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Keynotes, International Guest Speakers

    (in order of appearance)
  • Honorable Consul General Cecilia Rebong (Philippine Consulate, New York, NY). Friday mornining, June 3, 2005.
  • Karin Aguilar-San Juan (Editor of "The State of Asian America: Activism and Resistance in the 1990s." Assistant Professor, American Studies. Macalester College. St. Paul, MN). Friday noon, June 3, 2005.
  • Sr. Mary John Mananzan, OSB (Mother Prioress, St. Scholastica’s Priory; Director of Institute of Women's Studies, St. Scholastica's College, Manila, Philippines, Lifetime Honorary Chairperson of GABRIELA, Philippines). Friday noon, June 3, 2005.
  • Letecia Layson (Activist. Feminist. Environmentalist. Priestess of Dianic Tradition. Ojai, CA). Saturday noon, June 4, 2005.
  • Victoria P. Garchitorena (President, Ayala Foundation. Philippines and USA). Saturday noon, June 4, 2005.
  • Ernabel Demillo (Stay-At-Home-Mom; Former Newscaster, FOX Channel 5, New York, NY) Saturday Evening, June 4, 2005.


  • Ritualist and Babaylan
    Evelie Delfino Sales Posch (Founder of Babaylan* Emerging: Apprenticeship and Mentoring {BEAM} Program)

  • Ritual Dance
    Baylan Megino, California

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Panel Speakers

10AM-2PM, June 3 and 4 (Friday & Saturday), 2005

4 panels with moderator and 3 to 5 speakers each. Each panel begins with roles of leadership, icons of the babaylan. Each power role is tied in to one of the Elements of Water, Fire, Earth and Wind.

The speaker panel concept is based on leadership icons or babaylan power roles of Warrior, Teacher, Healer and Visionary. Briefly----Warrior takes a stand for not only survival but also for change for the better, for fairness, justice and for balance and harmony in the community. Teacher harvests knowledge and heritage, processes nurtures and develops knowledge and heritage and then plants seeds for future generations to harvest. Healer removes dis-ease and disease, brings about health and wholeness in the physical and emotional well-being of the community... And Visionary intuits and perceives truth and understanding and shares this with family and/or community, from which action is taken to move forward for development, success, harmony and peace.

Friday 6/03/05

    • Spirit of Fire, Warrior Panel ….………10-11:30AM
      • Moderator:Analiza Caballes (Coordinator, DAMAYAN Migrants Workers Association. New York, NY)
      • Speakers
        • Vivian Gupta (Co-Founder & Board President, BABAE, Inc. & National Education Director of GABRIELA Network. New York, NY)
        • Sabrina Margarita Tan (Activist, Artist, Founder of Bamboo Girl zine. New York, NY)
        • Attorney Mary Carmen R. Madrid-Crost (Immigration Law Firm. Manila, Chicago, New York)
    • Spirit of Earth - Teacher Panel …………1:00-2:30PM
      • Moderator: Jorshi Sonza (Playwright, Writer, Lecturer. Writing Program at Rutgers University. New Brunswick, NJ)
      • Speakers
        • Delia Aguilar (Author, Toward a Nationalist Feminism, 1998; Women and Globalization, 2004, edited with Anne Lacsamana); Adjunct Professor, Women's Studies, Univ. of Connecticut. Storrs, CT)
        • Joan May T. Cordova (Vice-President Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS). Cambridge, MA)
        • Amy C. Besa (Author of "Memories of Philippine Kitchens”(2006); Restauranteer, Cendrillon. New York City)
        • Elaine Villamin (Family Winemakers, Eden Canyon Winery, Creston, CA)

Saturday 6/04/05

    • Spirit of Water - Healer Panel ………...10-11:30AM
      • Moderator: Noilyn Abesamis, MPH ((Deputy Director of Outreach and Research Center for the Study of Asian American Health, NYU School of Medical, New York, NY))
      • Speakers
        • Celia Divino (Assistant Professor of Surgery, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. New York, NY)
        • Catherine Ceniza Choy (Author of Empire of Care; Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies University of California. Berkeley. CA)
        • Rosario-May Mayor (President – elect, Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA). New York, NY)
        • Evelie Delfino Sales Posch (Founder of Babaylan* Emerging: Apprenticeship and Mentoring {BEAM} Program)
    • Spirit of Air - Visionary Panel ….1:00-2:30PM
      • Moderator • Leny Strobel (Awardee 2001 Gamaliel Chair for Peace and Justice; Asst.Professor American Multicultural Studies, Sonoma State University. Sonoma, CA)
      • Speakers
        • Tesa Totengco (Fashion Entrepreneur, Rafe-NY. New York, NY)
        • Rachel Bundang (Ph.D. candidate, Union Theological Seminary; scholar of Asian/Pacific American religions, Catholic moral theology, and feminist social ethics. New York, NY)
        • Gina Alfonso (President, Founder of Cartwheel Foundation, Inc., Philippines. Boston, MA)
        • Angeles, Vivianne SM (Vice President & Board Member, American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies; Assistant Professor, Religion, LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA)

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