Date of shoot:
March 7th, 2017
Alexandra Baluyot, Amenah Abusara, Carol Ann Apilado, Czarina Campo, Darryll Magboo, Diana Mae Putting, Genesis Giocada, Lorenzo Colcado, Samantha Moya, and Shari Sivayogarajah
KAPISANAN PHILIPPINE CENTRE FOR ARTS & CULTURE IS A MULTIPLE AWARD-WINNING, YOUTH-LED, CHARITABLE COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION BASED IN TORONTO.
We create a safe space for Filipino-Canadian youth, both second generation and newcomers, to overcome multiple barriers that prevent them from meaningful engagement in society. At Kapisanan, youth activate their creativity to explore identity, fostering pride and self-confidence, inspiring and empowering them to realize their full potential.
Armed with an appetite for creative endeavors and community advancement, here at the K, we eat art and inspiration.
KAPISANAN’S GREAT STRIDES IN THE LAST 10 YEARS
In 2007 we delivered our first Conversational Filipino Language course to 8 enthusiastic Filipino-Canadians. Since then, we have delivered the Filipino Language course to over 80 Filipinos and non-Filipinos.
In 2009 we delivered our first free Filipino arts and cultural program, CLUTCH, to 7 youth. In the last two years we delivered free Filipino arts and cultural programs and mentored over 300 youth at KAPISANAN Headquarters as well as within TCDSB / Toronto District School Board Schools.
Since 2005 we have provided over 50 Filipino and broader community artists, arts, cultural, and social service organizations, a physical space to deliver programming, host events, conduct rehearsals, and mount performances, in our Kensington Market space for below market rates or for free--gathering thousands of people to experience and contribute to Toronto’s vibrant multi-cultural fabric.
Our annual KULTURA Filipino Arts Festival started as a small community BBQ with no budget, and is now a mainstream Toronto summer festival with thousands of attendees from diverse communities.
KAPISANAN successfully launched VINTA, a chic and modern Filipiñana fashion line, in 2013. VINTA is a social enterprise that aims to bring Filipino cultural clothing into the North American fashion consciousness, while promoting ethical labour practices in the garment industry, and stimulating entrepreneurship among Filipino-Canadian young people and women.