Note: This material contains detailed descriptions of violence, torture, and murder. Because the events described here are historical facts, it would be an injustice not to include those details. We recommend that audiences below 13 years old be accompanied by a parent or teacher in viewing and interpreting the map.

A Bloody Trail

Interactive Map of Human Rights Violations under Marcos Sr.’s Regime (1965-1986)

Part of Marcos Sr.’s legacy is a regime stained with blood from countless state-sponsored killings and violence. From provincial barrios to central city streets, this interactive map provides a visual representation of the wide reach of his administration’s brutality. Except for where the very few favored by the ruling classes dwelled, no place in the Philippines was exempt from death by bombs and bullets.

Credits: Christine Alvarez | Carlos Afable | Jessie R. San Buenaventura | Keneth Gadian | Tamia Reodica | Jonas Tugab


Additional Resources

Further Viewing


  • ML. Benedict. Mique, Benedict Mique Jr., 2018. 90 min. Philippines.

  • Barber’s Tales. Jun R. Lana, 2013. 120 min. Philippines.

  • Batch ’81. Mike De Leon, 1982. 108 min. Philippines.


Philippine educational distribution for all films mentioned above is through Active Vista.

Contact screenings@activevista.ph to organize a screening in your area, school, or organization.


Are you interested in a more sustained partnership on the use of art, media, and popular culture for social consciousness formation among our youth? We offer creative and innovative programs such as our Heroes Hub Youth Fellowship, Digital Media and Communications for Social Change Training, Creative Workshops, Film and Media Labs, our Arts Festival every September, and Film Outreach featuring a catalog with a wide array of socially relevant films. Connect with us at engagement@activevista.ph 


Public Video Resources

  • What Happened to the Billions That Former President Marcos Stole From the Philippines| The Big Steal


  • Finding Ninoy


  • BATAS MILITAR: Martial Law Under President Ferdinand E. Marcos Full Documentary


  • Martial Law Myths Busted | History


  • Demystifying Demagogues and Dictators


  • EDSA 35: Tumanda Na, Nagtanda Ba?


  • DemoCrazy


  • Martial Law: #NeverAgain #NeverForget

(1/2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WTz1YCZI88&ab_channel=ActiveVista


(2/2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X52HGJbu7rQ&ab_channel=ActiveVista 


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