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Beinte Singko: Festival of Memories, Creation of New Stories Call for Entries

Beinte Singko seeks to mainstream human rights and remind the people of the horrors of Martial Law and take stock of its lessons so that those dark years may never happen again. Beinte Singko will use old photographs taken and poetry written during Martial Law about the peoples aspirations for freedom and combine it with new interpretations of the new generation to convey the message to the people. Stories will be told through the works of artists and activists who witnessed and even experienced the atrocities of martial law to share their stories and influence the public, especially todays youth, to always remain vigilant. It will also be a venue for the new generation to give their interpretation and to express their opinions about the pressing issues of human rights today.

A festival of memories
Beinte Singko commemorates the downfall of the dictatorship by bringing back the memories and stories of heroism of freedom fighters, human rights defenders, activists and revolutionaries during that time.

A creation of new stories Beinte Singko: Tinamaan ka ng Lente! HR Photo Contest invites students, human rights defenders and
amateur photographers to submit photos that depict issues of human rights. Tinamaan ka ng Lente! is on its second year. The competition encourages the young generation to give their interpretations about various human rights issues. For the mechanics, please visit or .

Beinte Singko: Berso sa Kalsada, Tula ng Paglaya is a poetry writing contest for students,
political prisoners/detainees, their relatives, and human rights defenders. Theme: Sa tunay na demokrasya, walang napipiit dahil sa paniniwala. For the mechanics please visit or .

The festival will be conducted in schools from September to December 2011. On November 15, 2011, Beinte Singko will exhibit 25 photos and 25 poems from TFDPs Museum of Courage and Resistance collection, together with 25 photos and 25 poems chosen as finalists from the entries. This will be instrumental in empowering students through the inputs of various artists. TFDP, having been established during the height of Martial Law, will look back at the struggles of the people during Martial Law and learn from its lessons and encourage the young generation to speak out and express their views through the arts, such as photography and poetry, about current human rights issues.

For more information please contact: TASK FORCE DETAINEES OF THE PHILIPPINES (TFDP) No.45 St. Mary Street, Cubao, Quezon City Tel: 4378054 Email:

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