A team led by educators from the Ateneo de Manila University and various academic institutions has launched an initiative to combat historical revisionism.
Called the Martial Law Museum, the digital archive seeks to serve as a comprehensive online learning source to help the Filipino nation uphold the values of freedom, democracy, human rights, and engaged citizenship.
“Never again should there be a dictatorship that imposes martial law, violates human rights, plunders people’s wealth, and buries the truth, whoever the leader is,” its vision states.
The museum is divided into four sections, namely:
-Beginnings of martial law (1965-1972)
-Martial law in the Philippines (1972-1981)
-End of martial law (1981-1986)
-Lessons from martial law (Present)
These sections have over 300 references containing a variety of exhibits, learning materials, and lesson plans on Martial Law. “We have worked with more than 300 teachers from 32 different institutions to test and develop our lesson plans and exhibits. We are developing more.”
With these, the museum invites interested parties, especially teachers and students, to make a stand against historical revisionism.
Here’s a short video explaining the importance of teaching the real story behind martial law to the new generation: