April 20 2019

Full conference program can be found here.

*PLEASE NOTE: The events of April 20 will NOT be held on McGill Campus.

Studio 303, 372 rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montreal, QC
H3B 1A2

(This area of Sainte-Catherine street is currently construction heavy, we recommend walking as a group, or taking public transportation. Should you prefer are taking a taxi or getting dropped off, it is best to be get out on the intersection of Sainte-Catherine street and Bleury street, coming from Bleury street.)

9:00AM – 12:00PM | ORGANIZING, GLOBALLY | Community Organizing Symposium

Speakers: Jojo Guan, Leah Evangelista Woolner, Robyn Rodriguez, Valerie Francisco

Hosts: PINAY Quebec, Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies at UC Davis


Jacqueline Aquines

Pinay Power II and Jacquie Aquines, PilipinX content maker from Mohkinstsis (Calgary, Alberta), are publishing a book entitled “Inevitability: Queer PilipinX/Pinay Representation in Canada” to feature forty Pinay Power II speakers and participants. The book  will be available for Philippine Heritage Month, this June 2019 and will be launched with an accompanying photo exhibit in Calgary, Alberta. If you are PilipinX/Pinay and queer by your politics, allyship/advocacy and/or lived experience, please sign up! For every book sold 30% will go back into this amazing conference, for the next Pinay Power, as scholarship for attendees.

Registration: https://inevitability.simplybook.me/v2/#book/date/2019-04-17/

9:00AM – 7:00PM | Sari-Sari Store: Community Tabling

Confirmed tables: Adrienne Vicente, Anakbayan Canada, ANAK Publishing Inc., Bulosan Center at UC Davis, Deanna Nardo & Feliz Tupe, Eric B. Tigley, Jana Lynne “JL” Umipig, Jen Maramba, Pinya Letters, PINAY Quebec, Kwentong Bayan, Rebecca Goldschmidt, Tita Collective, Trinidad Escobar

12:00PM – 1:00PM | LUNCH


Darlyne Bautista and Jillian Sudayan

3:00PM – 4:30PM | FILIPINX COMEDY PERFORMANCE [free, limited seats]

Kwentuhan at Tawanan | Carla McVittie

Tita Jokes |Tita Collective

More details to follow

4:45PM – 6:15PM | WORKSHOP | Unbroken Water – Flowing Toward Decolonization

Jen Soriano and Naomi Macalalad Bragin

Naming our past is a key source to reconnecting in the present; understanding collective wounds but also collective resistance allows for growing sisterhood that is woke to the enduring colonial legacies that can keep us fighting against each other rather than against oppressive systems, and that can also keep us isolated and fighting against ourselves. This workshop is a practice of source–reflecting on what we have overcome, current–moving toward who we want to become, and flow–creating collective expressions toward liberation.

Jen Soriano brings twenty years of movement-building for social justice into this interactive workshop, as well as her research and writing on colonization, historical trauma and relational practices for healing.

Naomi Macalalad Bragin brings her movement practice Cipher Theory to respond to these questions, drawing on principles of collective improvisation in hip-hop culture.

This workshop aims to challenge hierarchies, especially to honor different embodiments. We invite risk taking as a necessary part of healing work, always defined by participants’ attention to their personal boundaries and supporting the fullest spectrum of expressive capacities. We ask that you identify and make your own choices around risk taking and mutual exchange, by caring for your personal needs and safety throughout our collective creative process.

6:00PM – 6:30PM | DINNER

6:30PM – 8:00PM | WORKSHOP | DJ Kuttin Kandi and Ruby Ibarra.

Part 1: Developing a Critical Artist Approach and Practice for Hope and Resistance

Legendary Hip Hop DJ, Poet, Writer, Feminist and Community Organizer, DJ Kuttin Kandi will share how she created a Hip Hop artist intersectional feminist approach in developing a practice for hope and resistance. This presentation will share creative practices for using Hip Hop as a tool for social justice and liberatory transformation.  Participants can expect the exploration on  the politics and importance of solidarity, the interlocking dynamics of systems of oppression and how we as Filipinx people can address anti-black racism.  Participants will also attain teaching tools and resources to strengthen how we organize, learn, teach, practice and develop a critical consciousness artist approach and practice for hope and resistance.

8.00PM – 11:15PM | Pinays in Hip Hop


8:05PM – 8:50PM | FILM SCREENINGS | “Dual Citizen” and “Nothing on Us”

8:50PM – 9:30PM | PANEL | Ruby Ibarra, DJ Kuttin Kandi, HanHan, and Kimmortal

9:45PM – 10:15PM | COMMUNITY SUPPORTED SET UP | (We welcome volunteers to help us tear down benches, chairs, and empty the room in preparation for the community dance party!)

10:30PM – 11:15PM | PERFORMANCE | Kimmortal