The Philippine Embassy in Berlin, in partnership with Berlin-based Filipino talent pool TALENTO, hosted a cultural evening entitled Alab: Take a Bow against VAW (Violence Against Women) on 12 December 2018, the final day of the 18-day Campaign to End VAW celebrated across the Philippines.

In her opening remarks, Charge d'Affaires Lillibeth V. Pono cited a Philippine Statistics Authority survey in 2017, which revealed that up to 1 in 3 Filipino women has experienced physical, sexual, or emotional violence committed by their husband or partner. In line with the theme of this year's campaign A VAW-free community starts with me, she gave examples of what we, as individuals, can do to help combat the VAW epidemic. She highlighted the power of art to counter the blunt force of violence.

Alab showcased the works of visual artists Isa Tabasuares, Krisanta Caguioa-MAlnnich and Rowena Dufale-Borsich. It also featured short documentaries by filmmakers Michaela Lola Abrera and Kay AbaAo, and a recorded performance by dancer Izah Jeandelle Hankammer. During the program, Catherine Abon read beautiful and empowering poems which included renowned American poet Maya Angelous Still I Rise. Tenor Jose Mari Rubio sang Ryan Cayabyabs Iniibig Kita, while acoustic singer Carlo Thelmo delivered a pop medley and Ed Sheerans Perfect.

Afterwards, the audience, composed of Filipino graduate students, young professionals and second generation Filipino-Germans, as well as their German and other foreign friends, were treated to a sumptuous Filipino salu-salo. The Embassy conducted a trivia game on important Filipino women in history and current affairs after which the mic was opened for performances by the guests.

Alab documentaries and artworks may be viewed at the Philippine Embassy on Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 4pm until 28 December 2018, except on holidays. END

Source: Embassy of Philippines, Berlin

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