Ex­or­ciz­ing hate speech

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ON the evening of Nov. 1, the pres­i­dent re marked to of­fi­cials gath­ered for a disas ter man­age­ment brief­ing in Cauayan, Is­abela that he thought the Catholics are “taran­tado (crazy)” for ob­serv­ing two suc­ces­sive hol­i­days to ven­er­ate saints, with many of the faith­ful not even know­ing which ones were “gago (fools)” and “lasen­ggo (drunk­ards)”.

To au­di­ence laugh­ter, the pres­i­dent sug­gested that Filipinos can just sim­ply put his photo on their al­tar and pray to “Santo Ro­drigo”.

The day af­ter the pres­i­dent’s dis­jointed mes­sages, Caloocan Bishop Pablo Vir­gilio David asked Ro­man Catholics to pray for the pres­i­dent and the na­tion, both of which man­i­fest signs of “sick­ness”.

David, vice pres­i­dent of the Catholics Bish­ops’ Con­fer­ence of the Philip­pines, ob­served that “to be a Chris­tian is to be ready to be branded as a ‘fool for Christ’,” ac­cord­ing to a Nov. 4 re­port on rap­pler.com.

The lat­est dis­course in­volv­ing Duterte and Ro­man Catholic lead­ers reprises the pres­i­dent’s brand of “hate speech,” which he wields con­sciously and con­sis­tently against crit­ics and other tar­gets of his ridicule, con­tempt, and ha­tred.

The UP aca­demics es­tab­lished that, con­trary to the per­cep­tion that the pres­i­den­tial “ir­rev­er­ence” is spon­ta­neous and im­pul­sive, there is a “pat­tern” and “con­sis­tency” in the use of pro­fan­ity and other slanted state­ments that “de­hu­man­ize, im­pute a crime, cre­ate a so­cial wedge, and ad­vo­cate hos­til­ity” against the Church, an out­spo­ken and per­sis­tent critic of Duterte’s War on Drugs and the spike in ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings dur­ing his ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Church of­fi­cials’ re­sponses, which gen­er­ally fo­cus on is­sues and de­flect crit­i­cisms against per­son­al­i­ties, fail to counter the “am­pli­fi­ca­tion” of the pres­i­dent’s “hate speech” by gov­ern­ment me­dia and so­cial me­dia in­flu­encers mag­ni­fy­ing the “sen­sa­tional, an­tag­o­nis­tic, and ma­nip­u­la­tive” mes­sages and tone of the pres­i­dent’s pro­nounce­ments.

The over­all ef­fect is to cre­ate a per­locu­tion­ary ef­fect, which oc­curs when a com­mu­nica­tive act per­suades the au­di­ence to take ac­tion. When echoed by the pow­er­ful, hate speech can be “weaponized” against so­cial crit­ics.

THE 5th In­ter­na­tional Ron­dalla /Plucked String Mu­sic Fes­ti­val of­fi­cially opened in Si­lay City gather­ing twenty-one groups of more than 250 mu­si­cians from No­vem­ber 3 to 11, 2018, to par­tic­i­pate in a cel­e­bra­tion of the world’s shared her­itage of plucked string mu­sic.

The Philip­pines hosts ten for­eign groups who flew in from France, In­dia, Iran, Is­rael, South Korea, Thai­land, Uganda, Viet­nam, Tai­wan and Por­tu­gal. Eleven lo­cal groups, se­lected through a rig­or­ous screen­ing process, come from Metro Manila, Bogo City, Dipolog City, Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Can­de­laria, Du­maguete City, and host city, Si­lay.

The Open­ing con­cert, held at the Natalio G. Velez Sports and Cul­tural Cen­ter in Si­lay City (Si­lay City Gym) fea­tured mes­sages de­liv­ered by Hon. Mayor Mark An­drew Golez of Si­lay City, Vir­gilio S. Al­mario, Na­tional Artist for Lit­er­a­ture and the Chair­man of the Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Cul­ture (NCCA) and the Arts, and Dr. Ra­mon P. San­tos, Na­tional Artist for Mu­sic and the Fes­ti­val Direc­tor.

The In­ter­na­tional Ron­dalla/Plucked String Mu­sic Fes­ti­val 2018 is a col­lab­o­ra­tive un­der­tak­ing of the Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Cul­ture and the Arts (NCCA) through the Asian Com­posers League Philip­pines and the Si­lay City Gov­ern­ment with the sup­port of the Of­fice of Se­na­tor Loren Le­garda, and in part­ner­ship with the Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ment of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal, the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion - Si­lay, Univer­sity of the Philip­pines Col­lege of Mu­sic and the Na­tional Mu­sic Com­pe­ti­tions for Young Artists (NAMCYA).

The Open­ing of the fes­ti­val, which was held on No­vem­ber 4 at the Si­lay City Gym, fea­tured per­for­mances by Si­lay’s award-win­ning ensem­ble the The Ka­bataang Si­lay Ron­dalla Ensem­ble, Bar­ro­cade-Naya Ensem­ble from Is­rael, the Tai­wan Bam­boo Orches­tra, the Taipei Guzheng Ensem­ble from Tai­wan, and Hope to Hop Africa of Uganda. The Fi­nale Con­cert will be on No­vem­ber 10, 2018, also at the Si­lay City Gym at 6:00pm.

An­other high­light of the Fes­ti­val dur­ing its nine-day run are the daily con­certs that will fea­ture mu­si­cians from all cor­ners of the globe com­ing to­gether to per­form a for­mi­da­ble reper­toire, which in­cludes folk, clas­si­cal and mod­ern mu­sic from dif­fer­ent plucked string mu­sic tra­di­tions.

The daily con­certs will be on No­vem­ber 5, 6, 8, 9, with mati­nee (3:00pm) and evening shows (7:00pm). All con­certs will be held at the Si­lay City Gym. All shows and con­certs are open to the pub­lic, but tick­ets must be re­served. Please con­tact 09956218152 or 09982664706 for ticket reser­va­tions.

The Fes­ti­val was de­lib­er­ately sched­uled to be part of Si­lay City’s cel­e­bra­tion of Al Cinco de Noviem­bre or Ne­gros Day, a com­mem­o­ra­tion of the his­toric event when Ne­grenses won a bat­tle against the Spaniard con­quis­ta­dores. The bat­tle was won when Filipino sol­diers made the Spaniards sur­ren­der and re­treat from bat­tle by us­ing fake canons and ri­fles to de­ceive their col­o­niz­ers.

On No­vem­ber 5, aside from the con­certs at the Si­lay City Gym, the Fes­ti­val mu­si­cians will be per­form­ing at 2:00pm and 5:00pm in the fol­low­ing an­ces­tral houses: Hofilena House, Jose Corteza Lcosin, Balay Ne­grense, Mar­i­ano Mon­telibano, Pi­tong Ledesma and Ger­man Un­son.

Through­out the week, there will also be out­reach con­certs around Ne­gros in­clud­ing Ba­colod, Manapla, Cadiz City, Bago City, Es­calante City, To­boso City, San Car­los City to name a few. Please

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