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BALAKBAYANI Visual Art Workshop




Ottawa (Thursday, May 4, 2023) – The Philippine Centre Canada is hosting a Visual Art Workshop for youth as part of the ‘Promoting Youth Mental Health Awareness through Art and Music’ series, with the support of the Canadian Red Cross and Public Health Agency of Canada. This workshop will be facilitated by Roy Lumagbas and Michaela Matibag and will take place from 9:00AM – 4:00PM in the Normandin Room at 233 Main Street, Saint Paul University, Ottawa. The workshop is offered to Filipino-Canadian youth ages 13-18 who have not yet attended a workshop in this series. Space is limited and participants are encouraged to register by submitting the form below. There is no registration fee and lunch will be provided.

This workshop is for Filipino-Canadian youth who might need to gain experience with visual arts. It does not require mastery of any visual art medium. It only requires and aims at an engagement that will either further facilitate their ability of visual art, should they already have some, or welcome their first steps toward the expansive world of the visual arts. In both cases, the visual arts is the portal through which self-discovery proceeds.

BALAKBAYANI is a compound word composed of the words BALAK, LAKBAY and BAYANI. Together they encompasses the various meanings or entanglements of the the phrase: poem/plan of a heroic journey. In this instance, the journey towards realizing one’s multifaceted self identity through one’s stories expressed in the medium of the visual arts, which hopefully leads to one being able to navigate the wider and widening seas of self, family, friends, society, etc.


PCC assures you of your privacy. The information that you will supply to us will be used for registration purposes only and will not be shared to outside parties.
Thank you for your interest.

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