UKPC/FCYA - Toronto

Ugnayan ng Kabataang Pilipino sa Canada / Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance - Toronto Chapter

Friday, September 14, 2007

An Evening of Peace and Music - 35 Years After Martial Law

Presented by Philippine Advocacy Through Arts - Canada (PATAC) and the Philippine Network for Justice and Peace (PNJP)

Saturday, September 22, 2007
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
OPSEU Region 5 Office
31 Wellesley Street East
(blue building across Wellelsley subway station)

Levy Abad, Jr.
Belinda Corpuz

September 21st 1972 is one of the darkest days in the Philippine history. 35 years ago dictator Ferdinand Marcos placed the Philippines in the state of martial rule. Progressive politicians, journalists, student and labor activists disappeared, and were arrested and tortured. The situation now is disturbingly similar to what happened then. Since 2001, more than 830 politically motivated deaths have been documented. Many people believe that that the Filipino state security forces are involved in these political killings. Ironically, September 21st is also the International Day for Peace.

It is fitting to reminisce about the past if only to remind us that we should not let it happen again. Join us in commemorating the lives of the victims and survivors and all those who continue to fight for a free, democratic and peaceful society.

This is a FREE event. Donations are welcome - proceeds will go to the Children's Rehabilitation Center (Philippines).
For more information, call (416) 486-8428 or e-mail

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What is PATAC?

In May 2007, a group of artists and concerned citizens who share a common interest in promoting and advancing the rights, welfare and well-being of Filipinos and people of Filipino-descent through the use of various art media, formed the Philippine Advocacy through Arts in Canada (PATAC).

PATAC is an Anglicized spelling of the Filipino word ‘patak.’ It means a drop of something and aptly describes the basic principle of the organization. ‘Patak-patak lang’ is a common phrase that Filipinos say when they want to ask everyone to contribute to the achievement of something, whether it be a contribution to help someone or to buy a meal. It is this same principle that PATAC adheres to. We believe that with a little help from everyone, we will be able to achieve our dream.