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One Billion Rising Philippines
As warriors,And heroines
Despite having had 2 women presidents,
Women are still marginalized.
From January to August 2011,There were 5,989 cases of domestic violence.
That’s once every 57 minutes and 36 seconds.
Gert Libang ( Gabriela vice chairperson) – One woman in the Philippines is raped every 4 hours.
Narcisa Claveria (comfort woman) ---during the war, I was raped in the garrison by Japanese soldiers.
Rep. Emmi De Jesus ( Gabriela Women’s Party) ---What is alarming right now are violence perpetrated by the persons of the authorities, especially those in the military.
Angie Ipong (Selda Secretary-General) ---- I was a former political prisoner. I was in Jail for 6 years. They tortured me, you know. They sexually molested me, striking my head, my shoulders, and my hips.
It’s time for women to rise, and strike back.
It’s time for 1 Billion women to rise, and strike back.
Monique Wilson (RP-UK coordinator for One Billion Rising) --- And the one billion rising campaign is the global call to action day and it’s really a day where we gonna strike dancing rights and we’re going to demand an end to violence on girls.
Gert Libang (Gabriela Vice-chairperson) --- On that day, they will dance to protest.
So dance is a huge component of the campaign. Because dance is really something that frees women from bondage and from the violence being done against them. It’s also an act of defiance as well as an act of celebration
No. Mary John Mananzan, OSB Gabriela chairperson Emeritus--- And so this dance is unfreezing and say that no, I’m not going to allow anyone you know to make me a frozen person I’m going to show that I can survive, I can liberate myself and liberate other women
Merlee Jayme (Lyricist) – It’s really, if you look at the lyrics, starting out with always a questions . why the discrimination is really really strong. As a woman myself, I want to ask that question why.
Marcus Davis ( Arranger) – We came up with the creation of the song by me coming up with the instrumentation, which we use some tribal instruments, the things like indigenous instruments, kind of give it a local feel but the same time, give it an international feel.
Nancy Crowe (choreographer) --- when I did the choreography, I tried to make sure it was very literal. I tried to make it as literal as possible. So people can pick it up.
Charissa Mendoza (Aikido black belter)--Aikido is a defensive martial art. Unless you’re attacked, you do nothing. So basically all is defensive
I think Aikido is perfect for women. It doesn’t require you to be muscular, that you have to train everyday
These moves we incorporated in our routine. They are very easy to learn and execute. When the time comes, they need to defend themselves. They will be ready.
Last November 30,
In time for bonifacio day,
Thousands of women gathered.
Soon, the whole country was dancing in the streets.
A short film depicting Filipinas’ plights was made.
Paul Basinillo (director)
This is about the story of women and it highlights several characters like grandmother Isa.
Another one will be the political prisoner and the other one is the comfort worker abroad who got harassed and molested, which led to kill herself.
On Feb 14, 2013,One billion will be rising, striking & dancing.
Rep. Luz Ilagan (Gabriela Women’s Party)
I shall strike, dance and rise on February 14. The day of of love because I am a woman.
I’m also rising because when I grew up in a family where there was a lot of violence.
Cart Libang ( Gabriela vice-Chairperson) --- enough. Enough of this violence against women!