Fuck snow.

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Dreaming of Hawaii. Or anywhere without damn snow.

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Farewell Autumn

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(Soaking in the last bit of sun before impending snowpacalypse)

This will be my second winter in Montreal. Not looking forward to the snow piles, the ridiculous traffic and parking conditions, the freezing wind, and being stuck indoors.

Anakbayan Montreal 5-year Anniversary Event

“You young people, full of vigor and vitality, are in the bloom of life, like the sun at eight or nine in the morning. Our hope is placed on you. The world belongs to you.” – Mao Tse-Tung

Congrats to Anakbayan Montreal for a successful event to commemorate their 5-year anniversary! Thanks for having me! Mabuhay!!!

#LeCypher last Thursday was LIT!

Had an absolute BLAST as guest host/vocalist during last week’s #LeCypher. Much love to the homie Vincent Stephen-Ong, my co-host Shem G, and the Urban Science band for having me out! And shout out to Rap Battles For Social Justice and all the folks to jammed and partied with us! Good times!!! (Photos Manikmati Photo)

Montreal! Back at #LeCypher this Thursday!

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(from last week’s performance at LeCypher | photo Bianca Lecompte)

Had a blast performing at Montreal’s beloved hip hop jam #LeCypher last week! AND I’m gonna be back again this Thursday as guest host/vocalist! Roll thru and catch me rockin the stage with the Urban Science band!!!

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#LECYPHER WEEK 152 2017/11/23
TOUS LES JEUDIS / EVERY THURSDAY
+ Urban Science (7-piece live band & jam session hosts)
+ #LECYPHER hip-hop and soul jam session
+ 99 Wolves (opener)
+ DJ Overflow MTL (DJ)
+ Empanadas Maria (food)

http://facebook.com/UrbSci/events/

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Urban Science is the 7-piece live band that hosts the #LeCypher Thursday night hip-hop & soul jam session. Winner of numerous awards, including finalist in the “Best Band” and “Best Hip Hop Act” categories of CultMTL’s Best of Montreal Poll (2016-2017), Urban Science has held down residencies at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2015-2017, backed Illa J, and has become a mainstay of the Montreal festival circuit. Their off-shoot project Urban Science Brass Band are the hosts of the Montreal Hip-Hop Parade and were also been invited to perform every single day at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2017.

Band lineup
Vox: Kiwi Illafonte (guest)
Vox: Butta Beats
Drums: Harvey Drumz
Bass: Alan Baculis (guest)
Keys: Olivier Salazar (guest)
Guitar: Elijah Mansevani
Bandleader/horns: Vincent Stephen-Ong

99 Wolves (opening act)

Empanada Maria (food)

Indigenous Filipino People’s Celebration

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One of the more interesting discoveries I’ve made here in Montreal is how visible and active the Filipino indigenous community is. Whether it’s Igorots from the Cordilleras, or Lumads from Mindanao, those who have managed to protect and hold on to our native cultural practices are doing there thing way out here in snowlandia. This past Sunday, I had the privilege of attending an even to celebrate Indigenous Month Montreal (don’t quote me on that title, but hopefully you get the idea). Not only was it a cultural sharing with song and dance, but it was also a situationer on the current conditions in places like the Cordis and Southern Mindanao, where indigenous communities are under threat of displacement at the hands of mining and logging companies encroaching on their ancestral land. I feel that those attempting to “reclaim” our Filipino culture have an obligation to raise awareness and advocate for the communities that we’re reclaiming the culture from; what significance is one’s tribal tattoo if those same tribes back home are being harassed and attacked by multinational corporations? Looking forward to building more with organizations here like FIPOQ (Filipino Indigenous People’s Organization of Quebec).

Rally against Hate and Racism – Montreal, QC

The recent drumming up of racist, xenophobic, and islamophobic rhetoric has not gone unnoticed. Anti-racists and anti-fascists from all over Canada have stepped up to disrupt the far-right in their attempt to attack our communities. On November 12th, thousands of folks mobilized in Montreal to let our voices be heard, that we will not stand for the hate. It was a militant yet peaceful march attended by young and old, including Filipino community orgs BAYAN, Centre for Philippine Concerns, Migrante, PINAY, and Anakbayan.