Sunday, June 12, 2005

Mga Kathang Babaylan: Five Book Showcase

Sponsored by the Philippine Expression Bookshop at FAWN2005
Readings and Book Signings with launching of Leny Strobel's A Book of Her Own, Words and Images to Honor the Babaylan.
Readings by:

• Marivi Soliven Blanco (Speak Up, Woman)
• Edwina Bergano, Veronica, Salcedo, Joan May Cordova (FANHS' In Our Auntie' Words: The Filipino Spirit of Hampton Roads)
• Patria Rivera (Puti/White)
• Janet Stickmon (Crushing Soft Rubies: A Memoir).

Moderator: Bino A. Realuyo, (Author of Umbrella )

L to R: Janet Stickmon, Edwina Bergano, Patria Rivera, Marivi S, Blanco, Bino Realuyo(facilitator), Joan May Cordova, Leny Strobel. (not in picture: Veronica Salcedo)

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Saturday, June 11, 2005

Babaylan Spirit Retreat

presented by FAWN2005 presents
Held the day before the FAWN2005 conference, we gathered together to create sacred space and time. To center and reconnect ourselves with higher purpose and our indigenous spiritual heritage. And also for focusing the energy and intentions of the next days' gathering of Filipino women leaders from around the world. This was a special opportunity to come together to pray, meditate and contemplate on the many levels of where we come from, who are we, what do we want for not only ourselves but also for our families, our communities, Filipinos and humanity.
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L to R: Potri, Baylan, Rowena, Letty, Joanie, Evelie.

L to R: Ann, Letty, Potri, Baylan, Rowena, Evelie .

Friday, June 10, 2005

Spirit of the Babaylan Exhibit

presented by FAWN2005

Coordinated by Marv Velando. Presented by FAWN2005
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Spirit of the Babaylan: Open Art Exhibit, a pioneer indoor art exhibition organized by the Filipino American Women’s Network Conference on behalf of NewFilipina, Inc. and Philippine Forum, opened on June 2 and ran through June 24. This all encompassing multi-media exhibition – the first of its kind in New York City to date - featured new and emerging work from nine Filipina American artists:

  • Perla Daly

  • Madonna Davidoff

  • Dulcie Dee

  • Valerie Jelski

  • Christine Quisumbing Ramillo

  • Kinding Sindaw

  • Sabrina Alcantara-Tan

  • Maryann Ubaldo

  • Marv Velando

Works of art from this eclectic group of Filipina American artists graced Kimmel Center’s Commuter Gallery to complete an ethereal transformation and usher the viewer into the Spirit of the Babaylan, its different dimensions in contrast with the realities of being a woman and an ancient spiritual and cultural legacy unique of those who know the Philippines as Motherland.

The Kimmel Center Commuter Gallery, located on the second floor of the Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life, New York University's new hub of campus activity for undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff and alumni, overlooks Washington Square Park in the heart of Manhattan’s Greenwich Village.

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Click picture to view movie clip ,courtesy of Mary Ann Ubaldo.
Opening ritual and Song performed by Evelie Delfino Sales Posch.
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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Book of Her Own: Words and Images to Honor the Babaylan

Leny Strobel's Book of Her Own: Words and Images to Honor the Babaylan is a mosaic of poems, reflections, found texts, essays, and images that attempts to answer the question: what do you do after you decolonize?

Leny Strobel continues her research and insight on the process of decolonization, which she first wrote about in Coming Full Circle. In this book, she maps her journey and writes of her unfolding realization that her life need not be overdetermined by dualisms and ideologies; that it is possible to live a joy-filled and peaceful life while always acting with others in the daily constant struggle to be human.

She acknowledges, with a great depth of gratitude, the revolutionary spirit and wisdom of the Filipina Babaylan whose legacy continues to inspire today. That spirit fills these pages.

Book images and illustrations courtesy of Christina Quisumbing Ramilo, ISIS International Manila art by artists Sandra Torrijos, Maica Delfino and Lillette de Lara, Cal Strobel, Tiboli Publishing, Melissa Nolledo-Christoffels, and Celia at <>.

Cover and art production by Perla Paredes Daly, NewFilipina, Inc.

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Publisher: T’Boli Publishing, San Francisco, CA 94134. Email:

ISBN: 1-887764-64-X

Also order directly from:
Philippine Expressions Bookshop
The Mail Order Bookshop Dedicated to Filipino Americans in Search of their roots.
2114 Trudie Drive, Ranchos Palos Verdes, CA 90275-2005
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Book Launch: June 3, 2005.
Sponsored by FAWN2005 and Philippine Expressions Bookshop in New York City.

L to R: Leny Strobel, Sr. Mary John Mananzan and Joan May Cordova at the FAWN2005 conference.

Perla Daly and Leny Strobel

More details on FAWN2005 book event and enjoy pictures at the FAWN2005 Gallery.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Walking the Path of the Babaylan

The Babaylan knows very well that all things, all people, all existences are connected.
This is Sacred Internconnection which, in Filipino, is called pakikipagkapwa.

In the end, babaylan is merely a word. It is what it means that it is essential. The role and title of Babaylan carries with it great meaning and great service only in the sense that such leadership involves great responsibility.

We hope you benefit from discussing babaylan leadership in this conference in that you will make better decisions from moment to moment, and that you can better face head-on your personal challenges and, too, the challenges of our world.

For the sake of those we love.
And for the sake of those generations that we will never meet.

From the program of the FAWN2005 Conference, page 8. Click here for PDF excerpt from that program.