracking the Anti-Terrorism Bill at a time when the country is grappling with the effects of a public health emergency demonstrates a complete disregard for any trust the public has placed in its Government. Members of the Philippine Congress should take a strong stand against this bill and demonstrate that they are capable of upholding democracy and not just the wishes of their President,’ urged the rights groups.

[Joint Statement] Philippines: Proposed Anti-Terrorism Law will solidify abuse of State power

About FORUM-ASIA:

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is a regional network of 81 member organisations across 21 Asian countries, with consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, and consultative relationship with the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights. Founded in 1991, FORUM-ASIA works to strengthen movements for human rights and sustainable development through research, advocacy, capacity-development and solidarity actions in Asia and beyond. It has sub-regional offices in Geneva, Jakarta, and Kathmandu. http://www.forum-asia.org
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[Statement] Free Expression, #FreeBAMBI -DAKILA

Free Expression, #FreeBAMBI
Statement on the arrest of DAKILA member, Maria Victoria “Bambi” Beltran

DAKILA strongly condemns the warrantless arrest of artist and writer Maria Victoria “Bambi” Beltran by the Cebu City police over her Facebook post responding to the rising COVID-19 cases in the city. This is a flagrant attack on our freedom of expression and a shocking display of misplaced government priorities in the face of the urgent need for comprehensive health interventions and basic social services to address the COVID-19 crisis.

Recently, Beltran, a DAKILA member, active cultural worker, and vocal advocate, posted on Facebook a satirical response to the rising positive cases of COVID-19 in Sitio Zapatera in Barangay Luz, which said, “9,000+ new cases (All from Zapatera) of COVID-19 in Cebu City in one day. We are now the epicenter in the whole Solar System.” This statement echoed reports from local news that health officials from DOH Central Visayas considered the whole sitio, with a population of 9,000, as infected or presumed contaminated.

Mayor Edgardo Labella of Cebu City – who had previously appointed Beltran to the city’s cinema development council – appeared to respond to Beltran through his official Facebook page, which accused her of spreading fake news and committing a criminal act, warning that she would be arrested by the PNP Cybercrime Unit. Beltran took down her post and issued a public statement through her legal counsel, stating that her satirical post “does not spread chaos, anarchy, fear, or confusion.”

What has in fact sparked fear and confusion is the report that at 12:30 AM on the 19th of April, a Sunday, Beltran was arrested without warrant along Gorordo Avenue, Barangay Kamputhaw by the local police. Central Visayas police director Brigadier General Albert Ferro, through a Rappler article, stated that Beltran was arrested for violating RA 10175 or the Cybercrime Law. Meanwhile, Beltran’s lawyer Atty. Benjamin Militar said that they were told Beltran was charged for violating Sec 6(f) of the Bayanihan Act.

Beltran was ambushed with a warrantless arrest under cover of midnight with vague charges on a day when she could not post bail. Her alleged crime? Voicing concern about an escalating health crisis. It is appalling that the local government appears to be more concerned about policing public discourse rather than giving their full attention to the plight of Cebuanos at risk of succumbing to the virus, who lack tests, facilities, and PPEs to fight on the frontlines, or basic needs to sustain themselves amid community lockdown.

We call on Mayor Labella and the Cebu City Police to #FreeBambi. We call on our government to consistently uphold human rights as they protect their constituents from the dangers of the ongoing pandemic. We call on fellow Filipinos to condemn attacks on their freedom of expression and continue to use their voices to demand for a transparent, rights-based, and science-backed response to the COVID-19 crisis.

#FreeBambi #IStandWithBambi #UpholdFreedomOfExpression #DefendFreeSpeechInCebu #UpholdHumanRights #ProtectThePeople #COVID19PH

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[In the news] Young voters value human rights, press freedom – Dakila -RAPPLER.com

Human rights, press freedom, and equal access to a fair justice system are some of the issues that young Filipino voters deeply care about, according to artist-activist group Dakila.

Dakila’s head of partnership engagement Aly Suico made the comment in a chat with Rappler CEO Maria Ressa on Monday, May 13, as people headed to their polling precincts to vote. (LIVE UPDATES: Philippine elections 2019)

Suico, who with Dakila has conducted creative and advocacy workshops in universities nationwide, believes that the youth – aged 18 to 30 years old – know exactly what changes they want to see in their communities. (READ: Youth and elections: Is there such a thing as a ‘youth vote’?)

“They’re a bit more decided on what they know is wrong, what they know is right, what they want, basically,” she said.

For example, she said, students in the Visayas are more interested in environmental sustainability and those in Luzon are focused on safety and security.

However, regardless of their area, their sentiments share a common theme: “Something they all want is for human rights education to be institutionalized in their educational system…and usually at the top of what they want is all Filipinos to have equal access to a fair…and efficient justice system. A lot of them are very affected by disinformation. Again, press freedom is a very big thing with them [and] campus repression in their schools.”

She recalled how, in their workshops, students would share that they’re feeling tired or hopeless as the people they’re trying to reach in their advocacies in turn try to disempower them.

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[Press Release] #WeTheBrave Filipino Youth Call for Sovereignty and Human Rights Vote in 2019 Polls -DAKILA

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A broad national youth movement, #WeTheBrave, launched its call for a Vote for Sovereignty and Human Rights in the 2019 National Elections on April 9, 2019, during a press conference held in Quezon City. Coinciding with the National Day of Valor (Araw ng Kagitingan), youth leaders representing around 100 youth groups nationwide vowed to show courage in the face of looming threats to rights, freedoms and national sovereignty.

The Filipino youth are expressed their indignance towards the government’s continued indifference to national protests on the brazen occupation of China in Philippine territories. According to Rafaela David, Executive Director of the Center for Youth Advocacy and Networking(CYAN), “The Philippines in not for sale. We must put in office those who will be brave enough to defend our territory and people, not sell us out to China. Today we commemorate Filipino bravery in the face of Japanese invasion. We resisted then. We will resist once more against China’s occupation in the West Philippine Sea”.

Meanwhile, DAKILA Executive Director Micheline Rama, said, “It is the youth of past generations that fought long and hard against colonial rule and repression. It is an insult to their heroic struggle that this government allows a foreign aggressor to bully our country into dubious debts and drive Filipinos away from their own sea and land.”

Initiated by CYAN, the Active Vista Center, and the artist-­‐activist collective DAKILA, the movement represents around 600 youth leaders of more than 300 youth groups nationwide. The formation of the movement was a product of a series of youth summit, camps, and assemblies that educated the youth on human rights and crafted a rights-­‐based governance agenda for the 2019 Midterm National Elections.

“#WeTheBrave debunks the stereotyped misconception that today’s youth are apathetic. In fact, it is the courage of the youth of this generation to fight politically orchestrated spread of disinformation, to oppose the creeping authoritarianism, and to stand up against discrimination, misogyny, and repression that gives a beacon of hope to our people in these dark and trying times,” added Leni Velasco, Executive Director of Active Vista, one of the groups that started the initiative.

With the coming Midterm National Elections as a battlefield, the youth unveiled its battle plan for its strategic and tactical offense and defense to uphold national sovereignty and to win the war for a human rights agenda in the elections. With 20 Million registered youth voters, Filipino youth comprise 1/3 of the voting population this coming election.

Velasco further added, “This Araw ng Kagitingan, the Filipino youth reclaims their heroic role in nation-­‐building by invoking the courage of generations of Filipino youth who dedicated their lives for the rights, freedoms, and sovereignty of our nation. The collective power of the youth is in their idealism, in their intrinsic nature to rebel against structures and systems that enslave them and constricts their growth, and in their creativity to find ways to achieve victory amidst struggles. This election, they vow to support candidates who truly champion human rights.”

The movement called on their fellow youth to take inspiration from the courage of one another. It presented a Youth Agenda for Human Rights crafted by youth leaders all over the country. A nationwide survey among the youth is also being conducted to know what issues concern the youth most; Filipino youth may participate in the online survey at http://www.WeTheFuture.ph.

Rafaela David of CYAN said, “Since 2016, we see our leaders turn against the Filipino people. The poor are executed, women are attacked, journalists are silenced, and the rule of law rendered meaningless. We see our leaders who choose to be tyrants and terrorize the people they were elected to serve. But history has shown that in the face of dictators, the Filipino youth chose to become heroes. Today we choose to be heroes again.

We will not let dictatorship feed on our fears. Ang atin ay isang bayan ng mga magigiting, and we the youth answer the call to be brave. “

In ending, the youth leaders signed with their thumbmarks a placard urging the Filipino Youth to vote for national sovereignty and human rights. #WeTheBrave suggested 5 brave things that the Filipino Youth can do for their country this election. The list includes being in the frontlines of political discourse and defending against fake news and disinformation while sparking meaningful discussions with respect and empathy.

“We, the Youth of the Philippines, stand together amidst adversity to fight for the future we deserve. We refuse to be the generation that allowed the evils of society to prosper and take away our humanity. We will not grow our families in a culture of hate, violence, and intolerance. We will build a future of this nation where rights, freedoms, and dignity are upheld and protected everywhere, at all times. We stand brave because our very future is at stake,” said Micheline Rama of DAKILA to end her statement.

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Rafaela David
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[Statement] DAKILA condemns the arrest of Rappler’s CEO and executive director Maria Ressa

We at DAKILA ardently condemn the arrest of Rappler’s CEO and executive director Maria Ressa that the NBI agents enacted earlier today.

From the tax evasion filed against her to being arrested today for cyber libel, this administration has once again exhibited its fear on strong, powerful women, its aversion to critical individuals who question the government, and its obvious affronts against our truth-bearers — the media.

Ressa’s arrest was all too malicious — carried out at a time when the courts were already closed, during the time when Rappler emboldened its campaign drive against fake news in preparation for the election period. Moreover, Ressa’s supposed cyber libel violation was over an article published on their site in May 2012 — four months before the Cybercrime Law was enacted.

The circumstances by which the politically-motivated arrest was enacted just go to show that this administration will exhaust all means to put Ressa behind bars to silence her. It shows how this administration brazenly bends and stretches the law to intimidate, persecute, harass, and attack all critical members of the press and independent media outfits, dissenters, and anyone whom this administration deems as threat.

This aggression is no longer about Ressa and Rappler. This is an attack to the entire watchdogs of our society and to the public’s paramout right to truth and information. Ultimately, when our government gets to attack the fourth estate, we are letting them attack the very foundation of our democracy.

In this crucial of times when the government capitalizes on blatant lies to silence its targets, now more than ever do we need our heralds of truth — the bona fide media.

Let us continue to #DefendPressFreedom. Let us defend it at all cost.

#StandWithRappler #StandWithMariaRessa #StandWithPhilippinePress

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[Event] Heroes Hub Youth Empowerment Summit -Dakila

CALLING ALL YOUNG HEROES!
APPLICATION IS NOW OPEN.

Heroes Hub Youth Empowerment Summit
December 1, 2018, Saturday
Submit your application on or before November 21, 2018, Wednesday, using this link: http://bit.ly/2018HeroesHubYouthSummit

Your hero’s journey starts here.

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[Press Release] Cyclists, advocates call ‘Dahan-dahan sa daan ’ for safer roads in Iloilo City -DAKILA

Cyclists, advocates call ‘Dahan-dahan sa daan ’ for safer roads in Iloilo City

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Iloilo City, Philippines — More than 300 cyclists gathered on October 27, Saturday, at Park Square, Iloilo Business Park to call for safer roads in Iloilo City during the Road Safety Bike Ride organized by the artist-activist group DAKILA, together with public interest law organization ImagineLaw, and media organization The Peace & Conflict Journalism Network (PECOJON). The event was also conducted in partnership with the 5th Iloilo Bike Festival, Megaworld Iloilo Business Park, and Fitstop.

While Iloilo City is known as a bike-friendly locale, the data by city’s local government unit show that there are a total of 3,983 road crashes from January 2016 to May 2017.

“Iloilo’s initiatives for road safety are commendable and are to be followed by other local government units (LGUs). However, while it is a bike-friendly city that cyclists enjoy, the efforts for safer roads still continue. This event highlights the importance of having safer roads that benefit all road users, especially the vulnerable ones such as the pedestrians and commuters,” DAKILA OIC-Executive Director Rash Caritativo explained.

The two-part program featured a 15-kilometer bike ride that kicked off from Park Square, Iloilo Business Park, followed by a short program wherein advocates and champions, such as Iloilo City Mayor Hon. Joe Espinosa III and Committee on Transportation Chair Coun. Plaridel Nava II, imparted messages of support for road safety and shared efforts being conducted both by the local government and other stakeholders in attaining safer roads in Iloilo City.

“Riding safely is always a priority especially for us, cyclists, who are also vulnerable on the road. While Iloilo City is named as a bike-friendly city, the challenge for us now is how we can make safety inclusive to all road users. We are riding today to call on everyone – the local government, drivers, and all road users, to help keep our roads safer,” Mr. Wilfredo Sy Jr., Iloilo Bike Festival Director explained.

The road safety bike ride was followed by a media briefing on road safety held at Aldea’s Coffee Bar and Restaurant where Dahan-Dahan sa Daan, DAKILA’s road safety campaign, was introduced. According to the organizers, Dahan-Dahan sa Daan encourages LGUs to enforce speed limit ordinances in their respective localities, and mobilizes public support to road safety efforts such as legislations through information, education, and communication campaigns on road safety.

ImagineLaw’s Samantha Sy said that LGUs have the power to set and enforce speed limits to ensure that actual road conditions are considered.

“Lowering a car’s speed limit can spell the difference between life and death on the road. The faster a vehicle goes, the more likely it is to crash and the higher the chance of somebody dying or getting injured as a result. That is why it is important for LGUs like Iloilo City to set local speed limits to ensure its roads are safer,” she added.

In 2017, Iloilo City governance enforced Ordinance No. 2015-283 or the Speed Limit Ordinance but was later suspended. Many road users expressed their lack of awareness on the said ordinance and complained about the lack of traffic warnings and speed limit signage, to name a few.

“Road safety is a right every citizen has. Slowing down motor vehicles does not mean we slow down efforts in attaining road safety but advancing our steps towards keeping ourselves safe while on the road,” Caritativo stated.

In the end, Sy emphasized that road safety is a shared responsibility of all stakeholders. “With collaboration and coordination between the Iloilo city government and its constituents, we can find strategic solutions in addressing road safety issues in the city and in making drivers slow down to save lives.”

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[Press Release] Advocates, groups clamor for justice for Jennifer Laude on the eve of her 4th death anniversary -DAKILA

Advocates, groups clamor for justice for Jennifer Laude on the eve of her 4th death anniversary

Photo by Dakila

Quezon City, Philippines – Led by Dakila through Active Vista, and Youth Against Sexual Harassment (YASH), various organizations and advocates gathered on October 10, Wednesday, at Cine Adarna, UP Film Center, UP Diliman, to commemorate the death of Jennifer Laude on the eve of her 4th death anniversary. UP Film Institute (UPFI), UP Babaylan, Filipino Freethinkers, and LGBTQIA+ community members, allies, and advocates were also present to express solidarity.

The night began with a solemn candle lighting where Laude’s family and friends, and the attendees offered prayers and minutes of silence to remember her. The act also signified support to the campaign against the extreme violence and discrimination that transwomen continue to face around the globe. The attendees further expressed their adamant clamor for justice through signing on a blank board to call for a just, immediate, and final resolution of the Supreme Court for Laude’s case.

“It has been four years after the tragedy but we have to keep talking about this until we achieve the complete justice she [Laude] deserves,” DAKILA Organizing Director and LGBTQIA+ advocate Cha Roque related.

The highlight of the night was the screening and panel discussion of Call Her Ganda, a documentary film by PJ Raval that follows three women — an activist lawyer (Atty. Virgie Suarez), a transgender journalist (Meredith Talusan), and Jennifer’s mother (Julita “Nanay” Laude) — as they galvanize a political uprising, taking on hardened histories of U.S. imperialism, in the pursuit of justice for Laude.

“We are gathered here tonight to make the act of watching a film [an] act of remembering,” UPFI Director Patrick Campos said.

In their opening remarks before the screening, stakeholders related the importance of events and screenings like that of last night’s in the pursuit of justice for Laude, a transwoman supposedly killed by suspect US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton after he found out about former’s sexuality.

“PJ Raval’s Call Her Ganda came at the very crucial time when there is a need to shed light on the plight of LGBT and transwomen here in the Philippines,” YASH President Alex Castro, on the other hand, said.

Roque added, “DAKILA and Active Vista believe that the fight of LGBTQIA+ community is a fight for human rights and should concern us all. May films like Call Her Ganda continue to open our eyes to harsh realities and help us achieve the justice that Jennifer Laude deserves.”

While Call Her Ganda depicted the insidious effects of homophobia and transphobia, it also revealed how U.S. imperialism protects Pemberton from the punishments of his crime.

“While the government has changed hats over these past years, the face of injustice robed in the culture of impunity remains the same. Pemberton, was convicted guilty in 2015 by the Olongapo Trial Court and is incarcerated while waiting for the final resolution for the case still pending in the Supreme Court of the Philippines. Though this is a major victory in the history of cases of aggression by the US in the Philippine territory, the path towards genuine national sovereignty is still miles away. Pemberton is currently being held in a US-guarded camp enjoying benefits that no ordinary Filipino prisoner would ever get,” Active Vista Executive Director Leni Velaso related.

“What we think makes this film, this documentary, very unique, is not only its display of gender issues here in the Philippines, but its masterful display of the intersectionality of gender issues with other issues the Philippines is currently facing such as poverty, machismo, corruption, the inefficiency of the justice system, and, of course, the persistent presence and control of the US over the Philippines,” Castro also added.

In the end, advocates expressed that justice for Laude signifies justice for all LGBTQIA+ community members who suffered from discrimination and hatred because of their sexuality, and justice for all the Filipino people.

“We aim to strengthen the call to end discrimination and violence against women and the LGBT, and of course, to bring justice to all Filipinos, and for us to stand against our oppressors. Justice for Jennifer Laude, justice to all Filipinos!” Castro asserted.

“We are being gathered together tonight to signify our responsibility to embracing our next generation so that we as a people can risen above murderous ignorance, fear, and hatred and so what happened to Ganda [Jennifer Laude] and all the intersectional things that it meant between sexes, between classes, between countries, will never have to happen again,” ended Campos.

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[Press Release] Groups, family, advocates commemorate Jennifer Laude’s 4th death anniversary through Call Her Ganda screening -DAKILA

Groups, family, advocates commemorate Jennifer Laude’s 4th death anniversary through Call Her Ganda screening

Quezon City, Philippines – DAKILA through Active Vista and Youth Against Sexual Harassment (YASH) with UP Babaylan and Filipino Freethinkers, shall gather an audience today at Cine Adarna, UP Film Center, UP Diliman, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, to commemorate the tragic death of transgender Jennifer Laude through the screening of Call Her Ganda, a documentary film by PJ Raval that follows Laude’s case and her family’s pursuit for justice.

With the presence of Laude’s family and friends, LGBTQIA+ community members activists, groups such as UP Babaylan and Filipino Freethinkers, and advocates, a candle lighting shall be held before the screening in remembrance of Laude and in support to the campaign against the extreme violence and discrimination that transwomen face around the globe. A symbolic blank board will also be hung in front of the doors of the theater for the audience to show their solidarity by signing their names in calling for the immediate and final resolution of the Supreme Court for Laude’s case. A document translation of this act will be submitted to the Supreme Court.

After the screening, Atty. Virgie Suarez, Laude family lawyer; Naomi Fontanos, LGBT advocate; Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala, producer, CALL HER GANDA; and Malou Laude, Jennifer’s sister; will be present for a panel discussion.

“In these times when the members of LGBTQIA+ community still suffer from discrimination, hatred, inequality, and persecution, films like Call Her Ganda show the need for our society to be more engaged in discourses tackling LGBTQIA+ rights,” Active Vista Executive Director Leni Velasco said.

Call her Ganda follows a cast of willful women as they take on some of the most powerful institutions in the world. Fusing personal tragedy, human rights activism and the little known history, and complex aftermath, of U.S. imperial rule in the Philippines, the film forges a visually daring and profoundly humanistic geopolitical investigative exposé.

In 2014, Laude was killed in a motel room in Olongapo supposedly after the suspect 19-year old US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton found out that Laude was a transgender. Laude’s unjust and tragic death ignited the discussion of transgender rights in the Philippines and the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between United States of America (USA) and the Philippines. The involvement of US Marine Pemberton pressed the Filipino people to call for the Philippine government to repeal the VFA between the US and the Philippines, a vital force that protects Pemberton from the due consequences of his actions. The VFA ensures Pemberton, and all US soldiers in the Philippines, are under US jurisdiction throughout their time outside American territory.

“[Call Her Ganda] is a protest against the extreme violence and discrimination that transwomen face around the globe. It is a tribute to the 3.4 million Filipinos living in the U.S. and diaspora.“ Raval said.

While the government has changed hats over these past years, the face of injustice robed in the culture of impunity remains the same. Pemberton, was convicted guilty in 2015 by the Olongapo Trial Court and is incarcerated while waiting for the final resolution for the case still pending in the Supreme Court of the Philippines. Though this is a major victory in the history of cases of aggression by the US in the Philippine territory, the path towards genuine national sovereignty is still miles away. Pemberton is currently being held in a US-guarded camp enjoying benefits that no ordinary Filipino prisoner would ever get.

“It has been almost three years since the Olongapo Regional Trial court gave the decision to convict and incarcerate U.S. Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton. This victory is a first in the history of human rights violations since the US military presence in the country through the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). But since then, Jennifer’s case has been pending in the Supreme Court,” Velasco related.

In the eve of Laude’s 4th death anniversary, DAKILA, Active Vista, Youth Against Sexual Harassment (YASH), UP Film Institute, along with UP Babaylan, and Filipino Freethinkers call for the just, immediate, and final resolution of the Supreme Court to finally close this dark chapter for Jennifer and the Laude family.

Velasco added, “Many drastic changes have already taken place in our government and country. Justice and accountability for the crime against Jennifer has been long overdue.”

“LGBTQIA+ rights are human rights. It should be upheld, promoted, and protected at all times,” she concluded.

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[Event] CALL HER GANDA documentary film on Jennifer Laude screens on the eve of her 4th death anniversary

CALL HER GANDA documentary film on Jennifer Laude screens on the eve of her 4th death anniversary

WHAT: Film Screening of CALL HER GANDA followed by a panel discussion; Candle lighting to commemorate Jennifer Laude’s death anniversary

WHEN: October 10, 2018 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

WHO: Organized by DAKILA through Active Vista, and Youth Against Sexual Harassment (YASH)

WHERE: UP Cine Adarna, Diliman, Quezon City

WHY: In commemoration of Jennifer Laude’s 4th year death anniversary

This October 10, 2018, on the eve of Jennifer Laude’s death, Dakila through Active Vista, and Youth Against Sexual Harassment (YASH), in partnership with the University of the Philippines Film Institute, shall be commemorating her death through a special screening of CALL HER GANDA, at 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm at the Cine Adarna, UP Film Center, UP Diliman.

A candle lighting activity will be held before the screening to remember Laude and to support the campaign against the extreme violence and discrimination that transwomen face around the globe. A symbolic blank tarp will be hung in front of the doors of the theater for the audience to show their solidarity by signing their names in calling for the immediate and final resolution of the Supreme Court for Laude’s case. A document translation of this act will be submitted to the Supreme Court.

After the screening, Virgie Suarez, Laude family lawyer; Naomi Fontanos, LGBT advocate; Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala, producer, CALL HER GANDA; and Malou Laude, Jennifer’s sister; will be present for a panel discussion.

Tickets cost P150. Part of the proceeds of the ticket sales will be donated to the legal fund of the Jennifer Laude case and campaign

Synopsis of the film: When Jennifer Laude, a Filipina transwoman, is brutally murdered by a U.S. Marine, three women intimately invested in the case–an activist attorney (Virgie Suarez), a transgender journalist (Meredith Talusan), and Jennifer’s mother (Julita “Nanay” Laude)–galvanize a political uprising, pursuing justice and taking on hardened histories of U.S. imperialism.

DAKILA is a group of artists, students, and individuals committed to working together to creatively spark social consciousness formation towards social change.

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Learn more at facebook.com/ActiveVista

Youth Against Sexual Harassment (YASH) is a non-stock, non-profit, and politically-unaffiliated women’s organization that aims to combat sexual harassment, and other forms of abuse against women.. Learn more at facebook.com/yashorgph/

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[From the web] Artist group organizing film screenings in schools slams ‘red-tagging’ -DAKILA

Artist group organizing film screenings in schools slams ‘red-tagging’

DAKILA, the artist-activist group behind the Active Vista Human Rights Film Festival, condemns the ‘red-tagging’ of the Duterte administration of schools, youth, artists and groups organizing Martial Law-themed film screenings. DAKILA, a group known to organize film screenings complemented with discussions on social messages of the films it screens in schools, communities, cinemas, and alternative spaces, reacted after the Armed Forces of the Philippines issued a statement implicating 17 schools as part of the alleged “Red October” plot of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

According to DAKILA OIC-Executive Director Rash Caritativo, “DAKILA vehemently condemns this administration’s malicious and groundless red-tagging against students, educational institutions, and creative avenues like film screenings as part of the Duterte government’s orchestrated attack to condition the minds of the people for this looming dictatorship. “

Caritativo further claims, “In a democracy, citizens have the right to criticize the government without fear of any repercussions or their safety and well-being. The lies and groundless allegations of the government clearly intend to justify its crackdown on activists, to tag legitimate protests as acts of terrorism, and to ultimately push its tyrannical advances. This clearly impinges on our right to freedom of expression, speech and assembly, and endangers all of us – as artists, as audiences, as students, as educators, as parents, and as citizens.”

DAKILA has been organizing human rights-themed film screenings and forums in schools nationwide since 2008. It has been presenting films tackling a wide array of human rights issues from gender and reproductive health rights to children’s rights and climate justice. In the past, it has conducted nationwide roadshows of historical films like Heneral Luna and Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral which encouraged discourse on issues on our Filipino identity, national struggle for freedom, and the concept of nationhood. Every year, DAKILA holds its Active Vista Human Rights Festival which showcases the best social advocacy films.

Active Vista Executive Director Leni Velasco, said, “Attacking venues for critical discourse and education like schools and film screenings through red-tagging puts the lives of innocent civilians, especially our youth and our artists, at risk and in danger. Its real intent is to keep our people ignorant and misinformed so those in power can continue to feed lies, deceit, and a narrative that perpetuates only their self-serving interests to conceal the truth of our current social conditions.”

Velasco added, “Formal education and alternative spaces of education have important roles to play in building our nation. It provides citizens with knowledge and information, and allows them to reflect and analyze, so that they can make informed decisions about their future and contribute to nation-building. By attacking learning institutions and artistic endeavors as a form of expression and reflection, what this government wants is to keep our people divided, sow fear, and silence voices of dissent. This ‘red-tagging’ is clearly the tool of tyrants who are scared of the growing people’s resistance against dictatorship.”

Active Vista has been screening Martial Law-themed films like Citizen Jake and Respeto in schools nationwide to spark discourse on current social issues, educate students on the perils of Martial Law, and encourage critical thinking among audiences. DAKILA is a non-partisan group promoting the movement for modern heroism especially among artists and the youth.

“In times of darkness, art and education shed light to social realities that surround us. They are our ultimate weapons to reflect on our social conditions and shape our genuine path to national development,” Velasco further added.

DAKILA together with other organizations, youth and cultural groups, and artists are set to hold a Human Rights Festival to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights this December 10, 2018. The festival shall feature film screenings, performances, talks, exhibits, workshops, a youth summit, and a concert to show the united action of the people in the promotion, protection, and defense of Human Rights in the Philippines.

In ending, DAKILA’s Rash Caritativo said, “If this administration is willing to make such preposterous claims towards educational institutions, youth, educators, artists, and cultural workers, then they must also realize that they have only fueled the flames of resistance igniting in campuses and communities.”

“For every attack of this administration on our rights and freedoms, a thousand film screenings shall emerge in all spaces; artworks on social realities shall blossom; and discourse on social conditions shall flourish in schools, churches and communities, online and offline,“ she concluded.

#ResistTyranny #NoToRedTagging #ActivistsNotCriminals #CriticsNotCriminals #ResistCrackdown #NeverAgain #NeverForget #Artists4Democracy

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[Press Release] “Bust stigma and discrimination not LGBTQ+ people!” -DAKILA

“Bust stigma and discrimination not LGBTQ+ people!”

After recent reports by several media outfits that 11 people were caught having an orgy while apparently on the influence of illegal drugs in a buy-bust operation by PDEA in a hotel in Taguig City, the artist – activist organization, DAKILA joined netizens in condemning the act of a media outfit and the PDEA to put the alleged suspects’ identities—with their names, age, work, and mugshots—on full display on social media.

According to DAKILA Communications Director and Bahaghari Program Head, Cha Roque, “While we acknowledge that illegal drug use is punishable by law and the people involved should be held accountable with due process, the media and law enforcement people involved do not have the right to out someone without their consent and create media furor out of someone’s sexual orientation or sexual activity. The news mentioned that one of the people arrested is HIV positive. Disclosing one’s HIV status is illegal under RA8504.”

The drug buy-bust operation in Taguig ended up with netizens slamming the media for releasing the photos and names of the 11 involved men who are allegedly gay. Only three days before the World AIDS Day on December 1, the stigma against the LGBTQ+ Community and people with HIV/AIDS remain to be a pressing concern among advocates. DAKILA has been a strong ally of the LGBTQ+ community in fighting against stigma and discrimination.

“LGBTQ+ rights are human rights. We cannot stop the stigma and discrimination if we continue to hate on people who have suffered from the same stigma we are fighting against. We cannot achieve equality if we continue to shame people for their sexual orientation and/or activity”, said Roque.

As part of its two-week long Active Vista Human Rights Festival, DAKILA screened the films, Small Talk and Die Beautiful, and held an LGBTQ+ event in partnership with Pineapple Lab. These events happened a few days after the Transgender Day of Remembrance and leading towards the commemoration of World AIDS Day on December 01, 2017. Both events aimed to incite discourse on prejudice, discrimination, and isolation that the LGBTQ+ Community faces.

“Just reading the comments from the articles about the buy-bust is disheartening. This stigma against the LGBTQ+ Community and people with HIV/AIDS should not be tolerated. We need to be constantly talking about how our society deals with the LGBTQ+ community. DAKILA believes that as much as we celebrate that “love wins”, we shall also remember that with love comes the right to express yourself, and not to be discriminated for it,” added Roque.

Hui-Chen Huang’s Small Talk, Taiwan’s Oscar contender for Best Foreign Language Film had its Philippine premiere at the Active Vista Human Rights Festival last November 28, 2017 at Shangrila Cineplex. The film talks about a daughter who tries to open up a dialogue with her distant mother who is a lesbian Taoist priestess.

Jun Robles Lana’s Die Beautiful which won the Best Audience Choice Award and Best Actor Award at last year’s Tokyo International Film Festival had a screening followed by drag performances by the Philippines’ most recognized Lady Gaga impersonator, Lady Gagita, together with The Addlib Divas and Miss Joe Abuda, in Gaybourhood Night: Bongga Ka Die (Beautiful) last November 29, 2017 at Pineapple Lab in Makati. It was a night that celebrated love and respect for the LGBTQ+ Community.

“While these two nights were celebrations of our human rights, we hope that people also see these activities as a protest against the culture of hate and a platform to show solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. We hope that in sharing these stories to the world through films, people will understand that we are all human who share the same sentiments, hope, heartbreaks, and rights,”

“Every hate we spew on each other is one more step backward in achieving the society we aspire, a society that respects, upholds, and promotes our basic human rights. We can do better. We must do better,” said Roque in her statement.

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DAKILA is a collective of artists and activists building a movement of heroism towards social transformation. ACTIVE VISTA is a learning center for human rights education established by DAKILA which organises the Active Vista Human Rights Film Festival.
For information to Active Vista’s programs on human rights education, check out http://www.activevista.ph or FB.com/ActiveVista

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[Event] 300 Youth Leaders to Launch a Revolution on Bonifacio Day -DAKILA

300 Youth Leaders to Launch a Revolution on Bonifacio Day

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WHAT: 300 Youth Leaders on a Heroes Hub: Youth Empowerment Summit
WHEN: 30 November 2017, Bonifacio Day, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
WHERE: Novotel Hotel, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
WHO: Organized by DAKILA – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism as part
of the Active Vista Human Rights Festival
 

Speakers:

Hon. Chito Gascon, Chairperson, Commission on Human Rights
Prof. Xiao Chua, Historian
Lourd de Veyra, Journalist and TV Personality
Raffy Lerma, Photojournalist
Juan Miguel Severo, Spoken Word Artist
BP Valenzuela, Musician
Mich Dulce, Fashion Designer
Chai Fonacier, Actress
Atty. Pochoy Labog, Human Rights Lawyer and Musician

300 youth leaders shall discuss about human rights and heroism in the time of drug wars, fake news and the call for a revolutionary government to respond to the call of the times. The Heroes Hub: Youth Empowerment Summit convenes 300 Millennials to gather, connect, collaborate, create, innovate, ignite and inspire ideas into action.

The summit is part of the on going Active Vista Human Rights Festival which features film screenings, workshops, theater play, art exhibit and concert for the promotion of human rights.

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[Press Release] Dakila Launches The Digital Museum of Martial Law in the Philippines www.MartialLaw.ph

Dakila Launches The Digital Museum of Martial Law in the Philippines
http://www.MartialLaw.ph

Dakila newOn September 21, 2016, 44 years after the signing of Proclamation No. 1081 that put the Philippines under Martial Law, Dakila, a group of artists working on human rights, launched the Digital Museum of Martial Law in the Philippines.

The Digital Museum of Martial Law in the Philippines is an immersive, critical, and creative platform for historical and cultural education. The museum is a virtual space serving as a living memorial to the Martial Law Era, accessible to Filipinos all over the world.

“It is crucial that Filipinos do not lose sight of this pivotal part of our history,”  says Micheline Rama, Museum Co-Director and Dakila’s Campaigns Director.

Dakila intends for the Museum to become a venue to provoke critical reflection, inclusive learning, and vigilant remembrance through the multi-faceted lens of artistic expression.

“We are aiming for the right balance between Internet memes and long chapters in textbooks,” Rama explains. “We cannot rely on only snippets of information that don’t have any context but we cannot also expect people to read through pages and pages of text. This is where art, creativity, and technology come in.”

Her Museum Co-Director agrees.  “You can explore the exhibits on the site as if it were an actual museum,” states Andrei Venal, who also serves as Dakila’s Creative Director, “Each exhibit is a curated journey using different multimedia elements to make history come alive.”

The Museum’s current exhibits includes “Isang Daan” (“One Hundred/One Road”), “an interactive timeline of 100 moments, mementos, and memories one the paths leading to Martial Law and the People Power Revolution” which features not only news clips, and personal accounts, but also economic data, public works, and even popular songs of the era.

The Museum is also host to as a special limited-time screening of Hector Baretto Calma’s award-winning short film, “Ang Mga Alingawngaw Sa Panahon Ng Pagpapasya” (“Echoes In the Midst of Indecision”) starring Alessandra de Rossi as the matriarch of a family torn apart by the social and political upheavals during the Martial Law Era.

The Museum has already lined up several upcoming exhibits. “ML: TL;DR”, curated by Michael Charleston “Xiao” Chua, is a multimedia primer on Martial Law, and “Sounds of Martial Law” curated by Ralph Eya.

Venal hopes that “whether you are a creative professional, writer, historian, academics or even just a passionate individual, you can submit to us your ideas for digital exhibitions on the topic of Martial Law, People Power, and Revolution. Schools, government bodies and other organizations are also very much welcome.”

Potential partners and collaborators may contact Dakila at at proposals@dakila.org.ph and submit their proposal with “DMMLPh Proposal” as the email subject line.

The Digital Museum of Martial Law in the Philippines is open to the public at http://www.MartialLaw.ph

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[Press Release] Active Vista Film Festival: “Use Imagination As A Weapon Against Forgetting Truth” -DAKILA

Active Vista Film Festival: “Use Imagination As A Weapon Against Forgetting Truth”

active vista 2Dakila explores how People Power is remembered to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the People Power Revolution, as the Active Vista International Human Rights Film Festival opens in 5 key regional cities nationwide from February 24-27, 2016 in Manila, Iloilo, Davao, Dumaguete and Cebu.

According to Dakila Executive Director, Leni Velasco, “The greatest enemy of history is time. Thirty years ago, the Filipinos through collective action succeeded in getting rid of a fascist dictator, marking the end of a dark era known for its grave abuses and human rights violations. Thirty years ago, that was the narrative. Is it still the same one told today?”

The film festival opened with the film EDSA XXX by renowned avant-garde filmmaker, KHAVN, last February 24, Wednesday, 6pm at the Cinema 4 of Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Mall, Mandaluyong City. It was attended by prominent human rights defenders like Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairperson Chito Gascon, Secretary Ging Deles of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP); members of the different United Nation agencies led by United Nation Resident Coordinator in the Philippines, Mr. Ola Almgren; members of the diplomatic community, led by the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mr. Jaco Beerends; artists, filmmakers and celebrities like Jun “Bayaw” Sabayton, Ronnie Lazaro, Lourd de Veyra, and Aljur Abrenica, star of the new historical epic, Hermano Puli.

According to its Festival Director Leni Velasco, “There is nothing more timely than opening this festival on the eve of the 30th Anniversary of the People Power Revolution in this month of love. EDSA, after all, was born out of love – love for freedom, for liberty, for country, for every fellow countrymen. We hope to spark and rekindle that same love again among the Filipino public especially among the youth by presenting these films that will disturb or inspire them to explore social truths.”

The opening film, EDSA XXX, took the audience forward to 2030, the year of the 30th EDSA revolution to post the question, “Have you ever wondered why nothing changes despite countless presidents?”  The answer was given in the form of an absurdist cross between low-budget science-fiction musical and crazy political satire.

“Cinema is not there to be pleasant. It is there to stir, disturb, provoke, to punch the status quo instead of one’s time card, to stop the hiding behind sterilized, anesthetized, spineless art and calling it a fearless struggle for change. Cinema is a rupture and a revolt — a daily, hourly, minutely questioning of what’s right and wrong, good and bad, beautiful and ugly, until the profane becomes the sacred. The profane is the sacred”, Khavn, the director, in a statement said.  Most recently, Khavn made headlines by performing a 13-hour live piano film scoring. He set the record for the longest film concert as he unveiled his 13-hour autobiographical film “SIMULACRUM TREMENDUM” at the 45th International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Active Vista Festival Director, Leni Velasco, explained, “Who else can pull off 13 hours of live piano film scoring? No one else but Khavn, bringing the unimaginable to reality as always. EDSA XXX is the most fitting opening film for Active Vista not only because of the obvious but also more importantly because we want to shake the audience with a film that is both absurd and true. The power of cinema lies on its ability to mirror and hammer society and tap into our consciousness. And sometimes, it is in encountering the imaginary that social truths become amplified—this is ‘Truth X Imagination’. “

The Festival Opening marked the start of the yearlong program, which brings human rights themed films to schools and communities nationwide. Active Vista utilizes cinema first, as an educational platform to discuss and shed light on the importance of knowing and asserting human rights; and second, as a tool for empowerment and bringing about relevant social change.

For the second screening, Active Vista presented Jun Lana’s Barber’s Tales in partnership with the National Youth Commission, represented in the screening by Commissioner Dingdong Dantes. In a statement, Comm. Dingdong Dantes said, “This generation – our generation should learn from the patriotic sacrifice of each and every Filipino during that era, and embed the lessons of the People Power Revolution with our everyday lives. Because by doing so, we will be able to value, protect and be responsible of the democratic rights that we cherish today. Today, the responsibility of keeping the faith and fire alive is upon us, the responsibility of building our nation from the winds of change the EDSA Revolution lent us. We are often charged that we are entitled, convenience-seekers and unconcerned. If only to prove them wrong, today presents to us an occasion to hold on to the promises of the bright future because of EDSA.”

Festival Director Leni Velasco further added, “Active Vista deems that films like Barber’s Tales are essential viewing especially for the youth of today who only get an idea of Martial Law through dusty history books and documentaries—and now, more than ever, through social media. Amidst those who blur, twist, and rewrite history in favor of the oppressors, it is high time the youth are engaged into an enlightening discussion on the essence of human rights and the dangers of having them taken away. The freedoms and rights enjoyed today can only be truly appreciated if there is a full understanding of how they were fought for. It is through this that history will not be forgotten in time.”

The Active Vista shall screen Pepe Diokno’s Kapatiran tonight, February 26, at Shang Cineplex in partnership with the UN initiative, Re:PubliKo and on the 27th, Ara Chawdhury’s Miss Bulalacao, in Cebu. Pepe Diokno’s, Engkwentro, in Iloilo, and Chuck Gutierrez’s Iisa in Davao. Three internationally acclaimed foreign films, The Missing Picture by Rithy Panh, Citizenfour by Laura Poitras, and Margarita with a Straw by Shonali Bose, shall also be shown on February 27 at the UP Film Center.

“Street artist, JR, once said, ‘What we see changes who we are’. This Active Vista seeks to remind the public especially the younger generation who may not fully understand yet the importance of the EDSA Revolution that truth is both in the obvious and the obscure. The problem is that we, as a nation, have become afraid of the truth because it is a reflection of who we are and the society we built”, Velasco explained.  “But truth, no matter how ugly, no matter how difficult, needs to be seen. Because it is only in acknowledging truth that we are liberated and are empowered to transform it. This Active Vista hopes to be that undertaking – a platform to exorcise historical amnesia and usher this new generation into an understanding of the true essence of EDSA. The power of art is its ability to change perception, to change how people view the world. Active Vista inspires to do so through cinema, one viewer, at a time”, ended Velasco.

The festival also welcomed the solidarity of its international guests, Anna Har, Festival Director of the Freedom Film Festival in Malaysia, and celebrated New York-based literary writer, feminist and human rights activist, Ninotchka Rosca. In ending, Velasco said, “Active Vista call on all Filipinos – young and old, the passionate and the disheartened, the dreamers and the realists, – to make imagination your weapon against forgetting truth.”

Active Vista invites audiences to experience “truth X imagination” at the Active Vista Human Rights Film Festival this February 24-27, 2016. For screening schedules, check out http://www.activevista.ph

Press Contact: Kai 09151780240
activevista@dakila.org.ph

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[Event] Active Vista 2016 -Dakila

Active VistaThe Active Vista is a human rights education program to empower audiences in bringing about relevant social change. Its festival component, the Active Vista Human Rights Film Festival, is a mobile cinema platform that allows audiences opportunity to debate, discuss, and spark conversations on human rights that can shape society. Its Advocacy Filmmaking Workshops empower a new generation of filmmakers in finding their own voices as they create films that ask questions and dare to spark change into their audiences.

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[Campaign] It’s about time we celebrate our SHEroes! -DAKILA

It’s about time we celebrate our SHEroes!

Vote for this campaign for the 5th HR Pinduteros’ Choice Awards

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Extracted from DAKILA Fb page

In celebration of Women’s Month, Dakila and Rappler will be celebrating women heroes through ‪#‎SHEro‬! We want to get to know every woman who has inspired you. Submit the stories of your sheroes to move.ph+shero@rappler.com or post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and tag Dakila and Rappler. We will feature your stories! After sharing your shero, tag 2 other friends and challenge them to share theirs. The women in our lives deserve to be celebrated. Mabuhay ang kababaihan!

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[Press Release] Road Safety Campaign Launched to Commemorate 1st Death Anniversary of the Bontoc Bus Crash -DAKILA

Road Safety Campaign Launched to Commemorate
1st Death Anniversary of the Bontoc Bus Crash

Photo extracted from DAKILA FB page

Photo extracted from DAKILA FB page

Manila, Philippines. On the 1st Anniversary of the GV Florida Bus Crash in Bontoc last February 7, 2015, the group, DAKILA, co-founded by Tado Jimenez, one of the 15 casualties of the bus crash, launched the campaign, Para! Sa Pilipinas. Para! Sa Pilipinas is a road safety campaign which taps into the power of commuters to hold transport operators and government agencies accountable for providing comfortable, dependable, environment-friendly, affordable and, above all, safe public transportation.

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According to Micheline Rama, Creative and Strategy Director of DAKILA, “The cornerstone of this campaign is the Para! Po reporting tool, which empowers commuters to report whether or not the operators of the bus they are riding, have complied with existing rules and regulations. Smoke-belching, lack of visible plates, reckless driving, obstruction of traffic, overloading — these are all violations that commuters can report on using the Para! Po tool. Right now, it is geared towards monitoring of public utility buses (PUBs) operating in metro and provincial lines nationwide, but will hopefully soon be adapted to other forms of land transportation.”

“More than just a complaint mechanism, it can also monitor compliance and identify exemplary bus lines. As the reports come in, we’ll also be able to track the performance of bus operators and share information back to the public. Commuters will soon be able to choose bus lines based in track records, patronize well-rated bus lines, and avoid those with negative reviews.” Rama added.

The launch of the campaign coincided with the 1st anniversary of the GV Florida Bus Crash, which claimed the lives of 15 people last February 7, 2014. Among those who were killed was artist-activist Arvin Jimenez, more popularly known as the comedian, Tado.

DAKILA Executive Director, Leni Velasco said, “The campaign in itself was conceptualized to honor and continue the fight for Tado’s advocacy on road safety. There is no better way of paying tribute to the life of Tado but to continually seek for reforms in the transportation system so that this kind of tragedy will not happen again.”

Last February 4, families and friends of those who perished and survived in the bus crash in Bontoc gathered at Sev’s Café Malate to commemorate the 1st anniversary of the crash. Among those who offered performances during the event were Noel Cabangon, Vice President of the artist collective DAKILA, musician Nityalila and Burn Belacho, guitarist of David Sicam’s band, Kinaiya. Families and friends of the victims also organized similar events last February 7 for David Sicam and Gerard Baja at Ta-as Café, and last February 8 for Chris Cabardo at Cabino Bar. A bike tour was held last February 7 in Marikina City for Tado. A ritual and mass was also held at the crash site in Bontoc. At the same event, writer and DAKILA President Lourd de Veyra and filmmaker Jim Libiran performed spoken word from an excerpt of “100 Must Do of Tado Before He Dies” taken from Tado’s book, Nagiisa Lang Ako.

DAKILA will be sharing the Para! Po information to the LTFRB and the bus operators themselves so that they may be made aware of feedback direct from ordinary commuters. “We hope to work with them to improve the quality of public transportation in the Philippines”, added Velasco.

A beta version of the tool was made available last Monday, 9 February, 2015. Micheline Rama in ending said, “We encourage commuters and concerned citizens to contribute their reports, as well as provide any feedback on the tool to help the team continue to optimize and improve it over the coming weeks. We’ll also be rolling out additional information and features as the campaign progresses.”

To learn more about the campaign, check out ParaSaPilipinas.ph The public may submit their own report at ParaPo.ph

For more information, contact DAKILA
dakila.media@gmail.com
09151780240

DAKILA
Press Release
10 February 2015

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