A Filipino native garment serves as the fabric of a dance production by Vancouver’s Alvin Erasga Tolentino for this year’s celebration of Asian Heritage Month.
Poet Shirley Camia dedicates her work “to all those struggling to carve out identities in a new place, but enveloped by the old. Feet on one land, mind on another.”
Although born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, having parents who were first generation Filipino immigrants leaves an indelible mark on Camia’s body of work that clearly reflects the dichotomy between East and West, childhood and aging.
“Underneath the layers of self-hatred that Filipinos as a people have accrued thanks to century upon century of colonization, we have agency - fierce agency - and much wisdom and beauty to offer. The world - and that includes Filipinos themselves - need to really SEE the many different shades of the Filipino face.” – C.E. Gatchalian