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Coalescing Filipino Spaces (for ‘that lonely Filipino kid’)

When I think of my plans for the future, I always ask myself, “For whom am I doing this for?

I could say it is for myself, for my family, or for the community–all of which are noble reasons in trying to accomplish set goals. But down to the core, I am thinking of someone specific.

I am doing this for “that lonely Filipino kid”.

The one who feels like they don’t belong anywhere.
The one that cannot seem to blend in with any crowd.
The one always in a corner, alone, watching the other kids play.
The one causing concern for adults at parties and gatherings.
The one whose parents tried to encourage to be more social.

There may have been other Filipino kids–many or fewer in count, but are nonetheless existent–but that lonely Filipino kid doesn’t feel totally connected to them.

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FANHS-tastic Experience

The Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) held its biennial conference in New York City this year, under the theme, “A Pin(<3)y State of Mind: Building With Our Roots“. It was my honor to have attended the conference as both a performer and an attendee. Continue reading

Raised (and Rising) Pinay

Here is a person coming to grips with all that she is: a child, a sensitive being, a Raised Pinay, a culture-bearer, a seeker, a naturally curious mind, a whisper among many voices, and another link to a long chain of steel.

Many like me are trying to find root, to understand who we are and where we come from, to affirm ourselves as descendants of strong people who have been resilient throughout our colonized history of trauma, displacement, and migration. We are writers of a narrative that has long been at the hands of outsiders, but now we hold the pen like an Eskrimadora, ready to strike truth into the earth.

I have yet to accept this power from within. But I know that this is not a lonely battle. I have community, I have Sisterhood, I have ancestors, I have breath that extends all the way from the motherland to here.

Pinay Ako, Pinay Tayo.

[Featured accessories: Zig-zag scarf by Twinkle Ferraren. Philippine flag medallion by Tiffany Freeman of Conscious Centers. Sili pepper necklace from Bicol region. Yellow shawl from Beautiful Tibet (NYC).]