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Diwang Pinay comes to Pasadena playhouse

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NO ONE could tell your story better than you could.

And Diwang Pinay (Spirit of the Filipina), a multidimensional cultural show conceptualized by the women advocacy group Gabriela, is a step towards that direction — providing the venue for those who would tell their own their stories of journey and struggle.

On Sunday, March 19, 2017, ten females, six of them girls, will be giving “voice and visibility” to their own journeys at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse at S. Molino Avenue, Pasadena.

Joanna Concepcion of Gabriela said Diwang Pinay: Journey of Resistance will feature Filipina migrant workers and U.S-born Filipina-Americans in a cultural show that will utilize visual art, music, poetry and dance to tell their stories of “their collective stories of triumphs and struggles.”

Concepcion said the performers went through art workshops some months back where the collaboration between them was initiated.

Among the topics that will be tackled in the performances is the interconnection of the journeys of all migrants, the pains of being separated from family and the exploitation of migrant workers.

According to Concepcion, the show would also seek to provide hope and courage for those who are still trapped in exploitative situations.

Diwang Pinay (“Spirit of the Filipina”) is a national project of GABRIELA USA. The Diwang Pinay shows have been held in San Francisco, New York, Seattle, and Los Angeles for the last 14 years. It has been valuable platform in organizing women, both here and in the Philippines, to fight for their rights as a distinct gender and as immigrants.

Abner Galino
The author is a poet and a writer. He was a cultural worker before he became a reporter for Tinig ng Masa and Malaya Midday Edition during the Marcos regime. He later became a reporter of People's Tonight shortly after 1986 EDSA Revolution. He went on to become its Chief of Reporters, City Editor and News Editor. He retired after 15 years in the Journal Group of Publications. He now writes for Weekend Balita and the US Asian Post (USAP), weekly Filipino-American newspapers based in Los Angeles, California.

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