Cartooning for Peace in Manila

Cartooning for Peace

Founded in 2006 at the UN Headquarters in New York by former 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 promote peace and freedom of expression.

From 5–8 May 2015, the EUNIC-organized “Cartooning for Peace in Manila” project saw five European cartoonists undertake talks and debates with the public here: Plantu (France), Bob Katzenelson (Denmark), Thomas Plassmann and Miriam Wurster (Germany) and Philippe Baumann (Switzerland). They were joined by six of their Philippine counterparts, namely Steven Pabalinas (The Manila Times), Norman Isaac (Tempo), Rene Aranda (Philippine Star), Manix Abrera (Philippine Daily Inquirer), Rob Cham and Roni Santiago (Manila Bulletin).

Cartooning for Peace

The four-day event in Manila started with a dinner with Secretary Teresita “Ging” Quintos-Deles (Presidential Advisor to the Peace Process) who familiarized the cartoonists with the political situation and the peace process in the Philippines. The following day, the cartoonist worked together with leading newspaper companies such as Manila Bulletin, Manila Times, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, and Tempo, which published their cartoons in their respective editorial sections. A series of conferences, master classes, interviews, and cartooning workshops in universities such as the De La Salle University, University of the Philippines and the University of Santo Tomas also took place.

Cartooning for Peace

Project organizer EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture) is composed of Alliance Française de Manille and Goethe-Institut Philippines, along with the Delegation of the European Union, and the Embassies of Denmark, France and Switzerland in the Philippines.

Above text and pictures are courtesy of the Embassy of Switzerland, Manila

The Swiss Embassy in Manila hosts and sponsors different cultural events all year over. The Swiss Embassy’s Counselor and Deputy Head of Mission Raoul Imbach uses more than just the functions of his office to build diplomatic ties around the world; he also turns to the power of music to strengthen them. Interested as ever in the musical scene in his country of posting, Imbach has met many Filipino artists in the past two years, and in fact has composed four Filipino songs already. These are titled “Binibini,” “Hello, Eto Ako,” “Too Young;” and “In a Dream Last Night.”


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