Launch & Reception

Your Plans for Sunday

Celebrate with Maganda at the Launch and Reception of Issue 22: Generate

There will be free food, artwork on display, an open mic, and performances by contributors.

Good times guaranteed.

WHEN: NEXT SUNDAY, May 10th
1-4PM

WHERE: Stephens Room
3rd Floor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Bldg | Bancroft and Telegraph, on campus

{ alexandria cariaso | m22 finance and marketing director }

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What the Photographer has been up to

So I haven’t posted in a while, but that’s going to change right…about…now.

Staff photos from Spring Retreat coming soon…

{m}22 staff

“Toro”

“Packing Up”

“Jessica I”

“Night Watch”

Just a few photos I shot over the break. Hopefully some of this will inspire you to create your own art. Happy Shooting!

{ Justin Gonzaga/Webmaster }

Artists Spotlight: Deep Foundation

Wsup wsup, yall! So this week, I’m comin at you guys with an interview with ILL Poetik, also known as Mark Malacapay, of Deep foundation. He’s givin us a lil feedback on what happened last time they performed at our Open Mic and what’sto come this Thursday! So…ch-ch-checkkkk it out!

Me: So, give me a brief introduction/history of Deep Foundation. [Where did you guys start off? Why? How? What does your name mean?]

ILL Poetik:

Deep Foundation started in 2001. We were just a group of friends who shared the common love for hip hop & emceeing specifically. Proseed was one of the people who started the group. He gathered some of his friends in New Jersey who rapped and that’s where it started. Proseed & I (illpoetik) knew each other because our moms went to the same school in the Philippines. Eventually he asked me to join DF. They met Mugshot at the Filipino day parade that year & also asked him to join the group. Our first show as a full group was October or November of 2001 at Rutgers University.

The name Deep Foundation refers to the foundation of hip hop & our Filipino heritage and how both are deeply rooted in our lives.

Me: So your guys’ names are really creative…What do your names mean?!

ILL Poetik:

Proseed – proseed/proceed is to move forward. That’s what we are about. Constantly moving forward, progressing & not letting obstacles impede our movement. it’s also short for “proceed with caution” which is a warning to emcees who want to test him/us.

ILL Poetik – There’s no really cool meaning behind it. Continue reading Artists Spotlight: Deep Foundation

[TODAY] 3 Generations of Filipino/American Activism Through Film

We’re kind of bummed that we just found out this is happening today when we have three-part midterms to write for Monday. But we wanted to share the wealth of knowledge, so here is information from an email:


CONTINUING A LEGACY OF HOPE:
3 GENERATIONS OF FILIPINO/AMERICAN ACTIVISM THROUGH FILM

Saturday, October 18, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Manilatown Center
868 Kearny Street in San Francisco
Film Screening and Light Refreshments
Co-Sponsored by Manilatown Heritage Foundation

The event will feature 3 films documenting Filipino/American involvement in the campaigns addressing the Marcos regime, the toxic contamination at former U.S. military bases, and the impacts of Chevron’s oil operations in the Philippines. It will also include dialogue with some of the filmmakers and campaign participants.
Continue reading [TODAY] 3 Generations of Filipino/American Activism Through Film

Maligayang Araw ng mga Patay!

lunar eclipse

“Araw ng mga Patay” or Day of the Dead is celebrated in the Philippines from November 1-2. During this day, it is tradition to visit the cemeteries to pay homage to the dearly departed. Rather than maintaining a somber and solemn atmosphere, the cemetery becomes an atmosphere of remembrance and merry-making. Friends and family hold festivities and picnics together. Sounds kind of strange, but it’s really a beautiful experience where the large extended Filipino family comes together to catch up and celebrate.

Like people in the States often during Halloween, students come to school in costume. Later, they go door-to-door requesting gifts in exchange for singing a traditional verse about the liberation of holy souls from purgatory into eternal life; their own version of trick-or-treating!

Just a little tidbit on Halloween in the Philippines! Hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween, and {m} also wishes everyone an All Saints Day to remember!

photo & post by krizia.

Spotlight’s On: the Pinoy Breakfast

Egg

Bay Area Bites, KQED public radio’s food blog, highlight’s the traditional Pilipino breakfast this weekend. Finally! Our traditional pan de sal, longanisa, tocino, ensaimada, mangoes, sticky rice, dried fish, salty egg, corned beef, and fried garlic-rice gets the attention it deserves from a more mainstream part of the culinary community!

A Pinoy breakfast

If you like food (and you’d be soul-less if you didn’t), and if you especially like Pilipino breakfast foods, or if you simply want to learn more about it, Bay Area Bites blogger Thy Tran’s post includes a sweet reflection on a few of the delicacies of the Pilipino breakfast. She calls Pilipino’s “hearty eaters,” and also calls the range of Pinoy breakfast “impressive.” She CLEARLY knows what’s up.

She also includes a short list of some Bay Area restaurants that serve Pinoy breakfast, and a link to another blog that has a scrumptious roundup of various real-life Pinoy breakfasts complete with pretty pictures! With that said, don’t visit these blogs if you’re hungry! And if you do, you can’t say I didn’t warn you! Happy Eating!

❤ Post and photos by Krizia S.

A Pilipino Tribe in the Bay Area

The Ifugao Music & Dance Ensemble

For the first time, The Ifugao Music & Dance Ensemble of Banaue is here in the Bay Area direct from the Philippines to share their traditional culture and art. Unlike the more theatrical performances of most Philippine dance troupes, the Ifugao Music & Dance Ensemble can be considered a more “authentic” one, as members of the actual tribe sanction it. A friend of mine who recently saw this group perform described it as dancing “the way they might dance in an actual ritual, and act out various events in the tribal setting.”

In a society where native traditions are often romanticized and laced with theatrics, this may be a wonderfully rare and genuine experience to behold.

The ensemble will be performing this Thursday, October 11, 2007 at 7:30PM at Sacramento State University for FREE.

If this is too far for you to travel, they will be performing at the City College of San Francisco, on Thursday, October 25, 2007, at 12:30PM.

Continue reading A Pilipino Tribe in the Bay Area

On the importance of representation

I have been to countless teach-ins, attended numerous lectures and day-long conferences, been enrolled in how many Ethnic Studies classes that all emphasize how important it is for underrepresented and marginalized groups to participate in the electoral process, to politicize themselves if they wish to see change. And though I knew how important this was, I never fully understood and felt its importance until this past Thursday morning at 3:30am, after an extremely long Associated Students of the University of California- Berkeley (ASUC-Berkeley) Senate meeting. At this meeting, after a number of motions, recesses, and debates made by the frustrated and exhausted senators of ASUC, it was decided that the student organization’s, Chicanos/Latinos in Health Education (CHE), funding for their 15th Annual Dia De Los Muertos Conference (which would expose underrepresented communities, mainly Chicanos/Latinos, to opportunities in health education) would be cut from $1500 to $1050, with the possibility of it being cut even further at Monday night’s Financial Committee of ASUC meeting.

Continue reading On the importance of representation

ABC Undermines Pilipinos in Health Care

We recently received an e-mail petition about a curious tension that has arisen between Pilipinos and the television network, ABC.

To: ABC

To the producers of “Desperate Housewives” and ABC:

We are writing to express concern and hurt about a racially-discriminatory comment made in an episode of Desperate Housewives on 9/30/07. In a scene in which Susan was told by her gynecologist that she might be hitting menopause, she replied, ‘Can I just check those diplomas because I just want to make sure that they are not from some med school in the Philippines.’

It’s hard to know exactly how “hateful” the uttered statement was without any televisual context. Looking at the language used in the petition letter–among them, “oppression” and “disrespectful,”–it seems like Teri Hatcher’s tone might have been a bit too vile.

In text, the remark does not seem racially discriminatory, but rather, economically discriminatory. It is saying, “Poor countries like the Philippines can’t have good medical schools,” much more than it is saying, “Filipinos aren’t good at medicine.”

Still, not very flattering. However, it is laughable that the writers would choose the Philippines as the third world country to convey the humor of that remark, since countless health care technicians in this country–especially nurses–are from the Philippines. But then again, Filipino nurses have had some bad press in the past, including a scandal about nursing students cheating on the license exams.

What do you think: are we being too sensitive? Should Filipinos boycott ABC?

If you would like to read the rest of the letter and sign the petition, go here.

{m}