For Immediate Release
May 2, 2010
Contact: Tina Shauf, Vice Chairperson, Babae-GABRIELA USA, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eight Annual Diwang Pinay to Showcase Talents of Multi-Generational Filipinas in San Francisco
Themed “Lighting the Path for Generations to Come”, the event will raise funds for the GABRIELA Women’s Partylist and Liza Maza for Senate Campaign in the Philippines
San Francisco, CA—With the upcoming Philippine elections and the recent launch of a campaign to fight Violence Against Women, the women of Babae-GABRIELA USA and League of Filipino Students are moving together in action in celebration and empowerment of Filipina women. By shining light on recent campaigns, it is through various forms of art expression the creation of positive awareness ensues. On Saturday, May 8, 2010 Babae and LFS hosts the 8th Annual Filipina Women’s Showcase, Diwang Pinay.
Diwang Pinay (Spirit of the Filipina) is an annual performance and silent auction showcasing Filipina/Filipina-American performers, writers and artists. This event serves as one of only a few venues solely dedicated to providing pinays from the Bay Area and beyond, a platform to illustrate and present their lives of struggle and triumph into channeled works of art.
This year’s celebration is themed “Lighting the Path for Generations to Come,” in honor and support of extraordinary women working to make a better future for our people. One such woman that will be highlighted for the evening is Congresswoman Liza Maza of the Gabriela Women’s Party, for her work in the Philippine government in support of the rights and welfare of women, children, and migrants. Liza Maza has championed issues such as violence against women, anti-trafficking of humans, and juvenile justice for minor children. “Her bravery to fight for justice gives us hope for a better tomorrow. Liza Maza has shown us the genuine change that can occur when we fight for our basic rights,” says Tina Shauf, Vice Chairperson of Babae.
This year’s Diwang Pinay hosts an array of performances from talented pinays from San Francisco and the greater Bay Area highlighting acts such as Rachel Lastimosa of the Dirty Boots band, dancing by members of Galing Bata Afterschool Program, and poetry by Melissa Reyes. On display will also be an art gallery and a silent auction showcasing artworks of different mediums by artists such as Dianne Que, Jana Templanza, and Deidra San Pedro.
Join us on May 8, 2010 from 7:00-9:00pm at the Bayanihan Community Center located in the South of Market District at 1010 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94103. The suggested donation will be a sliding scale of $7-10, $5 for students age 10-17 with a valid ID, and free for children under 10 years of age. For more information, visit Diwang Pinay’s official website at https://sites.google.com/site/sfdiwangpinay.
Babae-GABRIELA USA is a grassroots and volunteer-based organization of Filipina women in San Francisco dedicated to supporting and empowering Pinays through critical education, leadership development, and community building. We are committed to taking up local and global struggles, immediate and long-term concerns of our communities, especially those directly impacting Filipino women. As part of the Philippine women’s movement for self-determination, we are committed to working towards a future of real sisterhood and international solidarity, true gender equality and opportunity for all women, and genuine sovereignty and democracy in our homeland. Babae is a member organization of GABRIELA USA, an alliance of progressive women’s organizations in the United States, and an international chapter of GABRIELA Philippines.