Indigenous people in the Philippines are often the most invisible populations in the Philippines. In Mindanao, the Lumad live in remote areas with very little access to schools and health care, and in the last few years typhoons have decimated the places where they farm and live. In addition, multinational mining and logging companies have encroached on their ancestral land, using military and paramilitary forces to harass, displace, and in several cases, kill people. This poster is dedicated to all indigenous peoples of the Philippines, who honor the ancestors by preserving the culture and fighting for their land.
HONOR THE ANCESTORS poster | 12″ x 18″ digital print | $20 (reduced price!)
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After FIVE friggin months of snow and cold, spring is starting to say hello. Which meant it was time to bring my non-winter shoes, baseball caps, and most especially my bicycle out of hibernation. Montreal is an amazing city to bike in, with bicycle lanes all around the city. There are bike routes up to Mont Royal, along the Lachine Canal, and running through downtown and Le Plateau. Shoot, there’s a bike lane that goes straight to our apartment! Looking forward to putting some mileage in and discovering all the nooks and crannies of this place.
Anakbayan Montreal at one of the International Workers Day marches in Montreal
One of the primary ways that I’ve been settling into Montreal is by doing movement work, connecting with organizations such as BAYAN, Anakbayan, Migrante, the Centre for Philippine Concerns, etc. The transition has been mostly seamless; I’ve been able to apply my cultural work skills and experience into the different activities here. I’ve also been pretty active with the Immigrant Workers Centre/Centre des Travellieurs Immigrants, laying out their newspaper La Vox Des Migrant(e)s, as well as designing promotional materials for their 15$ Maintenant ($15 minimum wage now) campaign. I also performed recently at a couple events, one hosted by BAYAN Canada, and the other by the IWC’s Artist Bloc.
I’m reminded of when I first moved to the Bay Area, a new person in a new city trying to get plugged in. Luckily for me back then there were plenty of actions and activities that needed my services, such as the Upset the Setup youth conference, the Ethnic Studies conferences, and a plethora of anti-war and immigrant rights protests. It was through these activities that I met some of my closest comrades and friends, warriors who are still out on the streets holding it down in the Bay to this day. It is these memories that remind me that I can make it out here in Montreal, but that it might just take a little time, patience, and love.
Welcome to the 2017 update! Since I last posted (YEARS ago), among other things, I relocated to Montreal (yes, Canada)! And since I’m trying to make connections out here, I decided to revamp my website.
This site will mostly be for my music, but the blogs will also feature posts on politics, design, photography, food, and other things that I engage with on the regular.
For now, been mostly trying to settle in to this amazing new city since moving here last summer. From connecting with community organizations out here, grubbin, exploring, and finally, to doing the rapper thing, it’s been quite a ride so far.
I will be posting on the regular, so please follow! Thanks and stay tuned!