Network of Men Leaders
Members of the Secretary-General’s Network of Men Leaders
Noel Cabangon is an award-winning folk music singer and songwriter from the Philippines. Aside from writing and performing music on stage and as a musical director in theater, he has become a vocal activist for human rights, peace and the environment, themes that weave through his music. He has released six albums, music videos, and has performed at the 2010 inauguration of President Benigno Aquino III, as well as in concerts and festivals in Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Kenya, the Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States.
To draw attention to women’s rights, he wrote the song “Men move”. Originally written for the Philippine Commission of Women, the song calls out to men everywhere to “bring all violence against women to an end”. With support from the Government of Spain, the song has been translated and a music video produced, as part of the United Nations Secretary-General's UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign.
As a humanitarian, his work includes being a member of the Board of Trustees Freedom from Debt Coalition, a national group working for economic justice and empowerment. He is the Ambassador for the Philippines River Basins of Sagip Ilong Pilipinas Movement, for the Cordillera Watersheds and for the Conservation of the Haribon Foundation, which promotes environmental protection and preservation. In addition to volunteering for Greenpeace International, he is a founding member of Dakila (Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism) and a member of the Akbayan Partylist political party. He also led Filipino artists in campaigning for the successful inclusion in 2012 of the Puerto Princesa Underground River to the New Seven Wonders of Nature.