Commemoration at the Replica of the Stone
Date: 
Wed 17/10/2018

On October 17, the commemoration of the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty will be held from 7 am to 12 nn in Rizal Park, Manila.

The program includes:  
-Remarks of by the National Anti-Poverty Commission, the Commission of Human Rights, ATD Fourth World and a keynote speech by Mayor Joseph Estrada,
-Theater performance as a message from communities, with governmental response, testimonies of people with experience of poverty, wreath-laying rites at the commemorative stone, and workshops for adults and children prepared by partners.

The commemoration has been prepared in different stages: 

On October 12, the official unveiling of 4 murals (see below) took place in the Roma Plaza Intramuros. The murals were created by young artists from ATD communities, Museo Pambata's outreach programs, and the NAPC. This was one of the events dedicated to the national commemoration of October 17 - World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, with Museo PambataNational Commission for Culture and the Arts and the National Anti-Poverty Commission.

In the week of October 1 - 7, ATD members held forum meetings in communities to recall the meaning of the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty and to mobilize people to take part in the celebration at the commemorative stone in Ritzal Park, Manila on October 17.

On September 23, children from different backgrounds participated in art workshops in preparation for October 17. They created a collective mural representing the four pillars of an anti-poverty new policy which are:
-democratic governance and people participation;
-rural development and national industrialization;
-human rights-based approach of poverty reduction;
-social protection for all

On August 11, during an art and cultural gathering, youth from six communities from Manila and relocation sites made their own posters with a message for October 17, World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty. The question asked to the youth was « What are you hoping for your community and society ? ». One message reads: "The community to be united and equal in all matters."

It was a great opportunity to know each other better, to discuss with young people about their personal hopes and hopes for a more just society, to learn basics of theater, and to participate in workshops.

Between July and August, adults could gather and express their thoughts about their daily struggles to make ends meet but also what is their hope for future. The topic discussed was the hike in prices of commodities and what effect it has on their families.

Location

Manila
Philippines