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Mga pelikulang mapagpalaya: ang 20 pelikula ng Cinemalaya

Sa panahon ngayon kung saan unti-unti nang nawawala ang laya natin para makita ang realidad, palayain ang sarili gamit ang mga kwentong pupukaw sa inyong kamalayan.

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Sa panahon ngayon kung saan unti-unti nang nawawala ang laya natin para makita ang realidad, palayain ang sarili gamit ang mga kwentong pupukaw sa inyong kamalayan.

Hango sa temang “Wings of Vision,” hatid ng ika-14 na taon ng Cinemalaya ang 10 full-length na pelikula at 10 maiikling pelikula na magiging kabilang sa paligsahan ngayong taon. Iisa man ang temang tinahak, malugod nitong ipriniprisinta ang mga palabas na iba-iba ang dyanra at paksang tinatalakay.

Bilang na lang ang araw upang mapanood ang mga pelikulang kabilang dito. Huwag palampasin ang pagkakataon!

Narito ang listahan ng maari niyong mapanood hanggang sa Linggo.

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1. Distance ni Percival Intalan

100 na minuto | Drama | PG

Sa kalabisan ng pighati’t lumbay, susubukan ni Liza (Iza Calzado) na bumalik sa pamilyang kaniyang inabandona nang limang taon. Paano nga ba nito muling makukuha ang loob ng kaniyang asawa’t dalawang anak? Sa kabila ng distansyang namumutawi sa loob ng silid, sisikaping punan ni Liza ang kaniyang mga pagkukulang bilang isang asawa’t ina.

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2. Kung Paano Hinihintay Ang Dapithapon (Waiting for Sunset) ni Carlo Encisco Catu

90 na minuto | Drama | PG

Hindi tulad ng ibang magkasintahan, si Teresa (Perla Bautista)  at ang kanyang live-in partner na si Celso (Menggie Cobbarubias)  ay may katandaan na. Sa gulang na tila napaglipasan na ng panahon, pinipilit ng dalawa na payabungin ang kanilang pagsasama upang hindi makaramdam ng pananawa. Ngunit, isang gabi nakatanggap ng tawag si Teresa mula sa kanyang dating asawa na si Benedicto (Dante Rivero) na may malubhang sakit at humihingi ng kalinga.

Sa muling pagkukrus ng nakaraan at kasalukuyang pag-ibig, paano nga ba dadalhin ng katauhan ni Teresa ang ibinigay ng tadhana? Sa kanilang paghihintay sa dapithapon, magkakaroon pa rin kaya ng puwang ang pagmamahal at pagpapatawad?

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3. Kuya Wes ni James Robin Mayo

90 na minuto | Komedya | G

Gagampanan ni Ogie Alcasid ang katauhan ni Kuya Wes – isang masigasig at may pagkamahiyaing ‘remmitance clerk’ na ramdam ang pagkawalan ng importansya mula sa kaniyang kapatid na si Raf at sa pamilya nito. Nasasalat lamang niya ang halaga sa kaniyang trabaho, lalo na’t buwanan ang pagbisita ni Erika (Ina Raymundo) rito – ang customer na kaniyang natitipuhan. Ngunit, sa ‘di inaasahang pangyayari, hiniwalayan si Erika ng kaniyang asawang nasa ibang bansa.

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4. Liway ni Kip Oebanda

100 na minuto | Drama | PG

Hango mismo sa kuwento ng direktor noong kapanahunan ng Martial Law, ang “Liway” ay umiikot sa karakter ni Day (Glaiza de Castro) – isang butihing inang handang protektahan ang kaniyang anak na si Dakip mula sa mabagsik na realidad ng kanilang mundong ginagalawan.

Ang mag-asawang si Day at Ric, kasama ang anak nilang si Dakip, ay naninirahan sa Camp Delgado – isang seldang para sa mga rebelde’t kriminal na nakapaloob sa isang kampong pangmilitar. Sa gitna ng mga paghihirap nila sa kulungan, ipinagkalooban ni Day ang kaniyang anak ng mga kanta’t mapanlikhang kwento – mawalay lamang ito sa mga traumatikong pangyayari kanilang dinaranas.

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5. Mamang ni Denise O’hara

90 na minuto | Komedya & Drama | PG

Dulot ng katandaan, si Mamang, kaagapay ang kanyang anak na si Ferdie, ay lumalaban sa sakit na dementia. Hindi nagtagal, lumala ang kondisyon nito at hindi na matukoy ang pinagkaiba ng realidad mula sa memorya ng nakaraan.

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6. ML ni Benedict Mique

90 na minuto | Suspense Thriller | R-16

Dahil sa pagtatanggol ni Carlo sa Martial Law, hinamon siya ng kanyang guro upang patunayan ang kanyang pahayag. Sa paghahanap ng kasagutan, kasama ang kanyang kasintahan at kaibigan, nakilala nila ang isang matandang retiradong sundalo na magiging daan sa pagtuklas sa katotohanan. Mananatili pa kaya ang magandang pagtingin ni Carlo matapos ang lahat?

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7. Musmos na Sumibol sa Gubat ng Digma (Unless the Water is Safer than the Land) ni Lionel Arondaing

105 na minuto | Social Drama |G

Sa kabila ng hidwaan na nagmula sa kultura, nagtapo ang landas ng dalawang bata mula sa magkaibang angkan. Sa loob ng pitong araw pinili nila na tumira sa gitna ng kagubatan upang makatakas gulo. At sa mga ng pamamalagi sumibol ang pagmamahal at pagkakaibigan.

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8. Pan de Salawal (The Sweet taste of Salted Bread and Undies) ni Anna Francesca Espiritu

100 na minuto | Drama | G

Ang bawat araw ay isang malaking dagok para sa mga taong nakatira malapit sa riles, kabilang na dito si Sal. Si Sal ay 78-anyos na panaderong may sakit sa bato. Dahil sa kanyang malubhang karamdaman, binalak nitong magpasagasa sa tren. Ngunit sa pagdating ni Aguy, isang bibong bata, nag-iba ang lahat. Sa hindi mapaliwanang na rason, ang bata ay kayang magpagaling ng may karamdaman sa pamamagitan ng sampal o suntok. Marami sa lugar na iyon ang natulungan ni Aguy, maliban na lang kay Sal. Sa paglala ng sakit ng panadero, nagdesisyon si Aguy na gawin ang pinakamasakit na sakripisyo para sa kaibigang tinuring siyang anak.

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9. School Service ni Luisito Ignacio

95 na minuto | Social Drama | R-13

Sa libo-libong mga bata na nagkalat sa lansangan ng Maynila, anu-ano kayang mga kwento ang hatid ng bawat isa?

Si Maya, isang walong-taong-gulang na bata sa probinsya, ay tinatahak ang daan mula eskuwela patungo sa kaniyang bahay. Habang naglalakad, isang ‘School Service’, na sa hindi inaakalang pagkakatao’y mga sindikato pala, ang nagpumilit na siya’y ihatid na pauwi. Hatid ng kamusmusan, si Maya – kasama ang iba pang mga inosenteng bata – ay itinapon sa Maynila upang mamalimos kung saan-saan. Maatim pa kaya ni Maya ang mangarap para sa kaniyang kinabukasan? Madadakot pa kaya nito ang kalayaan bilang biktima ng ‘School Service’?

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10. The Lookout ni Afi Africa

105 na minuto | Psycho-Drama | PG

Sa mundo kung saan talamak ang panghuhusga’t panunupil, nariyan si Lester Quiambao (Andres Vasquez) – isang baklang ‘hired killer’. Bata pa lamang, inihubog na ng kaniyang relasyon sa mga mapang-abusong tao ang kaniyang puso na ngayo’y puno nang hinagpis at kabuhungan. Upang makaganti sa masalimuot na nakaraan nito, kakailanganin niyang pagtaksilan si Travis Concepcion (Jay Garcia) – ang lalaking kaniyang minamahal. Magawa nga kaya ni Lester na talurisain ang kaniyang minamahal? O mahahadlangan ito ng kaniyang pag-ibig para kay Travis?

SHORT FEATURE

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1. Si Astra Maka Si Tambulah (Astri and Tambulah) ni Xeph Suarez

18 na minuto | Fiction, Drama | PG

Sa isang pag-iibigan, paano nga bang maaring hadlangan ng tradisyon ang pagmamahalan ng isang lalaking cisgender at isang transwoman mula sa tribo ng Badjao? Bukod sa pag-ibig at tradisyon, ayon sa may akda, nais din ng pelikula na ipakita ang iba pang suliranin na kinakaharap ng komunidad ng LGBT.

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2. Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month ni Carlo Francisco Mantad

13 na minuto | Dark Comedy | R-13

Ang dedikasyon ni Jodilerks sa kanyang trabaho ay hindi matatawaran ngunit dahil sa nagbabadyang pagsara ng gasolinahan, ang trabahong kanyang nakagisnan ay mawawala na. Paano nga bang haharapin ni Jodilerks ang kanyang huling gabi bilang gas station attendant?

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3. Logro ni Kani Villaflor

15 na minuto | Drama | PG

Sawa na sa pagtrato’t sahod na natatanggap sa isang karinderya, tatahakin ni Bruno ang mundo ng “Underground Fighting” sa kabila ng pagiging pandak upang mapanalunan ang premyo’t makamit ang kaniyang ambisyon sa buhay. Mapagtagumpayan kaya ito ni Bruno? O tuluyan na lamang lilimitahan ng mapanghusgang lipunan ang kaniyang mga pangarap para sa sarili?

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4. Sa Saiyang Isla (In his Island) ni Christian Candelaria

20 na minuto | Drama | G

Sa kabila ng pagdurusa ng mga mangingisda sa nararanasang oil spill, may isang batang lalaki ang magbibigay ng galak sa madla sa pamamagitan ng kanyang mga kwento at pangarap na maging sirena.

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5. Nangungupahan (Who Rents there now?) ni Glenn Barit

12 na minuto | Drama, Family, Experimental | G

Tinatalakay nito ang bawat istoryang nakatatak sa isipan ng mga nanirahan sa isang kuwarto sa magkakaibang panahon. Bagamat nanirahan sa magkaparehong silid, iba-iba ang naging pamumuhay ng mga ito. Sa pamamagitan ng paghahabi ng kanilang mga alaala sa kuwartong iyon, sa huli ay mapagtatantong hindi lamang espasyo ang kanilang ibinahagi sa isa’t isa, bagkus, gayundin ang mga memoryang isa-isa nilang itinatak sa espayong iyon.

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6. You, Me and Mr. Wiggles ni Jay Velasco

19 na minuto | Drama, Comedy, Experimental | R-18

Kung kailan tila magkasundo’t magkatugma na para sa isa’t isa, susubukin ng tadhana ang relasyon nina Carlo at Anj sa pamamagitan ng isang gabi. Isang gabing may hatid na sorpresa’t balakid sa pagtatalik ng magkasintahan. Ituloy pa kaya ni Anj ang kaniyang relasyon kay Carlo gayong alam na niyang ito’y may ‘erectile dysfunction’? O tuluyan na kayang manlambot ang pagsasama ng dalawa?

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7. Babylon ni Keith Deligero

20 na minuto | Drama, Comedy, Satire | R -13

Upang magawa ang misyon na patayin ang diktador, kinakailangan ng dalawang batang babae na maglakbay sa ibang panahon. Sa paglipat ng panibagong dimensyon, makakaranas ang dalawa ng mga kakaibang pangyayari tulad ng pagsasalita ng mga tandang at iba pa.

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8. Kiko ni Jojo Driz

19:33 na minuto | Drama | R-16

Ang pagiging matanda at bulag ay hindi naging hadlang kay Kiko upang buhayin ang kanyang mga mahal sa buhay. Sa pamamagitan ng pagiging labandera, nasusuportahan nito ang kanyang ampon na si Ton-ton at ang lalaking kaniyang minamahal na si Rex.

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9. Siyudad sa Bulawan (City of Gold)  ni Jarell Serencio

15:16 na minuto | Drama | G

Ang magkakapatid na sina Yoyong, Abet, at Darwin ay papasukin ang madilim na kuweba ng Mt. Diwalwal sa Compostella Valley upang magmina ng ginto. Sa kabila ng panganib na dala ng iba pang mga nagmimina, maglalakas loob ang mga musmos na ito makapag-aral lamang at makaangat sa hirap ng buhay. Gaya ng kanilang minimina, kuminang naman kaya ang kanilang kinabukasan? O mawawalan na lamang sila ng pag-asa gaya ng gintong unti-unti nilang inuubos sa bundok?

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10. Yakap (Embrace) ni Mika Fabella at Rafael Froilan

6 na minuto | Drama, Experimental | G

Nakaratay sa kama, isang babae ang kinakapusan na nang hininga. Sa nalalapit niyang pagpanaw, unti-unti niyang binibisita ang mga gunitain ng mga alaalang ‘di malilimutan. Kaakibat nito’y ang paglitaw ng isang lalaking pamilyar ang mukha na tila kaniyang tagapagsundo. Handa na kaya itong yakapin ang katotohanang kaniya nang lilisanin ang mundong ibabaw?

 

Ang mga Full Length at Short Features ay mapapanuod sa Cultural Center of the Philippines, Glorietta, Greenbelt 1, Trinoma, UP Town Center, at Legazpi City.  Bisitahin ang website ng Cinemalaya  http://www.cinemalaya.org/ upang makita ang iba pang detalye.

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Pride Month Playlist: The Welcome Party

You’re invited to The Welcome Party.

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This 2020, we won’t be able to attend the iconic Metro Manila Pride March because of the pandemic. Soon, we’ll be able to step out of the door to see and hug the people that makes us who we are. We’ll celebrate our identity and our triumphs and I’m sure, it’ll be a wild party. In the meantime, let’s celebrate the party in our homes as we welcome the newest members of the community and to commemorate the month of Pride.

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#DefendPressFreedom: A War Cry Against Impunity and Disinformation

From ineffective COVID-19 cures, to conspiracy theories, to deliberate propagation of fake news and propaganda, the wave of misinformation and disinformation can claim lives. Without press freedom, we would succumb to this second pandemic.

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May 3 is the celebration of the World Press Freedom Day, a day that serves as a reminder for people, especially governments to respect press freedom. This year, the theme for this celebration is “Journalism without Fear or Favor,” highlighting journalists’ need to freely do their jobs, especially during a global pandemic.

May 5, two days after World Press Freedom Day, is the day that ABS-CBN went off-air due to. National Telecommunications Commision’s (NTC) cease and desist order a day after its franchise ends. It is also the day when a radio broadcaster was slain in Dumaguete City, making him the 1616th journalist killed under the Duterte Administration.

#DefendPressFreedom has been trending on social media due to the shutdown of ABS-CBN and the killing of radio broadcaster Rex Cornelio. The hashtag was used to support the free press, and decry the attacks against the media and media practitioners aiming to silence them. While many people support #DefendPressFreedom, many still do not understand the concept of press freedom, even going as far as saying that the law is above the freedom of the press. 

However, #DefendPressFreedom goes beyond being just a hashtag or a trend.

Iron grip on media

Martial Law is a time of countless cases of corruption and human rights violations, and the press is not excluded in the abuses of power of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, who held the Philippine media in his iron grip.

After the declaration of Martial Law through Proclamation 1081,  Ferdinand Marcos released Letter of Instruction 1, or the military  “take over and control”  of “newspapers, magazines, radio and television facilities and all other media of communications.” The reason behind the media takeover is to prevent involvement of media outlets with the Communists. Media outlets affected include ABS-CBN, Channel 5 (now TV5), Manila Daily Bulletin (now Manila Bulletin) Manila Times, and others.

With most of the media outlets closed or under strict government monitoring and censorship, critics of the Marcos administration were arrested. Several journalists like Joaquin ‘Chino’ Roces, Teodoro Locsin Sr., and others were detained. Media was also heavily censored and needs to be approved by the Department of Public Information.

Several laws such as  the Presidential Decrees 33, 36, and 90 were passed, placing the Philippine media into further chokehold.

Loosening chokehold?

After the People Power Revolution, the iron chokehold on the media began to loosen.

Press freedom has been written in the Bill of Rights, specifically in the Article III Section 4 of the 1987 Constitution. According to it,  “no law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances.” 

While the situation of the Philippine media became better, there are still attacks to the press coming from the government in the form of criticisms and  lawsuits from previous Presidents. There are also cases of media killings. As of 2018, 185 journalists. were killed since 1986 according to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.

In March 1999, former president Joseph Ejercito Estrada sued The Manila Times over a story about government corruption on public works contracts. The Manila Times issued a front-page apology, prompting some of the  editors and writers to resign in protest.

The former president also prompted an ad boycott on Philippine Daily Inquirer. Estrada has criticized the newspaper for being biased after covering several government scandals.

The Arroyo administration also had several cases of lawsuits against journalists. According to Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, first gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo has filed 50 lawsuits against 46 journalists for writing articles about his alleged crimes.The lawsuits were eventually dropped in 2007.

It is also in the time of the Arroyo administration when the Maguindanao Massacre happened. This event is considered as the world’s single deadliest attack on journalists in history, with 32 journalists killed out of 58 victims. Although a verdict has been passed, there are still around 80 suspects at large according to the Human Rights Watch. 

The Strongman versus the Media

Recently, the 2018 Time Magazine article depicting Pres. Rodrigo Duterte as a strongman. A strongman is described as an authoritarian leader with a heavy reliance on the military. Duterte denounced the strongman label, but he cannot denounce the actions that he had done, especially his  attacks on the press.

In March 2017, Duterte threatened several media outlets, namely ABS-CBN and Philippine Daily Inquirer over “rude” reports against him. Duterte said that “karma” will come someday.

Another media outlet that has been on the receiving end of Duterte’s tirades against the media in the news site Rappler. The news isie is known for its critical reporting on the Duterte administration, and has been plagued by attacks both from pro-Duterte blogs and  Duterte himself. 

In Duterte’s State of the Nation Address in 2017, he accused Rappler of being “fully owned” by Americans, which violates foreign ownership restrictions on the media. In January 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revoked Rappler’s license to operate over violation of the Constitution and Anti-Dummy Law. Duterte also banned Rappler from covering Malacañang in February 2018. Duterte himself banned Rappler reporter Pia Ranada, as well as Rappler CEO Maria Ressa from entering Malacañang. Maria Ressa was also arrested for cyber libel in February over a 2012 article on Wilfredo Keng. She was arrested again in March 2019 for violation of foreign ownership.

Duterte is said to have a personal vendetta on ABS-CBN due to an ad broadcasted on the network showing Duterte cursing and saying rape jokes. The ad was paid for by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV. He also accused the network of not showing the campaign ads that he paid for back in 2016. ABS-CBN President and CEO Carlo Katigbak clarified that the campaign ads were shown, but some local ads worth 7 million were not shown due to airtime shortage.

Also in 2019, Duterte’s attacks continued and he once said that he will block the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise. 

In February 2020, Solicitor General filed a quo-warranto petition against ABS-CBN on the grounds of foreign ownership, labor conditions, unpaid taxes, and issues on Kapamilya Box Office (KBO) and TV Plus. 

The network responded to the allegations in a hearing on February 24, 2020. In terms of foreign ownership, SEC Commissioner Ephyro Amatong said that the Philippine Depository Receipts, which Calida said is a form of foreign ownership, is not a certificate of ownership. The Bureau of Internal Revenue also said that  ABS-CBN has no unpaid taxes and has complied with the tax requirement of the government. The network also said that the Department of Labor and Employment cleared the network for their compliance on labor laws, and said that the network does not practice contractualization. The network was also cleared on the pay-per-view issue on KBO and TV Plus, and if there are penalties, NTC can just fine the network instead of a shutdown.

The network was allowed to operate until May 4. NTC said that it will give ABS-CBN provisional authority as the network’s franchise renewal is in progress. However on May 3, Calida pressured the NTC by saying that the department could face charges under Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act if NTC gives ABS-CBN provisional authority. Two days later, NTC issued a cease and desist order on ABS-CBN due to its expired franchise. ABS-CBN. went off-air at 7:52 p.m..

More than a hashtag

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said that there is a “second pandemic” spreading as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads: the pandemic of misinformation. From ineffective COVID-19 cures, to conspiracy theories, to deliberate propagation of fake news and propaganda, the wave of misinformation and disinformation can claim lives. Without press freedom, we would succumb to this second pandemic.

Press freedom is necessary, with or without a global crisis. The press is the eyes of the masses. They are the watchdogs of the government, watching for corruption and injustices. They are the lenses that capture the society and its problems, bringing it to light for people to do something about these problems. They are also our frontliners in this global pandemic, reporting correct guidelines and calling out inaction when necessary. In short, taking away press freedom is like stripping a nation of its right to know and to be aware.

#DefendPressFreedom goes beyond a mere trend or a hashtag. It is a war cry against forces trying to silence the press to cover its wrongdoings and inactions, an advocacy promoting the right of every citizen to be aware, a simple message to the people spreading the culture of impunity that we won’t back down in this fight. As a popular protest sign says, “First they came for the journalists. This is a warning that we need to defend the free press”.

If we lose our press freedom, we will never know what happens next.

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TUBAW’s Kalinow: The Soundtrack of a Revolution

No emotion is more intense than the pain that the masses feel amidst the numerous challenges in our country. The TUBAW Music Collective aims to capture the dreams, struggles, and triumphs of the masses through their music. 

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They say that art is at its best when driven by intense emotions. No emotion is more intense than the pain that the masses feel amidst the numerous challenges in our country. The TUBAW Music Collective aims to capture the dreams, struggles, and triumphs of the masses through their music. 

Being a citizen of our country is a challenge in itself. From the persistent traffic, mind-boggling taxes, poor healthcare, and high living costs, the “Filipino Dream” is bleaker than its foreign counterpart. Life has it worse for indigenous communities in our country with capitalism exploiting their non-conformity to the urban lifestyle, taking away homes, education, and livelihood from these communities. The cherry on top of this burdensome cake is the continued dominance of officials who offer scraps in their term after promising the world during their campaign periods.

These struggles are what the TUBAW Music Collective aspires to shed light on with their music. TUBAW or Tubong Mindanaw, Tulong Mindanao Music Collective are a group of musicians who produce and perform songs dedicated to the working class since 2016. In their Artist’s Bio, it states that it is their goal to inspire the younger generation “to take part in achieving just and lasting peace.” They have notably shown support for the causes of saving Lumad schools with their album PARAGAS: Mga Awit ng Pag-ibig, Pakikibaka, at Pagsulong. Their music can be heard on streaming services such as Spotify with their 2nd album Kalinow available on the platform.

Kalinow can also be downloaded for free by visiting their Facebook page here. The album features 12 tracks that communicate their advocacy and ignites the passion to seek for change.

Kapayapaan

Opening the album, this song immediately captures the vibe of its namesake. Using instrumentals that bring you back to the peaceful beaches, it conveys the message of finding the root of war and resolving it to achieve peace. It directly calls out aspects that ails our current society, such as the dependence on foreign aid and disrespect towards human rights. 

Misyonero

Following the first song, this song gets the ball rolling with its introductory lines. It calls for the masses to take part in the lifestyle of the communities in the mountains and stand by them to fight for their land. It takes the energy from the first song and takes it up a notch to get its message across. 

Bayani

Taking a more somber tone, this track is a departure from the rather direct message from the previous two tracks. The song gives thanks to a hero/heroes and proclaims the inspiration that they have provided. Once again, it focuses on one central message: fighting for peace in the entire country.

Tuloy Ang Laban

Picking up the energy once again, this song aims to serve as a battle cry. It places emphasis on the current issues today, particularly with promised changes that have done little to ease the real problems of the country. As the title suggests, there is power behind each lyric that is meant to rile up the listeners.

Paasa

The next track takes humorous instrumentals with melancholic lyrics. Keeping with the central message of the album, the persistence of killings and the absence of actual help. As the title suggests, it pertains mainly to false promises of change and how injustices keep the masses down.

Tala

This song is an ode to the working class in our country. It carries an uplifting tone meant to encourage and brighten their advocacies. This song echoes the same vibe as Bayani where it serves as a tribute more than anything else.

Ngayong Gabi

A departure from the nationalistic themes of the prior tracks, this aims to tell a love story. This could be considered the “pop anthem” track of this album, showcasing simple elements to place emphasis on the lyrics and the vocals of the singers. It’s a beautiful song that brings hope and love in its lyrics.

Alab

Another departure from the usual style of previous tracks, deviating from the instruments and musical theme that the prior songs took on. Nonetheless, this track makes its statement clear: igniting the passion for justice, truth, and peace. 

Paper Tiger

Concluding the album, this song from its introductory instrumentals sends a message of calm defiance. The only song in English in the entire album, this song sends a particular message of defiance towards the killings in broad daylight. It sends a message of defiance towards the robbery of land and the arson of properties such as schools and homes. The closing track for Kalinow is brooding, passionate towards achieving justice and peace for the entire country.

Kalinow does not only send messages through its tracks, but the entire album itself paints a narrative. It calls for defiance against injustices and empowers the voice of those who shed light on these injustices. The strong and powerful message is clear from the first track to the album and reiterates it again on the last. Tubaw remains consistent with the core message of their group while also showcasing their talent as a collective.

The musical styles of this album highlights the strong suit of the group. Vocals were never the sole highlight but rather the entire song as a whole. The arrangements make each song appropriate for a soundtrack of an equally strong revolution-themed film or play. They tell a narrative through their music and whether it serves as an accompaniment to a bigger form of media or standing on its own as an album, it inspires vigilance and deflates conformity.

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