Ep.11: on Modern Activism with Katrina Stuart Santiago, Ria Atayde, Dora Dorado and Macoy Dubs

This episode is brought to you by Areté, the creativity and innovation hub of Ateneo De Manila University. It was co-produced by MUNI and Arete, hosted and written by Jen Horn and Ayen dela Torre, edited by Francesco Amante, with music by Diego Mapa of and album art by Lazir Caluya. You can find the MUNI on This Podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.

About this episode

What new types of activism are we seeing even while under quarantine? And how does today’s digital activism stack up to protests on the ground?

In this episode, we listen to stories of individuals whose activism is ignited by their rage and frustration with the state of the nation, but it is also fueled by hope and love for our country and its people.

We speak to actress Ria Atayde, whose career began with ABS-CBN, about the value of speaking up and influencing our circles to do the same, and then we talk to Katrina Stuart Santiago of about the necessary struggles of nation building. Between these interviews, you'll also hear briefly from political satirists and online personalities Macoy Dubs aka Auntie Julie and Dora Dorado about their stories of modern activism.

In listening to this episode, consider asking yourself the questions below or discussing them with a friend:

  • What lessons can we learn from People Power and activism that effectively toppled a dictator (even without the use of social media)?

  • In what ways can relying primarily on social media backfire?

  • How can we go beyond sharing of social media posts to engage more people in healthy political discourse?

Learn more about our guests and ways you can be more politically engaged by following the below accounts, registering to vote, and volunteering for organizations that aim to raise awareness on political issues and voter’s education, and engage in activations on the ground.

People / organizations / initiatives mentioned:


  • Ria Atayde (@ria on Instagram)

  • Katrina Stuart Santiago (@radikalchick) of on Instagram

  • Dora Dorado (@doracrybaby)

  • Mark Averilla a.k.a. Auntie Julie (@macoydubs)


  • Arete Ateneo - and Arete Ateneo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

  • MUNI -; @muni_ph on Instagram and MUNI Community on Facebook


About this podcast

We started MUNI on This to deal with our personal and collective distress about the state of our planet, but more importantly, we created this to give ourselves and you guys more reasons to hope and more motivation to act. In the show, we talk about the challenges and possibilities in creating a more mindful and livable world. It was created by MUNI, a purpose-driven company that creates conversations and builds community through online content and offline events on mindful, sustainable living.

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