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Attention CLUTCH-hopefuls! If you haven't done so already, make sure to email jodee@kapisanancentre.com for detailed info and application forms for Clutch volume 3!

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS has been extended until August 13, 2010 @ 8pm, so get to it before it's too late!

Still undecided whether you think this program is right for you? Read on, and check out how the previous batch of Clutch girls are conquering the world now:

CLUTCH GIRLS Volume 2. Clockwise from top-left: April Aliermo (Clutch Coordinator), Kristina Guison, Daryl Anne Panganiban, Desiree Gamotin, Flerida Pena.

Desiree Gamotin

"I haven't lost touch with the artistic beast that was released over those six months I spent in the CLUTCH program. CLUTCH has definitely opened up my eyes to a new world and to combine that experience with travel is like a mind explosion."

Desiree has been traveling around the world since CLUTCH. Within the next year, she plans on visiting South Korea, Japan, Philippines, and India. She has been doing experimental photography, shooting a few local concerts, faces, and the urban landscape. She says that as much as she loves traveling to different countries, she misses her home, Toronto.

"I am incredibly eager and excited to see what the next CLUTCH crew could offer to the table. This program meant a lot to me and I am hoping the new girls will find the inspiration to release their own creative beast just as I have and let it loose into the world."

Kristina Guison "All the workshops and projects during the 6 months of being in CLUTCH have been very useful in the other projects that I've been a part of after [the program]. The Clutch program offers a good foundation for any young emerging artist."

Since CLUTCH, Kristina has also displayed her artwork for the Kapisanan website launch, the Kamalayan Festival at Ryerson, and the Youth Arts showcase at the Art Gallery of Ontario. She was also given the opportunity to join a mural petition by Migrante Ontario at the Toronto Fringe Festival, and has been working with the Kariton Collective at Kapisanan.

Daryl Anne Panganiban

After CLUTCH, Daryl has been working on building up contacts and experiences within the entertainment business as a Freelance Theatre Technician. She is the Operations Manager for a company that specializes in productions, concerts, and special events, called 4th Dimension Technical Productions Inc.

She is also promoting Filipino Day at Canada's Wonderland (mark your calendars, its on Saturday, September 4th), and is currently involved in the production of Culture Philippines of Ontario performances.

Flerida Pena

"Being in this year's CLUTCH program was absolutely essential to my growth as an artist as well as a person. For years I had called myself 'white-washed' and except for the food that my family served at parties, I did not know anything about my culture."

Flerida Pena is quickly establishing herself as an artistic force to be reckoned with. After completing CLUTCH, Flerida wrote her first play entitled β€œTime & Station” under the Carlos Bulosan Theatre Play Creation Unit (which was showcased at this year’s FLIPSIDE FESTIVAL). In addition, she not only wrote but performed her LOL-inducing, balls-out, one-woman show β€œSister Mary’s a Dyke?!” as part of Buddies in Bad Times Young Creators Unit 2010 @ The 2010 Rhubarb Festival.

"CLUTCH not only gave me knowledge about my background but the support necessary to explore it fully. This allowed me to embrace my Filipino identity and in doing so gave me a whole new perspective on the world. I am so grateful I was a part of this program."

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