Channel Our Light: Solidarity Statement of the Arts, Media, and Creative Community


We live in dark times. This global pandemic casts a long shadow of fear and uncertainty that our generation has never faced before.

As we strive to survive together, we individuals and groups from the arts, media, and creative community, pledge to brave the darkness by being beacons of truth and amplifiers of hope.

We stand, in solidarity, to defend press freedom.

 The shutting down of the country’s largest media network, the attacks on the independent press, the orchestrated spread of disinformation, and the killings of journalists all lay down a worrying pattern of repression and conditions for more hardship. In effect, we are deprived of accessible, credible, and accurate information and our right to speak truth to power, both crucial to saving lives.

We speak, in solidarity, to uphold freedom of expression.

The suppression of free speech, the threat of censorship, and the crackdown on those who voice out criticism and dissent hinder us from contributing to the bayanihan spirit in rebuilding our nation amid the crisis. The right to free expression should never be sacrificed in the guise of public order and safety.

We move, in solidarity, to reclaim our humanity.

The disregard for everyone displaced by the shutdown, the neglect of the needs of the marginalized and the poor, the widening of social fragmentation, and the normalization of discrimination and violence erode the core of our humanity. No citizen should surrender rights, freedoms, and dignity to survive this catastrophe.

We shall not allow truth to die in this pandemic. We will hold the line for press freedom. We will continue to broadcast stories of the human condition. We will push back against barriers to our rights and freedoms with the strength of our unity.

As a community of artists, journalists, and creators, we will not sign off and leave the imagining of our collective survival to those in power. We will shape the new normal towards the vision of the better world we all deserve.

For every Kapatid, Kapuso, and Kapamilya. For our kababayan. For our kapwa Filipino. 

We brave this darkness to channel light.

In solidarity and struggle, we sign our names below.


Active Vista | Altermidya | Assortedge | Buklod Sining Alumni Society | Buklod Sining Student Organization | Cinema is Incomplete | Center for Youth Advocacy and Networking (CYAN) | Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP) | DAKILA | Directors Guild of the Philippines, Inc. (DGPI) | Dokyupeeps | Free the Artist Movement (FAM) | Greenpeace Philippines | Human Rights Online Philippines (HRonlinePH) | In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement (iDEFEND) | Kabataan Party List | Laban PUP | Let's Organize for Democracy and Integrity (LODI) | Lost Frames | Lupon ng Pilipinong Sinematograpo (LPS) | Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino | National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) | Para sa Sining | Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) | Playground Inc. | RESBAK | SIKAD | Sipat Lawin | Student Council Alliance of the Philippines | Teatrong Bayan | This Side Up Manila | University of the Philippines Film Institute (UPFI) | Young Filipino Advocates of Critical Thinking (yFACTph) | Youth Act Now | #WeTheFuturePH
1,000 signatures

Will you join us? Sign the petition here:

  • Christie Arcega
    signed 2020-05-22 20:21:35 +0800
    I am with you.


    Christie S. Arcega
  • Mary Kareen Gancio
    signed 2020-05-19 20:14:30 +0800
  • Fred II Rebadulla
    signed 2020-05-17 13:37:54 +0800
    Cinematic Art’s/ Theater/ Literary/ Dance/ Performance Arts
  • Ellen Mae Cañete
    signed 2020-05-16 19:17:43 +0800
    Multimedia arts and design
  • Kim Lawrenz Esperanza
    signed 2020-05-16 18:44:21 +0800
  • Nestor Lim
    signed 2020-05-15 19:35:53 +0800
  • Jeric Doblon
    signed 2020-05-13 14:31:17 +0800
  • Jaime Bansil
    signed 2020-05-13 10:49:47 +0800
  • Rocky Nicor
    signed 2020-05-13 09:20:13 +0800
  • Yvux Apawan
    signed 2020-05-12 21:16:24 +0800
    Local Cultural Mapper
  • Marvin Merjudio
    signed 2020-05-12 18:41:41 +0800
  • Astarte Abraham
    signed via 2020-05-11 23:32:13 +0800
    Performing artist
  • Hansley Juliano
    signed 2020-05-11 21:36:16 +0800
    Faculty, Department of Political Science, Ateneo de Manila University
  • Fanshen Peteros
    signed 2020-05-11 20:02:34 +0800
  • Miguel Delos Santos
    signed 2020-05-11 19:56:58 +0800
  • Kat Eusebio
    signed 2020-05-11 12:17:06 +0800
    Stroryteller, environmentalist
  • Patricka Villasenor
    signed 2020-05-11 08:13:21 +0800
    Clinical Psychology Student
  • Jay Serrato
    signed 2020-05-10 15:50:06 +0800
    Film Critic, Sine Liwanag
  • Mara Pardo de Tavera
    signed 2020-05-10 13:23:28 +0800
    I consider myself an Activist: for organic food and REAL Art.
  • Emma Francisco
    signed 2020-05-10 13:00:24 +0800
    Creative Producer
  • Khurshid, Jr Kalabud
    signed 2020-05-10 12:19:38 +0800
  • Marvel Velez
    signed 2020-05-10 12:11:43 +0800
  • Isay Reyes
    signed 2020-05-10 09:44:36 +0800
    I stand and support our fight for Press Freedom in the Philippines!

  • Micaela Benedicto
    signed 2020-05-10 09:27:50 +0800
  • clarissa idago
    signed 2020-05-10 07:15:38 +0800
  • Albebson Lim
    signed 2020-05-10 04:21:21 +0800
  • Malay Javier
    signed 2020-05-10 03:34:38 +0800
  • Mark Daniel De Castro
    signed 2020-05-10 02:36:00 +0800
    Student Cinematographer
  • Miko Aguilar
    signed 2020-05-10 02:06:39 +0800
  • Pamela Anne Garibay
    signed 2020-05-10 02:02:24 +0800
    Student, University of the East – Manila