Stay Furious: Tindig 2017 (Translating Words, Art, and Fury)


One of the reasons art and expression exists is to invoke discomfort to its audience – be it the type of discomfort that sits before bed or the gnawing discomfort that needs to be dealt with. Freedom of expression always has a purpose.

This time, for The Polaris Project’s annual poetry slam called Stay Furious: Tindig 2017, it is to capture its audience by their hands and hearts to encourage them to turn their fury into action.

Our beloved nation has experienced numerous events that keep us asking: what can we do about it? In the same light, is change something we can grasp and foster with our hands? These questions motivate this year’s Tindig.

Tindig is on its third year as one of The Polaris Project’s focal events. This year, we would like to address the issues that plague our country – corruption, disrespect for human rights, neo-colonialism/postcolonialism, and everything that makes us seethe with fury. Hence, our call to our audience is to Stay Furious as a collective action that breeds hope and change that we strive for.

Promoting social awareness through art, Stay Furious: Tindig 2017, will feature a night of spoken word, art, and music that is dedicated to voicing out our frustrations about what is and our dreams of what should be. This year, we are introducing our #BurnBook which includes 140-character stories from writers all over Metro Manila, interpreted into visual stories by select artists. The event is co-presented by Resbak, an artists’ alliance that responds and breaks the silence on the killings done by the present administration.

The event is co-presented by Resbak, an artist’s alliance that responds and breaks the silence on the killings done by the present administration.

Our roster of spoken word poets includes Jam Pascual, Cai Antonio, Patti Ramos, John Ilagan, Mark Dimaisip, Lakan Umali, and poet, Wanggo Gallaga. Our contributing artists for the #BurnBook include Manix Abrera, Yasmin Sehob, Rysa Antonio, Rai Perez, Aia Arkoncel, Pau Villanueva, Brendel Lim, Anna Marcelo, and Bea Trinidad, and more.

Guest musicians, Calix x Skinxbonesand Den Sy Ty, are two rappers who discuss issues surrounding society with fury and wit.

To further highlight this year’s Tindig, all proceeds from this event will go to Rise Up, a collective of various religious and secular groups who champion human rights and denounce the continuing killings and human rights violations of the current administration. Rise Up believes that rehabilitation, counseling, and community involvement are better solutions to drug dependency over the current administration’s violent solution to drug-related problems. They uphold their cause by documenting the killings, giving livelihood programs to the families of the victims, giving paralegal support and psychological counseling to those affected by the killings.

We would like to invite you to stay furious and do something about it on 29 July 2017 at Venture Space, Mandaluyong from 7 PM to 12 MN. Entrance is Php250 per person and all proceeds will go to our beneficiary, Rise Up. Our #BurnBook is available for purchase at Php 70 each.

Food and drink concessionaires will be open during the event.

Links to Rise Up videos & documentaries:


Last December 2016, General Bato Dela Rosa donned a Santa Claus costume and distributed Christmas presents to children orphaned by President Duterte's brutal war on drugs. He said, "Since most of these children lost their parents, a father because of our ongoing war on drugs, we want to compensate this loss, their sadness with somehow a little feeling of happiness."In this video, an 11-year-old girl recalls the night she lost both of her parents.#RESBAK#StopTheKillings

Posted by RESBAK on Wednesday, March 1, 2017

"We Filipinos are killing each other!" says 42 year old Berua P. Mangarasi, a Tagalog-Maranao evacuee from Bangon, Marawi City, breaking into sobs. Berua is a utility worker and his family of five lost their home and all their belongings to the military airstrikes.What do you want to happen?"I can't think," he whispers. Then he finally answers, "What I want is to leave. What I want to leave this place. I want to get to know my relatives from my mother's side so that I can go to them."—-Nasser Abdul from Papandayan, Marawi City showed us his only possession, his ID. He kept it sealed in a cellophane as he swam across the Agus river with 8 other men as they escaped from Marawi City while hiding from both the Maute Group, who might force them to take up arms, and government soldiers who might shoot at them, mistaking them for terrorists. When the men finally reached a safe zone they showed the government soldiers their IDs but they were still detained. A fellow Maranao policeman vouched that they were civilians and they were released. Nasser remains alone in an evacuation camp in Lanao Del Sur. He does not know the condition of the rest of his family, Janoira, Alraje, Alnor, Nesrin, Nesmem and Joy. —–Over 200,000 residents have been displaced since the war started in Marawi City on May 23, 2017. The death toll is now over 400. Support the call of Maranao evacuees and leaders to stop the war and lift martial law in Mindanao.

Posted by RESBAK on Sunday, July 2, 2017

TIBAG#2: Serye ng Graffiesta Kontra Martial Law

ANG MGA KRIMINALni Mulong Sandoval (May 1977)Naririto sila,kasahan ng titig mula ulo hanggang paa.Bumbunan ay helmet,mga mata’y bala ng kanyon—bola ng dolyar at piso—kanila ang bungangang bihasang pumakakakna bulak ang uwakat uling ang tagak.Sa bawat daliring punlo ang kuko,tantuing pawis nati’t luhaang ipinanghihinaw at ipinampapabango.Damit nila ay hinabisa mga himaymay ng gutay na laman,at kimpalkimpal na dugoang insinya’t burdang nakabudbod sa kwelyo at manggas,lama’t dugo ng laksang anakpawis at kapanaligna kanilang bineberdugo.Gulong ng tanke ang ikinukubli ng suot nilang sapatosna pinakintab sa mga butong pinulbos.Sila ang kriminal,Sila ang kriminal at di kailanmanAng libong katawa’t hiningang ipinipiit nila’t pinupugto.Naririto sila,kasahan ng titig mula ulo hanggang paa.Ilatag ang mga halimaw, ipaskilsa lahat ng dingding, haligi, bubong at sahigng utak nati’t puso:ilatag at ipaskil saanmanat kulapulan man ng mga kalburong galamay ng mga kriminalay huwag na huwag ipakatkat sa panahonIhaginit ang ating mga bibig:sa mga opyo nilang balita,puwit-basong proyekto ay itudla.Bistayin ng sumpa ang kanilang bastyon.Hayaang dugo’y sumulaksa ating mga ugat,maggubat sa apoyang ating mga bungo’t dibdib.Ihabagat ang angaw nating braso, paalimbukayin, idaluyong—angaw na brasong sa karampot na kriminalay magbubuwal, tatabon, lulunod.———————————–Tula ni Mulong SandovalSa pag-basa ni Angeli Bayani na nirekord sa Redverb studioEnglish Translation: Bea Mariano & Krishna Lopez????????:: Joey Arté & Chi Pepito✂️: Joey ArtéMusic: SimilarobjectsSalamat sa Panday Sining, SIPAT at RESBAK!Tibag #1:

Posted by SIKAD on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

*** This article is contributed by the event organizers and does not reflect or represent

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