Over the past two decades, tens of thousands of communities and college campuses have staged V-Day benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues – and other artistic works, campaigns & risings– in over 200 countries and territories. V-Day volunteers have raised consciousness, changed laws to protect women and girls, funded rape crisis centers and domestic violence shelters (often times these much needed funds kept them from closing), educated their communities, and raised well over $100 million in urgently needed funds for groups doing the essential work of ending violence and serving survivors and their families.
For its 20th anniversary, V-Day is focusing on the timely issue of sexual harassment.
What are The Vagina Monologues?
The New York Times describes The Vagina Monologues as “funny” and “poignant”, and by the Daily News as “intelligent” and “courageous”. The play - first performed Off-Broadway and in locations around the world by Ms. Ensler - dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage, and excitement in women’s experiences. V–Day grew out of the play that exploded onto the scene in 1998, breaking taboos about women’s sexuality and shattering silence around violence done to women and girls.
V-Day CDO is a local effort within the worldwide context of the 20th Anniversary V-Day Campaign.
V-Day CDO and The Vagina Monologues 2018
V-Day CDO’s The Vagina Monologues gathers some of Cagayan de Oro’s most talented artists and advocates. These performers – men, women, and the LGBTQ - have volunteered their time and talent to help achieve the goal of reaching out and helping Kagay-anons realize that violence of all forms on all genders is real.
What makes this year’s show special is the fact that seven original pieces written by Kagay-anons will be delivered by the artists. In addition, some of the monologues were also translated to Binisaya. This, the group believes, is the best way to help the audience understand the message of The Vagina Monologues.
The show also includes pieces lifted from A Memory A Monologue A Rant and A Prayer, which is a collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights like Maya Angelou and Edward Albee. MMRP features diverse voices of characters who break open, expose, and examine violence at all levels and types. The pieces create a realistic portrait of how violence against women (and the LGBTQ & men) affect every one of us.
V-Day CDO’s male artists perform the pieces from MMRP.
Presented by Oro Teatro Bulawanon, the same group that staged the Palanca award-winning play Reyna Elena last November 2016, this year’s TVM also focuses on sensitive (and often misunderstood) issues such as bullying, rape, and sexual harassment. Throughout the show, audiences will experience a roller coaster of emotions: joy, excitement, confidence, fear, confusion, disbelief, realization, and ultimately, fulfillment.
The goal of this year’s show is to make everyone realize that to move forward and find a solution for the problem of violence, we must work together regardless of gender. This is why the production has men and the LGBTQ working with and performing alongside women from all walks of life.
The Vagina Monologues is a benefit show. Proceeds will be used for programs and projects for women. The group will be working and coordinating with a civic organization in CDO to create these programs. Additionally, 10% of the total earnings will be given as spotlight donation to the V-Day movement.
Donation Tickets & T-Shirts
Donation tickets for the show are available at Php150 for professionals and Php100 for students. Reservations can be made by calling or sending a message to 0917-8708792.
To raise more funds for the VDay campaign, the TVM group is also selling personalized t-shirts with the print “Ang Bilat Dili Pamalikas”. The shirts are available in different sizes at Vjandep Bulua and Tiano, Aruga/Amuma at SM CDO Downtown Premier, as well as at the Limketkai bazaar scheduled for Feb 8 to 14 at the LKK Rotunda area (center of the mall). Donation tickets will also be sold during the bazaar.
Join the campaign against violence of all forms, on all genders. Watch The Vagina Monologues on February 17 at the VIP Hotel. It’s going to be an experience you won’t forget for a long time! pr
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