Standing one’s ground
T u m i n d i g ✊🏼
This was the hashtag Tarantadong Kalbo used in their post last July 17, 2021. Short but powerful — garnering over 47k reactions, 3k, and 14k shares in less than two weeks since it was posted, this artwork has instantly caused a stir amongst Filipinos.
Not really expecting much from it at first, the artist behind the illustration just wanted to communicate that he may be alone but he was standing his ground by portraying numerous anthropomorphic fists bowing down except for one — Tumindig.
The artwork starts off as only having one who didn’t bow down. Nonetheless, Filipinos, especially artists as well as activists, were quick to come up with their very own version of Tumindig — including this to the original artwork as a sign of solidarity with Tarantadong Kalbo and the other constituents who included their versions of “Tumindig”.
And guess what? It didn’t stop there! Not only did artists and activists take part in this artwork, but well-known organizations and businesses also did their fair share of “Tumindigs”.
Metro Manila Pride
We the Pvblic
FEU Central Organization
Balat ng Saging
Ate Rica’s Bacsilog
UP College of Mass Communication Student Council
Atty. Chel Diokno
For more Tumindigs, check out these threads by Ivan Terista:
- Andami nang tumitindig. Mapa-artista, mapa-banda, student orgs, private companies, publishing houses, podcast, even private individuals. Check those who joined the #Tumindig movement.
- Hanggang 80 images lang pala ang kayang i-add sa post so heto na ang batch 2 ng mga nakitindig sa #Tumindig movement ni Tarantadong Kalbo.
Very heartwarming, right? To think that there’s an ongoing pandemic that has driven us way past our limits, and yet a lot of Filipinos still chose to stand in solidarity solely for this illustration and its strong message.
However, some still chose to hate.
Starting with that of the response of Pro-Duterte artist, Steven Pabalinas, on the #Tumindig movement online.
A few days after the Tumindig artwork was posted, Pabalinas posted his own take on the movement — sharing an illustration portraying Sara Duterte trampling on the standing anthropomorphic fists.
It didn’t stop there. A number of people have also spammed the Tumindig post itself with inappropriate comments, some of which proved to be, as they say, not for the faint of heart.
Just last July 25, 2021, Tarantadong Kalbo posted through its comments section how bad the attacks have been towards the page and its admins.
Showing how much of an impact these hateful comments have despite the positive feedback from several Filipino groups on the Tumindig movement.
Even so, Tarantadong Kalbo, together with other Filipinos and their respective organizations, still push forward with the #Tumindig movement online to show what solidarity is and what it truly means to stand ground.
A testament to this would be the recently held SONA. Over 2,000 protestors were present at the SONA rally in Commonwealth Avenue last July 26, 2021. Bringing with them some placards and protest artworks that included and/or was inspired by Tarantadong Kalbo’s Tumindig illustration.
What an artwork! This just goes to show how much of an impact the #Tumindig movement has on the Filipino community. Reaching the extent of being the inspiration behind the placards and protest artworks for this year’s SONA.
Hence, the message is clear. No matter how much hate was received by the #Tumindig movement, this did not stop Filipinos from standing their ground — especially when it comes to what we deserve as a community.
About the Author
Justine Ongpin is an incoming 4th year Bachelor of Arts in Journalism student in the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Her interests include watching K-drama, playing Softball, and learning more about personal finance during her free time. She is currently the UP Journalism Club Vice President of Finance and the Co-Captain of the UP Softball Varsity Team.