ad astra per aspera. a rough road leads to the stars


In 2005, I co-founded the artist-activist collective, DAKILA. I served as its Executive Director for 11 years (2005-2016). I am very proud that this humble organization we have built has spawned generations of #LahingDakila and the evolution of the Active Vista Human Rights Festival as a learning center.

Check out the work that we do by visiting our websites. Follow our journey in my blog.

#AngMabuhayNangDahilSaYo #LahingDakila


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DAKILA – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism is an organization of artists, cultural and development activists, students, young professionals and individuals building a movement of heroism towards social transformation.

DAKILA cultivates one’s innate heroism, organizes communities of heroes and creatively fosters social involvement by building one’s capacity to make change, influencing individuals and groups to be part of the movement for change, and taking on advocacies and social concerns to bring about strategic actions that make real change.

DAKILA was founded in 2005 by multi-awarded writer Lourd de Veyra, musician Noel Cabangon, actor Ronnie Lazaro, Parokya ni Edgar bassist Buhawi Meneses and comedian Tado Jimenez.

DAKILA is involved in the advocacies for climate justice, human rights, good governance and the campaigns to end human trafficking, ensure just and lasting peace, promote road safety, and institute political, cultural and electoral reforms.



Active Vista is a learning institution established by DAKILA to address the pressing need for human rights education and to encourage social advocacy involvement in the Philippines. Active Vista facilitates the learning process of empowering citizens into becoming agents of social change.

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