Female rights defenders, front and center at ‘Alas ng Bayan’ exhibit

George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 24 2019 06:22 AM | Updated as of Nov 25 2019 12:06 PM

“Alas ng Bayan: Women, Heroism and Memory” opened at Constantino Foundation Linangan Gallery in Quezon City, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. 

It showcases five women in different chapters of Philippine history who fought for various issues but shared a common trait — the courage to fight for their rights. 

The exhibit aims to offer approaches to history and feminism that wants to enable young people to respond to the worsening state of national forgetting and the climate crisis.

Those featured were KKK's Gregoria de Jesus, President Macario Sakay's Apolonia Catra, Hukbalahap's 'Kumander Liwayway' Remedios Gomez-Paraiso​, martial law activist Lorena Barros, and environment activist and human rights defender Gloria Capitan, who was assassinated on the day President Duterte was sworn into office, being the first recorded extra-judicial killing under his watch.

Red Constantino said the exhibit aims to remind society, especially the younger generation, how the women who went before them stood up and fought oppression. 

“The challenge to young people today especially women is not only to fight national oppression, but to end the reign of toxic masculinity and corrosive machismo.” Constantino said. 

“Alas ng Bayan” will be launched officially on Monday, Nov. 25, at the Asean Hall, Asian Center in UP Diliman and will run until Wednesday, Nov. 27.

Red Constantino of the Constantino Foundation speaks to an audience during the “Alas ng Bayan” kick-off event held Constantino Foundation Linangan Gallery in Quezon City on November 23, 2019. The exhibit features 5 women who lived in different chapters of Philippine history who fought for their rights. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Visual artist John Erhard Guarin speaks to an audience during the “Alas ng Bayan” kick-off event at the Constantino Foundation Linangan Gallery in Quezon City on November 23, 2019. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Mar Capitan, son of Gloria Capitan, addresses the crowd during the “Alas ng Bayan” kick-off event at Constantino Foundation Linangan Gallery in Quezon City on November 23, 2019. The exhibit features 5 women who lived in different chapters of Philippine history who fought for their rights. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Oscar Paraiso, son of Remedios Gomez-Paraiso, known as “Kumander Liwayway” addresses the crowd during the “Alas ng Bayan” kick-off event at Constantino Foundation Linangan Gallery in Quezon City on November 23, 2019. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Visitors view the display at the “Alas ng Bayan” kick-off event at Constantino Foundation Linangan Gallery in Quezon City on November 23, 2019. The exhibit features 5 women who lived in different chapters of Philippine history who fought for their rights. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A view of the display at the “Alas ng Bayan” kick-off event at Constantino Foundation Linangan Gallery in Quezon City on November 23, 2019. The exhibit features 5 women who lived in different chapters of Philippine history who fought for their rights. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A view of the display at the “Alas ng Bayan” kick-off event at Constantino Foundation Linangan Gallery in Quezon City on November 23, 2019. The exhibit features 5 women who lived in different chapters of Philippine history who fought for their rights. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A view of the display at the “Alas ng Bayan” kick-off event at Constantino Foundation Linangan Gallery in Quezon City on November 23, 2019. The exhibit features 5 women who lived in different chapters of Philippine history who fought for their rights. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A view of the display at the “Alas ng Bayan” kick-off event at Constantino Foundation Linangan Gallery in Quezon City on November 23, 2019. The exhibit features 5 women who lived in different chapters of Philippine history who fought for their rights. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Oscar Paraiso, son of Remedios Gomez-Paraiso known as “Kumander Liwayway” arrives during the “Alas ng Bayan” kick-off event at Constantino Foundation Linangan Gallery in Quezon City on November 23, 2019. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Oscar Paraiso, son of Remedios Gomez-Paraiso known as “Kumander Liwayway” arrives during the “Alas ng Bayan” kick-off event at Constantino Foundation Linangan Gallery in Quezon City on November 23, 2019. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Oscar Paraiso, son of Remedios Gomez-Paraiso known as “Kumander Liwayway” arrives during the “Alas ng Bayan” kick-off event at Constantino Foundation Linangan Gallery in Quezon City on November 23, 2019. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Relatives of Gloria Capitan take pictures inside the gallery during the “Alas ng Bayan” kick-off event at Constantino Foundation Linangan Gallery in Quezon City on November 23, 2019. The exhibit features 5 women who lived in different chapters of Philippine history who fought for their rights. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Relatives of Gloria Capitan take pictures inside the gallery during the “Alas ng Bayan” kick-off event at Constantino Foundation Linangan Gallery in Quezon City on November 23, 2019. The exhibit features 5 women who lived in different chapters of Philippine history who fought for their rights. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Relatives of Gloria Capitan take pictures inside the gallery during the “Alas ng Bayan” kick-off event at Constantino Foundation Linangan Gallery in Quezon City on November 23, 2019. The exhibit features 5 women who lived in different chapters of Philippine history who fought for their rights. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A view of the display at the “Alas ng Bayan” kick-off event at Constantino Foundation Linangan Gallery in Quezon City on November 23, 2019. The exhibit features 5 women who lived in different chapters of Philippine history who fought for their rights. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Visitors view the display at the “Alas ng Bayan” kick-off event at Constantino Foundation Linangan Gallery in Quezon City on November 23, 2019. The exhibit features 5 women who lived in different chapters of Philippine history who fought for their rights. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Visitors view the display at the “Alas ng Bayan” kick-off event at Constantino Foundation Linangan Gallery in Quezon City on November 23, 2019. The exhibit features 5 women who lived in different chapters of Philippine history who fought for their rights. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Visitors view the display at the “Alas ng Bayan” kick-off event at Constantino Foundation Linangan Gallery in Quezon City on November 23, 2019. The exhibit features 5 women who lived in different chapters of Philippine history who fought for their rights. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Visitors view the display at the “Alas ng Bayan” kick-off event at Constantino Foundation Linangan Gallery in Quezon City on November 23, 2019. The exhibit features 5 women who lived in different chapters of Philippine history who fought for their rights. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Visitors view the display at the “Alas ng Bayan” kick-off event at Constantino Foundation Linangan Gallery in Quezon City on November 23, 2019. The exhibit features 5 women who lived in different chapters of Philippine history who fought for their rights. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Visitors view the display at the “Alas ng Bayan” kick-off event at Constantino Foundation Linangan Gallery in Quezon City on November 23, 2019. The exhibit features 5 women who lived in different chapters of Philippine history who fought for their rights. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News