Art moves people. With the pandemic limiting movement, from the economy to politics, the ability of art and literature to inspire action has become more necessary. On the third episode of PAN 2021, “Protest Literature and Art in the Time of COVID-19,” join our discussion on the significance of protest literature during a pandemic. The episode will go live on May 1, 2021, 3PM.

The pandemic and our country’s response to it have affected sectors in varying levels. Different art forms suit different messages, each one benefitting a different movement. To shed light on these many issues and art forms, our panel will include representatives from different local organizations: Angelo V. Suarez, Lakan Umali, Monfred Sy, and Lisa Ito-Tapang. The session will be moderated by Ramon Guillermo.

This coming Saturday, join us for a progressive and intersectional discussion. Art gets us moving, and so does knowledge.



Ramon Guillermo

– Ramon Guillermo is a practicing translator and novelist as well as a Professor at the Center for International Studies (CIS) at the University of the Philippines Diliman.

Angelo V. Suarez

– Manunulat si Angelo V. Suarez, naghahanapbuhay bilang advertising copywriter. Siya ay miyembro ng Sama-samang Artista para sa Kilusang Agraryo (SAKA), isang alyansa ng mga manggagawa sa industriya ng kultura, sining, at kaalaman na nagsusulong ng tunay na reporma sa lupa; at volunteer para sa Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA).

Jose Monfred Sy

– Si Mon Sy ay nagtuturo sa Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Diliman. Bahagi siya ng Save Our Schools Network at nagsisilbing guro sa Bakwit School para sa kabataang Lumad na biktima ng militarisasyon. Nagsusulat din siya ng mga kuwentong pambata.

Lakan Umali

– Lakan Umali is a writer based in Metro Manila. He is currently a teaching assistant at UP Diliman.

Lisa Ito-Tapang

– Lisa Ito-Tapang teaches at the Department of Theory, University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts and is the Secretary-General of the Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP), an organization of progressive artists and cultural workers founded in 1983.