November 11, 2013
Dear friends and kababayans,
Deepest condolences to all who are grieving the losses arising from Typhoon Yolanda, International name: Haiyan.
Thank you for reaching out with kindness and concern. I am part of a few collectives in Toronto and we are in the process of responding to the tragic events in the Philippines. In the meantime, I recognize that immediate relief is needed in the most devastated areas.
I am working with Dr. Analyn "Ikin" Salvador-Amores an Anthropology Professor at the University of the Philippines (UP-Baguio) to coordinate donations to benefit isolated communities in the region. Her colleague from UP-Baguio, Amer Amor and his team will leave on November 15 to conduct relief operations in his hometown of Dulag, Leyte.
Many of you have contacted me to recommend an NGO to receive donations that will directly reach the people. I am supporting this volunteer-run, community-led grassroots initiative and welcome you to join me.
All cash donations will be used to purchase water, food, and clothing, and other much needed supplies. You can make a donation via Paypal to: Dr. Analyn Salvador-Amores, email: salvadoramores2012[at]gmail.com. She will send you an email acknowledging your donation. I will keep you updated on the relief efforts here.
This is only one of the trips to be made to the region. This is expected to be a sustained collective recovery effort.
may we all give
in our own way
to ease the suffering
of our kapwa
and all the beings
of this sacred earth
salamat at respeto / respectful gratitude
About Dr. Analyn ‘Ikin’ Salvador-Amores: Ikin was born to Ilocano parents and raised in Baguio City. In 2006, she was selected as an International Fellow of the Ford Foundation and this enabled her to pursue graduate studies at the University of Oxford, UK. Ikin entered the Master’s program in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at the University of Oxford and wrote about tattoos in colonial photographs for her thesis. After earning her MPhil in 2008, she pursued her PhD at the same institution. She is the first Filipina scholar to graduate with a doctorate in Social and Cultural Anthropology at Hertford College, Oxford University. Ikin's first book, Tapping Ink, Tattooing Identities is based on her dissertation. It is a unique account of contemporary and past tattooing practices among the Kalinga people in Northern Luzon, Philippines. It was published in 2013 and available at UP Press. In 2012, Ikin visited Toronto to present her research at the inaugural Kapwa Collective Speaker Series: B A T O K - Kalinga Tattooing Markers of Identity: From Indigenous to Diasporic.
Image: Me & Manang Ikin at the 519 CC preparing for the Kapwa Collective Speaker Series, Nov 2012.
Carlos Bulosan Theatre (CBT) in partnership with KAPISANAN and with special guests Kwentong Bayan proudly present Tales from the Flipside : Over Time, Overseas as part of the 8th Annual KULTURA Filipino Arts Festival.
Carlos Bulosan Theatre presents a retrospective sampling of their past works featuring the stories of Filipina caregivers working overseas in search of better lives for themselves and their families.
Tales from the Flipside: Over Time, Overseas - will feature scenes from one of CBT’s earliest productions – If My Mother Could See Me Now / Inay Kung Alam Mo Lang (1989), written by one of CBT’s founders and past Artistic Directors, Fely Villasin.
This will be followed by a staged reading of Sana, a short play developed within CBT’s Novice Play Creation Unit and written by Bea Palanca, one of our community’s bright new voices.
To conclude the program, CBT is honoured to be joined by the creators of Kwentong Bayan: Labour of Love, a community comic book in collaboration with Filipina migrant workers in the Live-in Caregiver Program. Artists, Althea Balmes and Jo SiMalaya Alcampo will be speaking about their project and the current state of Philippine migrant workers in our community today. How much has changed? How much has stayed the same?
Tales from the Flipside: Over Time, Overseas is part of Carlos Bulosan Theatre’s ongoing efforts to reconnect with our roots as they celebrate 30 years of producing theatre that reflects the social and political issues affecting the Filipino-Canadian community. They are striving to rediscover and redefine their company for the present and future and invite you to join us as we share and commemorate the stories of our people. "This is your theatre company."
Date: Friday August 9, 2013
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: KAPISANAN, 167 Augusta Avenue (Toronto)
Venue Accessibility: Basement with stairs, no elevator. Accessible washroom.
For more info call (416) 979-0600
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 Presents: KAPWA On Screen
political, passionate, and powerful films for the community
Saturday January 19, 2013
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
519 Church Street Community Centre
Donations welcome. No one turned away for lack of funds.
The inaugural screening features short films by emerging artists from Canada and the Philippines and a feature by Auraeus Solito, internationally acclaimed filmmaker and Indigenous Peoples rights advocate.
All proceeds support indigenous-led projects by the T’boli School of Living Traditions Rebuilding Initiative and Rural Missionaries Philippines to rebuild indigenous schools destroyed by Typhoon Pablo/Bohpa.
Full details: http://kapwacollective.tumblr.com/events
Kapwa Collective Presents:B A T O K - Kalinga Tattoo
Markers of Identity: From Indigenous to Diasporic
with Dr. Analyn Salvador-Amores, Anthropologist and Professor
University of the Philippines, Baguio Saturday November 3, 2012519 Church Street Community Centre7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Program featuring storytelling of tattoo journeys by three Filipina Canadians, multimedia art by Kristina Guison and Jo SiMalaya Alcampo
, and photography by Ruel Bimuyag
Full details: http://kapwacollective.tumblr.com/events
making a block print of a Kalinga tattoo pattern
Kapwa Collective Presents:
BATOK-inspired Block Print Playshop
Facilitated by the Kapwa Collective
& guest artist Kristina Gusion
Thursday, October 25, 2012
587A College St.
6:00 - 9:00 pmWe will explore:
- a brief history about Batok (Kalinga Tattoo)
- the meanings of Batok patterns
- and create your own Batok-inspired block prints Full details: http://kapwacollective.tumblr.com/events
In this spirit, w
e are honoured to introduce the home of the Kapwa Collective to the community.
Please join us on the journey: kapwacollective.tumblr.com
The Autumn Equinox marks a time to offer thanks for love and guidance as we dream our intentions for new beginnings and creative projects into being.
click to view poster
i will be sharing a new interactive installation entitled: Pamahiin / Ritual This! - a ritualistic rebel dreaming action for my kapwa on the journey towards decolonization
at the 7th Annual KULTURA Filipino Arts Festival. Pamahiin/Ritual Visual Art Exhibit
167 Augusta Ave (Toronto)
Exhibition runs August 17 to 31Featuring:
Jo SiMalaya Alcampo
My Own Time Collective
Catherine Mary Zagar
Tim Manalofull details
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