A Call to Arms
“Art may not change the world, but it can change the way we view the world—
for true revolution begins in the imagination”.
In 2005, we started a revolution.
A group of artists led by Lourd de Veyra, Buhawi Meneses, Tado Jimenez, Noel Cabangon and Ronnie Lazaro bonded to utilize their “powers” to inspire their public towards social involvement through awareness and education. Using the superhero mythology as a way to capture public interest, they extol the virtue of joy and humor to uplift the nation’s spirit and encourage the people to believe in their own potentials and strength, that they can be the heroes of their time.
Since then, the road to being dakila has been long and hard and the journey is far from over.
Five years after, we have arrived at this moment that ushers a new phase in our story.
We have long awaited for this moment – our own coming of age.
We herald this good news – to the sixty four artists who have founded our organization in 2005; to the thousand people from all walks of life – artists, cab drivers, students, families, young professionals, sea farers – who scrubbed, swept, and painted the relief map in Luneta; to the thirty visual artists who donated their artworks to raise funds for our very first project; to the Cubao crowd that rocks with us every year since 2006 at the Rock the Riles; to the schools, youth groups, companies, media institutions and NGOs that partnered with us in various advocacy projects; to the Brewsters who listened to Educational Mondays with the Brewrats; to the musicians who willingly gave their time and talent to record “Kaya Mong Maging Dakila” and “No Time to Waste”; to the film community who have helped make our Active Vista Film Festival a success; to the climate advocates of Tik Tok Pilipinas whose passion for the advocacy fueled the campaign; to the entire Dakila membership whose selfless contribution and commitment remains to be the heart of the organization; and to the Filipino public whose heroism continue to inspire our ideals and actions.
On the 6th of June 2010, Dakila – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism, will be holding its first ever Congress.
Dakila was born out of the need to confront the evil of apathy engulfing the nation. Its first endeavor, Linisin Ang Pilipinas, a three day symbolical and literal clean up of the Philippine Relif Map in Luneta became the rite of passage for the organization. From then on, Dakila has consistently persevered to awaken the virtue of heroism in each one of us.
At this most important gathering, we are called to take part in shaping the future of our organization. Let us gather our forces and together, let us usher Dakila towards its vision of a nation of heroes.
The time has come to be dakila.
It is with utmost pride that we inform you that DAKILA – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism, will be holding its First Congress on June 6, 2010, 2pm to 5pm at the PETA Theater Center.
We would like to invite all members and non-members who are interested to be part of Dakila to join us in this momentous event.
This communique signals the start of the Accreditation and Application Process of the Organization. All members are hereby requested to reaffirm their membership to Dakila while interested applicants are encouraged to submit to the membership process of the organization. Attached are the Accreditation and Application Requirements of the organization. Deadline for the Recognition of Membership is on May 2, 2010.
All members who have been duly accredited and new members are entitled to attend the First Congress of Dakila. The Congress Agenda is as follows:
- Discussion and Approval of the Dakila Constitution and By Laws
- Approval of General Program of Action for 2010-2012
- Discussion and Approval of Proposed Resolutions
- Election of Dakila General Council 2010-2012
- Solidarity Night
We look forward to being with you at our First General Congress!
DAKILA envisions a nation of heroes. The mission of DAKILA is to build a movement that inspires heroism and nobility of thought and action to effect social transformation by collectively providing creative avenues to awaken the individual, dismantle apathy and inspire heroism. The goals of DAKILA are 1) to develop awareness, educate and enlighten the public on social concerns and 2) to involve the public in social issues geared towards achieving the common good through creative and innovative endeavors;
Manifesto of Unity
We recognize that Philippine society is in desperate need of change;
We recognize that the nation has been engulfed by evil—which is any force that hinders
the people from achieving their true potential to develop and progress and that evil may take many forms—be it unjust government laws and policies, or treacherous people in power absorbed only in their own selfish interests;
We understand that a great enemy of the Filipino people is apathy, that evil prospers where good people do nothing;
We are fully aware that reform begins in the consciousness of the individual;
We value the virtue of every art form in enriching the spirit of the Filipino, whose concern for truth and social justice can begin within a sensitivity opened up by genuine expressions of the human condition;
We recognize the potential of popular entertainment and mass media in shaping critical thought;
We recognize the power of education in its various forms, and how this can be harnessed through modern modes of expression and technologies;
We understand the effect popular mythology can have on the imagination of the youth, and how the admiration of heroes can be utilized to establish effective communication;
We extol the virtues of joy and humor, that genuine social concern need not be solemn and grave, that, in the end, it remains a true celebration of life.
Nobility begins in the mind and ends in action.
Nobility knows no social and economic status— all human beings possess an innate sense of honor and dignity but by one’s actions.
Art is one of the noblest human endeavors— the only way of expressing the inexpressible.
Art does not exist in a vacuum. After his own self, the artist has a responsibility towards the reality that surrounds him.
Art may not change the world, but it can change the way we view the world—for true revolution begins in the imagination.