Media today is everywhere - on television, print, radio, and of course, online. But 40 years ago, things were very different. The noise of the current media landscape is a far cry from how it was then, when an eerie silence hushed the nation.
“Katahimikan nakakabingi na may pagaalala, mababalitaan mo lang ang mga nangyayari sa kuwento ng mga kaibigan, mga kuwentong may lagim sa isipan. Nawala bigla ang programa sa mga telebisyon at radyo, nang muling magbukas ay nagsasalita na si Marcos na ideniklara and Batas Militar Presidential Proclamation 1081,” writes Gene de Loyola.
His words are found in the exhibit Recollection 1081: Clear and Present Danger, presented along with Balikwas: Literature under Martial Law (1972-1986).
Both exhibits are under PIGLAS, a series of art events organized by the Cultural Center of the Philippines to mark the 40th year since then-President Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law in 1972.
Like others born after Martial Law, I’d been told often: “Mabuti pa kayo ngayon, hindi niyo naranasan ang naranasan namin noon.”
With the declaration of Presidential Decree 1081 on September 21, 1972, many publications and mass media outfits were shut down, Hermie Beltran writes in the exhibit notes of Balikwas. These included national magazines like the Philippines Free Press, Weekly Graphic, Asia-Philippines Leader, and Weekly Nation, and several dailies including the Manila Times, Manila Bulletin, and Manila Chronicle.
On the vacant space of this page, an article was supposed to appear but was censored by the authorities. From the collection of Atty. Oscar Yabes, former Editor-in-Chief, Philippine Collegian
Even student organs were not spared, Beltran wrote. One of the pieces on display is a page of the Philippine Collegian, the student paper of the University of the Philippines, where a vacant space appears instead of an article that was censored by the authorities.
The exhibit features various protest publications – from...
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