Recently, The Underground Gallery released a statement on their social media pages saying that they are canceling their show, “The Charm Detritus of the Dream Social.”
The show featured “alleged abuser“ Marcus Adoro. Inquirer.net previously reported on the abuse of actress Barbara Ruaro by her former partner Adoro. Adoro’s camp reportedly tried to silence her as “Adoro’s work has been affected after her allegations came out.”
Comments on the art gallery’s opening night post included photos of a wanted poster with Adoro’s photo claiming that he has a case on “illegal drugs and violence on women.” One netizen said, “Baka sa sobrang busy niyo at di niyo nabalitaan kung sino si Marcus Adoro.” (Maybe you guys are too busy to know who Marcus Adoro is.)
In the same month Ruaro came out with her story, singer Syd Hartha also revealed how she was harassed by “Makoy,” who she referred to on her post as her father. According to Inquirer.net, Hartha tried to reconnect with her estranged father after years of longing to meet him. But the meeting turned sour and Hartha later spoke of the alleged abuse saying, “Hindi lang isang beses na sinaktan niya ako nang pisikal. Tinatama niya ulo ko sa pader; kahit sa harap ng kaibigan ko o kapag nakatalikod nanay ko…” (He didn’t just hurt me physically once. He repeatedly hit my head against the wall; even in front of my friend or when my mother’s back was turned.)
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sa labing limang taon ng buhay kong wala siya upang gumanap na ama sa akin, sobrang dami kong tanong tungkol sa kanya at wala na akong ibang ginusto kundi makilala yung iba ko pang mga kadugo at syempre, malaman ang pakiramdam na makasama siyang sinasabi nilang tunay kong ama. sa halos isang taong madalas ko siyang nakakausap at nakakasama, nabigyan na ng kasagutan lahat ng bitbit kong katanungan noon. hinding hindi ko makakalimutan iba’t ibang klase ng abuso na dinanas ko sa kanya. kaya pala ako nilalayo ng nanay ko at iba pang mga kamag-anak ko sa kanya. kaya pala. kahit grabe yung nagagawa niya sa akin at sa mga mahal ko sa buhay, naniwala pa rin ako noon na may puso pa talaga siya at kaya pa niyang bumawi. masyado akong naniwala. masyado ko siyang tiniis pero sa totoo lang, 'di ko rin masisisi sarili ko kasi matagal ko nang hinintay yun eh. gutom na gutom ako sa pagmamahal at atensyon niya na nakalimutan kong alagaan rin sarili ko. ilang beses ko nang sinubukang layuan si makoy hindi lang dahil ubos na ubos na ako pero dahil rin ang dami dami dami nang nawalang mahalaga sa buhay ko dahil sa mga pinag gagagawa't sinasabi niya sa kanila. pero ang galing niyang makuha ako pabalik. hindi lang isang beses na sinaktan niya ako nang pisikal. tinatama niya ulo ko sa pader; kahit sa harap ng kaibigan ko o kapag nakatalikod nanay ko.. i never realized then na i might be interrupting his karma. i should've done better but i know i tried to help myself as much as i could. hanggang ngayon, araw araw kong bitbit yung takot na baka mangyari ulit ito sa akin o sa kahit sino man. sana magsilbi itong gabay sa lahat. this monster could be anywhere now doing who else knows what. let’s watch out for each other.
There’s been a growing number of cases of local artists harassing women. One notable incident was of Gaston Damag, who was reported to have been accused of sexually assaulting a woman back in 2017. Days after the woman reported her side of the story, Damag’s art show still pushed through.
This recent incident with the gallery gives us hope. That institutions will listen to women, and will champion their welfare. We’re hopeful that as more and more people speak out against abuse, more people will listen.
As of writing, we reached out to Underground Gallery and are waiting for a comment on the matter.
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