Party on the weekend for a cause.
Local artists are coming together for the “Alab ng Puso” concert on the eve of International Human Rights Day to celebrate human rights and dignity in the country.
Happening on December 9 at the Time Square Food Park in Araneta Center, Cubao, the show is one of the three activities lined up for the Active Vista Human Rights Festival. A Human Rights fair and a 12-hour bike ride in Quezon City will culminate the activities.
Performing at the concert are OPM artists Sandwich, Tanya Markova, IV of Spades, Noel Cabangon, Bras Pas Pas Pas Pas, Gary Granada, Aia De Leon, Flying Ipis, Cooky Chua, BLKD, Bayang Barrios and Naliyagan Band, Oh! Flamingo and Ourselves the Elves.
Alfonso Manalastas and Juan Miguel Severo will also perform spoken word poetry pieces for the crowd.
The best part: there is no entrance fee. Anyone can come and enjoy the music surrounded by good food.
The past year has been plagued with issues of human rights violation, particularly in the current administration’s war on drugs. Often described as “bloody”, the fight against illegal drugs has earned the country a lot of concern and attention from the local and international community. Various groups estimated the death tally from 3,900 (Philippine National Police claim) to 13,000 (human rights group claim) alleged drug pushers and users.
According to the World Report 2017 released by the Human Rights Watch, other key issues on human rights in the Philippines in 2017 include the rights of indigenous peoples, violations of reproductive health rights, child labor, and stigma and discrimination related to the HIV/AIDS crisis.
Alab ng Puso and the rest of the activities are organized by DAKILA – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism, a non-government organization of “artists, students and individuals committed to advocating social consciousness formation among both their industry peers and their immediate audiences,” and Active Vista, a human rights education platform utilizing films “to empower audiences in bringing about relevant social change.”
Photo from DAKILA