Activities

“A PATAC show makes one uncomfortable as it is one of pining and pain. It dares one to think of what ought to be done. Nothing best exemplify this characterization than these words from the [song] titled Buksan Ang Inyong Puso:

Open your heart and do not be meek
Tears are not enough, what we need to do is act
Lend your time to fighting for the cause
Feel the sting and pain of poverty
How many children have been destroyed by poverty?
How many martyrs have offered their lives?

For as long as the times are not a-changing, there will always be songs……of our times.

Ricardo Caluen on PATAC’s event "Songs of our Times"

Journalist, The Philippine Reporter

Upcoming Events and Projects

Konsyerto at Pagsamba

Date: June 30, 2024

To close off this year’s Filipino Heritage Month, please join the PATAC choir this Sunday, June 30th for a fundraiser concert.

We will be collecting cash and donations of school supplies for children in the Philippines.

Fittingly, this event will also honour and commemorate the life of our former president, Paulina Corpuz, who was instrumental in pushing for the creation of Filipino Heritage Month in Canada.

Art Build

Date: July 2024
Location: Thompson Park, Scarborough, ON

Continuing the momentum of Filipino Heritage Month, our youth explore the Philippines’ history of building large paper-mache animals and giant figures in order to express themselves in the world today. In partnership with Anakbayan Toronto and Scarborough.

Poetry in the Park

Date: August 2024
Location: Thompson Park, Scarborough, ON

Come join us as we enjoy the summer air and sun by reading Filipino-Canadian poetry, particularly works by local writers. In partnership with Migrante Canada.

Migrante Canada Congress

Date: August 23-25, 2024
Location: Edmonton, AB

As a member organization of Migrante Canada, PATAC will be attending its three day national congress in order to partake in workshops, learn about the current state of Filipino migrants, share in cultural experience, and help steer the future of migrants organizing across the country.

Past Events and Projects

PATAC is proud to have accomplished much over the last 15+ years. Here are just some of our past activities:

Diwa ng Kasarinlan: Pinta-Piyesta Kababayan

Date: July 2023

Mural created by event participants (2023 OmniTV)

Literally meaning “The Spirit of Independence: Painting Fiesta of Compatriots”, this year’s Diwa ng Kasarinlan used paint as a medium to celebrate Filipino identity and speak out against Anti-Asian Racism, particularly in the post-COVID 19 environment.

Watch the Report on OMNITV

Kimi to Imik (from Timid to Speak Up)

Date: 2022


Usapang Racism – Talking About Racism

JOIN us in this new project/campaign of PATAC – Kimi to IMIK, a four-part Internal Learning Sessions on racism. We have slots for 20 participants and we hope you will participate and help us lead the fight against racism. This is a series of learning sessions on anti-racism focused on the Filipinos` experiences.It hopes to raise greater awareness, and, hopefully, help us, as a community, to address these concerns pro-actively.

The project will jumpstart the process of breaking the silence of Filipinos through structured, culturally-responsive, strength-based discourse towards collective action.The project will provide a safe space for Filipinos to share their stories. With guidance from experts who have studied the Filipino diaspora, we hope to gain an understanding of the various manifestations of racism, and create informative resources on ways to address the problem. 

It also aims to increase access to information, resources and opportunities for Filipino youth and workers to address the causes and consequences of racism. The goal of the project is to raise awareness among Filipinos of their strengths as a community and their shared experiences with racism. TOGETHER we will develop resources that will benefit the community.

Each interactive learning session is 1.5 hours long. Experts and community leaders will share their knowledge and experiences on racism: prevalence, causes and consequences of racism. Guest speakers from the legal, academic, social work and labour sectors will be invited. Hopefully, together, we will develop resources to benefit the Filipino community.

The 4 online sessions:

– March 27, 2022, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm EST, followed by 3 more session with Carolina Ruiz Santos

– April 3  Filipino experience of racism in the workplace- With Cesar Cala and Mae J Nam

– April 9: Filipino representation in arts and media with Marites Sison and Martin Edralin

– May 16  Filipino youth experience with Maurienne Tolentino and Hannah Medina.

Upon the completion of four (4) sessions, a non-credit Certificate of Participation will be provided. The sessions are free and made possible by a grant from the Government of Ontario.

OR you can contact us by emailing us at patac.mail@gmail.com. Zoom links and a short survey form will be sent once you confirm your participation. I hope you will join us in this endeavor.

Human Rights Crisis in the Philippines: An Online Forum

Date: Sept 2020

Come and join us as we learn more about the human rights situation the Philippines. Joining us are:

Cristina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary-General who will speak about the current state of Human Rights in the Philippines

Ferdie Gaite, a staunch labour activist from the Philippines will share how the current situation affects the workers in the Philippines, particularly in COVID19 pandemic times.

Fred Hahn, a labour leader from CUPE will share the Canadian perspective in view of the current situation in the Philippines.

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ANG BAYAN KONG PILIPINAS Concert

Date: October 2010
Location: Toronto, ON

HEBER BARTOLOME at the Ang Bayan Kong Pilipinas event on October 23, 2010 at Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave, Toronto M5S 1J5.

Heber is in Toronto for a series of shows. He will be dropping by and will perform one or two songs to inspire the young Filipino Canadians at the PATAC’s ‘Ang Bayan Kong Pilipinas’ event. Heber is also a visual artist and his paintings are exhibited at the Philippine Consulate office at161 Eglinton Ave E, suite 800, Toronto, Ontario. It will run from October 14, 2010 until October 28, 2010

Notable performers at the Ang Bayan Kong Pilipinas event include: Levy Abad Jr., Belinda Corpuz, AJ Recana, Mae Janelle Berte and Inah Calapan.

PATAC is holding this benefit concert to raise funds for its projects and for the Childrens’s Rehabilitation Center (CRC), its partner organization in the Philippines.

ANG BAYAN KONG PILIPINAS
Saturday, October 23, 2010, 2:30-4:30 pm
INNIS TOWN HALL at the University of Toronto
2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, ON M5S1J5
Ticket:$15

Ang Bayan Kong Pilipinas is the 2010 Annual Fundraising event for the Children’s Rehabilitation Center in the Philippines.

This year it is directed and managed by the PATAC Youth Collective led by Victoria Bacnis and Belinda Corpuz.. Ang Bayan Kong Pilipinas is an event by young Filipino Canadians for the young clients of the Children’s Rehabilitation Center. This 2010 event is the first fundraising event ever led by the youth in its entirety with the adults in supportive role.

The young children performers who are learning Filipino songs also benefit from the process. The parents are inspired to see their children getting interested about the Philippines and their parents/grandparents country of origin. One parent said that when her child returned from practices, she started asking about the Tagalog words that she learned from the songs and skits. She asked questions about the Filipino dresses they are wearing for the fashion show. The parents were just very happy to respond and share their knowledge and stories.

PATAC hopes to continue to provide these opportunities for young Filipino Canadians here in Toronto. Your help will make it happen.

Filipino? Huh? Literary Contest

Date: December 2008

The Philippine Advocacy Through Arts and Culture’s (PATAC) youth committee wrapped up its Filipino? Huh? 2008 essay contest with a simple and intimate dinner award ceremony on December 12, 2008 at one of the known Filipino owned restaurants, Mayette’s Fine Foods on Danforth Avenue in Toronto.

The Filipino? Huh? essay contest launched early this year aimed to: engage young people of Filipino descent in identifying and articulating the challenges they face as visible youth minority in relation to their immigration, settlement and development as young Filipinos in Canada; get their insight on how to best deal with these issues; consolidate their perspective and anecdotal experiences and compile it into a literary work; enhance their writing skills; and, promote the youth of Filipino descent as a literary artist.

The essay contest winners are as follows: In the 13-18-year-old category – first prize, Loreto Paras Sulit Award – Sandra Dimaano; second prize – Chloe Lopez. In the 19-24-year-old recent immigrant category: first prize, Alejandra Cabanela Tsang Award – Angie Torres; second prize – Lemarc Alonzo. In the 19-24-year-old Canadian born/raised category: first prize, Antonio Zumel Award – Scott Ramirez; second prize – Laurice Macaraeg.

Through the literary awards, PATAC honoured the lives of three individuals who symbolize the Filipino:

Alejandra Cabanela Tsang embodied every Filipina mother?s image, sacrificing and inspiring. She brought up her children with good Filipino values and pride. In the words of her own son, Dr. Theo Tsang, ?She instilled in us (my sister and I) Filipino values such as respect of elders, perseverance, being hospitable and the importance of having a good education. She always reminded us never to forget who we are and where we came from.

Loreto Paras Sulit personified the accomplished and progressive Filipino woman ? a great pioneer of Philippine English Literature, as novelist Juan Laya said of her in 1951. She is well known for her English short stories. She is also a mother, a teacher, an organizer and a social worker. She co-founded the University of the Philippines Writers Club in 1927, taught in Torres High School and was secretary-general of the Philippine Red Cross for several decades. She passed away at the age of 99 on April 2008.

Antonio Zumel exemplified the Filipino journalist and writer. He took the side of the oppressed masses and dedicated his life to fighting for a truly free, sovereign and democratic Philippines. Writer, unionist and later leader of the revolutionary underground, he wielded the pen as a mighty weapon in the quest for justice and an enduring peace. He experienced, as many of our compatriots have, the loneliness of living in a distant land, all the while immersed in the collective fight for what he believed in.

The ceremony was graced by the family of late Loreto Paras Sulit. Elsa Sulit, the daughter of Loreto Paras Sulit, presented the award named after her late mother.

Emceed by Belinda Corpuz, PATAC?s vice president for youth affairs, the evening?s program was enriched by performances from Scott Ramirez a.k.a. R.Scribe (spoken word); Mary Auxi Guiao (singer/songwriter); Panyolito; Benson and Isabella Corpuz (duet).

As with any PATAC project, the endeavour was completed because the local community contributed to its success. Among the judges were writers, journalists and educators from the Philippines and greater Toronto: Hermie Garcia, seasoned journalist and writer, Ontario Lt. Governor-general awardee, publisher and editor-in-chief of the multi-awarded local newspaper, The Philippine Reporter; Mila Garcia, editor of two books, Filipina I and Filipina II, co-publisher and managing editor of The Philippine Reporter, researcher and well-known community activist; Ramon O. Grajo, sessional instructor and PhD student in Philosophy at the University of Toronto; Ricky Esguerra, former instructor at the University of the Philippines in Political Science and current vice-president for education of the Community Alliance for Social Justice; Karlo Cabrera, Instructional Leader, Equity (North East)-Toronto District School Board and co-chair of the 2008 Joint Asian Heritage Month celebration of the Toronto Catholic and Toronto District School Board.

PATAC also extends its gratitude to the following:

First prize sponsors: Dentistry at Main Street (Dr. Tsang) for the Alejandra Cabanela Tsang Literary Award; Elsa Sulit and family in memory of Loreto Paras Sulit; Santaginians Association of Ontario, Inc., Jojo Geronimo, Marco Luciano and Cynthia Palmaria, Ben and Paulina Corpuz, Levy Abad Jr., Mon Grajo and Elena Balisi-Grajo, Ricky Mendoza, Gillian Bradley, Frances Martinez, and Alma Bravo-Perez for the Antonio Zumel Award.
Supporters and partners: The Philippine Reporter, Balita, Jojo Taduran, Marlou Tiro, Jason Bagni and Kim Villafuerte of Trip – Mabuhay Radio, Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture, Migrante Ontario, and Community Alliance for Social Justice.

NA-SHOCK AKO - A Night of Migrant Songs

Date: May 2008

Na-shock Ako!, a concert held on May 3, 2008 at Reillys Bar & Cafe, is a night dedicated to all Filipino migrants who have left their loved ones in the Philippines in the hopes of finding better opportunities abroad.

Some artists that performed include: Levy Abad Jr., Panyolito, Belinda Corpuz, TNT, Jen Jim & Angelo, Myk Miranda, Basil Guiab, and John Flores.

MINE, MINE, MINE (Mining in the Philippines)

Date: April 2008

a photo exhibit . . . a concert . . .

Mine, Mine, Mine is PATAC’s contribution to the 2008 Earth Day celebration. The photo exhibit by Alex Felipe displayed pictures from his trip to the Philippines in October 2007 to January 2008.

Help us save the Subagon’s sacred mountain, Mt. Canatuan, which is believed to be the place where the mortal and the immortals made their first pact.

Touch a Life, Help a Soul

Date: December 2007
Location: OISE Auditorium, Toronto, ON

The first major project of PATAC was a combination of photo and arts exhibit and concert. There is an alarming rise in political killings and forced disappearances, which many people believe, involve Filipino state security forces.  Since 2001, more than 830 deaths have been documented.  Many more have not been counted. To date, according to the Children’s Rehabilitation Center, the death toll of children killed by the military during operations has reached 54. Seventeen children have been tortured, 69 illegally arrested, and 63 beaten and raped.

The urgency of this situation has not been lost on many Canadians, Filipinos, and Filipino-Canadians in Toronto.  And, the work of highlighting the terror being experienced by ordinary Filipinos today can benefit from strong international vigilance and continuing exposure of the situation.

A group of local Filipino artists are coming together to raise money to help the children victims of human rights violations in the Philippines.

“Songs of Our Times: Touch a Life, Help a Soul”, a concert for peace and human rights, washeld on Saturday, December 8, 2007 at the OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto) Auditorium, 252 Bloor St. West (at St George Subway) and raise $6000 which was given to the Children’s Rehabilitation Center (CRC) in the Philippines.

An Evening of Peace and Music

Date: September 2007
Location: Toronto, ON

Never again. No to Martial Law.