"Propaganda" takes the viewer through several epochs of Philippine history. It is the subject of a nearly five-month long exhibition (runs until July 4) at the Lopez Museum and Library (LML) in Pasig City.
When I heard from a source that the LML will be moving (when? the date is unsure and keeps being moved) to a more modest space somewhere in Rockwell Makati while a new museum rises in the future (when? it is unsure yet), I thought I'd better arrange a field trip for my writing students. Carpe diem... before the museum and Benpres Building on Exchange Road where it is housed are scheduled for some future demolition (when? no date given) to make way for something bigger or grander. The low-rise Benpres used to be called The Chronicle Building, one of the first ones to go up at the then cogon field that later become Ortigas Center.
Like in other museums, shooting pictures is allowed, but turn off the flash, please. Thank you for the deeply informative and personalized tour, Paolo Arago. Speaking for myself alone, I came out of this exhibition proud again to be what I am (a Pinay), where I am (in the bosom of the Philippines), trying to make the slightest difference when challenged and where this can be possibly done, not yet entirely coated with cynicism, so far not succumbing to that defeatist line "Talagang ganyan. Wala na tayong magagawa."
It's a good time to visit Propaganda as Independence Day (June 12) and Rizal's 154th birthday (June 19) are fast approaching, if these are to remain relevant in our workaday lives.
Back to "Propaganda" and the thrice colonized country that is the Philippines, not counting the British interlude. Let the pictures tell the story.