The Scene: Diwa ng Kasarinlan (The Spirit of Independence)


Anakbayan-Toronto is happy to invite you all to DIWA NG KASARINLAN, a celebration of the Philippine struggle for true independence on Saturday 7 July 2012.

This date marks the 120th anniversary of the founding of the Katipunan, the revolutionary armed struggle that defeated the Spanish (only to have the Americans start a new war to take their place).

Schedule of Events:

12:00 pm: Bazaar Opens (community groups, vendors, games, music) 1:00 pm: Workshops on community issues and arts in main room begins (bazaar remains open in the foyer) 3:00 pm: Performances begin in main room (bazaar remains open in the foyer) 6:00 pm: End

The event will feature two complementary sections:

- A community bazaar (featuring tables from community groups, vendors, and more, as well as art displays and interactive games); - And a performance area which will feature hot local talent; afternoon workshops on Filipino culture, history, and current events; as well as interactive cultural workshops.

Diwa 2012 will boldly speak about Filipino pride not for pride’s sake alone. In these days when surface level pride is common: ‘flag’ themed fashions, pride in the accomplishments of Pacquiao, joy at the visibility of Filipino dancers, singers, and artists, etc. We are happy to see this renaissance of open Filipino-ness, but we believe that true pride must go deeper.

Performers include:

  • Southeast Cartel: conscious hip-hop in both Tagalog and English, they’re hitting the Toronto scene by storm.
  • J'Nai - a.k.a. Jeanette Ricasio, a Filipino-Canadian singer songwriter and composer
  • Pantayo Kulintang Ensemble: Pantayo is an all-women musical collective. Our music is grounded in traditional kulintang music of the Maguindanaon and T'boli peoples of the Philippines, but explores the possibility of kulintang music influenced by our identities as diasporic Filipinas.
  • Rhea Gamana- an activist and performer, singing Filipino patriotic songs and messages of hope
  • Lyla Luciano
  • Alas Angels
  • Alexander The: a Toronto phenomenon. His music has been on the cutting edge of the Toronto scene for years. He merges traditional Pinoy music with modern beats.
  • IWWorkers - interpretative dance
  • Festrell - a spoken word artist, freelance writer, and community organizer whose work has been described as both hilarious and moving
  • Melvin Buslon - blues folk and pop
  • FenaxiZ: a proud Filipino, and conscious hip hop artist from Toronto.
  • DJ Spin - an activist and master of spoken word of consciousness, Spin’s message of revolution and people power reverberates to all the people who comes to his performance.
  • Belinda Corpuz - vocalist and performer

Community Bazaar: - Community groups including Migrante, FMWM, IWWorkers, Gabriela, Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture, and more - Filipino themed clothing retailers (including Filipinas Clothing Co.) - Food and drinks - Filipino games (from dama to sunka and more!) - and lots more

For more info feel free to contact Anakbayan-Toronto: