Dakila – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism
The Active Vista Film Festival is a project of DAKILA – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism in cooperation with the Embassy of Australia and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands.
Dakila envisions a nation of heroes. Its mission is to build a movement that inspires nobility of thought and action to effect social transformation by collectively providing creative avenues to awaken the individual, dismantle apathy and unleash their inner heroes. Dakila is a collective of artists and individuals committed to instill awareness, educate and inspire involvement on social concerns by providing avenues of creative expression geared towards achieving the common good.
The core of the collective are three time Palanca Awarded writer and frontman of the band Radioactive Sago Project, Lourd de Veyra; Parokya ni Edgar bassist, Buhawi Meneses; singer-songwriter Noel Cabangon; veteran theater and film actor Ronnie Lazaro; and actorcomedian, Tado. Its membership and volunteers comprise of artists from various fields of arts such as directors, Jim Libiran, RA Rivera, Ditsi Carolino; musicians like Bayang Barrios, Cooky Chua, Ebe Dancel of Sugarfree, Aia de Leon of Imago, Vin Dancel of Peryodiko, Armi Millare of Up Dharma Down, Kat Agarado of Sinosikat, Bituin Escalante; visual artists like Poklong Anading, Eghai Roxas; celebrities like Ramon Bautista and Ping Medina.
Dakila’s first project was “Linisin ang Pilipinas”, a literal and symbolical cleaning of the Philippines (relief map in Luneta). It has partnered with various NGOs such as Rocked Philippines for the “Rock the Riles”, an annual concert promoting the Millennium Development Goals; the SBMA for the Subic Earth Day Festival; Sulong CARHRIHL for the “Peacetahan 2008”; the National Commission for Culture and the Arts for “Active Vista Film Festival 2008”; the Virlaine Foundation, Child Hope Asia and Nokia for the Creative Workshops Program and most recently, with Oxfam International for the “Tik Tok Global Campaign for Climate Action”.
Dakila was also part of the cult hit radio show, Brewrats, hosted by Ramon Bautista, Angel Rivero and Tado at the U92.3 FM for a segment called “Educational Mondays with Dakila”. Dakila has also released two 50 artist collaborative songs and music video: “Kaya Mong Maging Dakila (2008)” and “No Time to Waste (2009)” which were both composed by Noel Cabangon. The music videos were directed by Tado and RA Rivera.