Stories from fields of struggle against Martial Law abound in UP Day of Remembrance 2020

| Written by Celeste Ann Castillo Llaneta

 

“Never again! Never forget!”

These words live on as the University of the Philippines, the country’s national university, remembers the signing of Proclamation No. 1081 by the dictator Ferdinand Marcos on September 21,placing the Philippines under Martial Law,with a two-day webinar event, the UP Day of Remembrance 2020, “Dambana ng Gunita: Mga Hulagway ng Pagkamulat at Kabayanihan 1972-1986”. [September 21 is UP Day of Remembrance]

The online event, which will be held via Zoom and broadcasted on YouTube on September 21, Monday, and September 22, Tuesday, features leading Martial Law activists who will share their experiences of struggle against the Marcos dictatorship, stories of courage in the face of imprisonment and torture, of resourcefulness and creativity in the face of repression, and of perseverance and heroism in the face of death. [Register at https://tinyurl.com/UPGunita2020]

There will also be recorded performances and a video-exhibit of sights and sounds of life under Martial Law.

Following is the program for the UP Day of Remembrance 2020:

 

“Dambana ng Gunita: Mga Hulagway ng Pagkamulat at Kabayanihan 1972-1986”
UP Day of Remembrance 2020

HAMON NG BATAS MILITAR
September 21, Monday, 8:45 a.m. – 12:00 n.n.

[8:45am] Protest Performance and Video Exhibit

[9:00am]
National Anthem
Welcome Message, UP President Danilo L. Concepcion
Opening Remarks, UP Vice President for Public Affairs Elena E. Pernia

[9:30am] Overview of the Webinar Structure and Two-Day Discussions

[9:40am]
“Mga Huling Araw ng UP Student Council Bago-Batas Militar”
Carol Pagaduan-Araullo, Chair, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan

[10:05am]
“Mga Unang Sabado ng Martial Law”
Mamerto Calalang “MC” Canlas, former UP History instructor,
author of SoMa Pilipinas Studies 2000 in Two Languages (2002)
and SoMa Pilipinas Ethnotour Guide Book (2013)

[10:30am]
“Some Trying Times of My Life”
Ma. Cristina Pargas-Bawagan, activist and human rights victim
of the Marcos regime, retired teacher of Philippine Science High School

[10:55am]
“Mga Karanasan bilang Human Rights Worker”
Liza Acevedo-Ilagan, Professor, UP Baguio Fine Arts Program

[11:20am] Q&A Session with Speakers

[11:40am] Synthesis

[11:50am] Closing Remarks, Dr. Michael L. Tan, former UP Diliman Chancellor
and UP Professor Emeritus

[12:00nn] UP Naming Mahal

[12:05-12:44pm] Break

[12:45pm] Protest Performance and Video Exhibit

DETENIDO, DESAPARECIDO
September 21, Monday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

[1:00pm]
Opening Remarks: Dr. Carmencita D. Padilla, Chancellor, UP Manila
Introduction by Webinar Moderators

[1:20pm] Overview of the Webinar Structure and Two-day Discussions

[1:30pm]
“Babaeng Makibaka sa Likod ng Rehas”
Dr. Judy M. Taguiwalo, activist, former UP Professor,
former Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development

[1:55pm]
“Entablado, Megaphone at Kulungan”
Susan Tagle, activist, musical director, Senior Technical Adviser, PTV-4

[2:20pm]
“Desaparecido: Southern Tagalog 10”
Atty. Filemon Nolasco, lead convenor, UP Los Baños Bantayog Project

[2:45pm]
“Ang Maging Manggagamot sa Samar”
Dr. Sylvia Ciocon de la Paz, activist, wife of slain “Doctor-to-the-barrios”
Dr. Remberto Daniel “Bobby” de la Paz

[3:10pm] Q&A Session with Speakers

[3:30pm] Synthesis

[3:45pm] Closing Remarks, Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., Chancellor, UP Los Baños

[4:00pm] UP Naming Mahal

 

SINING AT PANITIK: DALUYAN NG TINIG
September 22, Tuesday, 8:45 a.m. – 12:00 n.n.

[8:45am] Protest Performance and Video Exhibit

[9:00am]
National Anthem
Opening Remarks, Dr. Ricardo P. Babaran, Chancellor, UP Visayas

[9:20am] Overview of the Webinar Structure and Flow of Two-Day Discussions

[9:30am]
“Teatro sa Panahon ng Batas Militar”
Dr. Glecy Atienza, Professor, UP Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas

[9:55am]
“Iba’t-ibang Tradisyon sa mga Awit-Protesta”
Christian “Bong” Ramilo, activist, musician and songwriter,
and member, Asian Movement for People’s Music

[10:20am]
“Patatag: Bagong Ritmo ng Paglaban”
Dr. Fidel Nemenzo, Chancellor, UP Diliman

[10:45am]
“UPLB Perspective: Paggiit sa Pamamahayag”
Dr. Vicky Espaldon, Professor, UPLB School of Environmental Science and Management

[11:10am] Q&A Session with Speakers

[11:40am] Synthesis

[11:55am] Closing Remarks, Dr. Melinda dP. Bandalara, Chancellor, UP Open University

[12:00nn] UP Naming Mahal

[12:05-12:44pm] Break

[12:45pm] Protest Performance and Video Exhibit

PATUNGONG PEOPLE POWER: ‘TURNING POINTS’
September 22, Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

[1:00pm]
Opening Remarks, Dr. Larry N. Digal, Chancellor, UP Mindanao

[1:20pm] Overview of the Webinar Structure and Two-Day Discussions

[1:30pm]
“CONCOMSA Tungong Pagbabalik ng USC”
Malou Mangahas, former executive director,
Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ)

[1:55pm]
“Welgang Anson’s sa harap ng BP 130/227”
Leila Yap-Aboga, alumni activist

[2:20pm]
“The 1982 Jose Rizal College Strike”
Loretta Ann “Etta” P. Rosales, Chair, Commission on Human Rights
of the Philippines

[2:45pm]
“NADSU at Welgang Bayan ng Cebu, 1984”
Prof. Phoebe Zoe Maria Sanchez, union leader,
Professor of history and sociology, UP Cebu

[3:10pm]
Sakbayan sa Northern Luzon 1984”
Dr. Raymundo “Rey” Rovillos, Chancellor, UP Baguio

[3:35pm] Q&A Session with Speakers

[4:05pm] Synthesis

[4:25pm] Closing Remarks, Atty. Liza D. Corro, Chancellor, UP Cebu

[4:30pm] UP Naming Mahal

 

The UP Day of Remembrance 2020, “Dambana ng Gunita: Mga Hulagway ng Pagkamulat at Kabayanihan 1972-1986”, is open to all teachers, educators, scholars and Filipinos who wish to continue learning about our country’s history and who believe in the importance of upholding and defending basic freedoms, civil liberties and human rights.

Register at: https://tinyurl.com/UPGunita2020.

Livestream of the webinars and the online exhibit will be available via TVUP.ph and TVUP’s YouTube channel.

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