by Leonard 36 years and 1 day ago, Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law in the Philippines.
Too often, this is a period in relatively recent Philippine history that is forgotten. But why? Maybe its too recent to qualify as 'cool' history like pre-colonial, or World War 2? Perhaps there is a shortage of texts and resources because even though Marcos is gone, the ghosts of the regime still shackle the voices that want to remember and document? Most likely, those same ghosts still remain all too present in a Philippines that could be today be mistaken for a country in which a People Power Revolution never happened at all and Martial Law never actually ended.
... which is why it's even more important that we remember.
World-traveller, photographer and KPC Outreach Guy Alex Felipe is hosting an Exhibit at Cafe Tinto TONIGHT called "The Children of the Boondocks". Of course, he'll be showcasing his great work -- but tonight is special because he has invited a special guest speaker to participate in a discussion. Wanna know more about what is happening in the Philippines TODAY? Here's your chance.
Taken directly from Alex's press release:
Dr. Carol Pagaduan-Araullo, chairperson of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN, New Patriotic Alliance), global vice chair for internal affairs of the International League of Peoples' Struggle (ILPS) and co-convenor of the Movement of Concerned Citizens for Civil Liberties (MCCCL), US Troops Out Now! and weekly columnist for BusinessWorld, the Philippines' leading business newspaper.
Bayan is an alliance composed mainly of organizations of workers and peasant. Various sectors also account for many of our allied organization mass membership. Bayan counts as its members individual personages who serves in its leading bodies.