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Proto-libertarian, Proto-human rights, Proto-middle class: 25 Constitutions, Nation and Being Formations, and Transformations By Dr. Roland Tolentino



September 15, Saturday, 2-4pm
Admission Fee: Php120.00 (adult) Php 100.00 (students)


Calls for charter change were sounded out by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile Jr and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. PHILCONSA (Philippine Constitution Association) even urged for this, stating that the 1987 constitution has some controversial and defective provisions in the said constitution and no enabling laws for 82% of its provisions. Before the 1987 Philippine Constitution, however, there were 25 constitutions that governed or attempted to govern a nation. On September 15, Saturday, 2-4 pm, Dr Roland Tolentino, Dean of the University of the Philippines’ College of Mass Communication, will give a talk called Pro-Libertarian, Proto-Human Rights, Proto-Middle Class: 25 Constitutions, Nation and Being Formations and Transformations at the Lopez Memorial Museum.


Dr Tolentino will look into how popular culture helps shape and substantiate the experience of governance, liberty, and human rights, in dialog and contestation with the framing of these by the constitution, and as especially subjugated by the experience of contemporary global neoliberalism. Dr Tolentino is an associate for fiction at the UP Institute for Creative Writing and is a member of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino. He has had visitorships and fellowships abroad, and his books have won awards. 


The talk complements the exhibition Liberal Streaks which is ongoing until January 2013. Curated by Claro Ramirez Jr., Liberal Streaks takes off from the ideas of representative democracy and liberal ideas reflected in the Cadiz Constitution and various Philippine Constitutions. Books on the constitution and other materials from the Lopez Library and Juan Luna’s España y Filipinas are featured. The Lopez Memorial Museum is at the ground floor, Benpres Building, Exchange Road corner Meralco Avenue, Pasig City. Museum days and hours are Mondays to Saturdays, except holidays, 8am-5pm.