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!

“Filipino Pride”

Filipino Pride. 

You hear a lot about it these days and that is good.  But let me play devil’s advocate for a second.

Why are you proud?

Are you proud that a literate and developing civilization was conquered by a small band of misfits from Europe? 

Are you proud that our lands were given the name of a long dead–and if you know your history–fairly inept Spanish king?

Are you proud that the name we call ourselves: “Filipino” was the name for Spanish people born on our islands?

Are you proud that our victory over these same colonizers were sold out to the Americans?  That they “bought” as one newspaper columnist at the time wrote “10 million niggers for $2 a head?”

Are you proud that our victory over the Japanese during World War II only resulted in Americans bombing our economic infrastructure to prevent our development? Read more of this post

Tribute to Arman Albarillo and Darwin Amay

[Delivered during Diwa ng Kasarinlan, July 7, 2012]

Today, Anakbayan-Toronto pays tribute to two young martyrs of the Filipino people – Arman Albarillo, 34 years old, and Darwin Amay, 18 years old.  Arman was the former Secretary-General of BAYAN-Southern Tagalog chapter, and Darwin was a former member of Anakpawis Partylist-Southern Tagalog.  Both died as members of the New People’s Army in an alleged encounter with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the early morning of June 30.  Their bodies were taken to the morgue on the evening of July 1 – only after the military had mutilated the corpses, stripped and paraded them around the village and left under the sun and rain, to scare the residents away from supporting or joining the NPA.

For those who follow mainstream Philippine politics, the mere mention of the New People’s Army or NPA conjures up thoughts of “rebels”, “violence” and bloodshed.  Why would we pay tribute to individuals involved in such?, you may ask. We can go into a discussion of Philippine society and explore the political forces in the Philippines to get to this, but let us make it simple and just get to know who Arman and Darwin were. Read more of this post

Jose Jaime “Nonoy” Espina on Mindanao, the Visiting Forces Agreement, and US military intervention in the Philippines

JOSE JAIME ‘Nonoy’ ESPINA
Director, National Union of Journalists of the Philippines
Senior Editor, InterAksyon.com
* interviewed during a trip to Toronto, June 2012.

Music: Alexander The, “Vinta”

Interview conducted in Toronto, June 2012.

Video shown at Diwa ng Kasarinlan, July 7, 2012.

Diwa ng Kasarinlan (Video)

Diwa ng Kasarinlan: Volunteers Needed

Anakbayan is still looking for volunteers for “Diwa ng Kasarinlan 2012”. Please send us a message if you’re interested in helping out! “Anakbayan Toronto” on FB or anakbayan.toronto@gmail.com.

DIWA NG KASARINLAN 2012 — VOLUNTEER TASKS TO BE FILLED
(As of June 19, 2012)

LOGISTICS
– Food preparation
– Stage & venue set-up
– Runners/floaters
– Registration
– Backdrop making Read more of this post

Diwa ng Kasarinlan: A Celebration of the Philippine Struggle for Independence

ImageAnakbayan Toronto presents

DIWA NG KASARINLAN (Spirit of Independence)
A celebration of the Philippine struggle for independence

July 7, 2012
Ryerson University
Student Campus Centre, Rm. 115
55 Gould St., Toronto

Diwa ng Kasarinlan is a free all day event that aims to bring together the Filipino community across the Greater Toronto Area for the purpose of celebrating the Philippine struggle for independence through awareness of our history.

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