by: Ladylove May Baurile and Easter Paz Issa Paulmanal
with reports from: Julianne Marie Leybag
As of 4:00 pm today, the UPLB community participated in Move to MOB at the Carabao Park. It is part of the international campaign of Ms. Eve Ensler of the Vagina Monologues production, actor-director Ms. Monique Wilson and the Center for Women’s Resources (CWR) to end violence against women.
Move to MOB includes series of fora and photo exhibits about cybercrime. Earlier, performances from different organizations and students, photo exhibits of violence against women and testimonials from organizers were showcased.
According to Maria Helen Dayo, director of UPLB Gender Center, the event was conducted to “harness light-minded people to really rise up against women violence”.
“Pumunta ako siyempre para suportahan yung advocacy nila… dahil alam naman natin na sa kasalukuyan, babae at saka bata ang inaabuso…,” said student Don Castillo.
Included also in the event was the testimonial letter from the parents of Given Grace Cebanico, a UPLB student killed last year. “Hindi lang wakasan , kung hindi bigyan ng hustisya,” said GABRIELA Vice Chairperson Gertudes Libangon in her speech.
The highlight of the event was the Flash Mob, done for the first time in the UPLB campus. “I think that dancing is a stronger expression of feelings of support compared to just bursting out,” shared UPLB student Lauren Raquel.
The event is a preparation for “One Billion Rising” global campaign on February 14, 2013.