Standing one’s ground

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.

Photo from Tarantadong Kalbo Facebook Page

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”.

Photo from Tarantadong Kalbo Facebook Page

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”.

Patreng Non

Photo from Patreng Non Facebook Page


Photo from Reklamador Facebook Page

Metro Manila Pride

Photo from Metro Manila Pride Facebook Page

We the Pvblic

Photo from We the Pvblic Facebook Page

FEU Central Organization

Photo from FEU Central Organization Facebook Page

Balat ng Saging

Photo from Balat ng Saging Facebook Page

Ate Rica’s Bacsilog

Photo from Ate Rica’s Bacsilog Facebook Page

UP College of Mass Communication Student Council

Photo from UP College of Mass Communication Student Council Facebook Page

Photo from the Website

Atty. Chel Diokno

Photo from Atty. Chel Diokno Facebook Page

For more Tumindigs, check out these threads by Ivan Terista:

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.

Photo from the Coconuts Manila Website
Photo from Steven Pabilinas’ Facebook Profile

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.

Photo from PinoyAkoBlog Twitter Page

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.

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