President Rodrigo Roa Duterte was born on March 28, 1945 in Maasin, Southern Leyte to Vicente Duterte and Soledad Roa who were both civil servants. His mother was a public school teacher while his father was a government worker.
Manila SDG Festival, Forum and Workshop owes it origin to the long standing efforts of Earthsavers UNESCO Dream Centre, under Cecile Alvarez, but established by the late Senator and secretary Heherson Álvarez, to harness the power of art as a tool for peace and climate justice. In 2018, Mrs. Álvarez, organized under patronage of UNESCO and with support of the Senate and the Head of State, the 2018 forum to create the so-called Peace Movement: “Not by Force but by Art”. This was itself preceded by the 2017 Manila Declaration the Philippine Roadmap for the Paris Accord, held on 29-31 May.
These Manila events laid foundation for the Cartagena Declaration on Art as a tool for Peace and Afro Caribbean Integration which was adopted at the Conference organized by Earthsavers’ principal partner, South-South Cooperation Council in November 2018.
Manila SDG event also showcases the effort of organizers to join the Resiliart Movement launched by UNESCO Director General, Mme. Audrey Azoulay.
Finally, the Manila event is also a contribution to the vision of a world post covid, positioning culture as a “Vaccine against Pandemic”.