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,...
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...
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...