This conference placed emerging and established scholars in Filipino, Asian North American and Queer Studies in conversation with artists, front-line community workers, and community members. Participants addressed specific concerns and topics that are relevant to LGBTQ Filipinos/as in Canada, and attempted to intervene in dialogues around policy, integration, and settlement.

Date: Friday, January 23, 2015

Time: 9:00AM to 7:00PM

Place: OCAD University, Room 190


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BREAKFAST (8:30am-9:00am)


Welcoming Remarks (9:00am – 9:15am)

  • Robert Diaz, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, OCAD University


Opening Keynote: New Directions in Queer Filipino/a Studies, Canadian Interventions (9:15am – 10:00am)

  • Roland Sintos Coloma, Chair and Professor, Department of Teacher Education, Miami University


Panel 1: Performing Sexuality, Collectivity, and Indigeneity (10:00am – 11:00am)

  • Jo Alcampo, Kapwa Collective

  • Christine Balmes, Kapwa Collective

  • Casey Mecija, Kapisanan


Panel 2: Queer Perspectives on Gender, Aging, and Later Life (11:00am – 12:00am)

  • Fritz Luther Pino, Ph.D. Candidate, OISE, University of Toronto

  • Karlo Franko Azores, MSW Candidate, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto

  • Lukayo Estrella, Senior Manager, Jer's Vision: Canada's Youth Diversity Initiative


Panel 3: Reclaiming Our Oral Histories and Our Stories (12:00pm – 1:00pm)

  • Melanya Liwanag Aguila, Community Member

  • Lisa Valencia-Svensson, Community Member

  • PJ Alafriz, Community Member


LUNCH (1:00pm – 1:45pm)


Panel 4: Queerness, Community, and Resilience (1:45pm  2:45pm)

  • Benjamin Bongolan, Settlement Coordinator, 519 Community Center (LGBT Center)

  • Ken Santos, Secretary General, UKPC/FCYA at the Magkaisa Centre

  • Joy Sioson, Chairperson, Philippine Women’s Centre of Ontario


Panel 5: Queerness, the Body, and Notions of Health (2:50pm – 3:50pm)

  • Constantine Cabarios, Counsellor, AIDS Committee Toronto (ACT)

  • Kim Abis, Finance Administrator and Communications Coordinator, University of Toronto

  • May Farrales, Ph.D. Candidate, University of British Columbia


BREAK (3:50pm – 4:00pm)


Movie Screening: Ati-Atihan Lives (4:00pm – 5:30pm)

  • Patrick Alcedo, Associate Professor, Department of Dance, York University (Discussion)


Panel 6: Performance, Queerness, and the Canadian Global City (5:30pm – 6:30pm)

  • Robert Diaz, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, OCAD University

  • John Paul Catungal, Killam Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia


Closing Keynote (6:30pm  7:15pm)

  • Martin Manalansan, Associate Professor, Asian American Studies, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign


RECEPTION (7:30pm - 9:00pm)