Thursday, August 8, 2013

Shared Stories : Hear. Listen. Understand

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“Shared Stories: Hear. Listen. Understand.”
(a campaign against against Ethnocentrism) on August 9, 2013 -- the international day of the world's indigenous peoples.

The event is a celebration of stories using different media. They will have acoustic performances by independent artists, poetry/letter reading and photo exhibit centered on the theme of telling your stories or sharing your back story. In the same way that you get to know a person and understand them fully only when you have learned about their stories, they believe that it is through hearing and understanding the stories of the indigenous people here in the Philippines that they can begin to appreciate and respect how truly unique and beautiful their culture is.

After all the stories shared through music or reading, the program shall culminate with the launch of the video that tells the stories of the people they met in their communities. This is in the hopes of driving their message that ending descrimination starts with understanding; and listening to the stories of our indigenous brothers and sisters is a small step towards understanding towards ending ethnocentrism.

This is brought to you by TriboCo. Kultura Kamp.

For the program, basically it's an alternate between musical performances and spoken word poetry readers. They will also have a photo exhibit installation featuring the photos from the community.

For the acoustic performers they have the ff:
- Erika Cruz
- Andrew De Pano & Joy Pasco
- Domsh Ursolino
- Andreia
For the readers:
- Reese Lansangan
- Serge Gabriel
- Cedric Tan
Photographs by:
- Mare Collantes of Shutter Panda Photography
- Stephanie Dandan AKA Satori of
- Yumi Catabijan

They will top the event with the launch of the official video of the campaign that shares the stories of the people they have met in the community.

About the Organizers:

TriboCo. Kultura Kamp is a social enterprise that facilitates cultural camps in partner indigenous communities. TriboCo. Kultura Kamp started out as our thesis as a group of BS Business Management students under the social entrepreneurship track. When they graduated March of this year, they committed to continue their operations and launch it as an independent social enterprise. Through their cultural camps they  encourage three things among their participants and partners: to embark, embrace and to empower.

Their camps are about immersing yourself in the lives and culture of the indigenous groups of the Philippines. It is about experiencing their culture and way of life with your own 5 senses.

Through having a glimpse of who they are and having all these observations to ponder on, they hope to foster among their participants a sense of kinship with our indigenous brothers and sisters that allows one to understand, accept, and develop deep respect for their culture and way of life. They call this, the value of Kapatiran.

In the end, through their short camps, they hope to empower our indigenous people to embrace their own identity as they become teachers of their own culture. They also hope to empower the participants to have a more open disposition allowing them to be able to understand and respect those who have a different way of life from their own. And all this, is ultimately, geared towards their fight against ethnocentrism.

Currently, they have two camps, one in Sitio Alunan and another in Sitio Manabayukan (both of which are in located in Capas, Tarlac). They do this so that more people can have the opportunity to experience and understand the unique culture of the indigenous communities in our country.

To further promote their cause, they will be officially launching their advocacy entitled

If you wish to know more about them you can visit their website ( or their Facebook page (

For questions and comments, feel free to leave send them a message thru SMS via mobile number : 0917 880 7967 or email at

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