At 10:00 am, the Vice President attended the #RespetoNaman Partners’ Briefing and Presscon Preparation at the Quezon City Reception House. #RespetoNaman is a collaborative project by SPARK! Philippines, the Office of the Vice President, UN Women, The Embassy of Sweden in Manila, and Empower as a local response to the #MeToo, #TimesUp, and Thailand’s #DontTellMeHowToDress movements. It is an exhibit which features the clothes that women and children were wearing at the time of their assault, and has been put up in the Senate of the Philippines, Quezon City Hall, United Nations Headquarters, Gateway Mall, Podium, and Enderun College.
At 11:30 am, the Vice President met with Kultura Filipino to discuss a possible partnership for the Office of the Vice President’s Angat Buhay program at the Quezon City Reception House.
At 6:00 pm, she attended Snapshots of History: Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) Mounts 45thAnniversary Photo Exhibit and Commemorative Event at The Gallery, Greenbelt 5, Makati City. The event launched an exhibit of 45 photographs that highlighted key moments and figures in Philippine history. The exhibit offered a wide array of images from the Marcos dictatorship, the People Power Revolution, coups and conflict, disasters to human interest and daily life.
In her message, the Vice President stressed the need to speak the truth constantly despite difficult times. She commended FOCAP for unfailingly living up to their purpose. “Ultimately, what we celebrate today is FOCAP’s defiant courage over the years, manifesting each time you spoke truth to power and told the whole unadulterated truth. We desperately need you to be the most credible voice of truth in our generation, when our basic rights are constantly being threatened, when human lives are being disregarded, when our freedoms are under attack, and when disinformation has replaced honest and collaborative conversations. We need you to end the culture of hate, sensationalism and lies, and put our foot down and say “enough is enough.” We need you to level up the conversation and stand our ground, and redeem truth-telling in our time.”