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