RockEd Philippines promotes solidarity among Filipinos
Mae Escartin

QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA—One of the ways to encourage people to act on issues is to bring it where they are. Some organizations use the power of the Internet to deliver their messages to the public, but for RockEd Philippines music is a powerful platform to discuss civic issues.

An advocate of alternative education and rock music event organizer, Therese “Gang” Badoy-Capati established Rock Education or RockEd Philippines in 2005, in the hopes of inspiring other musicians to use their craft to effectively communicate their advocacies towards social concerns, especially about this generation of youths.

The volunteer group provide venues and events for alternative education. It is composed of private citizens that coordinate projects with other non-government organizations (NGO).

Badoy said that if musicians can help teachers and professors disseminate information, they can use it as a tool for progress. “My first dream for RockEd was to help social studies teachers but then it expanded through my friends who wanted to give their assistance like Lourd de Veyra, Noel Cabangon, and some professors of the University of the Philippines in Diliman.”

She shared that anyone who volunteers for RockEd contributes new projects. For example, when Ballet Philippines volunteered, Rock Supremo was born. They are not limited to musicians and professors;  they encourage everyone to coordinate their projects with them and they will provide anything that they can.

In their almost 10 years of existence, RockEd has already given birth to different independent projects—“Book Bigayan,”” Rock the Rehas,” “Fresh Take,” and “Rock Malinaw.” These are registered as separate non-government organizations (NGO).

In Book Bigayan, they organize eternal book drives where they collect and deliver books to far-flung schools with no access to or have damaged school libraries. Rock Malinaw, on the other hand, donates eyeglasses and hearing aids for students who cannot afford to buy such medical devices.

Rock the Rehas involves volunteer teachers who help reach out and educate inmates in maximum security prisons in Metro Manila every week. Badoy herself teaches their inmate-students creative writing and some basic science.

“I think that the prison education program, it’s really us who learn from it more than the inmates. But don’t get me wrong, if you’re in prison for a lifetime what you really need is something to do, new things to learn even within a confined space. So we bring musicians every other month to perform inside jails. We also we teach them small skills,” Badoy shared.

Another one of their programs, Fresh Takes, is the group’s way of congratulating graduates of different public high schools. They bring graduation gowns, make-up artists, and musicians who are also photographers, helping the group take each of the students’ graduation pictures.

For Badoy, it should be everyone’s dream to see their country progress. Music is a way to deliver that message of encouragement to people, which can equate to a better country.

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