Writers and artists retold and relived the poetry, music, and art of the Marcos regime in Sa Mata ng Sigwa last November 11, 2016 at Faura AVR.

Sa Mata ng Sigwa (Eye of the Storm) served as the culminating event of Taboan, a day-long series of talks and workshops focused on campus writing and its impact on communities organized by the Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP).

It was also held on the week of the Supreme Court decision on the late dictator’s burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, with a 9-5 vote in favor of Marcos’s interment at the national cemetery. Marcos has since been buried at the LNMB in a clandestine burial held Friday, November 18.

“I’d like to view [this event] now as a response. If the response be #NeverForget, so be it,” said Fine Arts Department Chair Martin Villanueva before the performances.



National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera, Ateneo School of Humanities Dean Benilda Santos, and anthropologist Fr. Alberto Alejo, SJ rendered their own poetry. Lumbera delivered “Alay Kay Kumander Tangkad,” Santos read her “Sa Pakpak ng Balse ni Strauss,” and Alejo read “Sanayan Lang Ang Pagpatay,” among others. Meanwhile, Ateneo Filipino professor Edgar Samar read a chapter from Alvin Yapan’s novel Ang Sandali ng Mga Mata.




Ateneo students also rendered works from the erstwhile era.

Creative Writing graduate Jam Pascual (BFA CW ’16) read “Prometheus Unbound” by Pete Lacaba and “An Open Letter to Filipino Artists” by Emmanuel Lacaba; and The GUIDON Beyond Loyola Editor Robbin Dagle and Externals Manager Andy Tubig read a chain letter found in the archives of the Pandayan, the underground student publication of Ateneo during the regime.

In addition, Ateneo ENTABLADO performed a segment from Paul Dumol’s Ang Paglilitis ni Mang Serapio and members of the Ateneo Musician’s Pool sang protest songs like “Tatsulok” by Buklod and “Liwanag sa Dilim” by Rivermaya.

Heights also organized a mini-exhibit feature the folio that were published during Martial Law. This included works from Ateneans who fought against the Marcos regime.


Note: Heights will be publishing an online copy of the exhibit at a later date. You may read some of the pieces read at the event here bit.ly/SigwaPieces .


Report by Janelle Paris

Photos by Nikki Dolfo (View the full album here: bit.ly/SigwaPhotos)