Balikbayan Renaissance is a brand new program we are launching at KAPISANAN! It is an open-format series that will feature arts-based workshops, roundtable discussions, lectures, interactive participation and more. Learners will be able to discover and delve deeper into Filipino culture as we understand it here in Toronto, and back home.
Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture presents Balikbayan Renaissance: Philippine Indigenous Heritage and Identity with Charisse Aquino-Tugade and an opening performance by Pantayo Kulintang Ensemble
Saturday | Nov 15th 1pm - 3pmThe Manila Collectible Pop-Up Shop will be open from 12 noon - 5pm
@ Norman Felix Gallery445 Adelaide St. West (Between Spadina and Bathurst)2nd Floor
Lecture fee: $15
Register for this Interactive Lecture on Eventbrite below!
Kapisanan is a positive space which integrates an anti-oppression framework for young Filipinos to express their voices, exchange ideas and explore their roots together as an empowered community.
In this workshop, Philippine Indigenous Heritage and Identity, Aquino-Tugade discusses her own “identity” search, run-ins with heritage and 2,000–year-old historical icons, and working with indigenous communities. She will give the low down on the state of Philippine heritage and cultural bearers today---the good, the bad, and all the fun bits in between, and touches on identity building and the great responsibility that comes along with it.
About Charisse Aquino-Tugade Charisse Aquino-Tugade is a Balikbayan who has built her home in Manila with her lawyer husband and two adorable, young girls. She is the founder of The Manila Collectible Co., located in the heart of Intramuros, the walled city of Old Manila. TMCC is a new kind of destination fusing heritage, education, sustainable tourism and responsible retail. A culturespace, it is a museum, gift-shoppe and heritage tour/workshop provider that highlights Philippine prehistory, indigenous heritage and local creative industry.
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Aquino-Tugade constantly battled with her “Filipino-ness”. Not fully American, Fil-Am or even Filipino she decided to explore the last frontier and flew to Mindanao upon graduating college. After spearing a pig, chanting with shamans and sleeping in a long house with back-strap loom weavers, she decided to move back to the motherland and hasn’t looked back since.
She graduated with honors in Visual Anthropology and Marketing from San Francisco State University and is continuing her studies in Cultural Heritage in the University of Sto. Tomas. As a researcher and curator, she is interested in participatory production and distribution of cultural heritage and identity activation among youth. She just installed a one-month-long exhibit with in cooperation with Senator Loren Legarda and National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) at the Senate of the Philippines entitled, “Philippine Indigenous Patterns and Forms”.
As a cultural worker, she continues to provide sustainable tourism training programs and product enhancement training to marginalized indigenous groups and has just finished a program with NCCA with the Subanen and Sama Kabingaan in Pagadian.
About Pantayo Kulintang Ensemble Pantayo is an all-women musical collective. Their 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 their identities as diasporic Filipinas.
Pantayo's creative collaborations include: Severed (Drinkbox Studios) video game soundtrack, with YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN; Gurendaiza and the Grand Gongs, with comic book artist Vince Sunico; Labour + Love at the Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts, with Kwentong Bayan; and a performance with internationally acclaimed Filipina singer, Grace Nono.
They have also participated and performed at these events: Taking Place Concert w/ WhipperSnapper Gallery, Kultura Filipino Arts Festival, and Next Day Better: Toronto.