November 2019


November 8-11, 2019, 10 AM onwards, Festive Walk Mall, Iloilo City

Talk: “DIY Feminism,” November 10, 2019, 11 AM

“Labaw sa Aton Kaugalingon/Beyond Ourselves”
Jointly presented by Festive Walk Mall Iloilo, Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art, Hubon Manunulat, Book Latte and Kasingkasing Press

We invite you to the Iloilo Mega Book Fair 2019. Together, let us exchange ideas on how we can elevate and continue to promote our local literature in Western Visayas across the globe. We look forward to having you at the upcoming book fair as we tackle issues about children’s rights, teachers and librarian education, history, heritage, film, comics, food culture, environment, and artists’ rights.

For questions and inquiries, email

#SupportTheStrike! Donation Drive for Regent Workers

UPDATE: In light of the violent dispersal of the Regent Strike on November 10, 2019, the scheduled kuwentuhan (writing workshop) and salu-salo on November 17 has been cancelled. In continued solidarity with the striking workers, Gantala Press and Me & My Veg Mouth are organizing a fundraising drive to contribute to their medical expenses and bail fund. One of the workers was hit on the head during the dispersal, and is in urgent need of a CT scan.

Donations to the Regent Workers’ Union may be coursed through:

Faye Johanna J Cura
Bank of the Philippine Islands
Savings Account 4979-0220-72

“Members of the Regent Foods Workers Union simultaneously mount their picketline in front of their main plant in Pasig City and Tipas in Taguig City today as they declared “strike” against various reported cases of unfair labor practices and union busting moves of the Chinese-owned corporation.

Protesting members of the labor union in the food manufacturing company cry foul over the series of physical and verbal abuses that their officials have been receiving from the hands of their management, which they said aimed to harass, intimidate and bust their labor union.

They also complained of the continuing contractualization schemes being implemented by their management against contractual workers who have been working for the company for almost 20 years now, low wages, non-implementation of Collective Bargaining Agreement and the non-recognition of the Regent Foods Corporation owners to the new leadership of the recognized labor union in the company.

Regent Foods Corporation manufactures snack brands including Snacku, Cheese Ring, Tempura, Sweet Corn, Cheese Ball, Labzter, Custard Cake among others.” (Defend Job Philippines, October 17, 2019)

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“Umiimik, Umaalma: Resisting Cultural Reproduction of Violence against Women” Roundtable Discussion

November 23, 2019, 2 to 5 PM, UP Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, Diliman, Quezon City

In a social climate wherein abuse and misogyny are normalized, ignored, and perpetuated by both the state and various institutions, it is ever more urgent that we create spaces to raise awareness and organize against all forms of VAW.

This roundtable discussion will examine the numerous ways in which VAW is reproduced in art forms and spaces as well as call on individuals and collectives to join the IDEVAW mobilization on November 25. Our panel will include Prof. Anna Sanchez, Prof. Christine Lao, Prof. Rowena Festin, Prof. Diosa Labiste, Ms. Kat Alano, and Ms. BP Valenzuela with Gantala Press as moderator. Entrance is free.

End Violence Against Women!
Join the mobilization on November 25!

#IDEVAW2019 #EndVAW #AkoManLalaban

Defend the Picketline 3: A fundraiser for Regent workers

November 23 | 3PM-6PM | Commission on Human Rights, Quezon City
A pay-what-you-can solidarity meryenda and discussion with Regent workers (inclusive of snack from Me & My Veg Mouth)

November 30 | 6PM-11PM | Tomato Kick, Tomas Morato, Quezon City
A pay-what-you-can solidarity gig featuring:

Bobby Balingit
KM 64
Lapis Artcom
Punk Magalona
The Insektlife Cycle
Jonel Revistual
Dissent & counter-consciousness

On the morning of November 9, 2019, more than a hundred combined elements of the Philippine National Police, security forces of the Regent Food Corporation management and their hired goons executed illegal, violent, and overkill dispersal of the 24-day strike picketlines of the Regent Food Workers Union (RFWU) in Barangay Kalawaan in Pasig City and Barangay Tipas in Taguig City. The said assault led to the injury, arrest, and detention of the #Regent23 who have been inquested over complaints of grave coercion, resistance and disobedience and slight physical injury.

Amidst the fact that it was the PNP and Regent management who initiated violence while negotiations were on-going, Regent workers on strike are now mired in debt for bailing their fellow workers amounting to nearly P300K! It is clear that the workers alone cannot win this battle, but a wide support from various sectors is needed to advance their struggle for regularization, higher wages, and humane working conditions. RFWU is in need of raising funds for hearings and court proceedings, the filing of counter charges, and expenses for dependent support as well as medical needs (such as CT-scans after the brutal dispersal).

For decades, Regent workers have manufactured snacks that are considered popular commodities for Filipinos, these include: Cheese Ring, Cheese Ball, Snacku, Sweet Corn, Tempura, Labzter, Jelly Candy, Fiesta Cakes, Mixed Cakes, Assorted Cakes, Ube Cake, Pandan Cake, Melon Cake, Strawberry Cake, Mocca Cake, Custard Cake, Lemon Cake, Cheese Cake, and Belgian Waffle.

Defend the Picketline III seeks to gather an amount for RFWU’s legal fund and provide an avenue for discussion to raise awareness on why people should #BoycottRegentProducts and understand the social conditions Filipino workers are facing everyday.

Sign up here:

#RegentStrike #BoycottRegentProducts #StopTheAttacks

Summit against Gender-Based Violence: a focus on the voices of women in the margins

November 25, 2019, Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines, Quezon City, 9 AM to 5 PM

The Commission on Human Rights observes, together with other government agencies, partner CSOs and community women, the start of the 18 days of activism against VAW through a “Summit Against Gender Based Violence: A Focus on the Voices of Community Women.” As the Commission has always highlighted the plight of the most vulnerable and marginalized, the Summit aims to focus on the voices of women in communities – highlighting how community women and organizations work together to address violence against women. The Summit will likewise provide a space for reflection together with women’s organizations and government agencies the gains and continuing challenges in addressing violence against women – noting that 2019 is the 15th year anniversary of the Anti-VAWC Law (RA 9262) and the 10th year of the Magna Carta of Women (RA 9710).

This event is in partnership with CHR-NCR, the Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau, and with funding support from Go Just. From 25 November to 12 December, the Commission’s sixteen regional offices will also hold Regional Summits Against Gender-Based Violence as part of the Commission’s Gender-Based Violence Observatory Project.

Zine Orgy IX (Salvage the Headlines!)

November 28, 2019, 7 PM to 12 AM, Smokehouse, One Bonitos, Los Baños, Laguna

Presented by Asshulz, Magpies and UPLB Infocus Multimedia Guild


arts 1 zinesters
Dale Magsino
deathpea & mjeng
Gantala Press
Jewel Enrile
Josel Nicolas
Kapatirang Plebeians of UPLB
Karma Kolektib
Leo and Skelehead
Linang Sining
Loser Mangaka
memegoat x gadielluxe
PhiloSoc of UPLB
Photozinethesis x JW-2098
Possibility Bree
Project Pesante
Samahang Layb
San Buenaventura x Regine Vasquez
Shaky Hands PH
Shonenbat Collective
Sunny Sausages
The Cabinet
UP Broadway Company
UP Film Circle
UP Silakbo
UPLB Com Arts Society
UPLB INFOCUS Multimedia Guild
UPLB Perspectiv
UPLB Writers’ Club
Zeempleng Tao

Performances! Talks! Friends! Food & beer! ♥

For tickets/sponsorships/donations, contact Jakov Abellido at 09068786018 or

Poster by UPLB INFOCUS Multimedia Guild