Following the burial of Ferdinand Marcos in the Heroes Cemetery in Manila, Philippines, last November 18, 2016, members of the UBC Philippine Studies Series (PSS) gathered to discuss possible actions of protest that could be held within the university. The “Padasal Para sa mga Pinatay Ni Marcos” emerged as the UBC PSS’s response to the surprise burial of the late dictator. The “Padasal” was performed at the UBC Liu Institute on November 21 by members of the PSS and guests from the Filipino-Canadian community.
Co-written by UBC poets Karla Lenina Comanda (UBC Main) and Rina Garcia Chua (UBC Okanagan), The “Padasal” is a reformulation of the prayers recited and performed in the Philippines to honour the departed. But the late dictator is not among our beloved, and the UBC PSS firmly believes that he does not deserve to be laid to rest with the rest of the Philippines’ real heroes. Therefore, in the “Padasal,” the ills and excesses of the Marcoses are recited, while the names and courage of those killed, tortured to death, and disappeared, during the Martial Law period in the Philippines are repeatedly invoked. By remembering the names of the martyrs of Martial Law, we seek to re-inscribe into our memory the sacrifices they have done, so that our will for action may be strengthened and our commitment to continue the struggle may be re-affirmed.
The following resources for the “Padasal Para sa mga Pinatay Ni Marcos” are free for use and open source. This means anyone or any group who/which would like to perform that Padasal may use these resources or revise and translate them as they deem fit, but in accordance with the purposes of the idea behind the conceptualization of this project: to honour the victims of Martial Law, and; to express outrage against the continuing arrogance and despotism of the Marcoses.
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