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The K is Canada’s premiere Filipino-Canadian arts & cultural facility located in Toronto. We are a gathering of hyphenates, empowering artists and entrepreneurs through positive and critical cultural identification.

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PSL Returns!


“He who does not know how to look back at where he came
from will never get to his destination.”

― José Rizal

Poetry plays the part of the unsung hero in the history of the Philippines. Peeled skin of bamboo covered in sacred stories and forgotten letters of revolution were trampled on and buried by centuries of colonization. Now some stories still lay there, reminiscing on days when they were the only form of Filipino History, waiting for a group of young and adventurous Filipino poets willing to sift through hundreds of years of scattered maps, struggle and passion. PSL is the ship that will attempt to guide us through the raging, unpredictable tides of Filipino history and identity, in hopes that in five weeks’ time, each participant will dock their own style on whichever coast inspires them.

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KAPISANAN Board Position Available

Former Kapisanan Board Treasurer, Rhowena Adolfo, leads a financial literacy workshop with Clutch Vol. 5.

KAPISANAN is seeking a Treasurer to serve on our Board of Directors. We are looking for applicants with skills in accounting, bookkeeping, operational budgets, event planning, etc.

All people with a heart for our mandate, mission, and a willingness to spend 6-12 hours per month, both attending board meetings and assisting with helping govern and maintain our growing organization are encouraged to apply.

Read more for details on how to apply.

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Tied Together – CLUTCH Vol. 6 Workshop Day 3

Words and Photos by DJ Tran, Edited by Bea Palanca

Paper-making with Jennifer Maramba

Day 3 – This week’s super workshop interconnected both the amazing talents of Jennifer Maramba and Sammy Jade Miranda. The warriors [aka CLUTCH women] first dipped their hands into paper-making, facilitated by Jennifer. Different pieces of paper we picked out were meshed together to create something anew. For a few of the sheets we were making, Jennifer had us plant some seeds into the paper. Jennifer showed us that Art can be therapeutic. Think of [the process] as ripping out old pieces of ourselves, but only to move forward and grow; to tear a new page in our books. And while we waited for the “pieces of ourselves” to dry, Sammy  braided in the second part of the workshop.

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The Scene: FREE Tickets to Debosyon @ ReelWorld Film Festival

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KAPISANAN is proud to be a Networking Partner of the 14th Annual ReelWorld Film Festival, which happens from April 2-6, 2014 in Toronto at Famous Players Canada Square Cinemas, and April 11-13, 2014 in Markham!

As part of this event, we are giving away two pairs of tickets to the film DEBOSYON on Sunday, April 13th at 12pm in Markham!

All you have to do is share this post on Facebook and Twitter by Monday, March 31st 5:00PM to let us know that you want the tickets! Don’t forget to tag us so we can contact you when you win! Read More »

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Woven Warriors – CLUTCH Vol. 6 Workshop Day 2

Written by Maryana Discutido, Edited by Bea Palanca

Woven work by CLUTCH Vol. 6 Women (Photo by Maryana Discutido)

Day 2: The members of CLUTCH gathered around a table and listened intently to Mithi Esguerra’s presentation, “Si Maria, Nena, Gabriela, atbp” (A Lecture/Workshop on the History and Current State of Philippine Women). Beautiful photographs of tribal artifacts and historical black and white images were shown of key Filipino figures. Much thanks to Mithi for passionately sharing moments of Philippine history and also highlighting the many achievements [Filipina] women have earned which has helped shaped our cultural heritage.

During Pre-Colonial era, Philippine women of various tribes were regarded as great influencers and leaders. Early colonization in 1521 from the Spaniards ultimately shifted their roles. Women of different classes were restricted to roles of servitude, most commonly as wife, mother, and comfort women – (sic) which put them in suppressed states.

In several times of resistance, women’s strengths were utilized not in the physical sense, but in the power of their words that resonated with the masses. Artistic expression through poetry, story telling, music and dance were used to convey ideas of justice and freedom. Being a woman and being part of CLUTCH vol. 6, I feel truly inspired by what the women of the past have done — their actions bring out the potential of how much power we have to influence people’s way of thinking, through different art making processes.

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Intuitive Psychics – CLUTCH Vol. 6 Workshop Day 1

Written by Patricia Celiz, CLUTCH Vol. 6 Participant

Ink and dye work by CLUTCH Vol. 6 Women (photo by Maryana Discutido)

March began with a promising fortune for six of us young, talented Filipina artists as the CLUTCH program launched its very first workshop for Volume 6 this past Saturday. The weekend prior was spent with our High Priestess and this year’s coordinator, Bea Palanca, taking a glance as to what to foresee in the upcoming 6 months of our lives with CLUTCH. After mini introductions were exchanged, Bea left us with a heart-warming promise: that this will not just be an exploration to find our identities—like an earth mother, she would help guide us [sic] in this spirited journey.

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Now Hiring: Event Planning Intern

Assist in coordinating a great event! This photo was from KULTURA 2013 at Artscape Wychwood Barns. Check out the rest of the photo set!


REPORTS TO: Kapisanan Staff: Executive Director and Special Events Coordinator

EVENT PLANNING INTERN(s) will be working along side the Marketing and Communications Intern, the KAPISANAN Outreach Committee, and the KAPISANAN Video Production Team


KAPISANAN is seeking intern(s) for its Event Planning Team. The Event Planning Internship provides a learning experience during which interns participate in all aspects of planning, coordinating, and mounting all KAPISANAN public events. Interns will play a key role in the planning of KAPISANAN’s signature and community-partnered events.

We have several HUGE events planned in the next few months, which are attended by an average of 2000-5000 people each. During this program you will have an opportunity to gain experience in the field and enhance your skills while working under the direction of professional mentors. This is a great opportunity for you to gain invaluable experience in Event Planning with a vibrant and growing professional organization!


  • Assist with all aspects of planning, coordinating, and mounting KAPISANAN events.
  • Assist in identifying corporate and community partners for sponsorships appropriate for specific events
  • Assist in coordinating volunteers for specific events
  • Communicating with Marketing & Communications Intern and Outreach Committee (to relay information for the writing and distribution of press releases, media advisories, and other internal and external communication material for specific events, marketing collateral materials for specific events, this includes copy for newsletters, website, flyers, brochures)
  • Communicating with Video Production Team to create spotlight videos, and other media presentations for the promotions of specific events; and to properly document events on video
• Ensuring KAPISANAN events refine and strengthen the KAPISANAN brand, identity, image, and mission and vision
  • Communicate regularly with KAPISANAN Staff on the status of the tasks assigned.
• Complete all tasks in a timely fashion with high quality of work.
  • Ability to work at least two (2) full days in the KAPISANAN office per week for a 6-month period, plus attend all planned KAPISANAN events.
  • Carry out all responsibilities in a professional, timely and effective manner.
  • Be organized, responsible, and professional, with the ability to function as a team member.
  • Good organizational and time-management skills; able to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Perform any other duties, carry out any other requests as directed by the Special Events Coordinator


We are seeking a dynamic, committed young person who is:

  • Well-organized and self-motivated
  • Creative and a good problem solver
  • Keen interest or some background in the arts and culture production.
  • In-depth understanding of Filipino & Filipino-Canadian culture, experience, and struggles or have strong interest in learning the culture
  • Keen interest or some background in Event Planning, Public Relations, or related fields
• Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point)
  • Some knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign), though we are willing to train.


Work schedule: 2 days/week (which days are flexible) for a 6 months commitment
We are willing to work with a university or college to arrange academic credit or high school co-op placement.

THIS POSITION IS UNPAID – your payment is real world experience, and seeing events you help plan actually happen, with the mentorship of professionals, and/or co-op placement credit.

Please send your resume and cover letter indicating “Event Planning Intern” in the subject by e-mail or in person to:
Caroline Mangosing – Executive Director

167 Augusta Ave.
Toronto, ON
(2 blocks West of Spadina, North off Dundas)
Please call ahead if you are dropping off your application 

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS is Thursday April 3rd at 5pm

KAPISANAN is an equal opportunity employer.
Only those applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture (or KAPISANAN or The K) is Canada’s premiere Filipino-Canadian arts & cultural facility located in Toronto.

Housed inside Toronto’s Kensington Market district is Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture’s 3500 sq ft headquarters. We are youth-led incorporated charitable organization with an inter-generational sphere. Our mission is to promote the social and professional development of Filipino youth, artists, and entrepreneurs, using Filipino culture and knowledge-of-self as a foundation for empowerment — for the whole community!

Filipinos are the 4th largest visible minority group in the GTA. That’s 3% of Toronto’s population! Since 2005, the K has established itself as a multi-disciplinary hub where mentors exhilarate inspiration and strive to provide an amazing stage for Filipino-Canadian talent(in any sector) to shine! We explore performance, visual and literary arts, music, film/video, entrepreneurship, and so much more, by means of career mentorship, arts and Filipino cultural workshops and programs, and events.

Armed with an appetite for creative endeavors and community advancement, here at the K, we eat art and inspiration.

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The Scene: Dat’s Pucking Punny Filipino Comedy Tour

Dat’s Pucking Punny: Filipino Comedy Tour
in support of Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture

March 23, 2014, 8pm
@ Yuk Yuk’s Mississauga
5165 Dixie Road (north of Eglinton Ave)

Ron Josol
Keith Pedro
Joey Guila
Rembrandt Sabelis
Big Norm
Ernie Vicente

Support Filipino comedians! Tickets go for $20 each, and you can buy them online here

Want to check out the show for free? We’re giving away tickets to two lucky people in the Kapisanan community! All you have to do is share this post on Facebook and Twitter. We will pick two random names on Wednesday March 19th at 6pm.

Make sure to tag us so we can see your post! While you’re at it, Like & follow us too!

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/kapisanan
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