In our first CWTS class, we had the liberty to choose which type of advocacy we wanted to be involved in. I recall many of my batch mates wanting to sign up for “Community Organizing” and scrambling over who would get the organization The Nameless. All of us had no idea what The Nameless was and what it does during that time, but I guess we all wanted it because its organization name was striking and it caught our curiosity in some way.
Simply researching about The Nameless was not enough for me to know what the organization strived to achieve. I knew then that it was an organization who aspired to honor the heroes of our country by “putting a name” to them, but besides that, I knew nothing more. It was only in the preparation for the exhibit and the forum that I came to realize that by honoring these heroes, we are also honoring bravery and courage, which our country direly needs. Through this forum and exhibit, we also honored our country which these heroes laid their lives for, and the heroes’ families who had to endure the pain and suffering from losing their loved ones. It was a nice feeling to be able to make their families know that their loved ones have not been forgotten until this very moment because of the heroic acts they’ve done for the country. And it is this very purpose that I think, The Nameless exists.
The exhibit was a collaborated effort by The Nameless organizers and the students of CWTS – Econ. We, the students, were tasked to cut the heroes’ pictures alongside their descriptions and paste them on the exhibit boards, and bring things that would make the exhibit look more attractive. The job was efficiently and well done by both parties, based on the number of students and faculty I saw who really stopped by the exhibit and took time in reading the entries. Although beside the exhibit was also a memorial exhibit for Nelson Mandela, I think the people in Palma Hall during that time knew the message we all tried to bring forth, which is that of heroism.
The forum, on the other hand, was just as informational and interesting. Many speakers gave a talk on both objective and subjective aspects of human rights, one even shared her own firsthand experience on the violation of human rights. The talk was in its own way touching, and I’m sure that a lot of hearts were moved and a lot of people were inspired to fight for their human rights.
Collectively, it was an inspiring experience for everyone – for the attendees, viewers, and for those who prepared the exhibit and forum. I’m pleased to know that there exists people in our nation that continue to fight for human rights, even if it’s more for the benefit of other people than theirs. I’m also glad that more people are aware of what the heroes have done for our country, and who these people are. It’s about time that their names were deservingly set out for the public to know. The Nameless surely have served its purpose through the exhibit and forum and I hope to see more people supporting their events in the future because their advocacy is really noble.
– Jena Fernandez