Category Archives: Announcements

Updates and new developments.

{{COMING SOON}} A YouTube Channel + Website About Filipino (Literary) Works

I would like to announce an upcoming project that I have been working on for the past few months: a YouTube channel + website called {getlitfilam channel} (or, stylistically, getLITfilam)!!

{getLITfilam} is a space created for discussing works by and about Filipinx(*). At this point, we will focus on literary works–novels, poetry, memoirs, non-fiction articles, plays–through analysis and reviews, while also providing historical context and personal anecdotes that touch on “the Filipino experience”. In the future, I hope to include other narrative forms of media and interviews with authors, creators, and influencers from the community.

Currently, I am working with a team of amazing people to put this project together. It will be launched next month, so hopefully we will have things up and running by then!

To get an idea of what {getLITfilam} will be like, think of Thug Notes on Wisecrack meets various Anime review channels meets HappySlip (sorta) or swoozie06 (minus the animations, sorry~). But the influences run deeper than just favorite YouTube channels… Continue reading

RAISED PINAY: My Matrilineal Heritage in Dresses

The featured image for this post is the RAISED PINAY logo, beautifully designed by Gigi and Grace Bio. The logo features Baybayin-style lettering and Kali sticks–representing Philippine ancestral roots, history, and intergenerational power.

I would like to announce that I am part of an all-Pinay cast in the production of RAISED PINAY, directed by Jana Lynn Umipig and produced by Justine Fonte & Rachelle Ocampo. Artwork for the show are created by Gigi Bio and Grace Bio.

This is a benefit show, meaning that the proceeds will go to a non-profit organization called Roots of Health (Ugat Ng Kalusugan), providing clinical and educational services to wom*n, girls, and families in Puetro Princesa, Palawan. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.

Show Dates, all in NYC
Thursday March 31st @ 7PM – Philippine Consulate
(no tickets sold at the door)
Saturday April 2nd @ 2PM – NYU Palladium Hall
Saturday APril 2nd @ 7PM -NYU Palladium Hall

What is this show about, exactly? It is not your typical play with fictional characters, dramatic scenes, or musical numbers. This is about 13 Pilipina American wom*n sharing their stories about what it is like to be “raised Pinay”–the intergenerational condition and inheritance of Pilipina values, teachings, trauma, and expectations, combated with modern ideas of feminism, social justice, identity, and wom*nhood.

What makes this production unique is that it focuses on the Pilipino/Pilipino American experience, through a wom*n’s perspective. Stories about intersectional experiences (in terms of nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and heritage) are rarely told. To be a part of this production has given me the opportunity to reveal and explore myself as who I really am–a raised Pinay in the 21st century.

My story is about the matrilineal heritage of mother-daughter through dresses. The dress is a symbol of femininity, the thing that mainly identifies womenhood. Attached to the dress are gendered values and expectations of being a “woman”–to be a daughter, a mother, a wife, a respectable and well-mannered lady, a beautiful “woman”. As much as the dress symbolizes the positive aspects of its form and meaning, it also carries the struggles of wom*n in trying to meet those high expectations, in a society that badgers wom*n to sacrifice their own (physical/mental/emotional) health and well-being for the sake of vanity and acceptance.

But the dress can also be a symbol of reclaiming the wom*n identity, for the empowered person wearing it. By changing the meaning of the symbol into something that advocates self-love, inner beauty, compassion, and sisterhood, the dress becomes a weapon against the violent society that disadvantages wom*n and a tool for the uplift and empowerment of wom*n. The dress will be passed down to future generations that will inherit that power and be encouraged to transform the society that will treat everyone with love and respect.

I hope that many of you will be able to attend the show. Remember that this is for a good cause that will also give support to wom*n, girls, and families that need the resources that we, in a developed country, often take for granted. For me, this is one step into my career path as a storyteller.

"RAISED PINAY" in Baybayin language. Designed by Gigi and Grace Bio.

“RAISED PINAY” in Baybayin language. Designed by Gigi and Grace Bio.

New official title! + Personal changes!

Hello to whoever visits this cyber-space of mine!

First off, today marks two years with my blog! I am always afraid about starting a new blog and end up writing only four posts a year. But the archives show that I have at least one post each month, thanks to new inspirations and motivation to write about what I am passionate to discuss.

Which leads to the announcement of the official blog title: Pinay’Merican: The Musings of A Young Fil-Am. The expansion of the sub-blog I started last year has been promoted to the main theme of this blog. I made the decision to do this because of 1) Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel, Americanah, in which the main character Ifemelu writes about her observations of American life as a “Non-American Black”, and 2) as a Filipino American writing about her observations of suburban and urban culture, the local Filipino community, and the current state of Asian American literature and popular culture, I felt that the title fits with the content I am writing. So for the next few days, I will adjust the tabs, tags, and re-direct links so that it is all consistent with the theme.

As for personal changes, I am just cleaning my room, going to the gym more often, hanging out with friends, and eating healthy. More posts to come!