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KULTURA Holiday Marketplace – Thursdays in December!

Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture

KULTURA Holiday Marketplace
as part of Kensington Market’s Holiday Night Market

First three Thursdays of December
December 4, 11, 18, 2014
@ 5-10PM
$2 PWYC entry

Featuring curated selection of Toronto’s most vibrant and innovative Filipino-Canadan artisans, craftspeople, and entrepreneurs

167 Augusta Avenue
in Kensington Market

Vendor spots still open! Early Bird rates end November 6!

Got questions? Email info@kapisanancentre.com. See you there!

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‘Tis the Season Once Again: CLUTCH and NAVIGATION Applicant Call-Out!

CLUTCH is back for its 7th year, and NAVIGATION returns for its 2nd–but what exactly are these programs, you ask?

CLUTCH and NAVIGATION are 6-month concurrent, arts-based, cultural immersion programs for Filipino youth, ages 17 to 24 years. CLUTCH and NAV are gender-specific, collaborative programs, which will empower Filipino youth with a sense of who they are, where they come from, and why their voice matters. These programs enable participants to start a dialogue with each other through the arts, get mentorship from professional artists within the community, have access to professional tools to hone their creativity, define their identity, and explore their cultural heritage.

To learn more about these programs and to meet the new volumes’ program coordinators, Kapisanan will host an open house where you can come and mingle with former alumni and mentors in order to get a better feel for what the program entails in terms of involvement, responsibility, and how the participants have benefited from their participation.

Thursday, November 13th, 2014, 6:30-8:30PM
@ Kapisanan Headquarters
167 Augusta Ave

Are you already convinced and want to participate in these programs? If you’re interested in seeing different career paths as a creative, and are looking for a place to learn about your Filipino roots and history, look no further! Details on how to apply after the jump:

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Fusion Folk Dance With Hataw *note new day & time!

Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture
In community partnership with
Hataw Performing Arts


Ever wanted to get in touch with your roots through dance? Here’s your chance to learn from the master dancers of HATAW Performing Arts Collective!

What: Filipino Fusion Folk Dance Drop-In
When: Starting November 5, 2014, every Wednesday Night 7PM-9PM


When: Starting  Sunday November 9th, every Sunday afternoon 3pm-5pm

Where: 167 Augusta Avenue

$10 drop in/ PWYC

Interested? Email: info@kapisanancentre.com

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Youth Summit and Volunteer Positions at PanAm

Hey Kapisanan Community! Were you thinking of applying to be a volunteer at the PanAm games? Does the idea of attending the 2015 Youth Summit appeal to you?

There are only three qualifications to be a Youth Summit Delegate:

  • Be an Ontario resident
  • Be between the ages of 16 and 24, as of January 1, 2015
  • Have an interest in community building

Head over to their webpage and apply online now! More details on the Toronto 2015 PanAm/ParaPanAm Games website. Hurry, Youth Summit application deadline is on Friday, October 10!

If your interests run more towards volunteering, they have volunteer opportunities for the PanAm Games as well! You only need the following qualifications:

  • Are friendly, approachable and genuinely enjoy helping people.
  • Have great communication skills.
  • Are reliable.
  • Love working as part of a team.
  • Have a good sense of humour.
  • Interested in helping make the PanAm Games 2015 a success? You can sign up online at their webpage! Read More »

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    The Scene: SpaceFinder Toronto FREE Workshop, Are You Rental Ready?

    This workshop will also have a corresponding video tip series on www.spacefindertoronto.org

    Are you looking for ways to expand operational revenues? Considering renting space to others? Wondering how to find and appeal to renters?

    Whether you own or lease a performing arts venue, a studio, a multi-use space, or even an office, this free workshop has the answers to your questions. Presented by SpaceFinder Toronto, along with its founding partners (TAPA, Artsbuild Ontario, and WorkInCulture), “Are You Rental Ready?” will lead you through a practical assessment to help you generate new revenue streams using your existing facilities.

    Facilitated by Kapisanan’s own executive director, Caroline Mangosing, this three-hour workshop will cover the following topics: assessing available space, handling the workload, planning and budgeting, agreements, and marketing. Kapisanan’s rental facilities is integral to the organization’s sustainability. Caroline’s experience in utilizing our facilities here at Kapisanan to generate revenue will provide participants with unique insights into the process of successfully managing rentals. The workshop will also introduce the participants to the use of SpaceFinder Toronto, the new free online searchable database of cultural spaces.

    Here are the details:

    FREE for everyone!

    Date: Monday October 27th 2014

    Time: 1:30 – 4:30

    Location:   Ada Slaight Hall, Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. East, Toronto

    Deadline to register:  Thursday October 23rd

    Please RSVP to Alexis Da Silva-Powell, TAPA’s Corporate Partnerships and Membership Manager at alexisdsp@tapa.ca

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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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    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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