Who is 14- year-old firebrand Shibby De Guzman?
In the news, she is an activist best known for her apperance at the November 2016 protest action against the burial of late President Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Her viral photograph during the rally was a sparkpoint for media, netizens, and the currently polarized political spectrum. Shibby’s cardboard activism, where she wore a sign proclaiming “Lahat tayo posibleng drug pusher,” eventually motivated TIME Magazine to include her in their “30 Most Influential Teens of 2017” for her articulation of the role of the youth in dissent, and her braveness in the criticism of the current Duterte adminstration—even it continues to silence opposition voices in both public service and the private sector.
In this special episode of “Sabaw On Record,” Shibby sat down with the editors to talk about what it’s like to be a voice of resistance in an atmosphere of political repression and fake news, how today’s teens and tweens view the myriad issues that form a palimpsest in a troubled democracy, and the importance of dialogue across generations free of the “you’re too young for all this!” age fallacy.
Through this revealing interview, Shibby also discusses how the yearning for unity in a country still fractured and clinging to its old allegiances can possibly move forward as a form of social and cultural metamorphosis.