InterAksyon.com holds Martial Law exhibit on 40th anniversary

On September 21, 1972, President Ferdinand Marcos placed the country under Martial Law through Proclamation No. 1081. Thousands of Filipinos were incarcerated during this dark period in the country’s history. On the 40th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, TV5’s online news portal InterAksyon.com will open the Martial Law Museum at UP Diliman’s Palma Hall lobby to the public.

This coming Friday (September 21), InterAksyon editor-in-chief Roby Alampay will lead the unveiling of the exhibit titled “Never Again: Isang Paggunita sa Batas Militar.” When asked about the concept behind the presentation, Alampay shared: “We want to connect the young generation to what happened in the past to give them a direct and personal link to the suffering during the Marcos era.” Interactive and educational, the Martial Law Museum takes visitors through several stations that include a photo gallery, art installations, musical renditions and digitized sounds of personal accounts of some 10,000 people affected by Martial Law. “This (exhibit) will educate, empower and equip the public to qualify and reject the revisionist campaign which seek to paint the Martial Law years in a completely positive light,” Alampay added.

In the coming days, visitors will be able to listen to the recorded accounts of those who were tortured and imprisoned during the Martial Law era via installed booths within the exhibit. InterAksyon.com encourages the youth to take note of these accounts which will also be made available online via a special microsite. Earlier this month, InterAksyon.com began a special series of multimedia features on those who lived through Martial Law. “In the series, we document and give a voice to those who people who disappeared, were tortured and murdered. We were also able to capture the painful memories of those who suffered during Martial Law. We hope the current generation to never forget that time in our history as our country moves forward,” shared Alampay.

Apart from its on-ground and online campaigns, InterAksyon.com complements its commemoration of the declaration of Martial Law via social media. Those on Twitter can use #NeverForget when sharing their insights about Martial Law and its aftermath.

The Martial Law Museum will run from September 21 to 28 at the lobby of Palma Hall at UP Diliman. Those interested to find out more can log on to InterAksyon’s microsite.
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