This year’s September 21st marks the 50th anniversary of martial law in the Philippines. Now more than ever, against fake news, misinformation campaigns, and historical revisionism, it is important for us to remember the human rights violations and atrocities during one of the darkest periods in our history. Several organizations and institutions have initiated different events and activities to remind us all that we should #NeverForget.
When: September 21, 2022
Where: University Avenue, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City
What to expect: An information network established and dedicated to commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martial Law and fighting against historical revisionism and distortion. The group is set to hold an event on the anniversary date filled with songs and stories about martial law.
AlternaTV: Ang Katotohanan sa mga Marcos at Martial Law,
When: September 17, 2022, 2 PM
Where: UPFI Film Center, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City
What to expect: A screening of two award-winning films: Lino Brocka’s Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag (1975) and Kip Oebanda’s Liway (2018)
How to gain access: Free entry, but on a first-come, first-served basis on the day itself with registration starting at 1 PM
Krisis at Batas Militar
When: September 6 to 30, 2022
Where: 114 Timog Avenue, Quezon City (exhibit and book sale), UPFI Film Center, UP Diliman (film screening), online (other events)
What to expect: A series of events organized by Ibon Foundation, including exhibits, a film screening, and a book launch all centering on the Martial Law era.
ML@50: Tugon at Tindig ng Sining
When: September 14 to 30, 2022
Where: Various onsite locations and online
What to expect: A month-long event organized by the UP Diliman Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts, with film series screenings, exhibits, virtual and physical walking tours, and several social media campaign projects.
Weaving Women’s Words on Wounds of War
When: August 22 to October 1
Where: Ateneo Art Gallery at the 3rd floor Soledad V Pangilinan Arts Wing, Areté, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City
What to expect: A contemporary art exhibition featuring the works of different women who endured human rights violations during the Martial Law era.
How to gain access: Register here and pay an entrance fee of PHP 50 per head
Singkwenta: A Martial Law Caravan
When: September 3 to 21, 2022
What to expect: A series of events from film screenings to protests to forums organized by the La Salle Students for Human Rights and Democracy
When: August 25 to September 11, 2022
Where: Pasakalye Black Box, Legaspi City, Albay
What to expect: Sining Banwa’s full-length play exploring the short but meaningful life of Bikolana Liliosa Hilao, one of the first victims of human rights violations during the Martial Law era.
How to gain access: Purchase an admission ticket of PHP 250 on your chosen schedule
When: September 24, 2022, 2 PM
Where: Laurencia’s Grill, Barangay Kasambagan, Cebu City.
What to expect: A concert and art show featuring different artists, musicians, academics, and local communities banding together to fight against historical revisionism and to never forget the human rights atrocities during the Martial Law era.