On Sept. 21, 1972, President Ferdinand Marcos issued Proclamation No. 1081, putting the country under a state of martial law.
How much does the country’s youth know about this period in Philippine history, that resulted in 75,730 claims filed in the Human Rights Victims Claims Board (HRVCB).
Is history repeating itself?
On Sept. 16, the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Mass Communication Interdependent Student-centered Activism (UP CMC ISA) will host “Martial Law: Never Again, Never Forget,” a conference that includes a forum on the subject, essay-writing and poster-making contests, and exhibit.
The forum, to be held at the Media Center of UPD CMC from 8 a.m.-12 p.m., will have various speakers from the academe, media and nongovernment organizations discussing their studies on and experiences with martial law.
The essay-writing and poster-making contests, set from 1 p.m.-4 p.m., will give medals and certificates of recognition to participants with the highest scores. These participants’ winning works and pieces will be showcased in an exhibit at the Old Film Lobby of UPD CMC from Sept. 19-22.
The objective of this weeklong conference is to make the youth aware of the dangers and effects of martial law.
It also aims to provide avenues for the youth to express their opinions and feelings on this controversial issue through alternative activism.
UP CMC ISA hopes that this project will make the youth more critical, aware and bold in the fight against historical revisionism.
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