UP Cebu students hold activities to mark martial law anniversary

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STUDENTS of the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu are hopeful that people, particularly the youth, will be enlightened about the real facts of martial law amid the ongoing distortion of history.

Mavy Avila, one of the organizers of the activities commemorating the 50th anniversary of the declaration of martial law on Sept. 21, told SunStar Cebu on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, that the university has run the event since 2017.

Activities like “Parlor Fest: Fact-checking Edition” and “Fact-checking Workshop” were held on the opening day, Sept. 19.

Avila said all activities are held inside the university and are open to the public.

He said members of the audience can interact during the activities.

Avila said the theme for this year’s event is “Fool’s Gold: Debunking the Myth of the Golden Age.”

Avila said they organized the activities to debunk misinformation fueled by pro-Marcos partisans.

He said they hope that people, particularly the participants, will make informed decisions and will be more involved in the country’s socio-political situation.

The activities will run until Sept. 25.

These include the Paminsar Forum: “Ang Tahas sa Edukasyon Taliwala sa Disimpormasyon ug Represyon,” which was held on Sept. 20, at the Performing Arts Hall; and the by-invitation SunStar Cebu-organized forum for the 30th Cebu Press Freedom Week – “Reaching Out To Future Journalists: ‘Truth or Dare’” on Sept. 21 at the Performing Arts Hall.

Also on Sept. 21, the 1081 Exhibit will open at the Jose Joya Gallery at 1 p.m. Then the launch of the book, “Martial Law in Cebu - Stories of Life and Struggle During the Marcos Dictatorship,” will take place at the Performing Arts Hall at 2:30 p.m.

Every 4 p.m. from Sept. 22 to 25, the film about the Marcos dictatorship will be shown at the Performing Arts Hall.

The Parlor Fest: Fact-checking Edition ends on Sept. 23, 3 p.m., at the Jose Joya Gallery, while the 1081 Exhibit closes on Sept. 25, at 4 p.m., also at the Jose Joya Gallery.