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.
The Kapwa Collective functions as a mutual support group based on the core value of “kapwa”.
Virgilio G. Enriquez, known as the founder of Filipino Psychology or Sikolohiyang Pilipino initially proposed a concept of personhood centered on the core value expressed in the word “kapwa”. In the words of the scholar Katrin de Guia:
Kapwa is a Tagalog term widely used when addressing another with the intention of establishing a connection. It reflects a viewpoint that beholds the essential humanity recognizable in everyone, therefore linking (including) people rather than separating (excluding) them from each other. Enriquez felt that this orientation was an expression of ‘humanness at its highest level’.
- Kapwa: The Self in the Other, Worldviews and Lifestyles of Filipino Culture-Bearers, 2005
"Unless foreign large-scale extractive mining and other business interests will be stopped, we fear that Mindanao will soon be divided into three: one, foreign companies’ land; two, evacuation centers of both people from disaster stricken areas and those affected by military operations; and three, cemetery."
- Sr. Stella Matutina, Secretary General of PANALIPDAN-Mindanao, a network of environmental defenders
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Original artwork by Enrico Maniago - posted with permission of the artist.
Enrico wishes to credit his organization Filipino American Health Workers Association
and Habi Arts USA
for inspiring the ideas that materialize in this mural.
More work by Enrico Maniago:http://enricomaniago.deviantart.com/art/Defend-the-Right-to-Land-Defend-the-Right-to-Life-341450089