One Billion Rising: Umindak Sa Rebolusyon

| Written by CSWCD

Last February 13, 2015, faculty, staff, REPS, and students of CSWCD grooved to the music to participate in the biggest international campaign to eliminate violence against women and children. The program started with Dean Jocelyn T. Caragay giving an impassioned speech about women’s situation in the Philippines. Through the lead of DSD student and CHK Prof. Albert Dimarucut; faculty, REPS, staff, and students happily danced to a series of lively music. Ms. Fe H. Ticzon of the CSWCD Library then led the crowd to the choreography of One Billion Rising (OBR) Philippines theme song, Rise for Revolution. Dr. Nathalie Africa-Verceles, DWDS Chair gave the closing remarks in which she explained why dancing is used by the OBR organizers worldwide to call for changes and actions. Dance, Dr. Verceles said, is a powerful self-expression wherein it allows individuals not only to connect with themselves but also with nature. Dancing connects our feet to the earth which have been systematically abused, violated, and wounded like billions of women around the world.

The CSWCD faculty, REPS, staff, and students also joined the university-wide OBR celebration at the Quezon Hall wherein the dancing and call for a revolution continued.