Martial Law: Echoes of the Past, Lessons for the FutureThe longest-running presidential rule in the Philippines under Ferdinand Marcos ran from 1965 to 1986. A fraction of that 20-year period (re)defined his presidency.
Forty-five years hence, it is apparent that the call for remembrance extends beyond the recognition of that episode in Philippine history. With the turn of events in the last two years, the anxieties of the past are evoked. It is in this light that institutions like museums and libraries recognize their role in society.
For a country like the Philippines, with a history marred by tumultuous losses, lapses and horrific events, it is important to present the triumphs that highlight the strength of human spirit, love for country and commitment to what is just and humane.
On September 22, Knowledge Channel (an institutional partner of the Martial Law Museum), collaborated with the Lopez Museum and Library in mounting an exhibit in tandem with the lecture titled Martial Law: Echoes of the Past, Lessons for the Future held at the Rockwell Business Center.
The exhibit featured materials that underscored the role of the youth movement, in particular students during the years prior to the declaration of martial law (1969-1972). The materials in the exhibition came from the Lopez Library and photo archives, including those from the donated archives of The Manila Chronicle and Manila Times.
In the next few weeks, the museum through its website will feature materials by scholars, journalists, writers and artists as well as firsthand accounts that will shed light on the years of Marcos rule. These will include recent publications that engage with that era through the lenses of diverse perspectives and fields. (Story/Photos by: By Thea Garing and Yna Musico)