Of Silence & Consent

There’s this idiom I read that really made me reflect deeply. It says, “Silence means consent.”, which means that if you do not object to a certain thing, it is assumed that you support it.

Although not entirely factual, I guess that humans really have a way to interpret one’s stand on something. It is how humans assume incorrectly on others’ stance or opinion. It is a concept of social interaction that just assumes the lack of response as tacit approval.

Similarly, as a kid, I’ve always heard some friends tease each other with “Silence means yes!”, especially when other kids get questioned by things they don’t want to answer. No matter how childish the questions may seem, the “Silence means yes!” thinking grew with some people.


Silence ≠ Consent


Silence does not equate to consent, approval, or affirmation. It must be respected as what it is, just silence. This fact has an exception when one’s silence becomes complicit, but that’s another story.

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Para Kay Saling (For Saling)

Losing all hope to make ends meet for her upcoming graduation, Saling breaks the silence to her big sister, only to be surprised by a small box that says “Para Kay Saling (For Saling).”



Julianne Verzo – Saling

Abby Sotelo – Ate

Julius Verzo – Father

Louie Austria – Voice of Father



Written & Directed by: Noubikko Ray

Producer: La Familia

Director of Photography: Marco Fetiza

Story & Concept by: Dominic Mendoza, Julius Corbillon Inocelda, & Noubikko Ray

Editor & Colorist: Noubikko Ray

Production Sound Mixer: Joshua Nissi Beltran-Labiano RN

Assistant Director: Dominic Mendoza

Script Supervisor: Jai dela Cruz

Location Manager: Angelica Fernandez

Production Manager: Julius Inocelda

Make-Up Artist: Rene Fe Sarmiento Arenas

Clapper: Vanessa De Chavez Macaranas

BTS: Donald Mendoza De Vera

Translator: Abby Sotelo & Rene Fe Sarmiento



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