Kwentong Bayan: Labour of Love
is a community-based comic book project created by Althea Balmes (Illustrator) and Jo SiMalaya Alcampo (Writer) in close collaboration with Filipina migrant workers in the Live-in Caregiver Program.
These are the stories that you don't see in mainstream media. These are the stories that you won't find in most academic papers or research studies. These are real-life stories of community and friendship, love and struggle, and women's empowerment.
In the Filipino language, "kwentong bayan" is the literal translation of "community stories" and our comic book project is rooted in love.
Please visit our website to learn more: www.lcpcomicbook.com
Kapwa Collective in Baguio City, Philippines
i accepted an invitation to present my installation, Singing Plants Reconstruct Memory
at the KAPWA-3 Conference
on Indigenous Knowledges in the Academe to be held at the University of the Philippines in Baguio City from June 28 to 30, 2012.
KAPWA-3 will convene scholars from diverse Philippine universities and Schools of Living Traditions, cultural workers and artists who are actively involved with preserving Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Practices (IKSP) in their lifeworks. There will be international discussants from Japan, Thailand, Mongolia, the USA and Canada whose research points to the importance of IKSP in formal education.
i will be journeying with a group of Filipino-Canadian healers, artists, and critical thinkers from Toronto: Aimee Gomez, Jennifer Maramba, Christine Balmes, and Kristen Sison. we are committed to sharing the learning process with our communities. so in truth, you will be journeying with us.
maraming salamat / many thanks to Kidlat Tahimik, Dr. Katrin de Guia, and the Heritage and Arts Academies of the Philippines (H.A.P.I.) team for their support.
learn more about our kapwa journey
Support my Carlos Bulosan Theatre playwrighting-mate, Flerida Peña as she presents Sister Mary’s a Dyke?! to the community - jsaSister Mary’s a Dyke?!
by Flerida Peña Friday May 25, 2012 at 8PM & Sunday May 27, 2012 at 2PM
Fringe Creation Lab
720 Bathurst St, Suite 403
This comedic drama focuses on Abby’s journey as she uncovers the truth about her school. Unbeknownst to her, the school is not only comprised of sexually active queer students and nuns, it is the training ground for a group of Catholic Extremists who are hell-bent on infiltrating Vatican City by secretly organizing their female members into the College of Cardinals.more dykey goodness here
from the CBT Blog
: Six moths ago when the Carlos Bulosan Theatre Play Creation Unit formed with the Director of Play Creation Marjorie Chan, it was established that this year’s Tales from the Flipside
would be a celebration of new works in development,. What a celebration! Each night we had to add more chairs to the crowds as the Playwrights introduced themselves and their inspirations through out their process.
Darrel Gamotin introduced each cast member with personal stories – one even leading all the way back to high school for Oh Comely.
In her introduction for her new musical Icosagon Dreams,
Flerida Peña got a laugh from audiences when referencing Day Time TV’s infamous icosagon aka the big wheel from the Price is Right!
Jo SiMalaya Alcampo delighted audiences with her singing plants and visuals of her Aswang character represented through shadow puppetry for Hillot Means Healer.
And finally, Meesha Albano informed the audience that the excerpts about to be presented and are part of her larger play Transit Diaries
to be seen this summer in the Toronto Fringe Festival.
Of course the audience played a large part in this development celebration. Each night the Playwrights asked 3-4 questions pertaining to their play and received feedback from the audience. The feedback provided is intended to support the Playwrights as they enter their next phase of writing.
Flipside Festival + Tales from the FlipsideMarch 8-11, 2012
at KAPISANAN 167 Augusta Ave (Toronto)
For the past six months, members of Carlos Bulosan Theatre’s Play Creation Unit - Meesha Albano, Jo SiMalaya Alcampo, Darrel Gamotin, and Flerida Peña - have been led by Director of Play Creation, Marjorie Chan to develop their writing as emerging professional playwrights.
They are proud to share their work at Tales from the Flipside
- CBT’s 11th annual showcase of emerging professional Filipino-Canadian playwrights & theatre artists:
March 8th at 8PMOh Comely by Darrel Gamotin. Directed by Nina Lee Aquino
All the lovely moments of a family dissolve into the realities of a six year old named Sascha.
She has seen the ugliness of love. She thinks it’s lovely.
March 9th at 8PMIcosagon Dreams by Flerida Peña. Directed by Autumn Smith
Love: From all sides, on all sides.
March 10th at 8PMHilot Means Healer by Jo SiMalaya Alcampo. Directed by Marjorie Chan
A Filipino family attempts to heal soul wounds that cut across generations.
March 11th at 2PMTransit Diaries by Meesha Albano. Directed by Ruth Madoc-Jones
Cross the yellow line, look up, fall in love and don’t forget your transfer.
Theatre tickets are Pay-What-You-Can at the door. There is limited seating so please arrive on time.
We regret that this is not a wheelchair accessible space.
MORE INFO: carlosbulosan.wordpress.com
Carlos Bulosan Theatre in Partnership with Kapisanan proudly present
Tales from the Flipside (March 2012)
featuring presentations by emerging professional playwrights - Meesha Albano, Jo SiMalaya Alcampo, Darrel Gamotin, and Flerida Peña - led by Director of Play Creation, Marjorie Chan.
and the workshop production of Sister Mary’s a Dyke?! (May 2012)- Catholic School Girls and other things the Vatican never saw coming.
Written by Flerida Peña. Directed by Nina Lee Aquino.
More info: carlosbulosan.wordpress.com
Carlos Bulosan Theatre's 2011-2012 Season includes:
presents readings by some of Toronto's best and brightest writers at the Word On The Street Festival
with poets and writers from the annual Diaspora Dialogues mentorship program that matches emerging writers with established writer/mentors.
Includes readings by Jo SiMalaya Alcampo, Margaret Christakos
, Ibi Kaslik, Jennifer Marston
and Sheila Murray
Sunday September 25, 2011
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Queen's Park NorthToronto Book Awards TentMore info
Thanks to char loro
for performing in and posting photos of our collectively written play...Tempting Remo
Written by Jo SiMalaya Alcampo, Myk Miranda, Arlene Paculan, Flerida PenaProduced by Carlos Bulosan Theatre
Starring (in alphabetical order):
Cole Alvis, Ben Brilliante, char loro, Christine Mangosing, and Regina Simon.
Presented at the Theatre Centre (Toronto) for Tales from the Flipside 2011more photos here
thanks to Leslie Shimotakahara for writing about "the inviolable heart". i'll be reading an excerpt from my short story at the Flipside Festival Opening Night on Thursday May 12th. peace/katahimikan - jsa
'There can be no simple coming to terms with the past as the speaker scours the lesbian of colour community in Toronto in search of a therapist who can help her unearth a wealth of repressed memories cutting across her body, different times and places.' read more
blog can be read at The Reading List - Literature, Love, and Back Again.
Last year, Leslie was selected as an Emerging Writer with Diaspora Dialogues and her writing has been published in TOK: Writing the New Toronto, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, and GENRE.
Reasons to Flip @ the Flipside Festival 2011
1. Melissa Clemente is leading a FREE Jewelery Design Workshop on Saturday May 14th from 1:00 - 2:30 PM at Kapisanan
2. Michaela Cruz and Lyndel Aguilar, emerging visual artists from Kapisanan's Clutch Vol. #3 showcase their work from the 6-month arts-based program.
3. Performance from Casey Mecija of Ohbijou
who is hosting a FREE Care Package Art Installation Workshop on Sat May 14th from 3-5 PM at Kapisanan
4. Performance from hunters x gatherers
: An expressive collaboration between inter-disciplinary artist Jen Maramba and prolific musician/producer Alex Punzalan with the creative influence of Kawayan Punzalan. Based on "Maharlika" and the healers they met during their 2011 Philippine sabattical, this mix of adventure and mentorship has proven to be a turning point in their respective lives.
5. Dinner generously provided by Mayette's Fine Foods (masarap!)
6. The 10th Annual Tales from the Flipside Festival featuring two new collective creations from Play Creation Unit Alumni "Collective Consciousness"Fundraiser: Thursday May 12th, 7 pm
Opening Night Fundraiser at The Theatre Centre featuring readings from the playwrights' individual repertoire, evocative installations from Kapisanan's CLUTCH Vol.3 and others, exclusive musical peformances, and Mayette's Fine Foods.
Tickets: $35 in advance, $45 at the doorPlays: Friday May 13 - Sunday May 15th
Tales from the Flipside: "Collective Consciousness" at The Theatre CentreTempting Remo written by:
Jo SiMalaya Alcampo
Presented on Friday May 13th, 8 pm + Sunday May 15th, 2 pmOutside written by:
Presented on Saturday May 14th, 8pm + Sunday May 15th, 4pm
Tickets: $15 available in person at The Theatre Centre Box Office, 1087 Queen St West (located in the café) from 1 hour before show time. Box Office 416-538-0988 theatrecentre.org
MORE INFO: carlosbulosan.com
Carlos Bulosan Theatre is committed to creating innovative work that reflects a vibrant, new generation of Filipino-Canadian artists. CBT seeks to encourage and develop Filipino-Canadian performers, playwrights, poets, visual artists and other artists within the community.