Urban Time Stands for Peace and Democracy

In my younger years, Election Day is just another reason to be with my parents. After voting from their precinct, they would proudly show off their dirty inked finger. To tell our neighbor that they had done their duties as a diligent citizen.

Now that I’m a registered voter, the time might be different but every Filipino still face the same issues.

“Not Today” a stand for Peace

Anyway, I just want to inform everyone that Cherie Paris watches urges every one to shout “No!” to electoral violence in any way we possibly can. A specially commissioned photographic tableau, titled “Not Today”, created by award-winning artist Wawi Navarroza, will be put up as a billboard along EDSA, Mandaluyong, to remind all Filipinos that democracy means clean, peaceful and honest elections.

According to Wawi Navarroza:

“I got interested in re-creating a shared pathos, a familiar disturbing image as a way of addressing the problems….”

“I’ve designed this piece to function in many levels through the different contexts I staged this photo to be read (billboard, gallery, commercial),” explains the contemporary artist. “The work aims to destabilize our usual reception of images in order for us to remember and rethink how images shape our ideas and opinions in a massive insidious way. I’ve decentralized the meaning in this picture by depicting reality mirrored as fiction.”

She adds further: “That this photograph seems to be parading the Theatre of the Absurd is nothing different to the absurdity of massacre, war, atrocity and violence.  People have died for pointless reasons, the “senseless” killings (is there sensible killing?), the blood-stained election votes.  We all know it’s starting to feel like circus around here.  We’re living in a cabaret of underhanded politics… the huddled masses with collective amnesia, the trigger-happy demons on wheels, sequined evangelists, stupid whitening products, scams and scandals, the madmen and monsters who are willing to do horrendous acts of violence in exchange of…what?  This is our dark comedy, our self-styled campy horror show.”

Peace! on your Wrists

With that in mind Cherie Paris released a limited-edition watches to remind us that there is no better time but now to start standing against electoral violence, brutality and against bloodshed.

Megan Young

Designed by Wawi Navarroza for Cherie Paris, the “Peace” watch features a short hand that reads “It’s about time” and a long hand showing the words “Enough blood on the ballot,” emblazoned as strong symbols of peace, as well as non-violent and honest elections.

Megan Young with Urban Time girls

With each limited edition advocacy Cherie Paris watch is a response to the call to action to speak up and to show others that Filipinos will not take this important issue sitting down. With three distinct colors, people can now opt to wear what they stand for on their wrists.

with Patton, Karen and Urban Time girls

The “Peace” watch reminds Filipinos that it’s about time we emerge from behind our mobile phones, behind television sets and behind our Facebook and Twitter accounts and take an active and visible stand against electoral violence.

Patton with Karen: new friends
Me with Karen

Wawi Navarroza’s “Not Today” and the limited edition Cherie Paris watches share all Filipinos’ common advocacy for peaceful elections and a better Philippines.

with RJ, Arpee, and Arvin

For more information about Urban Time and Wawi Navarroza’s anti-violence advocacy, please visit www.urbantime.com.ph. Limited-edition Cherie Paris “Peace” watch is available at The Urban Time boutique in SM North EDSA Annex and select Robinsons and Metro Gaisano department store.

4 thoughts on “Urban Time Stands for Peace and Democracy

  • April 21, 2010 at 5:48 am

    The Peace watch is great. No idea yet but will be communicating with Urban Time about it.

  • April 24, 2010 at 3:03 pm


    Great to meet you at the event. Thanks for the photos. May I use 2 of the ones I am in for my blog (with credit of course).

    Did you ever get to meet Wawi? She showed up pretty late. I’m really proud of her effort and of the people I knew who were part of the tableau. I don’t know when Wawi’s next show, but her work is usually thought provoking and fun and it’s great to see her evolve as an artist, photographer, teacher and…activist.

    Again, it was fun talking to you and I hope the dinner you are working on tonight is a smashing success.


  • April 25, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Hi Karen,

    Nice to meet you to, I have a good time talking with you as well. Sure you may use the photos.

    I was not able to meet Wawi, it would have been nice to meet her and have a short interview about the advocacy. Maybe next time.


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