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.
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. 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