Stories of a Land Alive

Stories of a Land Alive

MaxT asks: Did you pick up any new stories? How could I possibly go to a place I’ve never been to see people I’ve never met and not come back with stories? **grin** Max is long-time professional storyteller I met early in my performing career. Max is a generous... read more
Tears of Disconnection, Whispers of the Land

Tears of Disconnection, Whispers of the Land

BaylanM asks: 1) What made you cry? Perhaps 3 kinds of crying – Sad, happy, and silent. 2) What did the earth say? I don’t remember crying when I was at PAMATI. My friends would have to confirm this, but although I felt moved by many things, I never wept. I... read more
Night Rituals

Night Rituals

KimB asks: Were there any night time or bedtime rituals that differed greatly from your rituals at home? If so, how did you feel about the differences? Typically in the evening at home, I’ll do house chores, like laundry or dishes, before settling in to check... read more
Being Heard, Being Seen

Being Heard, Being Seen

PAMATI: Listen to the Water and Songs of the Ancestors was a gathering I attended July 1-10, 2015 at Balay Agusan, in the Municipality of Bunawan, Northeastern Mindanao, Southern Philippines. My FB friends have been helping me process my experiences by sending their... read more
With a Smile on Her Lips

With a Smile on Her Lips

PAMATI: Listen to the Water and Songs of the Ancestors was a gathering I attended July 1-10, 2015 at Balay Agusan, in the Municipality of Bunawan, Northeastern Mindanao, Southern Philippines. My FB friends have been helping me process my experiences by sending their... read more
Little Bird, Little Bird, Little Bird

Little Bird, Little Bird, Little Bird

PAMATI: Listen to the Water and Songs of the Ancestors was a gathering I attended July 1-10, 2015 at Balay Agusan, Municipality of Bunawan, Province of Agusan del Sur, CARAGA Region, Northeastern Mindanao, Southern Philippines. The event brought together indigenous... read more
Moments in Time

Moments in Time

On June 29, I departed the Vancouver, BC airport for Bunawan, Philippines to attend PAMATI, a “mutual listening between a handful of Filipino babaylan and other elders, and a small number of Filipinos and Filipino diasporans in the fields of music and arts, religion,... read more
New Steps on a Long Journey

New Steps on a Long Journey

“Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan hindi makararating sa pinaroroonan ” (He who does not know where he came from, will never reach his destination) – Tagalog Proverb When I first started talking about going to the Philippines this summer, I was often... read more
Breath of the Babaylan

Breath of the Babaylan

In 2000, I didn’t know I was trying to pass as a white man. I didn’t realize that my internalized racism and sexism was the result of intergenerational trauma. Generations of colonization coupled with the effects of several wars created a mind-set in my family that to... read more
Pagdiriwang 2013 – PWEKA

Pagdiriwang 2013 – PWEKA

On June 10, 2013, Philippine Words Expressed – Kultura Arts held their 3rd “Through Our Eyes: Fil Am Art Exhibit” featuring original art and ekphrastic poetry. Featured artists: James Ardent, Fernando Argosino, Elizabeth Bustillo, Jude Clavero, Kimo... read more
Hot Oil, Monsoon Rains

Hot Oil, Monsoon Rains

“Hot Oil, Monsoon Rains” new non-fiction appearing in the April 2013 issue of Conversations Across Borders If food is a shared language among family members, living with celiac disease means changing more than just a person’s diet. Translating old... read more