From the Vine

Two things from this week:

1.) I’m currently reading History of the Filipino People by Teodoro Agoncillo. Because reading it has proven to be such an eye-opening experience, I’ve decided to have a weekly post that features the new things I learn from the book, supplemented by additional sources whenever I can. The first post will go up Thursday next week!

2.) I’ve also been pretty busy with duties with the Kapisanan Centre (I’m Marketing and Communications Intern) because the Kultura Festival is almost here! If you’re in Toronto anytime between August 7-10 and you want to see what Filipino arts and culture (and food!) is like, come and see what the fuss is all about. Drop by the Facebook page for a glimpse into what’s happening for those days, and here are the events pages:

August 7:

Get Nostalgic – Do you like Italian food? Filipino food? Do the words “open bar” tug on your heartstrings? Well, then, come and join us for a night of good food at Get Nostalgic, the Kapisanan Centre’s 2nd Annual Fundraising Dinner. Tickets are available here.

Out Here – Out Here is the opening night exhibit of the Kapisanan’s arts-based cultural immersion program for youth aged 17-24, Clutch for the ladies, and Nav for the gentlemen. I’ve met them, and some of them have shown me the drafts for their pieces, and man are their ideas beautiful.

August 8: 

Kabangka: PSL Showcase – This is the event that I am personally very excited for. I love spoken word poetry (Anis Mojgani and Andrea Gibson are two of my very favourites), and when I saw the magical Poetry is our Second Language people perform their pieces I was blown away. I am very much looking forward to this night.

August 9: 

Carlos Celdran’s If These Walls Could Talk – Carlos Celdran! Carlos Celdran is coming to Toronto to hold one of his famous Intramuros walking tours at Kensington Market!

Carlos Bulosan Theatre: Tales From the Flipside – We’re also going to have performances from Filipino-Canadian artists, which “celebrates  where we’ve been and strives to define who we are now as a community.”

August 10: 

Kultura Arts Festival Finale – And finally, on the 10th of August, we will have the Finale! There will be a regional Filipino street food competition (tocino sliders and crispy siopao, anyone?) that we dubbed Kain Kalye; a Kultura Marketplace for Filipino artisans and merchants; and live performances from Filipino-Canadian artists! It’s going to be a blast – if you happen to be in the city on the 10th, make sure you drop by Artscape Wychwood Barns.

 I am so darn excited for everything that’s happening!

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