CAL Bahaginan Lecture Series
September 10, 2018
Vargas Museum, UP Diliman
In this two-part talk, we focus on the power of data and the need for collaboration across different fields in beginning to understand, resist, and respond to the ongoing Philippine Drug War. To be specific, we share the recent collaborative work we did on the machinery behind the drug war. We aim to highlight the potential contribution of traversing and transcending the boundaries of research and performance as we look for new avenues of speaking, critique, and resistance amidst recent intimations of dictatorialism in the country.
Part 1—Lecture: Focusing on the power of data, the lecture tackles the importance of evidence-based activism, particularly in the time of Duterte and the drug war. To be specific, it talks about the importance of conveying the truth and engaging various audience by going beyond the usual forms of communication. We will share the case study on the role of the barangay in the drug war and the tokhang mixtape project.
Part 2—Performance: The need for collaboration that discusses how the arts doesn’t exist in a vacuum and how data is important in the arts. This stems from the premise that the problem (i.e. drug war) is huge and demands a dynamic response. Further, there is a historical need to explore new forms of resistance.
Profile of Speakers/Artists:
Abbey Pangilinan worked in the Department of Social Welfare and Development from 2010-2016. From 2013-2016, she served as the National Deputy Program Manager for Operations of the Philippine Conditional Cash Transfer Program (Pantawid Pamilya). Prior to working in DSWD, she has worked in the legislature and the private sector. Abbey finished her BA in Political Science and MA in Urban and Regional Planning from UP Diliman. She completed her MSc in Urbanisation and Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Mixkaela Villalon. A writer of short stories, plays, and screenplays. Her work has been published in several local literary anthologies. Her play Streetlight Manifesto has been staged both in the Virgin Labfest of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, as well as the hotINK Theater Festival of the TISCH Performing Art School of New York University in New York, USA. Her first full-length play and musical, 3 Stars and a Sun, featuring the music of Francis Magalona, enjoyed a full run at the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) and won Best Original Libretto in the 2016 Gawad Buhay, Philstage Awards for the Performing Arts. Some of her film and TV writing credits include the social media documentary Beastmode which she wrote for and is sponsored by the TriBeCa Film Fest and screened at the 2018 Cinemalaya, and the short animated film Kwentong Makulay which was nominated in the DigiCon Animation and Movie Awards in Japan.
Ica Fernandez works on the intersections of spatial planning, culture, armed conflict, land, and decentralization. She has spent the last eight years specializing in development programs for conflict- affected areas, serving in the Philippine government and consulting for international development organizations, including the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, The British Council, and The Asia Foundation. Ica holds degrees in urban and regional planning and land economy from the University of the Philippines and the University of Cambridge.
A graduate of the University of the Philippines Diliman, BLKD is an activist, rapper, and battle emcee. He gained popularity through Fliptop rap battles and made a mark for himself through his creative and serious use of the Filipino language. His rap songs tackle pressing social issues. BLKD is also involved in activism, and often performs in large protest actions. He has set up a grassroots hip-hop group named “Tanghalang Bayan ng Kulturang Kalye (TABAKK)” which aims to bridge the gap between his academic vision to make people aware of how rich rap culture is, and his “street side” vision to make his fellow rappers aware of how much they can still learn and adapt in their art. BLKD also represented the Philippines in the Taiwan political music festival Sound of Strike. BLKD’s debut album “Gatilyo” was released in 2015. The music videos for his songs Gatilyo and Taksil can be found online. BLKD has recently released two anti-fascist themed tracks in collaboration with rapper Calix under a mini-album named Kolateral: Buelo.
Self-proclaimed “Ghetto priest of Manila,” Calix began his hiphop career in 2016 as an anonymous rapper posting his songs on the internet. His wrathful, barbed, and explicit lyrics caught the attention of listeners through songs that took potshots at some of the most powerful political families. His 2016 debut album Breakout Satirist put him on the map as one of the newest and bravest Filipino rappers out there. He has been outspoken about many social issues in the country. In November 2016, BLKD and Calix collaborated on the song Di Matitinag in protest of the burial of former dictator Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. The two have been performing this song in many political mobilizations. Calix released his sophomore album The Lesser of your Greater Friends this 2017 and a mini-album Ikugan in mid-2018. He has released two anti-fascist themed tracks with BLKD under the title Kolateral: Buelo.
For more information on Bahaginan CAL Lecture Series, please contact: Aileen O. Salonga (email@example.com)