I am honoured to be nominated for the Most Distinguished Human Rights Defender (Individual Category) of Amnesty International’s Ignite Awards 2018. To be in the same list as Human Rights Defender Senator Leila de Lima, Women’s Rights champion Senator Risa Hontiveros, Philrights Executive Director Professor Nymia Simbulan and LGBT activist Ryan Silverio is truly humbling. Thank you Amnesty International Philippines for recognizing the work of Human Rights Defenders in these challenging times.

I am also proud of DAKILA for its recognition as the Most Distinguished Human Rights Defender (Organization Category) of Amnesty International’s Ignite Awards 2018. We share this honour to all Human Rights Defenders who courageously pursue to uphold, protect and defend Human Rights every where, at all times.


Here is the link in Amnesty International’s Ignite Awards that celebrates the Brave.

DAKILA – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism, Inc. for Most Distinguished Human Rights Defender – Organization

DAKILA is a social movement that utilizes creative expression and innovative approaches to engage people in asserting and claiming for their rights. Dakila’s Active Vista Human Rights Film Festival promotes film as a medium for human rights education among the youth. Dakila’s presence is also felt online through their digital activism programs such as their Digital Activism Trainings, “Digibak.” Their campaigns have launched different governance initiatives, including the People’s Survival Fund which resulted into more popularization and in-depth look on the impacts of climate change in the Philippines.