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Summer’s forever at KULTURA!

The 2014 Kultura Filipino Arts Festival, which spanned four days from the August 7-10, was the biggest one yet – with over 3500 festival-goers! In case you missed it, here’s a look back on the Toronto-flavoured Filipino art and culture summer festival!

Day 1: Get Nostalgic and Out Here

Get Nostalgic, Kapisanan’s 2nd Annual Fundraising Dinner, opened the festival this year! The event-goers were treated to a menu of memories created by Chef Rudy Boquila (Lamesa) and Chef Bas Pesce (Porzia), and serenaded by Victoria Marie and the Quan with OPMs (Original Pilipino Music) from the 1960s. Special shout out goes to Whole Foods Market Yorkville for providing all the fresh ingredients! The open bar + the delicious food made for happy event-goers, especially judging by the flood of pictures on social media. The first ever Liderato Award was also given to Len Cervantes, for a decade of leadership and contribution on the founding board of the Kapisanan Philippine Centre of Arts and Culture.

Chef Rudy and Chef Bas serving it up

Relleno Lechon, Squid Ink Palabok, Tomato Salad #yum

Len Cervantes holding the beautiful Kapisanan Liderato Award (handcrafted by Tim Manalo) with Kapisanan executive director, Caroline Mangosing.

Right after Get Nostalgic, and still at Twist Gallery, was the debut exhibit of the NAVIGATION and CLUTCH teams: Out Here. The young men and women of the Kapisanan’s arts immersion programs showed their creations to family, friends, and supporters, and there were live performances from some of the artists themselves. It was a night of love, laughter, and encouragement as the artists showcased their best work.

Artworks by: (top) Blessie Maturan, (right) Louis V. Delos Reyes, (bottom) Lexy Baluyot. Photos by DJ Tran.

Artworks by: (top) Sean Kua, (right) Ryan Roque Dela Cruz, (bottom) Genesis Giocada. Photos by DJ Tran.

Artworks by: (left) Eugene Diwa, and (right) Veronica Abrenica. Photos by DJ Tran.

Artworks by: (top) Martie Hechanova and (bottom) DJ Tran. Photos by DJ Tran.

The beautiful crowd at Twist Gallery

Day 2: Kabangka (A PSL Showcase)

Kabangka means, “on the same boat.” On the night of August 8th, the PSL Collective performed the work that they have been producing during the program, and they also released their chapbook.

The attendees of the wonderful night of Filipino poetry were treated to spoken word performances from both established and emerging Filipino-Canadian poets, speaking on a plethora of topics, from the fear of missing out, to the identity of being a poet, to love, and to politics.

Kabangka, by the PSL Collective. Photos by Kat Estacio.

Patrick De Belen performs to a full house

Day 3: If These Walls Could Talk, Carlos Celdran and Tales From the Flipside

Carlos Celdran, the Pied Piper of Manila, brought Manila to Toronto in his performances of If These Walls Could Talk. In these performances, he brings history to his audiences in the form of facts presented in a manner marked by humour and irreverence. His performance is peppered with historical anecdotes and little snippets about things that might seem as commonplace as San Miguel Beer. In the Filipino-Canadian community, where a lot of the youth are searching for their roots and for an identity, Celdran’s performance hits home. Thank you to Philippine Airlines for bringing Carlos to Canada!

Carlos Celdran's If These Walls Could Talk at Kensington Market. Photos by DJ Tran.

Tales from the Flipside presented a play in development by Celeste Palanca. Held as part of the Kultura Festival in partnership with the Carlos Bulosan Theatre, Love By Numbers carries the tagline, “What happens when two people realise they don’t have the same definition of love?”

Another full house as @kapisanan's community partner Carlos Bulosan Theatre takes the stage!

Day 4: Kultura Finale! Live! Stage, Marketplace, and Kain Kalye

The crowd outside the Barns during the finale. Photo by Dani Magsumbol.

The final day of the festival was a bustling hub of activity! There was a Marketplace, where Filipino-Canadian vendors and business owners set up shop, showcasing all kinds of products from cupcakes to children’s storybooks to clothes. The Live! Stage was also plenty busy, with both traditional and modern dancers repping for their groups, as well as singers and musicians taking turns in the spotlight. For a peek at the stage and grounds, click here for Ryan Buan’s short video of the event.

Here are some glimpses of the Marketplace (photos by DJ Tran):

Here are some performance shots (photos by DJ Tran):

The Kain Kalye Street Food festival was also a massive success, 200 Kain Kalye Passports sold out by 1pm! Thousands of festival goers were lured by the delicious aromas of Filipino food cooking outside Wychwood Barns. The first female winner of the Kain Kalye competition was Lola’s Kusina, and the top grossing vendor was Halo Halo World Café (halo-halo on a hot day can’t be beat!). Congratulations!

We want to say a special THANK YOU to all of our sponsors and participating food vendors! KULTURA was able to raise over $4000, which directly benefits Kapisanan’s youth arts programming throughout the year.

The chefs and restaurant owners who participated in this year's Kain Kalye Festival applauding the first ever female winner, Lola's Kusina! Photo by Craig Bagol.

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#KulturaTO – Aug 7: Get Nostalgic + Out Here

#KulturaTO DAY 1
Aug. 7 Thursday:
Get Nostalgic: KAPISANAN’s 2nd Annual Fundraiser Dinner, 6-8PM

In partnership with Whole Foods Market Yorkville, Get Nostalgic will feature an innovative dining experience with Chef Rudy (Lamesa Filipino Kitchen) and Chef Basilio (Porzia), with menus inspired by some of their memories of food. There will be food stations and an open bar. Tickets at $75, with proceeds go to support Kapisanan’s on-going youth programming.

Tickets are available online.

Out Here: CLUTCH & NAV Exhibit Opening Reception, 8PM -Midnight

CLUTCH and NAVIGATION are KAPISANAN’s flagship arts mentorship and Filipino cultural immersion programs for young men and women, respectively. Free to the public.

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#KulturaTO – Aug 8: Poetry is our Second Language

#KulturaTO DAY 2
Aug. 8 Friday:

Join us on this night of poetry in the heart of Toronto featuring established Filipino-Canadian poets, and emerging poets from KAPISANAN’s poetry and spoken word program. The PSL Collective will be performing the work they have produced throughout the program and launching their chapbook. PWYC!

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#KulturaTO – AUG 9: Carlos Celdran + Carlos Bulosan Theatre

#KulturaTO DAY 3
Aug. 9 Saturday

If These Walls Could Talk, 1-3PM

Toronto, meet Manila: KULTURA and Philippine Airlines bring you Carlos Celdran. Kensington Market will star as Intramuros, the walled capital city of Spanish colonial era Philippines, in If These Walls Could Talk. This 2-hour performance will start at 1PM, and tickets are at $20 with a sliding scale for students/groups.

Registration starts at 12PM.

Tickets are available online.

Carlos Bulosan Theatre present Tales from the Flipside, 4-6PM

Carlos Bulosan Theatre showcases artists from our Filipino-Canadian community.

What happens when two people realize they don’t have the same definition of love?
A new play in-development
by Celesté Palanca

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#KulturaTO – AUG 10: Kain Kalye + more!

#KulturaTO DAY 4
Aug. 10 Sunday, 12-7PM

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Kain Kalye 2014: Halo-Halo World Cafe

Turunkit! Get some at this year's KainKalye at the Kultura Finale!

Based in Mississauga and owned by Marcie Blando-Peters, Halo Halo World Cafe is the product of “fighting tooth and nail, and giving sweat and tears.” They will be competing in Kain Kalye and serving Sago’t Gulaman, Turunkit, Halo-halo, and Sisig on Rice/in Tortillas at this year’s Kultura Festival!

Read on after the cut to learn more about the distinctiveness of Ilocano cuisine and why halo-halo’s appeal is universal!

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Kain Kalye 2014: Kanto by Tita Flips

Sisig Fries by Kanto

Kanto by Tita Flips has been garnering rave reviews from Torontonians for their tasty treats since 2012, and they will be joining us at this year’s Kultura Festival! Kanto will be competing in Kain Kalye, where they will be serving tapsilog, calamansi iced tea, and banana cue to the hungry crowd.

Come and see what all the fuss is about at the Kain Kalye Street Food Competition this August 10th at Artscape Wychwood Barns!

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