Promoting peace, fighting prejudice through cartoons

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WORKING with others to do a task is a good way to achieve shared goals.

This is the reason why the “Cartooning for Peace” organizers decided to bring to the country five European cartoonists to collaborate with local artists in creating “cartoons for peace.”

These “cartoons for peace” will serve as a universal tool to encourage understanding among different cultures and beliefs and bridge political divides.

The Manila Times was chosen to host one of the foreign participants, Swiss cartoonist Philippe Baumann, who worked together with our own Steven Pabalinas to produce political cartoons that are featured on page 6 in today’s issue.


Organized by the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) Philippines, the “Cartooning for Peace” project hopes to raise awareness on the role of cartoonists in promoting peace and fighting prejudice.

EUNIC Philippines is composed of Alliance Francaise de Manille and Goethe-Institut Philippinen, along with the embassies of Denmark, France and Switzerland.

The three-day collaboration in the Philippines involves the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, University of the Philippines-Diliman, De La Salle University-Manila and University of Santo Tomas.

Participating newspapers are The Manila Times, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Star, Tempo and Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Apart from Baumann, the visiting cartoonists include Plantu (France), president of Cartooning for Peace; Bob Katzenelson (Denmark); and Thomas Plassman and Miriam Wurster (both from Germany).

The participating local cartoonists are Steven Pabalinas (The Manila Times), Roni
Santiago (Manila Bulletin), Manix Abrera (Philippine Daily Inquirer), Rene Aranda (Philippine Star), Norman Isaac (Tempo) and freelancer Rob Cham.

The 11 cartoonists will join a series of conferences. Other activities include master classes, interviews and cartooning workshops.

Founded at UN headquarters in New York in 2006 by the then-UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Plantu, Cartooning for Peace is a network of 130 cartoonists around the world who use the power and language of images to fight for peace and freedom of expression.

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