It is with great sadness that I have to announce that we have lost contact with Enrique. Since our last update more than three weeks ago, we have not been able to get in touch with Vanessa, Enrique’s last handler. I gave her until last night to contact me just to let me know if she is still part of the project, but to no avail.

I myself am disappointed with this new development. I was hoping for a full circumnavigation by Enrique, only to have him end up stranded midway. I can’t help but compare the situation with Ferdinand Magellan’s attempted circumnavigation 500 years ago, when he died an untimely death halfway around the world in the hands of what would late be called Filipinos.

But I am not fazed. Magellan paved the way for the first circumnavigator of the world, Enrique de Malaca, Enrique’s namesake. Journeys are bound to take you on unexpected twists and turns. Sometimes, you might even lose your way. But it’s by reorienting yourself and finding the way back to your chosen path that you are able to learn and improve yourself. So I am only taking this as a minor setback.

In the coming weeks, I will have to rally together my resources, get another reincarnation of Enrique, and rebuild the travel kit that Enrique came with. I might have to do another crowfunding campaign, I’m not sure yet. What I am sure of, however, is that this journey will keep going. Thank you to everyone who has supported and continue to support Project Reconnect. We can’t do this without you.

It is with great sadness that I have to announce that we have lost contact with Enrique. Since our last update more than three weeks ago, we have not been able to get in touch with Vanessa, Enrique’s last handler. I gave her until last night to contact me just to let me know if she is still part of the project, but to no avail.

I myself am disappointed with this new development. I was hoping for a full circumnavigation by Enrique, only to have him end up stranded midway. I can’t help but compare the situation with Ferdinand Magellan’s attempted circumnavigation 500 years ago, when he died an untimely death halfway around the world in the hands of what would late be called Filipinos.

But I am not fazed. Magellan paved the way for the first circumnavigator of the world, Enrique de Malaca, Enrique’s namesake. Journeys are bound to take you on unexpected twists and turns. Sometimes, you might even lose your way. But it’s by reorienting yourself and finding the way back to your chosen path that you are able to learn and improve yourself. So I am only taking this as a minor setback.

In the coming weeks, I will have to rally together my resources, get another reincarnation of Enrique, and rebuild the travel kit that Enrique came with. I might have to do another crowfunding campaign, I’m not sure yet. What I am sure of, however, is that this journey will keep going. Thank you to everyone who has supported and continue to support Project Reconnect. We can’t do this without you.

Omaygulay! my little poem, “To A Map of Manila”, has been selected to be part of Seattle’s THE POETRY ON BUSES: WRITING HOME COLLECTION. My poem will soon be featured online as well as on some RapidRide buses starting November. Just browsing through the list of poems, I noticed the overwhelming diversity in voices and languages, and I’m honored to be able to share my short ode to Metro Manila.

Also, SAVE THE DATE for the launch party – November 10, 2014 at the Moore Theater. A celebration of the many voices who are co-creating Writing Home, this free and all-ages event promises poetry and music.

We would like to invite everyone in the Puget Sound area to the Diwa Film Showcase at the Seattle Center Armory on June 7 and 8, 2pm to 6pm. We’ll be sharing great Filipino and Filipino American films and admission is FREE for all showings!
FILM SCHEDULE:
SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 2014
2:00PM - Raya Martin’s Independencia
3:30PM - Free-Spirited Shorts Program:  Khavn de la Cruz’ Amen;  JV Argañosa’s What Goes Around Comes Around; Ronald Lagman’s Tapat sa Pangako (Committed); Sher Bautista’s Biyernes Santo (Good Friday); Therese Cayabas’ Home; Joni Gutierrez’ Hamsit
4:30PM - John Torres’ Todo Todo Teros

SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014
2:00PM - Kidlat Tahimik’s Mababangong Bangungot (Perfumed Nightmare)
3:30PM - Free-Spirited Documentaries Program: Al Alarilla’s Ang Paglilinis (The Cleansing); Vivian Limpin and Ma. Kathrina S. Loreños’s Kunyang; Chasmon Tarimel’s (S)pacific Spaces; Adrian Alarilla’s To Manong Carlos (To Brother Carlos)
4:00PM - Quark Henares’ Rakenroll

We would like to invite everyone in the Puget Sound area to the Diwa Film Showcase at the Seattle Center Armory on June 7 and 8, 2pm to 6pm. We’ll be sharing great Filipino and Filipino American films and admission is FREE for all showings!

FILM SCHEDULE:

SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 2014

2:00PM - Raya Martin’s Independencia

3:30PM - Free-Spirited Shorts Program:  Khavn de la Cruz’ Amen JV Argañosa’s What Goes Around Comes Around; Ronald Lagman’s Tapat sa Pangako (Committed); Sher Bautista’s Biyernes Santo (Good Friday); Therese Cayabas’ Home; Joni Gutierrez’ Hamsit

4:30PM - John Torres’ Todo Todo Teros

SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014

2:00PM - Kidlat Tahimik’s Mababangong Bangungot (Perfumed Nightmare)

3:30PM - Free-Spirited Documentaries Program: Al Alarilla’s Ang Paglilinis (The Cleansing); Vivian Limpin and Ma. Kathrina S. Loreños’s Kunyang; Chasmon Tarimel’s (S)pacific Spaces; Adrian Alarilla’s To Manong Carlos (To Brother Carlos)

4:00PM - Quark Henares’ Rakenroll

Enrique has been shipped out!
In this latest film I’m making, my video camera, now dubbed “Enrique D’ Camera”, will become a vessel for my friends’ stories as it circumnavigates the world by courier. Starting off in Seattle, Enrique is being sent one by one to friends all over the world, traveling further until it reaches the Philippines, and back to Seattle. While Magellan’s westward circumnavigation was one of territorial conquest for the colonial powers, Enrique’s eastward circumnavigation will be one of reclamation; of re-establishing broken ties and rebuilding the terrain of the Filipino collective psyche.
Follow Enrique’s travels here.

Enrique has been shipped out!

In this latest film I’m making, my video camera, now dubbed “Enrique D’ Camera”, will become a vessel for my friends’ stories as it circumnavigates the world by courier. Starting off in Seattle, Enrique is being sent one by one to friends all over the world, traveling further until it reaches the Philippines, and back to Seattle. While Magellan’s westward circumnavigation was one of territorial conquest for the colonial powers, Enrique’s eastward circumnavigation will be one of reclamation; of re-establishing broken ties and rebuilding the terrain of the Filipino collective psyche.

Follow Enrique’s travels here.

DisOrient Film Festival’s schedule is out! if you weren’t able to go to #SAAFF2014, here’s another chance to catch To Manong Carlos. April 12, 12:40pm http://disorientfilm.org/2014/schedule.html

DisOrient Film Festival’s schedule is out! if you weren’t able to go to #SAAFF2014, here’s another chance to catch To Manong Carlos. April 12, 12:40pm http://disorientfilm.org/2014/schedule.html

at Myrtle Edwards Park

at Myrtle Edwards Park

“Colonization is an apparatus of violence. Decolonization is the fight to dismantle its apparatuses, its inner workings, its structures, its constitution and its effects. It is waging nonviolence rooted in our teachings and lifeways; it is radical action borne of love for all of our people and nations; it is, as Taiaiake Alfred has suggested, reclaiming ‘freedom from fear’.”
The closest I’ll probably be to Hawaii this year (at Marination Ma Kai)

The closest I’ll probably be to Hawaii this year (at Marination Ma Kai)