Exhibition held in Ateneo, January 25-29, 2010

March 15, 2010

“For Freedom and Social Justice” was held at the Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University from 25-29 January 2010, starting the year’s exhibit tour. The event was organized by FES Manila in partnership with the Department of Political Science.

The opening ceremonies were held with a forum entitled, “For Free and Just Societies: Social Democratic
Lessons and Challenges for Germany and the Philippines,” with the German Ambassador to the Philippines, Christian Ludwig Weber-Lortsch; Mirko Herberg, Resident Representative of FES in the Philippines; and, Benjamin Tolosa of the Ateneo Political Science Department. A workshop on the social democratic values was attended by students of political science.  The Ateneo School of Government co-sponsored a Partisan Civil Society Dialogue, entitled, “How Much Reforms Are There in the 2010 Campaigns” with talks given by Joel Rocamora of the Institute of Popular Democracy and Ramon Casiple of Institute of Political and Electoral Reforms. A dinner-qua-round-table-discussion was attended by Filipino social democratic activists, former PDSP members, and non-aligned activists, who reflected on the past, present, and future of social democracy in the Philippines.

As usual, guided tours were given to students, professors, as well as walk in viewers of the exhibit. The whole week was closed by a forum entitled, “Elections Make Parties–German and Philippine Realities,” attended by students who listened to talks by Mirko Herberg and Atty. Ibarra Guttierrez of the UP Institute of Human Rights.

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