Art speaks when we can’t take to the streets. In the oppressive silence of this pandemic, our words become even more powerful. Art can become protest. Cries for help become rallies for change. On this third episode of PAN, “Protest Literature and Art in the Time of COVID-19,” we explore the significance of art in protest, and how it has shaped our lives during the pandemic. We are joined by representatives from different sectors and organizations: Ramon Guillermo, Angelo Suarez, Monfred Sy, Lakan Umali, and Lisa Ito-Tapang.

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.