Gantala Podcasts is a series of audio recordings of discussions, interviews, literary readings, and similar content which aim to stir and enrich conversations about women's struggles in the Philippines. It is also an alternative platform of Gantala Press to reach its audience.
Carmen “Nanay Mameng” Deunida was a beloved mass leader of the urban poor sector for many decades until her death at 93 on july 19. In this episode, we speak with filmmaker Adjani Arumpac, director of the film NANAY MAMENG (Kodao Productions, 2012) on what she remembers about the veteran activist, the challenges and joys of translating her life into film, and Nanay Mameng’s larger-than-life legacy. A snippet of Ms Arumpac’s interview with Nanay Mameng in 2010 is included in the end.
Sa episode na ito, ating pag-uusapan ang kalagayan ng kababaihang bilanggong pulitikal bilang patikim sa ilulunsad naming aklat—Saloobin: Mga akda ng at para sa kababaihang bilanggong pulitikal. Magkakaroon ng pagbasa ng mga akda mula sa aklat sa una at huling bahagi habang maikling panayam naman sa gitna.
Makakasama natin ngayon sina Fides Lim ng KAPATID Friends and Families of Political Prisoners at si Lady Ann Salem ng National Union of Journalists of the Philippines upang magbahagi ng kanilang kaalaman at danas tungkol sa kasalukuyang kalagayan ng kababaihang bilanggong pulitikal.
In celebration of the 6th year anniversary of Gantala Press, we share a roundtable discussion with some of our members: Faye, Tere, Tin, Roda, Rae, Roma, and Eloisa. We look back at the group's beginnings, our favorite projects and activities, insights about feminist publishing, collective writing, and sisterhood.
#DefendPeasantWomen is a campaign of the Amihan National Federation of Peasant Women to fight and resist intensified attacks and human rights violations against peasant women across the country and hold the Duterte regime primarily accountable for the abuses committed by the government armed forces. In this episode, Amihan National Chairperson Zenaida Soriano provides a backgrounder to the campaign while PAMALAKAYA-Palawan Chairperson Annalie delos Santos shares her testimony on the government’s red-tagging of peasant leaders and organizers. Peasant Women political prisoner Amanda Echanis of Amihan-Cagayan delivers a message for International Women’s Month and Miriam Villanueva of KASAMA-LR reads her poem on “Bloody Sunday” which took the lives of nine peasant activists in Southern Tagalog in March. Mara Marasigan of UMA sings “Para sa Amihan.” Faye Cura hosts. Recordings courtesy of @amihan.peasant_women, Free Amanda Echanis Network, and Gantala Press.
The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia commemorates the day when homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 17, 1990. As feminists, we march with our LGBTQI+ siblings in pushing back against the intersectional issues that affect individuals and communities
For this episode we interview Rey Valmores-Salinas, spokesperson of Bahaghari, the national democratic organization of militant and makabayang lesbians, gays, bisexual persons, and transgender (LGBT) Filipinos. We discuss many relevant issues such as coming out and collective action, science and activism, the danger of identity politics, and trans stories that need to be documented.
Labor Day was first observed in the Philippines on May 1, 1903 when thousands of workers marched to Malacañang to demand fair working conditions.
Some books that you can check out are Judy Taguiwalo’s Babae, Obrera, Unyonista; Ma. Luisa Camagay’s Working Women of Manila in the 19th Century; and Rosario Torres-Yu’s Welgang Bayan: Empowering Labor Unions Against Poverty and Repression. Of course, you can also check out Gantala Press’ own publications, Mamumuo: Mga Akda ng Kababaihang Manggagawa ng NAMASUFA-NAFLU-KMU, and Daloy: Collected Writings by the Filipino migrant women of Batis AWARE.
We begin with an interview with Ka Nitz Gonzaga, current Vice Chairperson for Women's Affairs of Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU). Studied under GABRIELA, Ka Nitz became an activist during Martial Law. She started out as an office secretary at National Federation of Labor Unions. At 80, Ka Nitz continues to fight for workers' rights especially those of women's.