Baguio artists unite vs drug killings
BAGUIO CITY — Actor Mae Paner, better known as Juana Change, delivered a compelling performance of the monologues “Tao Po” that was greeted with a standing ovation at the University of the Cordilleras (UC) Theater on Saturday. Artists’ statementThe Baguio audience — especially its cultural workers led by National Artists Ben Cabrera and Eric de Guia (Kidlat Tahimik), community paper editor Kathleen Okubo and theater stalwart Karlo Altomonte — united afterward to sign the Manifesto of Artists for Human Rights. The program has drawn condemnation from human rights organizations, expressions of concern from Western governments, and warnings of potential crime against humanity from the International Criminal Court. Call of the timesADVERTISEMENTAt the panel discussion after the play’s staging, Altomonte congratulated the “Tao Po” team for answering the call of the times. Ray Dean Salvosa, UC president, agreed that “we live in dangerous times when even our core values are under attack.