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Start Time:
Friday, December 4, 2009 at 8:00pm
End Time:
Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 9:30pm
Off Market Theater
965 Mission St. #250
San Francisco, CA

The Babae Ensemble Presents…
Pinay Stories
Connection, Memory, Roots

An evening of original written work, theater, and performance by an all-Filipina cast.
Stories that will inspire, empower, and uplift you.

Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5
8pm show; doors open at 7:30pm

Off Market Theater
965 Mission St. #250
San Francisco, CA 94104

$12 admission
For tickets, visit

Pinay Stories is a national cultural arts project of GABRIELA USA that centers on collecting creative efforts of Filipino women in the United States reflecting their life stories, journeys and current lives.

Babae (Tagalog for “woman”) is a grassroots and volunteer-based organization of Filipina women in San Francisco dedicated to supporting and empowering Pinays through critical education, leadership development, and community building. We are committed to taking up local and global struggles, immediate and long-term concerns of our communities, especially those directly impacting Filipino women. As part of the Philippine women’s movement for self-determination, we are committed to working towards a future of real sisterhood and international solidarity, true gender equality and opportunity for all women, and genuine sovereignty and democracy in our homeland. |

GABRIELA National Alliance of Women is a grassroots-based alliance of more than 200 organizations, institutions, desks and programs of women all over the Philippines seeking to wage a struggle for the liberation of all oppressed Filipino women and the rest of our people. GABRIELA-USA is the first overseas chapter of the Philippine-based organization, extending the Filipino womens mass movement to the United States.

photo by Aurora Victoria David

International Day of the Disappeared

Press Release Sunday, August 30, 2009


Princess Bustos

Secretary General

San Francisco- Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (SF CHRP)

From the heart of San Francisco to Palestine, Iraq, Mexico, and the Philippines

SF-CHRP linked arms with allies from various communities for the International Day of the Disappeared.

The San Francisco chapter of the Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (SF-CHRP) commemorated the International Day of the Disappeared on Sunday, August 30th 2009 at the Koret Auditorium in the San Francisco Public Library. The event was filled with cultural performances—poetry by Ayla Schoenwald of Break the Seige, Carl Davison, and POETAS POBRE of Poor Magazine; music accompaniment by Diskarte Namin; a skit by POCAT, Poor Magazine and members of SF-CHRP; and an opening ceremony by MIXCOATL. Allies from various communities also shared the struggles in their homeland. In attendance were International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) on Palestine, Iraq Vets Against the War (IVAW), members of SNAG MAGAZINE who recently went on a trip to Palestine, Action and Resistance Collective (ARCO) on Mexico, and Kiilu Nyasha, a Black Panther veteran speaking on the Mumia Abu-Jamal struggle.

Link to photos at event: com/photos/ 23878692@ N07/sets/ 7215762219308597 2/

SF CHRP’s chairperson Angelica Cabande stated that, “it is of utmost importance that we put the issue of human rights violations and enforced disappearances at the forefront of our discussions. Activists are being killed and abducted all over the world, even in our own backyard and we can no longer turn a blind eye and remain silent. We have to condemn these atrocities and seek justice for the victims and their families.”

In the Philippines, the human rights group KARAPATAN documented that under the current President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, 1.7 million people have fallen victim to human rights violations, in forms such as extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, tortures, harassments, illegal arrests and detentions. Recently, a Filipino-American activist, Melissa Roxas was abducted along with two of her companions in La Paz, Tarlac. Roxas was brought to a military camp in Nueva Ecija and was repeatedly tortured. She was later released after much pressure from BAYAN-USA, allies, and friends of Roxas. “The abduction of Melissa Roxas is evident of the current political situation in the Philippines. No one is safe, even a health care volunteer like Melissa Roxas who travels from across the world to help her kababayans is not spared from the repression of the administration,” added Cabande.

Consequently despite international pressure to stop the abductions and political killings, and reports from Amnesty International and U.N. special rapporteur Philip Alston that human rights violations are in fact taking place, the Arroyo-Macapagal administration has made no effort to provide assistance for the families of the victims nor has the administration made any steps to prosecute or question suspected cultprits—elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippines National Police (PNP).

“It is no surprise that the Arroyo-Macapagal administration has continued to dismiss the reports. Once again, she is cheating her way out of accountability like she cheated her way into office during the 2005 presidential elections,” states Cabande.

In addition to the International Day of the Disappeared, Cabande said, “SF-CHRP will continue to educate the public about the human rights situation in the Philippines and lobby against the unconstitutional Visiting Forces Agreement and Balikatan (Shoulder-to-Shoulder) Exercises. We will demand that the Obama administration and the senate stop all U.S. military aid to the Philippines. For this year alone, more than $30 million tax dollars have been allocated and given to the Philippine government despite the cuts in social services here in the U.S. In addition, the Philippine media have reported sightings of U.S. military personnel participating in “anti-terrorism” combat missions in parts of the Philippines, actions which are deemed unconstitutional.”


Click here this —>Kahit Ngayon Lang – Rosas ng Digma

Kahit ngayon, ngayon lang tayo nagkakilala
Ay alam kong matagal na tayong magkasama
Sa isang hangaring marangal
Sa isang digmaang may saysay
Sa isang ugnayang niluwal
Ng isang dakilang pananaw

At kung sakaling magkalayo man sa gawain
Bawat oras ikaw ay lagi kong kapiling
Sa piling ng bawat api
Kasing-tamis mong ngumiti
Sa bawat pagpupunyagi
Kasama sa layang mithi

At hanggang daigdig ay magbago
Ikaw pa rin ay kasama ko
Ang damdamin at layunin
Patuloy na magniningning
At hanggang daigdig ay magbago
Ikaw pa rin ay kasama ko

Kahit saan man may tunggalian at paglaban
Nagtatagpo lakas natin at paninindigan
Sa bisig na nagpapanday
Sa bisig na nagbubungkal
Ng isang bagong kaisipan
Ng isang malayang lipunan

At hanggang daigdig ay magbago
Ikaw pa rin ay kasama ko
Ang damdamin at layunin
Patuloy na magniningning
At hanggang daigdig (hanggang daigdig) ay magbago
Ikaw pa rin ay kasama ko
Ang damdamin (ang damdamin) at layunin
Patuloy na magniningning

Kahit ngayon, ngayon lang tayo nagkakilala


though we have just met,

we have long been together

in a great endeavour,

in a war worth fighting for

in a relationship brought forth

by a great standpoint.

though we may be parted

in the struggle

you are always with me;

I will cherish your sweet smile

as I am with the oppressed

together we shall be

in our struggle for freedom.

as the world turns

you will always be with me

our hope and dreams

will shine through.


there is struggle and conflict

our strength and conviction

will certainly meet

with those who forge

with those who sow

a new thinking

for a free tomorrow.

This song is about two people in love who has to part with one another. They share their struggles and love with what they fight and believe in as they are apart from one another. Cherish the moments they had together with the love for their people to create a new world.

You can here this song here: Tabak-Bayan Bayan Ko
Bayan Bayan Ko
TABAK 20uno: Ating h(I)storya by TABAK-Baguio

[Koro] (Chorus)
Bayan bayan ko (my motherland/nation)
Gumising ka (wake up)
Ang kalayaan mo’y inagaw na (your freedom was taken/stolen)
Taong bayan (people of the motherland/nation)
Kumilos ka at sama-sama (let’s take action and do it together)
Sa pag-alsa (for the revolution)

Walang magbubulag-bulagan (no one will be blind)
Walang magbibingi-bingihan (no one will be deaf)
Sa problema ng bayan (with the problems of the motherland)
Pagkilos ang kailangan (we need to take action)
Sa daming pinagsasamantalahan sating lipunan (from the numerous people oppressed/taken advantage of in our society)
Walang tanging paraan kundi pag-aklas ng sambayanan (there is no other means except for our society to come together and strike)


Mag-aalab ang paglaban (Our fight will grow stronger)
Mula sa kanayunan patungong kalunsuran (From the countryside to cities)
Ng nagkaisang mamamayan (with the citizens united)
Lulupigin ang kaaway (our enemy will be crushed)
Durugin ang mapang-aping hanay (crush the oppressor)
Ng ganid na dayuhan at mga taksil sa bayan (by the greedy foreigners and traitors of the people/nation)


Mula sa pangunahing pwersa (Beginning with the oppressed people in the frontlines)
Hanggang sa pambansang burgesya (Until the national bourgeoisie)
Magluluwal ng paglaya ang bayang nagdurusa (the people/nation will be free from all oppressors.
Angkinin ang tagumpay (victory is ours to claim)
Kakamtin ang pagkakapantay-pantay (achieve equality for all)
Habang buhay sa patnubay ng dakilang gabay (a life forever guided by great support…for the people)

[koro 3x]