Kathara Pilipino Indigenous Arts Collective Society (Kathara Society) invites Pilipino diaspora & all interested to our Annual General Meeting to be held on December 8, 2017 Friday starting 7:00 pm at the Broadway Youth Resource Centre. We acknowledge that we are indigenous Pacific islander settlers living on Unceded Coast Salish Territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-waututh and Squamish peoples. We continue to deepen into our relations with the original peoples of this land and throughout Turtle Island. Included in our work is honoring those relations and furthering them while recognizing we are part of settler colonialism and its continuing impacts.

The Broadway Youth Center where this gathering takes place is also known as Kwayatsut from the Coast Salish language and means “seeking one’s power” or “spirit quest”. The building was named by Chief Ian Campbell from the Squamish Nation and is also administered by the Vancouver Native Housing Society. We are grateful to them as well as Check Your Head: The Youth Global Network for use of this space.

We gather over the holiday season to reflect on the gifts of 2017 as kapwa (self in others), including the births, rites of passage, voyages and connections made locally, internationally and with the inang bayan (motherland) the Philippines. We will share our gratitude to those who have helped Kathara in the past year and welcome new members and board members.

This event will be live streamed to welcome in our international kapwa networks and supporters. Stay tuned for link.

Please stay tuned for further details and help us spread the word especially to those whose ancestors come from the islands of the Philippines and the Austronesian nations.

Wheelchair accessible

Gender neutral washrooms

Scent reduced space




On traditional and un-ceded Coast Salish Territories, Kathara & Birthmark Tattoos bring you Mindanaoan artist Bryan Batu Ellorimo.  We will learn from the artist the history of kulintang and the origins of the songs from Maguindanaoan, Maranoan, and Tausug tribes from Southern Philippines.


Birthmark Tattoos 194 East King Edward Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V5V 2C1

Workshop Dates:
1) Sunday, May 14, 7 -9
2) Sunday, May 28, 7 -9
3) Sunday, June 04, 7 – 9
4) Sunday, June 11, 7 -9

Workshop Registration Fees:
1) Non-Members @ $20 per person
2) Members @ $15 – $20 sliding scale per person
3) Early Bird Special (Register all 4 classes) before May 14
A) Non-member @ $70 per person
B) Member @ $50 per person

Membership Fees:
1) Kathara Performers $64 for the rest of the year or $8 per month
2) Kathara Non-performing BoD $20 for the year
3) Family & Friends $10 for the year

*Please arrive 15 – 30 minutes before 7:00 pm if registering for workshop AND membership at the door (just look for Marcus Velasco) OR
**Pay via online e-transfer to marcusjosephvelasco@hotmail.com
***Any questions, please contact Marcus Velasco (via email above)



18425163_158784237989180_3758458600571537585_n“Calling of the Drum” workshops will be every other Tuesdays 8-9:30 pm on the following Tuesdays: May 9 & 23, June 6 & 20 

Kathara has been invited to “Calling of the Drum.” This is a curated event by First Nations Artistic Director and Artist of Full Circle-Margo Kane in the month of July. Kathara will also help break Canada’s nationwide entry for Guinness Book of World Records of ‘Most People Drumming.’ Facilitation by Babette Santos, Michael Gutierrez & special guest Lillian Howard (May 9 & 23).

Location: Maelstrom Studio 341 E. Broadway (downstairs)

Workshop Description: 
Kathara offers community connection through traditional and contemporary workshops focused on Filipino drumming, dance, martial choreography, and anti-oppressive theatre exercises focusing on decolonizing and reconciliation.

Registration Fees:
1) Members:
Adults – FREE
Youth (19 years and under) – FREE
*All donations are welcome or suggested sliding scale $10-20.

2) Non-Members:
Adults – $15 – $20 (sliding scale)
Youth – $5

3) Early Bird for Non-Members:
$40 (pre-register all 4 classes) Deadline: May 9 Tuesday

*Pre-registration suggested due to limited space. Please arrive 15-30 minutes early to register. Cash payment preferred or e-transfer.

Registration for Membership:
1) Pay at the door or
2) Prepay via e-transfer – marcusjosephvelasco@hotmail.com
*please speak with Marcus Velasco or email marcusjosephvelasco@hotmail.com for more details.


Kwayetsut (The Making of Your Inner Power, Skwxwu7mesh) continues with talks at the Native Education College as part of a fundraiser for the upcoming 3rd International Babaylan Conference.

– Historical Migrations to Turtle Island with Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor
– Haida and Traditional Pilipino Tattooing with Corey Bulpitt & Mayo Landicho

Doors 6:30pm

Also from April 29-June 29
Tattooing and Haircut at Birthmark Tattoos Vancouver
194 E King Edward

Taking place on unsurrendered, unceded Coast Salish Territories and assisting in deepening dialogue, reflection and action to support solidarity with local indigenous decolonization amongst pilipinx diaspora. Open to all nations.

Donations for the 3rd International Babaylan Conference will be collected and most appreciated. Nobody turned away for lack of funds.

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