Kapwa Weaving

With the support of The Canada Council for the Arts, I will be  participating in the Kapwa 3 Conference in Baguio, Philippines. For me, Kapwa is central to my art work…dialogue, art healing, maharlikhan traditions, community.

At the Kapwa 3 Conference I will be speaking on a panel: The Shared Self – Lost & Found: A Dialogue On Re-Indigenization.

I will be speaking about my experience in finding Kapwa, through my journey in re-covering and re-discovering my indigenous self. Digging deep into the history of my ancestry through stories from relatives to dreams of my ancestors. All through my art process. Yes, the power of art & creativity can bring one closer to truth and healing and it is accessible to everyone through Embodied Informed Research. I am also continuing my research with Filipino Healing Traditions and how they can be integrated into mental wealth (health) care systems.

Joining me on the panel is Jo Si Malaya Alcampo to introduce 5 Stages of Decolonization and Embodied Informed Research. During the Kapwa 3 Conference at Victor Oteyza Community Art Space, Jo will be planting the Singing Plants Installation and I will be performing in collaboration with the Singing Plants. Collaboratively, we also welcome the chance to build a healing garden with native seeds and plants…bathala na!

What is Kapwa?

“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. [Virgilio]Enriquez felt that this orientation was an expression of “humanness at its highest level.” Why? Kapwa, beyond all outer trappings, looks for what people have in common: not whether someone is rich or poor, not whether somebody is young or old, man, woman or child, but rather for the fundamental characteristics in people, that is, as human beings. According to this type of thinking, people always remain just people (tao lang) despite titles, prestigious positions or wealth. It’s their behavior and their ethics that count.”-Katrin de Guia, “KAPWA the Self in the Other”

 Kapwa-3 specifically aims:

• to bring together the tumandok or lumad (the traditional knowledge holders) and the academe, at par with one another, to learn from each other and re-define Filipino knowing and Filipino knowledge in a culture-fair way

• to provide a forum for Filipino and international scholars, professors and students, who are interested in finding appropriate cultural approaches to researching, teaching, documenting, reporting, preserving and promoting the Filipino culture.

• to map out the relevance of traditional knowledge for Filipino education today.

• to share and discuss AK (academic findings/fieldwork) and IK (the knowledge of the Indigenous People) from among different cultural communities in the Philippines and around the world

• to spark interest among the general public in the humanistic and ecology-friendly values of the ancestral Asian societies and what advantages such values can offer to our 21st century living

For more information about the Kapwa 3 Conference please click this link.


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