LIDC A grassroots arts organization founded in 2015 to organize the annual Larry Itliong Day celebration of LA with a focus on the creation of Filipino art.

LIDC is an arts organization that organizes the Annual Larry Itliong Day Parade and Festival in Historic Filipinotown to activate the existing pre-1965 sites established by Filipino Americans as well as to bring the 1995 LA Filipinotown mural right into the streets through a parade and festival. The parade and festival is therefore a street protest and a work of art- both defining features of the

LIDC is an arts organization that organizes the Annual Larry Itliong Day Parade and Festival in Historic Filipinotown to activate the existing pre-1965 sites established by Filipino Americans as well as to bring the 1995 LA Filipinotown mural right into the streets through a parade and festival. The parade and festival is therefore a street protest and a work of art- both defining features of the

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09/19/2021

The prosperity of a country depends on the development of its own stories as THE MAIN EVENT, so it can amplify a Creative Economy and an Ethnic Economy, making The Filipino Story a major player and even a protagonist of the regional and global narrative.

Otherwise, we will continue to be avoided and misunderstood, even ignored since we ourselves avoid our own stories as the main event and major player of nation-building.

Instead, we choose Americanization, which is essentially Telling Other People's Stories in our own country ON THEIR BEHALF. What do we have to bring at the global table of power and influence, when we are simply mouthpieces of foreigners, even those who where invaders of our own land?

Look at Japan and Korea who globalize by nativizing foreign ideas, to make them their own. Thus, the Japanese and Korean stories continue to be The Main Event, supplanting the foreign one/the imported original.

Unlike us, who habitually erase our own stories in favor of foreigners' ideas and stories, forever rendering all of us on "survival mode" by focusing on a service-oriented economy, and never a Creative Economy based on our own identity, art and stories and even an Ethnic Economy- which is default and second nature to any Korean or Japanese- which humanizes them even further.

ON the other hand, we objectify our nation and people and turning a paradise into a desert by our continued preference towards Americanization and avoiding the professionalization and amplification of BEING A FILIPINO in our own country.

My final thoughts were that I found it odd that almost no other travelers that I met along the way were traveling only t...
09/19/2021
This Englishman Describes How He Fell in Love with the Philippines

My final thoughts were that I found it odd that almost no other travelers that I met along the way were traveling only to the Philippines. Most of them seemed just to be passing through on a bigger trip around Southeast Asia. In Thailand, there were many, many people who were there just for Thailand. I loved The Philippines more and found it to be less tainted by the tourist hordes and it was very easy to become friends with Filipinos as many of them speak great English.

I know that I need to go back as there are still so many places I want to see that I did not have time for. Especially Luzon, which I did not really explore other than Manila, Legaspi briefly as well as Donsol.

So in conclusion, if it was not for the author Alex Garland, I don’t think I would have had this amazing month (probably the best month of my life so far) and discovered my favourite country in the world to visit. I didn’t know anything about the Philippines before I read The Beach and The Tesseract. So thanks Alex!

He traveled for a month in the country.

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This artist spent eight years to create this tree-chair 🌳 using methods of gradual redirection of the branches, which consists of shaping the trees as they grow according to predetermined designs.

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09/17/2021

On September 17, 1900, Filipino forces clashed against American forces in Mabitac, Laguna as part of the Philippine-American War. The Filipinos emerged victorious in this battle.

After gaining control of the nearby town of Siniloan, the Americans set their eyes on capturing Mabitac. During that time, only a narrow causeway connected the two towns. Led by Colonel Benjamin Cheatham, Jr., they started their attack on Mabitac on September 17, 1900. They tried to cross the causeway, but it was flooded with water due to incessant rain. The Filipinos, led by General Juan Cailles, had already set up trenches along this causeway, effectively preventing the Americans from advancing. Using the terrain to their advantage, they forced the Americans to retreat to Siniloan. Around 20 American soldiers died in the battle. The next day, Cailles allowed the Americans to retrieve the bodies of their fallen comrades. He also ordered the Filipinos to withdraw to avoid being surrounded by reinforcements from the American forces.

In 1995, the National Historical Institute (now the National Historical Commission of the Philippines) installed a historical marker at the Battle of Siniloan Monument along the Siniloan-Mabitac Road.

At least Raya can represent Brown Asians, since "Asian" as a an identity is so diverse. The default "Asian" identity is ...
09/17/2021

At least Raya can represent Brown Asians, since "Asian" as a an identity is so diverse.

The default "Asian" identity is not usually Asian peoples beyond Japan, Korea and China.

Walking through the toy section and being able to buy your child a super hero toy that has features like him hits differently. Representation matters. ✊ @shangchi @simuliu @marvel

Just a few weeks ago the Olympics' Hidelyn Diaz from the Philippines defeated China's champion.  Though this time around...
09/11/2021
Teen Asian tennis sensations set to square off in ultimate showdown at US Open final

Just a few weeks ago the Olympics' Hidelyn Diaz from the Philippines defeated China's champion.

Though this time around, these two athletes are not representing either country, their ancestry channels the same story all over gain.

Hopefully, with the same outcome.

Two young women representing Canada and the United Kingdom will advance to the U.S. Open final in a historic match fueled by Asian pride this weekend. if(!window.mobil...

Can anyone help us identify the source of this image or photographer behind this photo of the mural with Unidad Park? Th...
09/11/2021

Can anyone help us identify the source of this image or photographer behind this photo of the mural with Unidad Park?

This was taken in 2015, during the 1st Larry Itliong Day celebrations.

We need a high resolution copy along with the name of the source so we can credit the photograph appropriately.

Thanks!

Can anyone help us identify the source of this image or photographer behind this photo of the mural with Unidad Park?

This was taken in 2015, during the 1st Larry Itliong Day celebrations.

We need a high resolution copy along with the name of the source so we can credit the photograph appropriately.

Thanks!

After the match, Fernandez related the tale of how her mother, a Canadian of Philippines heritage, moved to the United S...
09/10/2021
Leylah Fernandez Press Conference | 2021 US Open Semifinal

After the match, Fernandez related the tale of how her mother, a Canadian of Philippines heritage, moved to the United States to make money to support the family and her tennis dream.

"My mom had to go to California for a few years to support my family and I in the tennis world," she said. "That few years been definitely hard for me because I needed a mom, I needed someone to be there for me through the age of 10 to 13.

"I've barely seen her at that time. Every time I saw her, it was like seeing a stranger but at the same time someone so familiar."

That's one reason why she is so happy to have her mother watching every match in the stands at the US Open.

"I was just very lucky to have my mom here at this tournament cheering for me and having fun with me all this time," Fernandez said. "We've gone through so many things together as a family. I'm just glad that right now everything's going on our side."

Such support helped develop her trademark mental fortitude.
"It was definitely hard at first to accept," she said of her mom leaving.

"I don't think I only did the job, but also my parents, my dad. He also made the decision one day to pack our things, go to the US so we can be with my mom because it was too much.

"You know what? I'm just glad that we made that decision of doing that, like having my mom go to California, because it made me stronger.

"I think it made my family, too, saying that we're going to make the sacrifice, it's going to be worth it so I can make that dream possible.

"I'm just eternally grateful for everything that's happened to us."
Fernandez also took some pride in making her younger sister Bianca cry.

"I'm glad I finally made her cry and it's tears of joy," Fernandez said.

Courtesy of Nestor Enriquez

Leylah Fernandez's press conference following her semifinal win against Aryna Sabalenka in the 2021 US Open.Don't miss a moment of the US Open! Subscribe now...

Its really an insult to the significance of Asia's 1st constitutional Republic to call it "Malolos Congress"- a name the...
09/10/2021
Palau Was Once a Part of the Philippines

Its really an insult to the significance of Asia's 1st constitutional Republic to call it "Malolos Congress"- a name they themselves (1899 Members of Congress) would never call it; as they represented the entire Philippines- including Palau, who wanted to join us and become part of our democracy.

Palau participated in the Malolos Congress of 1898. 

This is a historic first win for the Philippines and also the first time a Southeast Asian national pavilion has won an ...
09/07/2021

This is a historic first win for the Philippines and also the first time a Southeast Asian national pavilion has won an award at the prestigious Venice Architecture Biennale. The awards were presented on Aug. 30 at the headquarters of La Biennale di Venezia.

The participation in the Venice Biennale is a collaborative undertaking of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of the Philippines (DFA), and the Office of Deputy Speaker and Congresswoman Loren Legarda.

Mabuhay kayong lahat!

All images © Andrea Avezzù, courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia

#philart #philartmagazine #filipinoartist #artistph #artph #artphilippines #philippineart #philippinearts #philippinearchitecture #venicebiennale2021

Labor Day Hero: Filipino American Larry ItliongI would be remiss on Labor Day weekend, not to mention the Filipino Ameri...
09/07/2021
Labor Day: Fil-Am labor superhero, could’ve used some help

Labor Day Hero: Filipino American Larry Itliong

I would be remiss on Labor Day weekend, not to mention the Filipino American superhero, Larry Itliong. Itliong is always worth a mention because for so many years, no one did.

Put in the shadow of Cesar Chavez in the public eye, those who know the history understand that it was Itliong and the Filipino unionists who worked the fields in California’s Central Valley that brought the labor rights issue of ag workers to the forefront. There would be no United Farm Workers Union were it not for the pioneering efforts of Itliong who actually began the Great Delano Grape Strike on Sept. 7, 1965.

That took the courage of a superhero.

Read more about it here when I covered the 50th anniversary.

Itliong was like my dad in that they both came to America from the same part of the Philippines in the 1920s. My dad was a cook in San Francisco. Larry went to the fields. But he also was typical of Filipino immigrants who came here and kept moving through the Central Valley, into Washington, and then up to Alaska where they worked the canneries. It’s the Filipino migrant story.

From Asia to America. Itliong in the ‘60s. The Sherpas of Queens today, coming from the highest points on earth to the lowest in the wake of Ida.

The Asian American story continues. Insert super hero when possible.

Emil Guillermo is a journalist and commentator. He writes a column for the Inquirer.net’s North American Bureau. See his vlog at www.amok.com, and on Facebook @emilguillermo.media @2p Pacific.

I would be remiss on Labor Day weekend, not to mention the Filipino American superhero, Larry Itliong.

Artists lit it up in a celebration of Filipino American talent. Take a look backstageBY CHRISTINA HOUSE, CALVIN B. ALAGO...
09/03/2021
Artists lit it up in a celebration of Filipino American talent. Take a look backstage

Artists lit it up in a celebration of Filipino American talent. Take a look backstage

BY CHRISTINA HOUSE, CALVIN B. ALAGOT
SEP. 1, 2021 5:57 PM PT

It felt like a large (really large) family reunion, with hundreds of Filipinos and friends gathered for an exuberant, open-air “Night of ‘Pinoy’tainment” at the Ford on Sunday. The Filipino American comedians, rappers, singers and dancers ranged from established names such as comedian Rex Navarrete and rapper Apl.de.Ap of the Black Eyed Peas to up-and-coming comedian Lila Hart and fast-rising rapper Ruby Ibarra.

Singer-songwriter AJ Rafael hosted; his sister, Jasmine Rafael, danced with her crew. From the back of the house, members of the dance crew Kaba Modern (a spin on the Tagalog word kababayan, or “fellow countrymen”) cheered them on. The backstage areas resonated with the same camaraderie, as performers joked and mingled.

Dancers pray before taking the stage.

Members of the dance group Kaba Modern pray before taking the stage.(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

Comedian Erick Esteban’s set was highlighted by a bit about the Ewoks from “Star Wars” speaking Tagalog, one of several languages spoken in the Philippines; singer Jules Aurora wowed with “Kailangan Kita,” sung in Tagalog — which she does not speak.

VJ Rosales of the a ca****la group the Filharmonic joined her for a crowd-pleasing rendition of Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are” (Mars is also Filipino American).

Apl.de.ap, Ruby Ibarra, Rex Navarette and Lila Hart

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Hart, who likes to say she’s “as tall as a parking meter,” got big laughs with energetic — and blue — humor pinging off her experience with spina bifida. Ibarra was joined by 14-year-old singer Ella Jay Basco (for their collaboration “Gold”) and fellow Bay Area rapper Nump (for his “I Gott Grapes”). Ibarra closed with her best-known song, “Us,” rapped in English, Tagalog and another Filipino language, Visayan.

Navarrete’s routine imagined Manny Pacquiao in “The Expendables 2"; the laughs showed that audience members weren’t too deeply bruised by their champion’s convincing loss the previous weekend.

Closing the night was Apl.de.Ap, who brought out new Peas singer J. Rey Soul (a Filipina he discovered while hosting “The Voice of the Philippines”) for the Filipino American hip-hop anthem “Bebot.”

AJ Rafael wrapped up the festivities like a lumpia, saying: “Food, friends, family is what I think about when I think about being Filipino.”

Performers gather onstage to close "A Night of 'Pinoy'tainment."
Performers, including comic Lila Hart, center front, gather onstage to close “A Night of ‘Pinoy’tainment.”(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

Artists take the stage at the end of the show.
Performers take the stage at the end of “A Night of ‘Pinoy’tainment.”(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

Rappers, comedians, singers and dancers take the Ford by storm for “A Night of ‘Pinoy’tainment.” Here's what it looked like behind the scenes.

We finally restored and protected the mural from graffiti thanks to the City of LA, LANLT- Los Angeles Neighborhood Land...
09/02/2021

We finally restored and protected the mural from graffiti thanks to the City of LA, LANLT- Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, and SIPA- Search to Involve Pilipino Americans!

Much thanks to my amazing assistants: Doris Mangangey, Dennis Quines, and Chamina Dormitorio.

Photos from Rising Philippines's post
09/02/2021

Photos from Rising Philippines's post

08/13/2021
Three of the four boxers the Philippines sent to the #Olympics took home a medal.How's that for a powerhouse!
08/08/2021
How the Philippines Became a Boxing Powerhouse

Three of the four boxers the Philippines sent to the #Olympics took home a medal.

How's that for a powerhouse!

Boxers have long been the Philippines’ most reliable athletes in international competition. It didn’t happen overnight.

rom article: In retrospect, while many harsh words and accusations have been thrown to various entities and personalitie...
08/08/2021
When Indigenous Cultures Become Internet Content - THRIVE

rom article: In retrospect, while many harsh words and accusations have been thrown to various entities and personalities in social media as a direct result of Whang-od’s alleged exploitation, many lessons and learnings can be taken from this incident. This incident could become a good precedent and deter potential violators in the future to have superficial and careless engagement with Indigenous Peoples. While the motivations of creating online courses based on revered cultures and tradition may be good, it should go through the proper processes to avoid problems discussed above. It should always be based on respect, understanding, and equality among many others.

When indigenous cultures become internet content, the physical boundaries disappear and digital ones are created often behind a paywall.

What happens when content creators and creatives make work based on Indigenous Cultures? Let us take a look at several incidents concerning the popular Filipino tattoo icon Apo Whang-od and various local and international entities. For several years, people close to the tattoo icon, government offic...

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LIDC is an arts organization that organized the Annual Larry Itliong Day Parade and Festival in Historic Filipinotown (2015-2017) to activate the existing pre-1965 sites established by Filipino Americans (in Los Angeles) as well as to bring the 1995 LA Filipinotown mural right into the streets through a parade and festival. The “Gintong Kasaysayan Mural” at Unidad Park was completed on October 22,1995 in commemoration of the first “unofficial” Larry Itliong Day in the United States which also coincided with the 30th anniversary year of the great Delano Grape Strike which was ignited by Itliong. The parade and festival is therefore a street protest and a work of art- both defining features of the Filipino mural, which is also the first memorial in the United States honoring Larry Itliong and the Filipino American farmworkers. The succeeding celebrations starting with the 2018 festival (honoring Larry Itliong’s birthday on Oct 25) was organized by the Pilipino Workers Center (PWC). LIDC continues to organize, support, advocate, research and create artworks, civic projects, district branding, street re-naming campaign and other educational materials to help support in the widespread recognition of Larry Itliong’s life, labors and legacy to our nation.

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Thanks, Eliseo Art for keeping the memory of Larry Itliong alive. He deserves to be well-remembered in our Fil Am community and to be better-known among other communities.