intern@kapisanan: Journey Through Kapisanan

Written by Ingrid Garzon, Event Planning Intern KUMUSTA! Or HELLO! To those with a poor knowledge of the Tagalog language (myself included)

Let me introduce myself as Ingrid, the new Event Planning Intern @ Kapisanan. It has only been 2 weeks, 2 days and counting. And boy! Have I done and learned so much thus far?!

Carlos Celdran at the North American premiere of Livin' La Vida ImeldaCarlos Celdran @ Livin' La Vida Imelda Photo by Rene Sevilla

In my two weeks as the new Event Planning Intern, I had the opportunity to help out and be a part of two successful events featuring the beloved Filipino Artist Carlos Celdran: If these Walls Could Talk and Livin La Vida Imelda. These are two great events where I had the opportunity to learn more about Filipinos. First, by walking through Harbourfront whilst learning the history of Intramuros, Spanish Catholicism, the Thomasites and Oooh!! Also about that Halo Halo Dessert that looks oh so yummy. And second, learning about the infamous first lady known as Imelda Marcos. Did you know that she owned about 2,700 pairs of shoes?!?! INSANE!

Michaela Cruz dancing at Livin' La Vida ImeldaMicheala Cruz @ Livin' La Vida Imelda. Photo by Rene Sevilla

You may be asking yourself, why is she dropping so many already-known facts? When most of you were at the events or have known about all of this since you were a youngen. Well...I think its time I let you in on a little secret, as the new intern of KAPISANAN, I am in fact not Filipino at all BUT actually Colombian! *GASP!*...I know shocking!

Ingrid Garzon Event Planning InternIngrid Garzon. Event Planning Intern. Photo by Rene Sevilla

Before starting this internship, I had the opportunity to hear about this position through a friend and staff at Kapisanan, Jodee Aguillon. When he told me about the internship, at first I wasn't too sure exactly what Kapisanan was all about and what kind of cultural background it was under. All I knew from attending a previous event was that it was focused on the arts and that everyone that was part of the center treated each other like family. And that to me was intriguing.

Audience and Carlos Celdran at Livin La Vida ImeldaKapisanan supporters with Carlos Celdran @Livin' La Vida Imelda. Photo by Rene Sevilla

Being part (so far) of the two events that have been put up by Kapisanan I have never learned so much and have felt so welcomed by the organization so quickly. I have grasped a lot these couple of weeks that I can't wait to see what else I can be part of, here at KAPISANAN. As for the non-Filipino thing, everyone I have had the opportunity to be introduced to or work with from the Executive Director, Caroline to the Gallery Intern Gabby have made me feel very welcomed and have giving me the feeling of being part of this family. I have also experienced that Philippine Culture is not so different from the one of Colombia or overall the Hispanic Culture and we have a lot of things in common: we are all connected some way or another. I look forward to sharing with all of you what else is in store for me here and the new exciting things that will be happening.

As for now, I leave you with a couple of pictures of our Livin La Vida Imelda event, enjoy!

Sige, until next time! Ingrid*

Dancers performing at Livin' La Vida ImeldaDancers performing @ Livin' La Vida Imelda. Photo by Rene Sevilla

Nadine Villasin singing at Livin' La Vida ImeldaNadine Villasin singing, and dancers @ Livin' La Vida Imelda. Photo by Rene Sevilla

Caroline Mangosing and Carlos Celdran at Livin' La Vida ImeldaKapisanan Executive Director Caroline Mangosing and Carlos Celdran @ Livin' La Vida Imelda. Photo by Rene Sevilla