Diwa ng Kasarinlan 2014!

10168191_609349895819320_6957176472556280253_nToronto– Local Filipino youth organization Anakbayan-Toronto and Filipino Canadian Association of Ryerson (FCAR) invites everyone to the third Diwa ng Kasarinlan Spirit of Independence Saturday, July 19th from 1-4pm at Ryerson University Student Campus Centre.

Diwa ng Kasarinlan is a free annual celebration of the formation of the Katipunan and its heroes as a way to realize Filipino pride that comes from our history of epic struggle. This year’s theme is “Powershift : Power to the People.”

Join us for a day of festivities featuring local Toronto talent. We are excited to present new and returning performers such as local Filipino hip hop group Southeast Cartel, No Budget Band, Filipino poetry collective Akdaan, and the all-women kulintang ensemble Pantayo. We are also featuring the performance of spoken word artist Spin El Poeta and local Cordillera youth group Matineb.

Diwa ng Kasarinlan is a celebration of our assertion for genuine Philippine independence and continues our fight for People’s true rights and freedom. It will feature talks, various artistic performances, and community empowerment.

AnakBayan Toronto (AB-TO) is an all-youth advocacy group organizing events around issues affecting the Filipino community in Canada and the struggle for national democracy in the Philippines.

Diwa ng Kasarinlan

Saturday, July 19th from 1-4pm

Ryerson University Student Campus Centre

55 Gould St. Toronto, Ontario

 

For more information and updates follow us and use hashtag #DnK2014

 

Facebook: http://fb.com/Anakbayan.Toronto/

Facebook event page: http://on.fb.me/UbC25T

Website: http://www.anakbayanto.org

Twitter: @anakbayanto

Event: http://dnk2014.eventbrite.com

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Diwa ng Kasarinlan 2013: Struggles

Join us and be part of the Filipino community youth to learn about our culture, history and the legacy of our revolutionary forefathers through music, performances, and interactive education.

AnakBayan Toronto (ABT) is an all-youth advocacy group organizing around issues affecting the Filipino community in Canada and the struggle for national democracy in the Philippines. Since it traces its roots to the revolutionary forefathers, AB-T celebrates the founding of Katipunan through Diwa ng Kasarinlan on July 27, 2013.

Diwa ng Kasarinlan is a celebration of our assertion for genuine Philippine independence and continuing our fight for People’s true rights and freedom. It will provide workshops on leadership, arts, and community empowerment. Also, as part of ABT’s dedication on educating Filipino youth regarding the plight of the Philippines, various socio-political discussions will also be featured.

Come celebrate Filipino pride that comes from our history of epic struggle.

#DnK 2013 Volunteer Call Out

Anakbayan-Toronto is still looking for dedicated and energetic youth to make this historic event happen.  In the lead-up to the event, we need people to help with pre-DnK events, marketing, physical setup, ushers, etc. Working together is a great way to meet others who also hold the passion and the resilient spirit that the Filipino struggle is remarkable with.

Contact us at anakbayan.toronto@gmail.com with the subject line #DnK2013 and let us know your interests.

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To get your tickets for FREE please register at http://dnk2013.eventbrite.com/


Makibaka! Huwag Matakot!

How to spit FiYah in Bisaya – workshop 2/6

 

This is the 2nd of the 6 FREE language classes, coordinated and facilitated by Haniely Pableo, that will teach you how to construct basic sentences and engage in a conversation in Bisaya! In this class, we will focus on: interrogatives, request and command; and basic sentence structure. To enhance your Bisaya vocabulary, you will be learning a new song every class.

… Space is limited, so please contact us immediately to book a spot!

Contact info:
anakbayan.toronto@gmail.com, or Rhea at (647) 281-0652

Where: CSI Regent Park, 3rd Floor, Daniels Spectrum Building, 585 Dundas Street East
When: Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 4:30-7pm

**Poster created by Althea Balmes and Tim Manalo**

***How to Spit FiYAh in Bisaya!!***

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Interested in learning a different language? Want to know more about the Bisaya language? Kamalayan presents “How to Spit FiYAh in Bisaya”!! It is a FREE language class that will teach you how to construct basic sentences and engage in a conversation.

The creator and facilitator of this workshop is Haniely Pableo. Poster created by Althea Balmes and Tim Manalo.

Please contact anakbayan.toronto@gmail.com or call Rhea at 647.281.0652 to confirm your spot!

Space is limited!!!

Where: CSI Regent Park, 3rd Floor, Daniels Spectrum Building, 585 Dundas Street East
When: Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 4:30-6pm

SINONG TATAY MO?!? A History of Family Dynasties and Corruption

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[FREE History Workshop | Open to All | Space is Limited]

Why is Philippine Politics So Corrupt?
Why do family dynasties persist in a supposedly democratic, and supposedly independent Philippines?
And what does history teach us about the potential for real change?

This will be a one hour history talk matched with one hour of discussion.

We will look at how family dynasties came to dominate Philippine politics, economics, and pop culture. We will also look at the many attempts to overturn this climate of corruption. Where were there successes and where were there failures, and why?

In discussing corruption we’ll also examine why this corruption is not an unfortunate side effect but a necessary tool to maintain the status quo… and along the way examine some of the dark chapters–like how the CIA was born in the Philippines to crush post WWII attempts at a truly independent country…

You can email us to confirm your spot: anakbayan.toronto@gmail.com
Or you can also just drop in! (Space is limited, emailing us confirms your spot.)

N30: Filipino Youth found Anakbayan-Toronto

Toronto—Commemorating Andres Bonifacio Day, fifteen delegates join hands together to formally launch the progressive Filipino youth and student organization Anakbayan-Toronto (AB-T) on December 1st at Ryerson University.

Organized to coincide with November 30, a date  historically significant to Filipino peoples. It is the birth of the working class revolutionary Andres Bonifacio, whose leadership founded the Katipunan and laid the foundation for the Philippines’ first unified armed resistance against foreign oppression.

One hundred and forty-nine years after the renowned hero’s birth, AB-T convened as the newest overseas chapter of Anakbayan, which is translated as “sons and daughters of the people.”  The comprehensive national democratic, mass movement of the Filipino youth is the first branch in Canada.

However, since the 80s Filipino-Canadian youth, particularly in urban core centres, have been organizing themselves through cultural and nationalistic means. According to Marco Luciano, former member of the Montreal Coalition of Filipino Students (MCFS) and now Secretary General of Migrante-Canada, the ‘real upsurge’ of youth organizing was not carried on until the 90s. Programs allowing youth to bond and discuss culture and identity in the context of Filipino struggle against colonialism was pushed by concerned members of the community. In 1993 the Montreal Coalition of Filipino Students in Quebec was formed .

While in Toronto, early strands of educational discussion groups were also realized under the guidance of Philippine Solidarity Group. In 1996 issues between “baguhan” (new immigrants) and “datihan” (Canadian-born/raised) youths were shared in a play entitled “Dreams of a Revolution” in celebration of the centennial anniversary of the Bonifacio-led 1896 Philippine Revolution. This search for identity and fight against colonialism moved to modes of outreach in the community and exposure trips, finally leading to the formation of Migrante Ontario Youth in 2008, shared Mithi Esguerra, a former member of the group.

Canada has the second largest Filipino community overseas. For decades, poor job prospects and the nation’s undeclared policy to export labour led Philippine citizens to pursue employment abroad. According to the Philippine National Situation by Bagong Alyasang Makabayan (BAYAN) presented by founding member Ysh Cabana, the  current Aquino administration perpetuates  this oppressive system by placing more anti-people policies and being subservient to foreign interests.

Since the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is the financial and cultural capital of Canada, it is one of the top city choices of Filipino immigrants and migrants. The GTA is home to over 140,000 Filipinos. A presentation by founding members Tim Manalo and Alex Felipe revealed that most Filipino immigrants  have non-permanent residence status and are coming in through the family reunification program. Impeded by their minority and recent immigrant status, many Filipino-Canadian youth face a number of cultural challenges and systemic barriers that hamper their economic mobilization and social integration.

Bearing the onus to address these problems, AB-T commits itself to ensure that youth stay engaged in raising social awareness and advocating for the betterment of the Filipino community in Canada and the Philippines. The newly elected officers in the founding assembly symbolize the utmost dedication of youth in leading the Filipino community towards true emancipation: Rhea Gamana as Chairperson, Jesson Reyes as the Secretary General, Ysh Cabana as Education Officer, Henessy Cruz as Finance Officer, and Tim Manalo as Solidarity Officer.

“I’m very honoured to be elected as Chairperson of Anakbayan Toronto, and I would like to thank our Kasamas for trusting me to be in this position. I will absolutely do my best to represent Anakbayan Toronto to our kababayans. I and the rest of the Kasamas will painstakingly educate and organize Filipino youth here in the Greater Toronto Area. I will continue to fight for genuine national democracy for the Philippines, and continue the unfinished struggle of Gat Andres Bonifacio.” Rhea Gamana, elected founding Chairperson of Anakbayan Toronto.

For now, Anakbayan-Toronto’s task is articulated in the founding general assembly’s theme “Ipagbunyi ang Kabataang Sumusulong tungo sa Malayang Bukas” (Celebrating the Youth Marching Towards Emancipation).

A video message by the Anakbayan Philippines National Chairperson Vencer Crisostomo for the 14th Anniversary of Anakbayan, he expressed the importance for youth to carry on the legacy of arousing, organizing and mobilizing. In the words of Kabataang Makabayan’s founding chairperson, Jose Maria Sison, “Only through militant struggle can the best in the youth emerge.”

Among the guest speakers was former Chairman of the National Union of Students in the Philippines, Ben Corpuz. Presenting on the student movement in the Philippines, he emphasized how the three basic problems of Filipinos back then remain the same today, even worsened.

Special guest Vernie Diano of the Cordillera Women’s Education Action Research Centre (CWEARC) reflects how “The energy of the youth is direly needed to oppose the threats facing our communities.” Heartfelt solidarity messages were also delivered by allied groups including member representatives of the International League of Peoples Struggles-Canada (ILPS- Canada).

AB-T would like to thank allied organizations, BAYAN Canada, Filipino Migrant Workers’ Movement (FMWM) and Philippine Advocacy Through Arts and Culture (PATAC) for their presence at the event. To the Filipino community in Canada and other chapters for their continuous support. The success of the founding assembly formally declares our member’s dedication to arouse, organize, and mobilize for the advancement of the Filipino people’s struggle towards national liberation and genuine democracy in the Philippines.

Lumalakas! Lumalawak! Lumalaban! (Strengthening! Broadening! Continuously fighting!)

Lumalakas! Lumalawak! Lumalaban!

Youth-student organization Anakbayan hold’s the founding assembly of their Toronto chapter to advance the people’s struggle of the Philippines

A message from Anakbayan Toronto Organizing Committee:

In the spirit of the youth revolutionaries of Bonifacio and the pre-Martial Law youth organization of Kabataang Makabayan, the Anakbayan Toronto Organizing Committee warmly invites all our allies, other chapters, those in the struggle, other youths and the community at large who share the passion and interest of activism, to the founding assembly of the Toronto chapter of Anakbayan.

Anakbayan is the comprehensive, national democratic mass organization of the Filipno youth. It was established on November 30th 1998 to unite the youths from all sectors of the society: workers, migrants, students, out-of-school youth, women, professionals, Indigenous, Muslim, Christians, peasant, fisherfolks and many others, to advance the cause of national democracy of the Philippines and liberalization from foreign imperialism.

The theme for the inaugurating general assembly is set as Magbunyi ang Kabataan Patungo Sa Malayang Bukas (Celebrating the Youth Marching Towards Emancipation) to acknowledge the Filipino youth’s continuing history and commitment to arousing, organizing and mobilizing their community. Filipino youths have had their share of the fight from demanding justice for Filipino youth like Jeffrey Reodica, to tackling the effects of the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) on the youth and their family, to forwarding and making the national democracy movement of the Philippines relevant to other Filipino youth in Toronto. The inauguration and the first general assembly meeting of Anakbayan Toronto is a step closer to making the voices of Filipino youth stronger and be heard; and make the youth be the leaders of their community to continue the struggle towards a genuine independent Philippines.

Join the Organizing Committee on December  01 2012 and be part of building the new chapter. Everyone is welcome.

Event schedule includes:

  • History of Youth Organizing
  • Situating the Youth in the Philippines and Canada”
  • Reading of the Constitution and Bylaws and Election of Officers
  • Our Allies and their Messages of Solidarity
  • Cultural Presentation

Anakbayan Toronto Founding General Assembly- Magbunyi ang Kabataan Patungo sa Malayang Bukas
SCC 115, Student Centre, Ryerson University
December  01, 2012; 1-5 pm

FREE event
Space is wheelchair accessible

Film Screening: “The End of Immigration?”

Here’s an event being co-organized by Migrante Canada.

FILM SCREENING: “THE END OF IMMIGRATION?”
Saturday, October 20, 2012
6:30 p.m.
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Room 5-150
252 Bloor St. West (@ Bedford Rd.) (map)
Free event | Donations welcome.DIRECTOR: Marie Boti and Malcolm Guy || 2012 | 52mins | English/French subtitled | Trailer: https://vimeo.com/49887882 Read more of this post

Anakbayan Toronto October Events

ANAKBAYAN-TORONTO events in October 2012!Some FB event pages for the next couple weeks:Oct 3, 630p:  Operation Lifeboat: Linking Canada and The Philippines via (Un)Natural DisastersOct 2-19:  Free Public Exhibition @ York University: From Martial Law to Today, Human Rights in the PhilippinesOct 16, 6p:  Human Rights in the Philippines: A Continuing Struggle 

ANAKBAYAN-TORONTO events in October 2012!

Some FB event pages for the next couple weeks:

Oct 3, 630p:  Operation Lifeboat: Linking Canada and The Philippines via (Un)Natural Disasters

Oct 2-19:  Free Public Exhibition @ York University: From Martial Law to Today, Human Rights in the Philippines

Oct 16, 6p:  Human Rights in the Philippines: A Continuing Struggle

Human Rights in the Philippines: A Continuing Struggle

Panel Discussion: Tuesday, 16 October 2012 from 6 to 8pm (please note that we will start promptly at 6pm)
Location: Room 280N, 2nd Floor, York Lanes, York University (Keele Campus), 4700 Keele Street
Photo Exhibition: Scott Library, York University, Ground Floor Lobby between the circulation desk and the Map Library.  



Refreshments provided, All are welcome.
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