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Pinayism and Family

Pinayism and Family: As a writer and community organizer, I have very little hesitation about putting my business out into the public world. Many of my activist friends never discuss their romantic relationships, partnerships, struggles with lovers— instead of sharing their own stories of domestic abuse, they hold a workshop (more…)Read More

Pinayism and Family

Pinayism and Family: I am finally leaving an abusive partner. It is hard because he is the father of my child, he is the man I wanted to “spend the rest of my life with.” I grew up with both of my parents. They were the only parents I knew, (more…)Read More

I don’t go around saying “I’m Filipina”

Yes, I am the publisher of several sites for Filipinas that other Filipinas help build content for, like this site at I also created and publish sites that are a part of my own search for Filipino identity. I chaired an international Filipina leadership conference in New York city (more…)Read More

More than words…

More than words…My Tagalog isn’t so good but I am forced to read a book on Angting-Angting (protective amulets) written in Tagalog. Quite a challenge but I’m using all the resources available to me, THANK YOU internet! I am learning are the deeper meaning to our Tagalog language. Concepts we, (more…)Read More

Stereotype: ME SO HUNGRY- in Austin Stereotype: ME SO HUNGRY- in Austin: Please visit this link to read my response to stereotypical Asian images perpetuated by an Austin food vendor Source Painting by Literatti – An Artistic Blog Returning Fisherman, Fernando Amorsolo The Philippine artist Fernando Amorsolo (1892-1972) was a portraitist and painter of rural land (more…)Read More


Is optimism the secret to youth? I conquered my fear of heights when i learned how to ski at the edge of mountains. From my ancestors and having lived a bit, i get fire in my blood, wind in my spirit, earthiness in my attitude, and love flowing from my (more…)Read More

Kabuhayan na Dalisay

(pure life) Kabuhayan na Dalisay I love—-to watch meteor showers while laying down in grass in sleeping bags. Slowing down to just breathe, feel the air on my skin, and the air flowing in and out of me. Sleeping in and cozying up on rainy days listening to the water (more…)Read More

Life Motivates

What motivates you in life? I love to make people feel good about themselves, at work, in class, conversation or chance encounters. I really do love people—-we all have this beauty and light within, waiting to be uncovered, layers peeling away to make a little opening, a door sometimes flung (more…)Read More

the low down

The low down. Moment to moment, do you choose happiness over misery? Do you believe that loving one another doesn’t mean owning or controlling one another? Do you like being close and intimate with someone, but can let them be their own person and do their own thing? Are you (more…)Read More

Pista Sa Nayon

June 5th, also my husband birthday. I have spent the last few weeks cramming in as much art as possible, not completing all the pieces I wanted to put out there. I did a few pieces that I was sure was a hit. Managing my families needs in May and (more…)Read More