‘Vagina’ performers appeal for openness

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014


“STOP the animosity against women and the bigotry on the gay community,” Mai Santillan said, one of the volunteer-performers of The Vagina Monologues held in Liceo De Cagayan University on February 15.

Santillan hoped that as the audience got out of the theater after the show, they would have a big heart and place for women, lesbians, transsexuals and other discriminated sectors in the society.

Santillan also hopes people will understand that women and gays are also people who deserve respect.

“I am hoping that we will get the sentiment from the audience. I hope they will keep an open mind. I hope that they will not degrade or hurt women and gays,” said Santillan.

She and her colleagues are advocating discrimination against women and the gay community through presenting to the audience their real situation.

Maia Fortich Poblete, director of The Vagina Monologues, said the show was about spreading awareness on the campaign and stopping the violence against women.

Poblete added the show was also aimed at informing people on what really the Vagina Monologues is all about.

Internalize

“When I first tried to internalize the character, and as read the script I thought it (the story) was ridiculous,” Santillan said.

Her first role was about a woman who gets to appreciate his femininity after a man who loves vagina appreciates it.

Santillan realized that women do not appreciate their own vagina because it is something that they do not get to talk about on a daily basis.

As to her other role, Santillan said it was painful.

“It was painful. I feel pity to the woman who experienced suffering—suffering from defilation and rape from soldiers. She was treated like an animal or a commodity,” said Santillan.

Santillan’s second role was about a woman who got raped and defiled by Bosnian soldiers during the Bosnian War.

On her second role, Santillan hoped that the audience will realize that it is not just about the show.

She added: “These are real experiences of women and transgenders in our society.”

Donations

Poblete said the proceeds of the show would go to the women victims of calamities and to V-Day’s campaign on violence against women.

Specifically, she said some of the income of the show would be donated to the women victims of calamity in Leyte.

“Some of the proceeds will go to the women victims of ‘Yolanda,’ more importantly the small families that need help,” said Poblete.

She said through the Pagbantok-Kagayan, livelihood projects would be organized for the calamity victims.

The following piece were presented during the show: “The Little Coochi Snorcher That Could,” “Reclaiming Cunt,” “A Six-year Old Girl Was Asked…” “The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy,” “I was There in the Room,” “Buhok,” “The ‘Wear and Say’ Lists,” “Vagina Happy Fact,” “The Flood,” “My Vagina Was My Village,” “The Vagina Workshop,” among others.

The show took place at Liceo de Cagayan University’s Rodelsa Hall with the efforts of V-Day Cagayan de Oro and Pagbantog-Kagayan.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 19, 2014.

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