One of the main destinations of this week’s national fact-finding and solidarity mission (NFFSM) to investigate human rights violations was the municipality of Talaingod, Davao del Norte, which has been in the news lately with the evacuation of more than a thousand of its Manobo residents after the start of massive military operations in late March. More than 900 of them eventually found refuge in Davao City, where they stayed for a month until an agreement to remove military presence in their villages was reached in a dialogue facilitated by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario. They have since returned to their homes, but their recovery is just beginning, and its completion by no means certain.
Arts & Culture
This Tuesday April 29, the critically-acclaimed movie Norte : Hangganan ng Kasaysayan (North, the End of History) by Mindanao-born director Lav Diaz will have its one-time special screening at the Abreeza Mall Cinema at 6:30 pm.
DAVAO FILM “SABINE” PRESSCON
Cast of the Davao-filmed movie Sabine, (from left) China Roces, Bangs Garcia, and screenwriter Tom Anthony promote the movie’s screening this week at Gaisano Mall of Davao and Tagum during Wednesday’s Club 888 Media Forum. The movie of an abused girl finding redemption would be released internationally in 2014. (davaotoday.com photo by Ace R. Morandante)
Oruha’s exhibit theme, “A Light in the Dark”, was penned before Typhoon Yolanda struck the country. For Oruha, the tragedy added more meaning to the theme as she wanted her art to inspire hope to the Filipino people.
“It was awkward to celebrate the fiesta because of ‘bountiful and abundant blessings’ while other poor vendors have none unless God will rain down manna from heaven,” Bagnio added.