Zonta Club of Cebu II Illuminates Women’s Issues through “Women ARTivism”

CEBU CITY – The Zonta Club of Cebu II brought attention to women’s issues through a unique artistic production called “Women ARTivism” (Art + Activism). This event, held on the lawn of Oakridge Garden Plaza in Mandaue City at sunset on November 26, 2023, was a major activity to commemorate the 18 Days of Activism against gender-based violence.

Sarah Mae Enclona-Henderson, chair of Women ARTivism 2023, described the event as a celebration of the beauty and strength of empowered women through a blend of art and activism. The production used the performing arts to convey powerful messages about various advocacies, including songs, dance, poetry, and monologues that amplify women’s voices.

“The performing arts can inspire transformational change among the audience. We hope attendees of Women ARTivism will resonate with our advocacies. Women can use their art to send a powerful message without taking to the streets,” Henderson stated.

The event addressed gender issues such as climate change, women empowerment, gender-based violence, and the life of activists.

Key performances included three monologues: “Ang Rebolusyon Nagpuyo sa Akong Lawas” by Riza Binarao, Ami Lavadia, and Richel Ann Basiga; “Woman” by Sheng Pestaňo Gemperoa; and “Movie Stars” by Charlene Virlouvet, which highlighted the effects of climate change.

“Say Her Name,” a tribute to female performing artists who fought for women’s rights, was performed by Chona Tremedal, Marilou Cañizares, Flor Miel, Mildred Simolde, Hazel Espina, and Betty Veloso. The 2TinCans Theatre Company presented a dramatic reading of “Trafficking.”

Musical performances included Apple Abarquez’s rendition of “Fight Song,” and Mikee Amagsila, Richel Basiga, and Davelyn Cuenco’s performances of “Stand Up for Love” and the “Strong Women Anthem” mashup featuring “Power/Born This Way/Edge of Glory.”

The audience also witnessed a short play, “Mga Misteryo sa Kinabuhi ni Maria,” and the University of the Philippines Sayaw Evolution’s contemporary dance piece “Babayeng Mag-uuma, Pangunahing Pwersa,” a protest against land industrialization and militarization.

Henderson noted that the human trafficking piece was based on real-life stories from interviews with trafficking survivors in Cebu.

The goal of Women ARTivism was to use various stage art forms to touch the hearts of the audience, fostering empathy and commitment to help end all forms of violence against women and children.

(Photos: Zonta Club of Cebu II/Robby Alugar)
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