Diwang Pinay NYC 2009

Hello, friends!

FiRE will be hosting our second annual DIWANG PINAY: Light of the Nation, Ilaw Ng Bayan on Saturday, April 25 at Judson Memorial Church in NYC! We are looking for PINAY (Filipina) artists and performers to grace our stage and gallery that night! Again, we will be showcasing and celebrating the art of Pinays through performance and visual art. We are reaching out to you hoping you can kindly/enthusiastically forward this message to your Pinay artist friends! (switched the order!) We’d be honored to showcase them at our event, so please HELP US GET THE WORD OUT BY FORWARDING THIS EMAIL TO ALL THE FILIPINAS YOU KNOW WHOSE ART YOU LOVE!

In any shape or form, Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment would love to get in touch with Filipina women artists locally, nationally, or internationally currently producing creative work which rightfully reflects our community. I’ve enclosed the more detailed call for our Silent Auction and performer slots below if you’d like to know more. If you need to contact us with questions and concerns, please email diwangpinay@gmail.com or check out our temporary information space at:


Thank you in advance for all your help and consideration, we really appreciate the effort!

Valerie Francisco

DIWANG PINAY: Light of the Nation, Ilaw Ng Bayan

Celebrating 25 Years of Filipino Women’s Resistance

A Call for Donations for Silent Auction

(MOVED from below!) In a commemoration of Filipino women’s struggle, hardships and triumphs, Diwang Pinay’s theme is “Light of the Nation, “Ilaw Ng Bayan”: Celebrating 25 Years of Filipino Women’s Resistance.” On Saturday, April 25, 2009, Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE), a volunteer-run, mass-based women’s organization serving the New York City area, will celebrate the history and resistance of Filipino women in an all Filipina and Filipina-American artists’ showcase. We are currently accepting donations or art work created by and books authored by Filipina and Filipina-American artists.

Diwang Pinay (“Spirit of the Filipina”) is an annual performance and silent auction in New York City showcasing Filipina/ Filipina-American performers, writers, and visual artists. This year’s theme, “Ilaw ng Bayan, Light of the Nation,” plays with the idea found in (switched order) the traditional Filipino family where the father is considered the “Haligi ng Tahanan,” or the pillar of the home, and the mother is regarded as the “Ilaw ng Tahanan,” or the light of the home. The dominion of the woman in Filipino culture is over taking care of the children, keeping a home and being responsible for the radiance of the household. Diwang Pinay hopes to promote the work of Pinay artists everywhere and following the legacies of Gabriela Silang, Lorena Barros and Bullet X Marasigan, this event intends to redefine the “ilaw,” the light and radiance that has represented Filipino women for decades.

Although Filipino women might be traditionally regarded in this way, the past 25 years have seen Pinays break out of this mold. Her duties often extend from the home to the workplace, and endure between sunrise to sunsete. A true testament to the will and strength of the Pinay is emerging as an integral figure of social change in the Philippines and in the US. This year’s Diwang Pinay theme, Ilaw ng Bayan, embraces the tradition, revises its meaning, reflects on the advances made by Filipinas, and looks towards the future.

This year we’d like to call on Pinay artists of every medium and walk of life to reflect the theme of resistance and light, as well as imagine what the future holds for younger generations of Filipino women. Together in this project, we seek to reflect on the history of Pinays and the traditions that have hindered growth, but are also necessary reminders which help push us out of the mold. We aim to celebrate the different ways Pinays are living, resisting, and surviving today in New York City and abroad.

Filipina artists of various artistic disciplines from the New York City area and beyond are invited to donate their work to the Diwang Pinay Silent Auction. By doing so, you will be entitled to free admission for you and a guest to Diwang Pinay 2008, and recognition in the Diwang Pinay program and website. All proceeds from the sale of your work will go toward sustaining FiRE’s community education projects and its future programming.

Submission guidelines:

1) Thank you for your interest in donating your work! This means a lot to us, so please email Sara Jimenez at diwangpinay@gmail.comwith the following information. The information below must be emailed and submitted by March 21st:

Your Name

Your Phone

Your Mailing address

Your email

Artist bio

Description of submitted work

Estimated value of your piece

2) You will then be sent a mailing address where you can send in or drop off your work.

3) Should you need more information, have questions about your specific medium, or anything else, please feel free to email us atdiwangpinay@gmail.com. Or visit http://www.firenyc.org to learn more about Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE.)

4) The piece itself must be submitted by March 31st. This will give FiRE enough time to display your work on the Diwang Pinay website so that others may begin bidding prior to the show on April 25th. If there are any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact Sara andfire.nyc@gmail.com.


2 thoughts on “DIWANG PINAY wants YOU!

  1. Promised Rona Figueroa (ronabologna) that I would cover the event for my program. Stephen Wyden, Editor-in-Chief, Wyden Media Pix. See you Saturday.

    Stephen Wyden

  2. Hi Stephen!

    Hope you enjoyed the show on Saturday! Please forward any of your pictures or coverage when you get a chance! Thanks for the support!

    Valerie Francisco

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