I am running in the 2019 Kauai Marathon on September 1, 2019 to benefit CIRCA-Pintig and Bayanihan Foundation, organizations that are committed to cultural and transformative education, with the goal of uplifting and supporting Filipino communities in the US and the diaspora. CIRCA-Pintig is a 28-year-old theatre and education organization that engages in active cultural work in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs and Bayanihan Foundation is an organization focusing on Filipino diaspora philanthropy, youth leadership, and return migration.
I support both organizations because they are engaged in social justice work that highlights the importance of building and bridging communities especially at a time when our communities are facing multiple forms of violence and trauma – from gun violence, separation and criminalization of immigrant families, displacement of communities, to extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. I am running in support of CIRCA-Pintig and Bayanihan Foundation because I believe that these two organizations not only serve as catalysts for action and social change, but more importantly, they are sanctuaries of healing. In fact, CIRCA-Pintig enters its 28th season with an upcoming Fall production, Silencing Stigma, Reclaiming Life 3.0, which will shed light on issues facing our communities that revolve around labor struggles, mental health, and human rights while anchored by stories of healing and social justice. I also support the Bayanihan Foundation’s efforts to raise funds for computers and learning equipment for people with disabilities. They are building a computer lab to help the visually and hearing impaired in my hometown Tacloban City, Leyte,Philippines
I am very proud to run for these organizations and thankful for the opportunity to support their work. I hope that you too can join me in helping sustain their work so that we can continue to give voice to our communities and collectively imagine a more just world for the generations to come. Thanks in advance for your generous support.
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