Kapwa Collective

The Kapwa Collective is a group of Filipino Canadian artists, critical thinkers, and healers who work across different academic and applied disciplines. We believe in the values of inclusivity and accessibility, and we work towards bridging narratives between the Indigenous and the Diasporic, and the Filipino and the Canadian. We facilitate links among academic, artistic, activist, and other communities in Toronto.
Mon
24
2014

Many meanings of k a p w a !

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“…Discover the loom of reality that is intricately woven in relationship…Polarized positions actually work in cooperative alliance. In cooperations all polarities serve as backgrounds for full appreciation of one another and the whole.

“…Look for the gifts within your relationships. Investigate the polarities between them, and explore the natural lines of force and growth they create.”

~Ariel Spilsbury & Michael Bryner from The Mayan Oracle: Return Path to the Stars 

via http://www.mysticmamma.com

Sat
15
2014

B a h a l a ~ n a

“We understand that all of us, been planting seeds together, been weaving our dreams together…Just like a farmer waiting patiently for his rice field for the right season for Harvesting…therefore, we are all still waiting…In behalf of the Schools of Living Tradition (SLT) we still help to WEAVE our DREAMs together, in a positive Spirit!”

  ~ OYOG, From the T’Boli SLT to the Toronto community

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Due to unforeseen delays in securing our indigenous guests’ visas, the TBOLI x TORONTO Cultural exchange is on standby.  Kapwa Collective is actively working on rescheduling our events while simultaneously practicing Plan “B” or  Plan “Bahala na” (Tacit Trust).  

We appreciate your trust and community support.  We look forward to sharing more of Plan “Bahala na” as it unfolds.  Stay connected at:  www.kapwacollective.tumblr.com

For now, we would like to share what our friends at the Heritage and Arts Academies of the Philippines (H.A.P.I.) teach us about Bahala na as one of the core values of Sikolohiyang Pilipino / Filipino Psychology:

"The way Filipinos use the expression, “Bahala Na” had long been misinterpreted by foreigners as demonstrating the fatalism of a happy-go-lucky people. But Bahala has sacred undertones. Its ancient Filipino inscription divides the term into “ba’’ for woman and “la” for man. “Ha” means breath or wind - in a larger sense, spirit or God.  Bahala then is the word that pre-Christian Filipinos used for the deity.

Sikolohiyang Pilipino salvaged “Bahala Na!” from this fatalistic reputation into a value.  “Devil may care!” was transformed into “determination in the face of uncertainty” - a value that stimulates resourcefulness and the creativity to survive.  

The late Alfredo Lagmay attributed the dynamics of courage and determination to this notion of “Bahala-na!” which calls for risk taking in the face of possible failure.  Its origin lies in a social structure that challenges people to exercise their ability in coping with constant change.  This flexibility developed as a response to living along the earth’s “fire-belt” where erupting volcanoes, tidal waves, and tropical storms - an ever-restless environment— has taught its inhabitants to be resourceful and creative in order to survive.  “Bahala-na!” then, signifies an improvisatory skill.  It is a strength that helps Filipino to access the “deep source” where solutions to anything can be had.  

Read more:  http://kapwahan.wix.com/kapwahan#!text1/c1r61

Source: HERITAGE AND ARTS ACADEMIES OF THE PHILIPPINES INC. (H.A.P.I.) 
Copyright © 2012 Kapwahan

Sat
01
2014

PLEASE SHARE! Kapwa Collective's T'BOLI x TORONTO teaser video. Music by Alexander Junior, “WILD”.

http://kapwacollective.tumblr.com/post/78244253773

Sun
23
2014

T’boli x Toronto - Who is coming?

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Kapwa Collective is pleased to welcome our visitors for the
T ’ B O L I x T O R O N T O Cultural Exchange

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Please keep posted on T ‘B O L I  x  T O R O N T O  Cultural Exchange activities including the BNEK : SEEDS Kapwa Speakers Series event (details to be announced).

Who is coming?

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MARIA “OYOG” TODI
Cultural Specialist / Traditional Teacher / Artist
T’Boli Name: OYOG

When Maria was young, after she finished work assigned by her elder sister and mother, she would always run to any large fallen trees and hop, swing and dance, spreading her arms like the wings of a bird. This is the reason she was named Oyog, from the T’boli word hekog or mekog, which means ‘swinging’. Today, Oyog still dances gracefully like the birds often emulated in T’boli dance and storytelling.

Oyog is a vital member of her community. Besides being an artist and educator, she is also a coordinator/organizer of the Schools of Living Traditions (SLT). She founded Helobung Cultural Dance Troupe (1994-2004), as well as SIKAT-T’boli with Helobung artists (1997-2007), and is a current member of the SIKAT Schools for Networking and Advocacy. Oyog was the founding president of Kesetifun Cultural Care Foundation (KCCFI), a T’boli run organization which serves other tribes, such as the Tasaday-Manubo Blit, assisting them in their struggles of identity and Ancestral Domain Land Title. From 1998-2003, Oyog worked for the National Commission for Cultures and the Arts (NCCA) Committee on Southern Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts (CSCCTA) as T’boli Cluster Head Representative. She is presently working as a Research Consultant and Translator on T’boli Knowledge Systems and Practices, and is a Board of Trustees Member of the Santa Cruz Mission (a Catholic school run by the Diocese of Marbel).

Oyog’s current goals are to share the wisdom and knowledge of our ancestors’ cultural roots and struggles, as well as to perform her God-given gifts and talents in music and dance. Oyog envisions SLT as a strong community initiative and as a future center of cultures and the arts. In addition Oyog will work towards:

- Strengthening the existing SLT by expanding within the region, and by national networking partnerships with other SLTs
- A KAPWA Children Assembly 2014 in Mindanao
- Sustaining SLT through product development
- Establish SLT Demonstration Farm on upland rice to restore and preserve the variety of upland rice in Lake Sebu, and promote this as Agri-Cultural Tourism.

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BARBARA “BUWAT” FANUY KIBED
Dreamweaver / Designer / Traditional Teacher of Weaving
T’Boli Name:  BUWAT

Barbara was fond of combing her hair when she was a small girl, so her aunt and mother said she must be called Buwat, and that one day she will be good in melot kdungon – in combing strands of abaca fibre.  Her peers describe her as quiet and introspective.  Buwat started learning weaving and designing at the age of 12 years old. Buwat is a master weaver and a cultural expert in the ancestral T’boli tradition of t‘nalak weaving, and teaches at the K’nalum Weaving Center in Lake Sebu.

Barbara’s current goal is to establish the longhouse in Tablo as the K’nalum Weaving Center and redeem her piece of land that has been mortgaged.
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MA. ANDREA “ANDI” TODI WANAN
Learner / Young Artist

Andi enjoys drawing, painting, T’boli dance, playing musical instruments (drum and kumbing). Andi wants to help her family and cousins with their schooling. She wishes to be like her Mama (Oyog) to help children transfer traditional teachings and skills between elders and youth, to preserve their Tboli identity. Andi is a learner at the T’boli Schools of Living Traditions (SLT). In addition, Andi is a musician and dancer for the Santa Cruz Mission Schools Inc. Elementary Department.

In Toronto, she would like to bond with her friends Kawayan, Ate Jen, and Kuya Alex of the Punzaramba Artist Family; meet other children from the tribal communities; teach children to play kumbing, dance and bead works. Andi also wishes to sell kumbing and seed earrings to buy a K’lintang (a brass gong set) to be used by students at the SLT.

Tue
11
2014

Kapwa Collective presents…

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T ’ B O L I  x  T O R O N T O

Cultural Exchange

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Kapwa Collective presents T ’ B O L I  x  T O R O N T O : A Cultural Exchange between the T’boli School of Living Traditions (Philippines) and communities in Toronto featuring cultural presentations, workshops, and a children’s program open to the public.  Maria “Oyog” Todi (Cultural Specialist), Barbara “Buwat” Fanuy Kibed (Dreamweaver & Traditional Teacher) and Andrea “Andi” Todi Wanan (Young Artist) will share T’boli Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Practices through the Arts. T ’ B O L I  x  T O R O N T O is an opportunity to learn about T’boli living traditions, material culture, and leadership role in advocating for the rights of Indigenous people in the Philippines.

Please also join us for Kapwa Collective Speakers Series B N E K : S E E D S with the T’boli Schools of Living Traditions featuring Storytelling with members of the Kapwa Collective and Punzaramba Artist Family, Indigenous teachings, Musical performances, T’boli cultural products, and more. 

Keep posted for details of the Kapwa Collective Speakers Series B N E K : S E E D S…

The T’boli people are indigenous to the Lake Sebu area of South Cotabato, Mindanao in the Philippines. Bnek means ‘seeds’ in the T’boli language. 

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P A R T N E R S / C O L L A B O R A T O R S
Thu
14
2013
On Sunday, November 10, 2013 the Kapwa Collective had a retreat Meeting with Our Ancestors facilitated by Lanaape Traditional Healer and Wolf Clan member, Laini Lascelles.

Laini Lascelles, also known as Good Spirit Woman is a Lanaape healer, originally from the Delaware Nation, Moravian of the Thames near Chatham, Ontario. She has worked several years in the First Nations community on and off reserve as a Counsellor in the addiction and mental health field. During this time she gained strength and knowledge through the traditional ways, advocating for success and positive solutions in the First Nations communities.  In Toronto, Laini attended Kokorodojo for Shiatsu training to promote healing and wellness. It was through the healers who recognized the gift in her hands and encouraged her to pursue further development. She now combines traditional counselling with Shiatsu in her life’s work operating her own business, “Good Spirit Healing &amp; Wellness”. Laini shares the wisdom from experience and teachings from traditional beliefs and practices of the Ancestors. She offers this natural healing experience through the gift of finding harmony and balance in the body. 
Meeting with Our Ancestors was a space for the Kapwa Collective to learn with Laini on ways the collective can holistically process the ancestral knowledge received and ways to manifest ideas and dreams within our communities, within our own healing work within ourselves and in working with others.
During our Meeting with Our Ancestors, the collective felt grief and concern for their Kababayans in the Visayan Islands and throughout the Philippines during this sensitive time of the aftereffects of Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda. Kapwa Collective recognizes the deep and immediate need for relief efforts and sending light &amp; prayer to all people effected by this devastating event.
The Kapwa Collective will be posting community relief efforts and events on the Facebook page as they come. 
With the collective hearts heavy with the what is happening in the homeland, they were reminded by Laini to receive the ‘calling’ or responsibilities with greater attention to self-care, acknowledging our ancestors by giving thanks, and using the medicine that has been taught to us. Our medicine is in our language, songs &amp; music, herbal &amp; plant medicine, rituals, prayers, and can be found in recovering our own personal stories and ancestry.
Miigwech (Thank You) Laini for gifting the Kapwa Collective with your teachings and the sharing of your stories and knowledge of your people. As visitors and settlers of Turtle Island, the Kapwa Collective thank you for sharing this special Meeting with Our Ancestors.
Thank you to Kula Yoga Studio in the Annex for offering your space as a positive meeting space for the Kapwa Collective and Laini Lascelles with our ancestors.The Kapwa Collective hopes to work with you again and to support your positive space initiatives and continue healing within the Toronto community.
Kula Annex offers 50+ yoga classes per week, workshops, family programming &amp; teacher trainings. Kula Annex classes include gentle, hot, restorative, flow, yin, and power classes with an emphasis on alignment and intention. Kula Annex teachers are unique, creative, and compassionate beings devoted to sharing the knowledge they have gathered on their journeys through life.
Kula Annex’s unique programming and positive space initiatives include Yoga with Child Care on Fridays at 5pm, Queer yoga on Wednesdays at 5:30pm and Brown Girls Yoga on Wednesdays at 9pm
To see more: 
Kula Yoga Annex Website: http://annex.mykula.org/
Kula Yoga Annex Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kula.annex

On Sunday, November 10, 2013 the Kapwa Collective had a retreat Meeting with Our Ancestors facilitated by Lanaape Traditional Healer and Wolf Clan member, Laini Lascelles.

Laini Lascellesalso known as Good Spirit Woman is a Lanaape healer, originally from the Delaware Nation, Moravian of the Thames near Chatham, Ontario. She has worked several years in the First Nations community on and off reserve as a Counsellor in the addiction and mental health field. During this time she gained strength and knowledge through the traditional ways, advocating for success and positive solutions in the First Nations communities.  In Toronto, Laini attended Kokorodojo for Shiatsu training to promote healing and wellness. It was through the healers who recognized the gift in her hands and encouraged her to pursue further development. She now combines traditional counselling with Shiatsu in her life’s work operating her own business, “Good Spirit Healing & Wellness”. Laini shares the wisdom from experience and teachings from traditional beliefs and practices of the Ancestors. She offers this natural healing experience through the gift of finding harmony and balance in the body. 

Meeting with Our Ancestors was a space for the Kapwa Collective to learn with Laini on ways the collective can holistically process the ancestral knowledge received and ways to manifest ideas and dreams within our communities, within our own healing work within ourselves and in working with others.

During our Meeting with Our Ancestors, the collective felt grief and concern for their Kababayans in the Visayan Islands and throughout the Philippines during this sensitive time of the aftereffects of Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda. Kapwa Collective recognizes the deep and immediate need for relief efforts and sending light & prayer to all people effected by this devastating event.

The Kapwa Collective will be posting community relief efforts and events on the Facebook page as they come. 

With the collective hearts heavy with the what is happening in the homeland, they were reminded by Laini to receive the ‘calling’ or responsibilities with greater attention to self-care, acknowledging our ancestors by giving thanks, and using the medicine that has been taught to us. Our medicine is in our language, songs & music, herbal & plant medicine, rituals, prayers, and can be found in recovering our own personal stories and ancestry.

Miigwech (Thank You) Laini for gifting the Kapwa Collective with your teachings and the sharing of your stories and knowledge of your people. As visitors and settlers of Turtle Island, the Kapwa Collective thank you for sharing this special Meeting with Our Ancestors.

Thank you to Kula Yoga Studio in the Annex for offering your space as a positive meeting space for the Kapwa Collective and Laini Lascelles with our ancestors.The Kapwa Collective hopes to work with you again and to support your positive space initiatives and continue healing within the Toronto community.

Kula Annex offers 50+ yoga classes per week, workshops, family programming & teacher trainings. Kula Annex classes include gentle, hot, restorative, flow, yin, and power classes with an emphasis on alignment and intention. Kula Annex teachers are unique, creative, and compassionate beings devoted to sharing the knowledge they have gathered on their journeys through life.

Kula Annex’s unique programming and positive space initiatives include Yoga with Child Care on Fridays at 5pm, Queer yoga on Wednesdays at 5:30pm and Brown Girls Yoga on Wednesdays at 9pm

To see more:

Kula Yoga Annex Website: http://annex.mykula.org/

Kula Yoga Annex Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kula.annex

Tue
15
2013

» Skin as archive of history, culture, identity

"WHANG-UD, a 92-year-old Kalinga woman, is the oldest practitioner of traditional Kalinga tattooing, a skill she learned by observation." - Dr. Analyn "Ikin" V. Salvador-Amores. Contributor, Inquirer News, Northern Luzon.

Manang “Ikin” made the presentation: “B A T O K - Kalinga Tattoo, Markers of Identity: From Indigenous to Diasporic” at the Inaugural Kapwa Collective Speaker Series (Toronto, 2012)

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