Tini(g)Tipon: Gathered Voices


Co.ERASGA proudly present

The Gathered Voices and the Artists of “Tini(g)Tipon”
Presented at the Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie St)
Wednesday, September 21,2016 at 7pm
Tickets through www.brownpapertickets.com for  $20/$30 (sliding scale)
The artists: Kathara PILIPINO INDIGENOUS ARTS COLLECTIVE SOCIETY with Butterflies in Spirit, Grace Nono, Mutya Macatumpag, Co.ERASGA, Dancers of Damelehamid, Coastal Wolfpack Musqueam Group BC, Rulan Tangen, Migrante BC, and Jeremiah Carag.
How can we build alliances through the arts in times when colonialism continue to pose greater challenges and tensions to our contemporary lives?  How could artists contribute in the global discussion of the history of migration and belonging within the larger context of settler colonialism? What is the meaning of our presence as settlers on Indigenous lands?  Co.ERASGA is gathering Filipino, Filipino-Canadians and Canada’s First Nations artists to build solidarity and networks in a one night cultural performance event called, “Tini(g)Tipon”.
“Tini(g)Tipon” is a Filipino term Dennis Gupa and Alvin Tolentino coined to capture the collective spirit of gathering voices. “Tini(g)Tipon” is also a prelude cultural event organized by Co.ERASGA in honor of the 3rd International Babylan Conference that will take place on Squamish Territories at the YMCA Camp Elphinstone on Sunshine Coast, British Columbia. “Tini(g)Tipon” is a contraction of two Filipino words: “tinig” means  “voice” while “tipon”  is “gathering.” The combination of these Tagalog terms with the parenthetical “g” in the middle results to three more meanings, that of, “the act of gathering” and “the gathered voices”.
This cultural event will happen on September 21st, 8pm at the Scotia Bank Dance Center that will involve artists from across cultural backgrounds for a collaborative work. Directors Alvin Tolentino and Dennis Gupa is co-working with Tini(g)Tipon and both artists recognize the arts (visual arts, dance, theater, poetry, music) as embodied cultural practice that play an important and critical role in educating and in strengthening our communities.  Gupa is theatre director in the Philippines and now an Applied Theatre PhD student at University of Victoria believes that “This event will engage artists and performers willing to further explore indigenous knowledge systems including the myths, storytelling, oral history, cultural and performative practices to critically and creatively think about collective and shared knowledge on decolonization”.
Meanwhile, co-director Tolentino and founder choreographer of Co.ERASGA reflects, “The Filipinos in the diaspora, the third largest multi-ethnic settler in Canada, have a long history of encounters with Aboriginal or Native peoples. We now have people who call themselves Indipino or Filipino/Pomo, for example representing mix identities of Filipinos and indigenous people of Turtle Island (North America). And yet to this day there is a lack of recognition and acknowledgement of these connections in academia, in cultural work, and other milieu where these encounters take place on a daily basis”.
Co.ERASGA collaborates with Kathara Pilipino Indigenous Arts Collective, Grace Nono, Mutya Macatumpag, Dancers of Damelehamid, Coastal Wolfpack Musqueam Group  BC, Rulan Tangen, Migrante BC, and Jeremiah Carag to create an expressive space where artists and cultural workers reflect and provide the collective stories, ideas, experiences in honouring the indigenous past to the present. Tickets can be acquired through www.brownpapertickets.com for  $20/$30 (sliding scale) to a night of a gathering of voices!
MEDIA CONTACT: Karen Merrifield info@companyerasgadance.ca 604-687-6185
Tini(g)Tipon  was made possible with the generous support of The Canada Council for the Arts, The BC Arts Council, The City of Vancouver, The BC Gaming Commission, The Dance Centre, Georgia Straight, EastVan Graphics and CO.ERASGA’s individual members, donors and sponsors.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Third International Babaylan Conference 2016

CFBS Conference Poster for PrintingMakasaysayang Pagtatagpo (HISTORIC ENCOUNTER):  

Filipinos and Indigenous Turtle Islanders Revitalizing Ancestral Traditions Together  The Third International Babaylan Conference, September 23-25, 2016

Vancouver, Coast Salish. Aug 8, 2016 The Centre for Babaylan Studies (“CfBS”) is co-creating with Kathara Pilipino Indigenous Arts Collective Society the Third International Babaylan Conference on September 23-25, 2016 at the YMCA Camp Elphinstone, Squamish Territory on the unceded Coast Salish Territories of British Columbia, Canada. Babaylan is a Filipino term that means shaman or healer representing the healing objectives of this conference.

While focusing on concepts and practices of Filipino indigenous knowledge and healing traditions during the first and second Conferences, the upcoming gathering expands to include our relationships with indigenous peoples of Turtle Island or North America. We acknowledge that we are celebrating this historic encounter on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people to whom we extend our gratitude and respect. The Conference highlights the collective resilience of colonized societies in the Philippines and in North America, and on how a persistent return to indigenous practices can bring about healing. Makasaysayang Pagtatagpo or Historic Encounters between Filipinos and Turtle Islanders: Revitalizing Ancestral Traditions Together is about building mutual respect for experiences and worldviews we hold in common, our historical differences, and our diversity. Our hope is that through this encounter, we can recognize shared needs and an explicit commitment to respectful connection and effective collaboration with each other.

Our keynote speakers include Lily Mendoza, a Filipino-American professor who specializes in critical intercultural communication. She is the author of numerous publications and is a distinguished scholar whose interests include indigenization and indigenous studies, communication, culture and ecology, cultural politics, identity and belonging, and race and ethnicity.

The participation of Squamish Chief Ian Campbell, Mandy Nahanee and other local indigenous attendees highlights the growing connection between local Filipino communities and indigenous peoples on Coast Salish Territories. A canoe and blanket ceremony will mark the beginning of the conference on September 23 Friday.

The opening plenary panel will include “Indipinos” (Indigenous North American and Pilipino) Rulan Tangen who is Kapampangan and Metis, Diveena Marcus, of Filipino and Pomo heritage, and a local Filipino and Coast Salish participant. We are using the popular term “Indipino,” but also acknowledging other terms that may be specific to each person and clan.

Conference presenters in panels and workshops will address conference themes on settler identities, healing through the arts, and re-indigenization practices. Explore with us through our panelists the issues implicated in settler colonialism, identity, and gender politics. Gain blessings to witness the embodiment of culture and decolonization through creative expression in art, performance, and music.

For more information, contact: cfbs2016conference@babaylan.net, or JR Guerrero @ 604.779.4209 katharainfo@gmail.com

To register for the conference, please click here: http://www.babaylan.net/events/2016-third-international-babaylan-conference/2016-conference-registration/

Journey to the 3rd International Babaylan Conference 2016


Established in 2003, the theatrical dance group Kathara has been performing in the Vancouver and the Lower Mainland area as part of a multi-disciplinary artistic & cultural exchange created by Elenita Boots Dumlao and Babette Santos. Kathara performs traditional music & dance, theatre, and martial art practices inspired by indigenous peoples of Southern Mindanao such as the Manobo, Bagobo Tagabawa, B’laan, Mandaya, and T’boli.

After almost ten years of performances, in 2012, long-time Kathara members formalized the group into the Kathara Pilipino Indigenous Arts Collective Society. When the book entitled Babaylan: Filipinos and the Call of the Indigenous (edited by Leny M. Stroebel) landed on the shores of Coast Salish on the same year, members of the performance group answered to what seemed a long awaited call. Self-produced events and gatherings marked Kathara’s journey towards the Third International Babaylan Conference 2016. These milestone events include the premiere showing of Auraeus Solito’s film Busong: Palawan Fate (2012), a theatrical production called Bagobo: The New People (2013), KAPWA Sensing Ourselves in One Another: A Philippine Indigenous Arts Festival (2014), and a multi-media inter-disciplinary art presentation Empowerment Legacy of Lapu Lapu on Unceded Coast Salish Territory (2015). Kathara also capitalized on visits of Philippine champions of Indigenous Peoples rights, such as visiting UN Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and peace negotiator, author, and cleric Fr. Albert Alejo, SJ, by engaging them in community talks.

The arrival of the book Babaylan and the awareness of a growing indigenization movement within Filipino communities across Turtle Island and the Philippines propelled Kathara to ally with the Center for Babaylan Studies in the co-creation of the Third International Babaylan Conference in Vancouver, BC. Kathara has been slowly building bridges and creating partnerships within and outside the Filipino community to cultivate grassroots support towards the Conference. Trumpeting the call to groups in the academe, social services, the arts, advocacy, ethnic and First Nations, Kathara’s vision has infected people’s imaginations. Kathara members, upon invitation by CfBS to co-create the Conference and as if prompted by their ancestors, readily answered, “YES, it’s time.”  Thus the journey of Kathara continues guided by the reverence of Kapwa and Loob, hand-in-hand with CfBS.