EMINENT journalist and author Marites Danguilan Vitug will deliver the 2016 Adrian Cristobal Lecture, which will be held on February 22, 3 p.m., at the AIM Conference Center Manila (ACCM) in Legaspi Village, Makati City. Her lecture is entitled “Democracy beyond elections: overcoming impotence.”
The Adrian E. Cristobal Lecture Series was established by the Cristobal family, in collaboration with the Unyon ng mga Manunulatsa Pilipinas (UMPIL), or the Writers’ Union of the Philippines.
It aims to honor the intellectual legacy of the late renowned writer and former UMPIL chairman whose name the series carries.
In light of the forthcoming national elections, Vitug will propose in her lecture other modes of exercising democracy, to make it real and substantial, and to make it work for the public good.
She states in the summary of her talk, “Given the oligarchic structure of our society, the prevalence of vested interests and the inequality in our midst, popular discourse should include ways to overcome our sense of impotence, of powerlessness beyond casting our votes. There are various paths to take, as outsiders who publicly advocate reforms, form pressure groups and lobby for these with the legislative and executive departments to becoming insiders by running for public office and working in government. Thus, kindling our civic spirit takes more than a trip to the polling place on election day.”
Vitug is editor at large of www.rappler.com.
This lecture is co-funded by Silly People’s Improv Theater Philippines (SPIT). It is open to the public. Admission is free.