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.
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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
i will be sharing a new digitally animated version of re/connections II: Guided By Clouds at The Pearl:join us for dream-sharing to the sound of kulintang gongs pantayo / for usaccompanied by kubings carrying indigenous bird namesas we gather under waterfalls of cordillera textiles wrapped up in community love - jsaMiracle Thieves
hosts The Pearl - the first Cultural Series presenting The Philippines with an art exhibition opening on Thursday April 26th and a reception featuring
Philippines-inspired music on Saturday April 28th, 2012
Exhibiting through Visuals, Sounds, Tastes and Knowledge (in alphabetical order): Anakbayan Toronto
, Jodinand Aguillon
, Jo SiMalaya Alcampo
, Centre for Babaylan Studies
, CMango Design
, Michaela Cruz
, Sammy Jade
, Kapwa 3 Conference (Baguio, Philippines)
, Lamesa Filipino Kitchen
, Jen Maramba
, Pacific Blues
, Pinoy Culture Bookstore
, Eric Quebral
, The Original Fiddy
and more.maraming salamat / many thanks:christine balmes for encouraging the re/connection jen maramba for curatorial/spiritual support- jsa
installation workshop with CLUTCH
i had the pleasure of returning as one of the mentors with the CLUTCH program at Kapisanan this year. Congratulations to the Vol. 4 participants: Charise Aragoza, Renelyn Quinicot, Victoria Marie, Victoria Bacnis, Diane Guison, Maureen Mendoza
and Kristina Guison (Coordinator).
Please support their multimedia collaborative exhibit BRUHA opening April 14, 2012 at 7pm
CLUTCH is a free six-month arts-based program for young Filipina women to start a dialogue with each other, receive mentorship support from professional artists, have access to tools to hone their creativity, define their identity, explore their cultural heritage, and tell their stories on their terms. More information: kapisanancentre.com