[CLUTCH is a free six-month arts-based program for young Filipina women to start a dialogue with each other, get mentorship from professional artists within the community, have access to professional tools to hone their creativity, define their identity, explore their cultural heritage, and tell their stories on their terms. CLUTCH aims to provide hands-on artistic and leadership development, through the exploration of cultural identity as the foundation for empowerment.]

“Inspired by the pre-colonial creation myth about a Filipina goddess, Alunsina is an exploration of cultural self-identity and an excavation of the mind manifested in various artistic forms. The works in this exhibit signify the resilience of the young Filipina and the tireless re-invention of her narrative. Alunsina is our creation story.”

Last night I attended the Clutch Exhibit at the Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture. Season two with four new young women who have worked together for the last six months to create a showcase reflecting their stories and their self-discoveries. I was involved last year as a mentor leading a goal setting workshop for the women of season one, so it was without question that I’d attend and show my love to the newest participants of the program.

The exhibit was amazing! I particularly enjoyed the short film screening that the ladies produced, along with the original soundtrack. So, so, SO inspiring what the girls produced this year. Congrats to Desiree Gamotin, Kristina Guison, Daryl Anne Panganiban and Flerida Pena for all your hard work and beautiful art. If you were not in attendance last night, I encourage you to stop by KAPISANAN in Kensington market to check out the exhibit! I’m not quite sure how long it will be running… so go soon! Now, now, now! The lovely Mr. Jodee, Mr. Kevin, Miss Caroline and the other KAPISANAN peeps will be there to warmly welcome you just as they have to me when I first stumbled upon this wonderful place…

Here are some flicks of the night, c/o my newest babyboi, Blue.

If you’re interested in finding out about more KAPISANAN events, hit up their blog or their youtube February promo vid to see what’s goin on! You don’t have to be Filipino to reach or become a member. I have said this before but I will say it again: I have never come across a Filipino cultural centre like this one before. It is unique and absolutely original. We’re not talkin’ cotillion practices and chissmiss here. We’re talkin’ inspired, influential, creative and artistic movers and shakers of the Toronto community. I have nothing but love and good things to say about them! And yes… amidst my busy, busy schedule, I must make time to come visit more often.

I’ve spoken my piece.


  1. caromango said,

    02/21/2010 @ 2:51 pm

    Dope Char! Thanks for the propsssss!

  2. alexfelipe said,

    02/21/2010 @ 3:37 pm

    looks great char, and clutch!

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