Speaker Series

Who’s excited for POP2021? Well, get ready for a new addition to this year’s virtual event… THE SPEAKER SERIES!

The Speaker Series is a series of four pre-conference talks which will trace cultural heritage and traditional origins (pinagmulan) which have persisted throughout the Filipino diaspora. From February 15 to February 18, hear from Filipino-Canadians who specialize in the following topics: Philippine Folklore, Philippine Dance, Philippine Cuisine and Philippine Education!

All are welcome to attend the Speaker Series at no cost. Please find registration information below.

Monday, February 15th – Philippine Folklore

The Speaker Series will begin with Pluma Collective. Pluma Collective is a nascent group of young Filipino Canadian writers who are spearheading a literary movement based on the “adventures” of being living hyphens–straddling the reality of being a Filipino in a multicultural Canadian society. Register here to attend “Philippine Folklore”.

Alia Ceniza Rasul is an artist and producer dedicated to telling stories about the Filipin* diaspora. She is also a member of the Tita Collective, an award-winning sisterhood of Filipina theatre artists, and project manager at Bespoke Collective, a creative consultancy in Toronto.

Yves Lamson is a first-generation Filipino-Canadian writer who takes from the Philippine oral tradition to spin tales of fantastic creatures. His current major project is the launch of his novel, Bodies of Water, where he aims to preserve the intangible histories of the Philippine oral tradition that are always infused with magic.

Motzie Dapul is a queer first-generation Pinay animator, artist, and writer bringing Filipino and LGBTQ+ themed stories to global audiences, primarily through genre stories such as fantasy/mythology, sci-fi, horror, and romance.

Tuesday, February 16th – Philippine Dance

On February 16, the topic on Philippine Dance will be headed by Dr. Patrick Alcedo. Professor Alcedo is dance ethnographer, a specialist on Philippine traditional dances and focuses on performance of gender, folklorization of religion, and world dance in the diaspora. He was a Rockefeller Humanities Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution and a performer with the internationally touring Filipiniana Dance Group. He received his doctorate in Dance History and Theory from University of California, Riverside under the auspices of the Asian Cultural Council’s Ford Foundation grant where he also did his postdoctoral fellowship with the Southeast Asian, Text, Ritual, and Performance (SEATRiP). Register here to attend “Philippine Dance”.

Wednesday, February 17th – Philippine Cuisine

The talk on Philippine Cuisine by Toronto-based food writer and podcast host of ‘Exploring Filipino Kitchens,’ Nastasha Alli. She received the Food Sustainability Media Award from the Thomson Reuters Foundation for her article on how the climate crisis is affecting breakfast in the Philippines. Her recipe for Pancit Palabok was published in The New Filipino Kitchen, and was highlighted as San Francisco Chronicle’s “top cookbook of 2018”. She has been featured on CBC Radio, NOW Toronto, Canada’s Filipino TV, Philippine Inquirer and The Filipino Channel for her work on the intersection of food and diaspora communities. Register here to attend “Philippine Cuisine”.

Thursday, February 18th – Philippine Education

The final day of the series will highlight Philippine Education, led by the Philippine Arts and Social Studies in the Ontario Curriculum (PASSOC) coordinator, Dr. Marissa Largo and teacher Aileen Santiago. Register here to attend “Philippine Education”.

Dr. Marissa Largo, is a researcher, artist, curator, and educator. In 2018, she earned her PhD in Social Justice Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Marissa is the recipient of a number of grants and awards such as the 2019 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Research on the Education of Asian and Pacific Americans special interest group of the American Educational Research Association. Her book manuscript, Unsettling Imaginaries examines Filipinx artists who adopt decolonial diaspora aesthetics as counter narratives to the dominant stereotypes that persist in Canada.

Aileen Santiago is a secondary school teacher with the TCDSB. She speaks English, French, Tagalog and is currently learning Mandarin. As a lover of languages, she has long understood the inseparable connection between identity and culture. She is a co-writer on the PASSOC project promoting Philippine content in the Ontario curriculum and is the teacher representative at the TCDSB Filipino Advisory Committee.

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