Move to MOB goes to Elbi

by: Ladylove May Baurile and Easter Paz Issa Paulmanal

with reports from: Julianne Marie Leybag

UPLB community led by the Gabriela Youth of UPLB and other organizations danced on Carabao Park to support the campaign for reduction of violence against women. (photo by: LMBaurile)

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”.

The Vice Chairperson of Gabriela, Gertudes Libangon, explains to the UPLB community the different incidents of violence against women as part of their campaign. (photo by: LMBaurile)

“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.

Students, teachers and other constituents of UPLB did the flash mob presentation at the Carabao Park earlier this afternoon. (photo by: LMBaurile)