I created my official website back in December 2017. A few months ago, I felt called to redesign it. On Sunday, April 11th it will have been my 33rd trip around the sun, and I can’t help but reflect on my journey thus far. All of my life, I have been searching for a sense of self that wasn’t rooted in a colonial framework built on self-shame, self-doubt, and feeling like I’m not ever enough. Over the past few years, I’ve grown tremendously both mentally, physically and spiritually, much of it due to intensely focusing on decolonizing all aspects of my being. Learning, unlearning, and relearning how to shed my colonial mentality, in order to reclaim what it means to be in my full power.
The creation of this new project was not just about a website, but also a reclaiming of my identity. I am a proud queer filipinx femme multi-disciplinary artist, educator and activist, whose ancestors, elders, and family are Tagalog from Navotas, Manila and Visayan from Tangalan, Aklan. I am a second generation settler on Treaty No. 1 the original lands and waters of Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininiwak, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.
Taking my time to design, revise, and reflect upon my journey has been incredibly healing. Salamat po, saeamat gid, thank you to my ancestors, elders, educators, mentors, and contemporary artists. To every single person who has shared their knowledge with me through hosting me as a student or being my student. You make my cypher complete.