Story by Shane David, Photos by Joanna Reyes

1 high fists-IMG_5286.JPGFists high in the air as the UP Community dances “Sayaw ng Paghihimagsik” (Dance of Revolt)

Misogyny does not directly translate to any Filipino word, but the truth of how this culture is experienced in the country cannot be denied.

Misogyny refers to the dislike of, contempt for, or a deep-seated prejudice against women. Dr. Nancy Kimuell-Gabriel, coordinator of the University of The Philippines (UP) Diliman Gender Office, noted that misogyny exists within and outside of the university.

To mark March 8, the International Women’s Day, students, professors, university officials and other women’s rights advocates gathered at Quezon Hall for  “Laban UP, Laban sa Misogyny,” (UP Fight, Fight Misogyny), a dance-protest.

Some two hundred women and men danced to the tune of “Sayaw ng Paghihimagsik” (Dance of Revolt), which called on women to stand up for the nation, and for the nation to stand up for the women. The song is considered the university’s contribution to the annual One Billion Rising, a dance that celebrates women’s struggles all over the world.

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“Sayaw ng Paghihimagsik” (Dance of Revolt) sang aloud while audience danced 

“Sayaw” was a result of the collaboration between  UP Diliman Gender Office and Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP). The lyrics was written by Edge Uyanguren and Dr. Nancy Kimuell Gabriel; rap by Murray Tan; music by Mrk Estandarte, Pia Pimentel and Edge Uyanguren; musical arrangement by Mrk Estandarte and CAP; while the choreography was contributed by Rea Molina.

After the program, some of the dancers went to join the women’s protest march to Mendiola, the stone-throw away from the office of President Rodrigo Duterte. Various women’s groups have condemned Duterte for his misogynistic comments and acts. He also prosecuted  and bad-mouthed prominent women opposition leaders and journalists.

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Young women marched for the right to education, wage increase, and against the phaseout of jeepneys.