“We knew the potential when we joined together not as competitors but as true brothers.” –Andy Imutan, Farm Worker and Organizer
On March 17, 1966, the Filipino led Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee and Mexican led National Farm Workers Association joined in a historic march to fight for workers rights, later joining in one union–the United Farm Workers.
Today, our communities continue to fight for justice against issues like discriminatory immigration practices. This project, a collaborative effort between Filipino and Mexican activists and artists–Chikle and Bayani Art–reminds us our communities are strongest when we work together.
Bayani Art X Chikle!
Katipunan, officially known as the Kataastaasan Kagalanggalang na Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan or the KKK, was an organization founded on 7 July 1892 by Andres Bonifacio, Ladislao Diwa, Teodoro Plata and a few others, with the vision of completely separating the Philippines from Spain after declaring the country’s independence.
Art by Tata Ponsi
Urduha, more commonly known as Princess Urduja (The legendary mythical warrior leader of Pangasinan), was a 14th century warrior queen of Tawalisi, in what is now known as Pangasinan. Princess Urduha was trained in the art of war since she was a child, and became an expert in using the kampilan and a skilled navigator. Known far and wide, she was famous for leading a retinue of women warriors who were skilled fighters, equestrians, and experts in weaponry. With bodies of strength and muscular physique, they were known as Kinalakihan, or Amazons. The legend of Princess Urduha can be attributed to the story of when she met the greatest traveler in history, Ibn Battuta. (Learn more here: survivalarts.org/articles/urduha)
Survival Arts continues the legacy of Queen Urduha by leading the first all-womxn’s Kali training groups around the world. By training womxn and girls to protect their bodies from violence and sexual assault, Survival Arts works to carry on our warrior bloodline.
Bayani Art X Survival Arts
Gabriela Silang (March 19, 1731 – September 20, 1763) earned the title “Henerala” as the first Filipina woman to lead a revolt during the Spanish colonialization of the Philippines. Her couragous leadership became a symbol for the importance of women in Filipino society, and their struggle for liberation during colonization.
Art by Tata Ponsi
Sarimanok is said to be a symbol of good fortune. The Sarimanok is derived from a totem bird of the Maranao people, called Itotoro. According to the Maranao people, the Itotoro is a medium to the spirit world via its unseen twin spirit bird called Inikadowa.
Art by Jon Cruz