ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS:
Tacoma-based chef JAN PARKER specializes in creating fresh and distinct Filipino food, where you can find her at the Broadway and Proctor Farmer’s Market, the Tacoma Night Market, and Gig Harbor Night Market.
To contact Jan, email firstname.lastname@example.org
CLARISSA GRACE GINES is a Tacoma-based arts organizer, originally from the Big Island of Hawaii. She is currently the Exhibitions Manager at ArtXchange Gallery in Seattle, and formerly one-half of The CultureShock Collective.
To contact Clarissa, email email@example.com
JONAH KONOP grew up in Tacoma, and is an enthusiastic member of the Filipino community. Along with participating in Filipino American history month, Simbangabi, Toni Galang fashion show, and Negrenses Medical mission, Jonah is eager to help with anything that brings him closer to his Filipino heritage.
DJ PHENOHYPE // www.allisonmasangkay.com
Allison Masangkay (DJ Phenohype) is a sick and disabled queer Filipinx femme artist, scholar, and social justice advocate. Her work is influenced by and dedicated to her childhood in northern New Jersey, survival in Sequim, Washington, ancestral memory, and diaspora feels. Her sets include a range of genres, especially Jersey club, soul, hip hop, and house.
CHRISTINE QUIBUYEN // @qweenquibs_creates
Christine Quibuyen is a second-generation Filipina-American, born in Hawaii and raised in Bremerton, Washington. Although never having had a formal art education, she has always been interested in the arts and its ability to connect people; thus beginning her self-taught journey as an aspiring artist. The main focus of her artwork is portraits of people, done mostly in black and white ink. She finds drawing portraits to be very interesting because every portrait is a person, and behind every person is a story to be shared. She also creates illustrations of the natural world. She is drawn to the beauty of nature and its ability to provide a sense of calm, peace and vibrancy and she tries to capture that in her illustrations. Christine wishes for her art to connect people, whether its connection to each other, to the earth or a connection to themselves.
RIZELLE ROSALES // @rradriana
Rizelle Rosales is a musician, artist, writer and museum educator based in Tacoma, WA. Her series of portraits and doodles attempt to summon a future that celebrates inclusivity, queerness, humor, lots of laughter, and self-love.
ANGELICA STA. TERESA // @angel8or
Angelica Sta. Teresa is a hand-dyed clothing artist based in Seattle. "The dyed clothing I create is my invitation to adorn oneself in a special and intentional way. Intentional adornment, not only through choosing what but who you buy from, can be incredibly empowering and meaningful. Color can imbue fearlessness, bravery, love, and pattern can be a reminder of peace, nature, and source of meditation. Through a mix of bright colors and abstract patterns, I hope to create statement pieces for people to enjoy and express themselves through."
DEREK ORBISO DIZON // @sadancestor
Derek Orbiso Dizon is a Filipino American cultural worker and grief companion residing in occupied Duwamish Territory. Born to immigrant parents from the Philippine Islands, the art Derek creates are expressions of a path in navigating and reclaiming the spirit, memory, and stories of his Ilokano, Cebuano, and Bikolano ancestry. Derek believes cultural work and artistic expression can be used as a vessel for healing and resistance for all peoples around the world who have been impacted by centuries of violence. Much of Derek's work centers stories of intergenerational grief and liberation.
SAYA THE BRAND // @sayathebrand
Saya is a traditional Filipina skirt. It may also mean happiness, merriment or fun in Tagalog.
Saya the Brand is a statement of Filipino culture and values on clothing and apparel. Our dream is that we could bring awareness to our culture and history by wearing it proudly and by remembering our strong roots.
LIVE INSPIRED JEWELRY // @liveinspiredjewelry
Self-taught jewelry designer Michelle Moises launched her brand Live Inspired Jewelry in 2015 and jewelry design quickly became her passion. Growing up in Hawaii, visiting her native homeland, the Philippines, and studying abroad in places such as Tahiti, Fiji, and Samoa sparked a deep connection with the Pacific, which is why she uses materials that remind her of these islands. Using sterling silver and 14k gold filled metals, she meticulously handcrafts each piece of jewelry and shares her own experiences in her designs. Her craftsmanship is continuously evolving as she strives to reflect her daily inspirations in her jewelry. She continues to build her artistry by exploring different mediums and learning new techniques. In her handcrafted treasures, you will find quality pieces that manifest its own unique character to fit for any occasion.
SIMPLY YOURS 206 // @simplyyours206
From concept to design, Simply Yours 206 creates customized crafts for any event. They offer jewelry and designs inspired by the cultural aesthetic of the Philippines.
MAGWAYEN // @magwayen_jewelry
Magwayen is a Filipina-American metalsmith inspired by their heritage and Filipinx histories. They are also fascinated by the stories Mother Earth shares with us captured inside stones, as well how metal can change and evolve during the time they spend with it.
LUMPIA LOVE // @lumpialove143
Lumpia Love is a family owned and operated mobile food vendor serving Filipino and pan-Asian food. Lumpia Love can be found at the Puyallup Farmers Market, Meeker Days in Puyallup, other events and breweries including Forward Operating Base Brewing in Dupont and Beer Star in Tacoma. The business began as a side hustle 6 years ago and is now in its 2nd year of full-time operation.
CUSTARD & THINGS // @custard_and_things_hawaii
Custard & Things originated in Oahu, Hawaii and is imbued with the essence of the Filipino culture. They offer a love for Filipino baked goods and elevate it to scrumptious delights that are overtaking not only the Filipino community, but other ethnicities as well. And in doing so, allowing the growth of the Filipino movement to continue to escalate into every nook and cranny in the nation.
MUSANG // @musangseattle
Melissa Miranda grew up in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington. She discovered the fast-paced culinary world was truly her passion and decided to move to Italy to pursue her culinary career to attend Florence University of the Art's Culinary Program. After five years living and working in Italy, Melissa moved back to the States spending two years in New York, consulting and working, expanding her knowledge of management and techniques of cooking. Melissa is currently back in Seattle and is the chef/owner of Musang, a Filipino Pop Up Restaurant, which will become a brick and mortar space at the end of this year in Beacon Hill. She is also a co founder of Ilaw, a coalition aimed to promote, serve, and empower Filipino Food & Beverage professionals in the Pacific Northwest.
CHEF JAN PARKER // @janparkercookery
Chef Jan Z. Parker recently moved back to Tacoma, WA from Wiesbaden, Germany. During her time in Germany, she created Culinary Curriculum for all ages and taught classes for the USO Rhein-Main Region & the local Community Spouses Club. Chef Jan was a regular on the Armed Forces Network Radio station and was featured several times on the same network TV station. Her past experience includes cooking for a 5-Star hotel at The Four Season in Seattle, catering on yachts, and assisting with the food program at a private estate. Other contributions include working as a Set Lead on the Emmy Award-winning PBS show Nick Stellino Cooking with Friends and as a Production Assistant at the Food Network South Beach Food & Wine Festival. She recently started, Jan Parker Cookery LLC, a business offering Culinary Classes, Filipino food at the Proctor Farmer’s Market, and Boodle Fight Pop-Up events.
FILIPINO STYLED PEANUTS // @filipinostyledpeanuts
Filipino Styled Peanuts, owned by Fely Tagalog Alflen, is a small, local business based in Tacoma. Started in 2014, they offer a number of flavor combinations including Original, Adobo, Tocino, Spicy, and The Reaper.
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