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ANTI-VIOLENCE RESOURCE GUIDE

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Violence Against
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M AC H O T R I B U T E TO T H E
VAG I N A M O N O L O G U E S M O V E M E N T

Homeless in New York City

Why Women Stay in
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MESSAGE FROM THE PUBLISHER

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:?7H?;I times funny and tragic, Usaping
Puki speaks to the core of being
Filipina. Tagalog words and phrases
that describe women’s sexuality and
experiences are spoken out loud and
kababayan see her only as a
cautionary tale?
The fact that foreign nationals –
members of the U.S. military!– on
The “ V” Team brought to life by a very talented Philippine soil can perpetrate such a
all-Filipina cast. heinous crime and expect to be free
. . . . from responsibility and accountability
y. . . .
Marily Mondejar Filipino culture does not always allow underscore the value we place on
DeVoted Publisher President, Filipina Women’s Network us to freely express women’s sexuality Filipina women’s lives.
M A R I LY M O N D E J A R and experiences unique to Filipina
women. Even more, talk about In the San Francisco-Bay Area, 28-year-
Welcome to the world of vaginas old Claire Joyce Tempongko was
DiVine Editor-at-Large violence particularly against women
and pukis! stabbed to death by her boyfriend in
CHERIE QUEROL MORENO and girls barely rise above a whisper.
Tama Na! (Stop!) Filipinas As victims of violence, women front of her two children, despite her
Angel Art Director Speak Out Against Violence continue to be rendered invisible and repeated calls for help to the police
AL S. PEREZ showcases our fourth production – the are still caught up in a “blame the and other agency contacts. Only very
first in New York City – of Eve Ensler’s victim” paradigm. recently, after five years, was her
. . . . Obie award-winning The Vagina murderer apprehended in Mexico.
y. . . . The recent Subic (Philippines) rape
Monologues. Each production in Claire’s death highlighted the lack of
Heart Contributors the last four years has honored as case highlights the challenges and
hurdles Filipina women must still meaningful support for women in
beneficiaries local community agencies abusive situations and the staggering
C H R I S T I N E M AT I A S overcome simply to get their story
whose important work drives our numbers of women who die because
IMELDA OPPENHEIM dedication and passion to end violence heard. “Nicole,” the 22-year-old
woman who was allegedly raped by their government and their community
JESSICA ISABEL ANGELES against Filipina women and girls. failed to coordinate, communicate, and
FWN has contributed support to four American servicemen in Subic
KEVIN PIMENTEL in November 2005, is still viewed by assist each other so that Claire and
these agencies to facilitate their vital others like her are protected. According
M A R G A R I TA M U T U C programs and initiatives in the Filipino many as being at fault for entering
a club, consorting with American to a Homicide Survey from the San
REMY AQUINO community. Francisco District Attorney’s Office,
soldiers, then getting into a van with
S H A R O LY N S A L A S We are also particularly energized to four American servicemen. She asked 40% of women murdered by their
V O LTA I R E Y A P present – for only the second time in for it, they said. How can this young partners were Filipinas.
the U.S. – Usaping Puki, the Tagalog woman expect to receive justice let (Continued on page 7)
. . . . y. . . . version of The Vagina Monologues. At alone share her story when even her
FWN Board of Directors
MESSAGE FROM THE FWN BOARD CHAIR
TESSIE ZARAGOZA, Chair
MARILY MONDE JAR, President Americans, Vietnamese-American, affecting our communities became
DINA GUINGONA, Treasurer et. al. including Filipino-Americans. the standard of unity.
LAARNI SAN JUAN, Director There were so many in the Asian
CONNIE LLOREN JUNGMANN, communities that we were all lumped Take the word vagina. It began to
VP, Member Relations together as Asian-Americans and appear in our radar screen, first as
EDNA RODIS, Pacific Islanders. A separate box a blip and after almost a decade, is
VP, Professional Development under race/ethnicity was successfully now viewed in full screen. Literally,
won by the Filipino community the target of violence is the woman’s
. . . . y. . . . Tessie Zaragoza claiming unique culture and history. vagina. Eve Ensler’s The Vagina
Chair, FWN Board of Directors As the decades unfolded, we began Monologues captured her vision
Filipina Women’s Network to realize that this country provided and mission to create a global
P. O. Box 192143 There was a burgeoning identity us a unifying experience of racial movement to end violence against
San Francisco, CA 94119 movement in the U.S. that started discrimination. We began to rally women and girls. It is with pride that
Phone: 415. 278. 9410 in the late 60s and continued and form coalitions based on our the Filipina Women’s Network is
Fax: 415. 840. 0655 for decades. Many, if not all, common experience. These common part of the “V-Day NYC June 12-27:
E-mail: filipina@ffwn.org began to hyphenate their identity. experiences made us realize that we Until the Violence Stops,” a festival
Web site: www.ffwn.org There were Chinese-Americans, must unite and work together if we of theater, spoken word, film and
Korean-Americans, Japanese- want our voices to be heard. Issues performance.

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MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTORS About FWN 22
domestic violence especially in the have the honor of co-directing the CONNECT 04
Filipino-American community as a English and Tagalog productions. Filipino American Human 04
new volunteer for the non-profit What a thrill it was to see the Services, Inc. (FAHSI)
organization, CORA (Community audience’s reaction and how TOWNS
TABLELaunches
OF Justice for 04
Overcoming Relationship Abuse). engaged they were from the very Nicole Defense Campaign
CONTENTS
first time we said the word, “Puki.” FWN’s Community Partners 05
Three years ago, upon hearing Ticket Donors to Domestic 05
the audience’s laughter as I first This entire experience was all Violence Residents
uttered the word, “Vagina,” I knew the more fulfilling because of Program: “Usaping Puki” & 15
I had to do the play again—and my family’s total support, from The Vagina Monologues
Bettina Santos Yap again. At that moment, it didn’t my husband, Bes and children, Cast & Crew of FWN’s 16
New York Production
matter anymore that I wasn’t Justin and Monica. I am also
originally cast to perform any of grateful for the confidence that Acknowledgments 19
Three years ago, who’d think that the “big” monologues. I realized Elson Montalbo, our first TVM
we’d be bringing our community O N T H E CO V E R
that every line written by Eve director, and Marily Mondejar, FWN Jessica Isabel Angeles 12-13
production of The Vagina Ensler, whether it was part of an president, had in me as I took on
Monologues to New York City– introduction or main story, carried the co-director’s role. Finally, to all V-RESOURCE ARTICLES
let alone stage the all-Tagalog weight. Onstage, I saw how the the women and men who join us
V-Resources in New York City 06
version, Usaping Puki? audience hung on to every word in our campaign to end violence Domestic Violence 08
Specific to API Women
and responded. That was the best against Filipina women and girls,
Three years ago, it was perfect feeling. maraming salamat sa inyo.
Violence Against Women Act 09
timing to answer FWN’s call for Why Women Stayed in 20
auditions in San Francisco because Since then, I’ve had the opportunity
Abusive Relationships
I was always interested in the to perform other monologues V - F E AT U R E S
performing arts, and was personally within the play. And this year, I Until the Violence Stops: 10
getting to know more about New York City
A Tribute to The Vagina 10
Monologues Movement
our San Francisco home base, we’re V-Diaries 11
pushing the envelope further in this
4th Pinay version of Vagina Mono- © 2006 The V-Diaries is a publication
of the Filipina Women’s Network.
logues / Usaping Puki. We’ve
enlisted the talented Pinays of New
York’s five boroughs, and are joining
V-Day’s Until The Violence Stops: Giovannie Pico not wanting to play the fool
New York (UTVS:NY) event in a maybe i don’t want to play
FINDING MY VOICE the game of win or lose
front and center forum demanding
maybe i just want my right to choose
an end to violence against women Trying to figure out my way in life
Elena Buensalido Mangahas and girls. Trying to figure out what’s wrong, what’s right i cannot pretend to be more than I’m not.
Trying to figure out what’s right for me i can only give you what I’ve got.
Having been a stage actress and an Trying to figure out my individuality separating fact from fiction
Start spreading the news!
activist for community causes in the And yet it’s seen as a lost cause is my addiction
Women in abusive relationships, Philippines and the US, I proudly My questionings have now become a flaw is my affliction
women in conflict zones, transgen- accepted this directorial call in Do you remember the memories my reality
solidarity with the V-Day campaign. Of me coming to you adoringly? is what i want it to be
der women seeking to assimilate,
Philippine “comfort” women I am in the company of many brave And now i question my reality daily
demanding resolution for wartime Pinays, within this production and in And who it is i am supposed to be truly i can choose my inadequacy
injustice: these women’s voices the broader effort. I have full faith or my superiority
Whether there is a judas waiting in me
resonate through Eve Ensler’s The in Pinays as a force for positive whether i am as horrible as you
change, and applaud their work to it lies within me
Vagina Monologues, as staged make me out to be to decide who i want to be
by Filipina Women’s Network. empower women, create advocacy
networks, and build and support the maybe i’m just selfish, life’s direction
wanting to live life by my own rules is all about perception
After three years of productions in sisterhood of women of all races. maybe i’m just cautious, of where i direct my attention.

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TOWNS LAUNCHES “NICOLE” Image Builds
Filipino American Human
Services, Inc. (FAHSI)
DEFENSE CAMPAIGN Business
FAHSI is a community-based, non-profit
The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Gonzales declared that his initial organization established in 1993 dedicated to
Service (TOWNS), an organization of sympathetic assessment was made only serving the most vulnerable segments of the Filipino
women who have been cited for their “to appease the mob.” community of New York – particularly youth,
outstanding service to Philippine society women, recent immigrants, and the elderly. FAHSI’s
have thrown their support behind TOWNS is appalled at this weak sense vision is an empowered Filipino American community with a strong sense of
Nicole, the 22-year-old woman who of justice and national pride. Filipino identity and commitment to citizenship participation. In support of this vision,
was allegedly raped by four American women should not be used as pawns of our mission is to improve social conditions and enhance the self-reliance of
servicemen in Subic in November 2005. the Government and its allies especially vulnerable segments of the community by:
in collaborative undertakings such as
TOWNS women give Nicole their “anti-terrorism” and “globalization.” • Strengthening the capacity of Filipino Americans to be significant
unqualified support because: (a) violence contributors to civil society.
against Filipino women, in any form, In its defense of Nicole, TOWNS hopes
should not be tolerated; (b) rape is the to guide the public in examining the
ultimate violation of a woman’s dignity; “Twin Laws’ on rape—RA 8353 and • Developing the potential of Filipino American youth as community leaders
(c) military partnership with the U.S., RA 8505, the principal author in the and organizers; Raising the awareness of the Filipino American community
notwithstanding, foreign servicemen Senate of which is TOWNS member Letty and the general public concerning Filipino American history and the struggle
should be subjected to due process in Shahani. RA 8353 redefines rape as a and contributions of Filipino Americans.
accordance with Philippine law; crime against the person and therefore
(d) despite the passage of RA 8505 becomes no longer a private crime For more information, please contact:
(An Act Providing Assistance and against chastity, but a public crime. Venessa G. Manzano, Executive Director • vmanzano@fahsi.org
Protection for Rape Victims) in 1998, RA 8505 requires the Department of
which represents important affirmative Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Filipino American Human Services, Inc. (FAHSI)
action, very little has been done by to provide medical and psychological 185-14 Hillside Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432
Government to effectively protect assistance to the victim and the family, 718. 883. 1295 office • 718. 523. 9606 fax • www.fahsi.org
victims of rape or sexual assault; and the DOJ and the DILG to regularly
(e) the prolonged legal process is train their key staff in the meaning
expected to exact a heavy emotional of rape as a public crime and the
and financial burden on Nicole’s family, implications of gender equality. So far, our partners to hold seminars, workshops,
which has very limited means. no rape victim has won a case (in the community forums on domestic violence.
Philippines) under these new laws. For more information or to become a
What has caused particular outrage is partner call Krittika Ghosh at kghosh@
the way Nicole was taken into a van, By supporting the case of Nicole, TOWNS connectnyc.org, 212. 683. 0015 x239.
brutally raped and then thrown onto the wants to help restore the dignity and
sidewalk while the servicemen hurried true value of Filipino women by insisting The CONNECT Training Institute (CTI)
to beat the deadline to get back to their that the laws of the country which provides training to community members,
departing ship. empower women should be enforced by organizers and service providers on
the authorities and respected by foreign CONNECT is a New York City based intimate partner violence in topics such
As a first step, TOWNS has established governments with whom the Philippines non-profit organization dedicated to the as parenting in the context of domestic
the Justice for Nicole fund representing enters into agreements. prevention and elimination of family and violence, why men batter and abuse
direct donations of TOWNS members. gender violence and to the creation of and women’s and girls empowerment
These TOWNS members have also TOWNS exhorts other women’s groups safe families and peaceful communities. programs, and domestic violence in faith
grouped themselves to implement a to also come out and support the Nicole CONNECT transforms the attitudes, beliefs, communities. We design trainings to meet
media campaign as well as a legal Defense Campaign. Contributions to and behaviors that perpetuate family your organizational needs. For information
strategy for the long haul. the Nicole Defense Fund can be coursed and gender violence and addresses these contact Quentin Walcott at 212. 683. 0015
through TOWNS Foundation, Inc. complex issues through prevention, early x225, cti@connectnyc.org.
TOWNS foresee a long battle to achieve telephone numbers: 637-4260 or 637- intervention services, and community
justice for Nicole. The lack of sufficient 4259 (Elsa Laguerta). empowerment. CONNECT’s Legal Advocacy Helpline
government support, especially in the provides immediate access to legal
preliminary investigations and from our JUSTICE FOR NICOLE. JUSTICE FOR ALL CONNECT’s Community Empowerment information and advocacy to survivors of
Department of Justice is quite evident. FILIPINO WOMEN VICTIMS OF RAPE. Program (CEP) facilitates community- domestic violence city-wide.
Justice Secretary Raul Gonzales made focused responses to violence in the
disparaging remarks about the mother Statement from Imelda Villar family through community organizing, Legal Advocacy Helpline:
of Nicole, showing ignorance about (TOWNS President), Leticia Shahani education, and capacity building. CEP 212. 683. 0605
the trauma which families of victims of & Nina Lim-Yuson (TOWNS past provides Education and Outreach and Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
rape undergo, even before he decided Presidents), Tessy Ang See, June Capacity Building to our community
to downgrade the charges against three Pagaduan-Lopez, Joi Barrios, Grace partners including immigrant rights, faith For information contact us at
of the accused marines from principals Nono, Cora Claudio & Elsa Payumo based, LGBTQ, schools, public libraries and 212. 683. 0015 x239
to accessories. To make matters worse, (TOWNS Members). youth based organizations. We work with or at connect@connectnyc.org

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Washington Heights & Queens Women’s Network Child Abuse and New York County
Inwood Center 212. 577. 7777 or Maltreatment Hotline One Hogan Place
212. 577. 7777 1. 800. 621. HOPE (New York State Central New York, NY 10013
Registry) 212. 335. 9000 (Main)
QUEENS 1. 800. 342. 3720 212. 335. 4300 (Family
Adapted from resources Family Project Jamaica Center LEGAL SERVICES Violence & Child Abuse
provided by the Filipino 718. 443. 3928 1. 800. 621. HOPE or Child Abuse Prevention Bureau)
American Human Services, 212. 577. 7777 Free advice and services Information and Parent 212. 335. 9040 (Witness
Inc. (FAHSI), CONNECT Project Oasis Safe Homes for victims of domestic Helpline (24 hours) Aid Services Unit)
and Mayor’s Office to 1. 800. 621. HOPE STATEN ISLAND violence. 1. 800. 342. 7472 212. 864. 7884 (North
Combat Domestic Violence. Staten Island Center Manhattan Domestic
For more information, Women’s Safe Start II 1. 800. 621. HOPE CITY-WIDE Hunger Hotline
718. 453. 2280 Sanctuary for Families (Food emergency) Violence Project)
visit www.fahsi.org and
www.nyc.gov. Center for Battered 1. 866. 888. 8777 Queens County
MANHATTAN ADVOCAC Y AND Women’s Legal Services 125-01 Queens Boulevard,
Henry Street Shelter COUNSELING 212. 349. 6009 Women’s Healthline
212. 577. 7777 9 am to 5 pm, Mon.–Fri. Kew Gardens, NY 11415
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Main Street Legal Services, 1. 800. 825. 5448 718. 286. 6000 (Main)
Sanctuary For Families, Inc. CITY-WIDE
HOTLINES Battered Women’s Rights 718. 286. 6550 (Domestic
212. 349. 6009 Arab-American Family AIDS Hotline Violence Bureau)
Support Center Clinic, CUNY Law School
NYC 24-Hour Hotline: 1. 800. 621. HOPE 9 am to 9 pm, Mon. – Fri. 718. 286. 6818 (Crime
Urban Women’s Retreat 718. 643. 8000 1. 800. 825. 5448
1. 800. 621. HOPE (4673) 1. 800. 621. HOPE Victims Advocate Program)
TDD: 800. 810. 7444 Barrier Free Living, Inc. Victim Services West Side 718. 286. 6562 (Elder
Legal Project General Health Line
Violence Intervention (Physically disabled) 9 am to 6 pm, Mon. – Fri. Abuse Project)
Hearing Impaired Program 1. 800. 621. HOPE
24-Hour Hotline: 212. 533. 4358 or 1. 800. 825. 5448 Richmond County
212. 360. 5090 212. 533-4632 inMotion
TDD: 1. 800. 810-7444 HealthStat 130 Stuyvesant Place
New York Asian Women’s Gay & Lesbian (Formerly Network for Staten Island, NY 10301
NYC Gay and Lesbian Women’s Services) – Free or low-cost health
Center Anti-Violence Project insurance 718. 876. 6300 (Main)
Anti-Violence Project 888. 888. 7702 Toll-free Legal assistance for 718. 556. 7124 (Sex
212. 714. 1141 212. 714. 1141 1. 888. 692. 6116
battered women seeking Crimes / Special Victims
QUEENS Korean-American Family divorces
Barrier-Free Living Education for children Bureau)
Transition Center Services Center 212. 695. 3800 All children regardless of
(Disabled Clients) Kosher facilities
212. 533-4358 212. 465. 0664 immigration status can
718. 520. 8045 BROOKLYN
attend school through PUBLIC HOSPITALS
Crime Victims Hotline New York Association for Brooklyn Legal Services,
Allen Women’s Resource New Americans Corporation B grade 12
212. 577. 7777 www.nycenet.edu Public hospitals are run
Center 212. 425. 5051 718. 237. 5500 by the NYC Health and
Rape & Sexual Assault 212. 577. 7777 Department for the Aging Hospitals Corporation.
Hotline SAKHI for South Asian
Project Oasis Safe Homes Women BENEFITS FOR For the elderly Each hospital has a
212. 227. 3000 1. 800. 621. HOPE 212-442-1000 or Domestic Violence
212. 695. 5447 IMMIGRANTS
New York State Child www.nyc.gov/aging Coordinator.
Women Helping Women Steps to End Family
Abuse Hotline 718. 291. 2555 Anyone, regardless of D&TC = Diagnostic and
800. 342. 3720 Violence (teens / women immigration status, is
defendants) DISTRICT ATTORNEYS Treatment Center
STATEN ISLAND eligible for the following
Project Oasis Safe Homes (212) 410-4200 benefits BRONX
SHELTERS Bronx County
1. 800. 621. HOPE BRONX 198 East 161st Street Jacobi Medical Center
Emergency: 911 1400 Pelham Parkway S.
BRONX
Hostos Women and Bronx, NY 10451
Immigrants Rights Center City services 718. 590. 2000 (Main) Bronx, NY 10461
Aegis Battered Women’s COUNSELING 718. 918. 5000
Program Safe Horizon 718. 518. 4312 (Non-emergency): 311 718. 590. 2323 (Domestic
1. 800. 621. HOPE Community Offices Violence and Sex Crimes Lincoln Hospital & Mental
Bronx Independent Living NYC Domestic Violence Bureau)
Services (disabled) Hotline Health Center
Project Oasis Safe Homes BRONX 718. 590. 2115 (Crime 234 East 149th Street
1. 800. 621. HOPE 718. 515. 2800 (Including domestic Victims Assistance Unit)
Kingsbridge Center violence shelters, legal Bronx, NY 10451
New Day Shelter 212. 577. 7777 St. Rita’s Center (refugees) assistance, benefits) Kings County 718. 579. 5000
718. 617. 8762 718. 365. 4390 1. 800. 621. 4673 Renaissance Plaza
Claremont Center North Central Bronx
1. 800. 621. HOPE BROOKLYN 350 Jay Street, Hospital
BROOKLYN New York State Coalition Brooklyn, NY 11201
Park Slope Safe Homes Park Slope Safe Homes Against Domestic Violence 3424 Kossuth Avenue
BROOKLYN Project 718. 250. 2000 (Main) Bronx, NY 10467
Project Bedford-Stuyvesant (Outside NYC) 718. 250. 3300 (Domestic
718. 499. 2151 718. 499. 2151 1. 800. 942. 6906 718. 519. 5000
212. 577. 7777 Violence Bureau)
QUEENS 1. 800. 818. 0656 TTY 718. 250. 3820 (Counseling Morrisania D&TC
Women’s Survival Space MANHATTAN
718. 439. 1000 Pragati, Inc. Prenatal Care Assistance Services Unit) 1225 Gerard Avenue
Harlem Office (Women of Indian origin) 718. 250. 3823 (Barrier Bronx, NY 10452
212. 577. 7777 Program
New Hope 718. 456. 4712 (For women and infants) Free Justice) 718. 960. 2777
1. 800. 621. HOPE 1. 800. 522. 5006
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S.R. Belvis D&TC POLICE PRECINCTS 212. 334. 0611 Main
545 East 142nd Street 212. 334. 0618 DVPO Message from the Publisher their work in the Filipino community.
Bronx, NY 10454 Each precinct has at least (Continued from page 2) Their work with elders, women,
718. 579. 4000 one Domestic Violence Precinct 6 immigrants, and young people ensure
233 West 10th Street
BROOKLYN
Prevention Officer (DVPO).
212. 741. 4811 Main Clara Tempongko tirelessly spoke out that Filipinos can seek help and feel
For domestic violence about what happened to her that their unique experiences are
Coney Island Hospital assistance, contact the 212. 741. 4800 DVPO
2601 Ocean Parkway daughter. She insisted on changes. heard and understood. But we cannot
DVPO. Precinct 9 She insisted that people listen. She expect FAHSI to do all the work alone.
Brooklyn, NY 11235
718. 616. 3000 321 East 5th Street insisted that we do something. We cannot relax, and think that
BRONX 212. 477. 7811 Main
Precinct 40 Claire’s story galvanized a community having one FAHSI is enough. Filipinos
Kings County Hospital 212. 477. 7839 DVPO
Center 257 Alexander Avenue to rally together to effect changes in should be doing much, much more.
451 Clarkson Avenue 718. 402. 2270 Main Precinct 13 San Francisco. The formation of the
718. 402. 1591 DVPO 230 East 21st Street Justice & Courage Panel in San Campaigns and festivals like Until
Brooklyn, NY 11203 the Violence Stops: NYC and
718. 245. 3131 212. 477. 7411 Main Francisco as a response to Claire’s
Precinct 42 212. 477. 3863 DVPO death and Clara’s passion was a start. Filipinas Against Violence are
Woodhull Medical & 830 Washington Avenue important because they shine the
718. 402. 3887 Main Precinct 17 The Panel was tasked to review,
Mental Health Center
167 East 51st Street evaluate, and change San Francisco’s spotlight on an issue that, as Eve
760 Broadway 718. 402. 5301 DVPO Ensler said, “is still the issue that
Brooklyn, NY 11206 212) 826-3211 Main citywide response to domestic
Precinct 44 212) 826-3210 DVPO violence cases. But why were no people get to later, when they’re
718. 963. 8000 2 East 169th Street done with the other issues. “Our
QUEENS Filipina women initially invited to be
Cumberland D&TC 718. 590. 5511 Main
part of the response? A Filipina production, our performances, our
100 N. Portland Avenue 718. 590. 5500 / 5501 Precinct 102 voices are the first steps in making
87-34 118th Street woman’s experience and story began
Brooklyn, NY 11205 Precinct 46 718. 805. 3200 Main this movement but Filipina women sure that this will not hold true of
718. 260. 7500 2120 Ryer Avenue the Filipino community any longer.
718. 805. 3249 DVPO were invisible in the fight.
East NY D&TC 718. 220. 5211 Main
718. 220. 5254 DVPO Precinct 104 Tama Na! (Stop!): Filipinas As committed Filipinas, we need to
2094 Pitkin Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11207 64-2 Catalpa Avenue Speak Out Against Violence was ride the buzz and anticipation of
Precinct 48 718. 386. 3004 Main these kinds of spotlight festivals and
718. 240. 0400 450 Cross Bronx Expwy conceived to break the silence about
718. 386. 3044 DVPO
the cycle of violence against Filipina campaigns to make sure our voices –
MANHATTAN 718. 299. 3900 Main Filipina voices – are heard and
Bellevue Hospital Ctr. 718. 299. 4755 DVPO Precinct 106 women and girls. It ensures that
103-51 101st Street Filipina women are involved and recognized. Filipinas are speaking
462 First Avenue BROOKLYN out, and we need to make certain
New York, NY 10016 718. 845. 2211 Main visible in the fight to eradicate all
212. 562. 1000
Precinct 60 718. 845. 2227 DVPO violence against women and girls. people listen!
2951 West 8th Street
Harlem Hospital Ctr. 718. 946. 3311 Main Precinct 108
Each member of this year’s cast and We need to get the press and media
506 Lenox Avenue 718. 946. 3362 DVPO 5-47 50th Avenue to cover our issues – Filipina issues –
718. 784. 5423 Main crew attended anti-domestic violence
New York, NY 10037 Precinct 62 workshops. The workshop not only and to amplify our voices.
212. 939. 1000 718. 784. 5448 DVPO
1925 Bath Avenue deepened their understanding of We need sponsors and partners so
Metropolitan Hospital 718. 236. 2611 Main Precinct 110 the dynamics of domestic violence
91-41 43rd Avenue that we can focus wholly on our
1901 First Avenue 718. 236. 2774 DVPO but also allowed them to be
718. 476. 9311 Main message and advocacy work.
New York, NY 10029 Precinct 66 718. 476. 9321 DVPO knowledgeable peer advocates to
212. 423. 6262 5822 16th Avenue women in abusive relationships. We need the influential Filipinos –
Gouverneur D&TC 718. 851. 5611 Main Precinct 112 politicians, government officials, senior
718. 851. 5625 DVPO 68-40 Austin Street But we still need to do more. While executives, heads of agencies, media
227 Madison Street
New York, NY 10002 718. 520. 9311 Main New York City’s Mayor’s Office to directors – to support our work and
Precinct 67 718. 520. 9284 DVPO Combat Domestic Violence has been a
212. 238. 7000 2820 Snyder Avenue to include and incorporate domestic
STATEN ISLAND
helpful resource to many New Yorkers, violence on their policy and business
Renaissance D&TC 718. 287. 3211 Main its list of agencies and shelters that
215 West 125 Street 718. 287. 3252 DVPO Precinct 120 agendas.
78 Richmond Terrace specifically assist women of Philippine
New York, NY 10027 Precinct 68 ancestry is lacking. In fact, of the over And, more importantly, we need
212. 932. 6500 718. 876. 8500 Main
333 65th Street 718. 876. 8609 DVPO 240 agencies, hospitals, and domestic people to listen, understand, get
QUEENS 718. 439. 4211 Main violence centers listed in its impressive angry, be inspired, and do something.
718. 439. 4225/4216 Precinct 122 They cannot participate in our goals
Elmhurst Hospital Ctr.
2320 Hylan Avenue Resource Directory of Domestic
79-01 Broadway Precinct 70 718. 667. 2211 Main Violence Services, only four provide if they cannot hear them.
Elmhurst, NY 11373 154 Lawrence Avenue services in Tagalog. Where are all the
718. 334. 4000 718. 667. 2299 DVPO Filipinas speak out now! Filipinas
718. 851. 5511 Main Filipinos helping other Filipinos?
718. 851. 5503/5569 Precinct 123 speak out loud!
Queens Hospital Ctr.
82-70 164th Street 116 Main Street The Filipino American Human Services,
MANHATTAN 718. 948. 9311 Main Inc. (FAHSI) is to be commended for
Jamaica, NY 11432 Precinct 1
718. 883. 3000 718. 948. 5970 DVPO
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FILIPINA WOMEN AGAINST VIOLENCE 07
Domestic Violence Marital rape; extreme sexual neglect; being
forced to watch and imitate pornography;
and being forced into unprotected sex can
Threats to immigration status are part
of the pattern of abuse
Threats of deportation, loss of children,

Specific to API Women result in sexually transmitted diseases,
including AIDS.
Physical abuse can mean
making false declarations to the INS about
her, withholding / hiding passports and other
important documents, not proceeding with
green card applications
Dealing with multiple abusers; severe
Domestic violence in Asian and Pacific another wife,” etc.) more frequently than ‘pull’ isolation because a woman has left her home After marriage in the home country women
Islander communities has some different factors (“come back to me, I love you,” etc.). country and thus her support systems; come here and sometimes have to contend
patterns, forms and dynamics of abuse. There complete abandonment; hyper-exploitation of with another partner her husband has: her
are certainly similarities between all battered Gender roles are tightly prescribed and more women’s, including elderly women’s vulnerable immigration status forces her to
women’s experiences; these are not rigid, minimizing female agency and shrinking household labor; withholding health care and accept whatever arrangements he insists
enumerated here. Some of the dynamics the space within which women and men can medication; and the mistreatment of widows. upon.
Asian and Pacific Islander women describe re-define those roles.
Mothers can be threatened with the Abusive community norms
may be particular only to certain API ethnic Sexual abuse can include kidnapping of their children; lose custody of Gender discrimination is directed at girls
groups); some may be common to many of Excessive restrictions designed to control their children because divorced women are early in childhood by withholding proper
them. We are trying to develop a complex women’s sexuality; grave threats about severely stigmatized, or because of prevailing nourishment, health care, or education.
picture of what is happening in our sexual activity; being blamed for rape, incest cultural beliefs that children belong to their
communities, without essentializing or or coerced sex; being forced to marry their father. Community reinforcements that keep gender
stereotyping them. rapist; kept in ignorance about sex, sexual violence in place utilize victim blaming,
health and anatomy; and denied a different Domestic violence related homicides silencing, shaming, and rejection of battered
Distinguishing Dynamics encompass a broader range of deaths carried women who speak up or seek help.
Multiple abusers in the home: perpetrators sexual orientation.
out through honor killings, contract killings,
may include mothers-, fathers-, brothers-, Young women can be victims of trafficking: dowry (bride price) related deaths; killing of Covert or overt support and the lack of
sisters-in-law, ex- or new wives, adult siblings as mail order brides, sex workers, or family members in the home country; and sanctions that accrue to batterers, only
or other members of a woman’s natal family. indentured workers. being driven by husbands and in-laws into increase their impunity and entitlement to
committing suicide. violence.
Internalized devaluation and victim-blaming Women face sexual harassment not only from
are that much deeper when there are co-workers but from family members, Same sex domestic violence in API ........................................
multiple perpetrators. community leaders, clergymen, etc. couples carries greater threats associated
with outing a partner in a community where Source: Asian & Pacific Islander Institute
Our women describe ‘push’ factors (“leave the Forced marriages (not to be confused with
arranged marriages) can exacerbate sexual
homosexuality is ostracized. on Domestic Violence
house, give me a divorce, I can always find www.apiahf.org/apidvinstitute
abuse.

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Violence Against Women Act
By Kevin Pimentel, Esq. Service, can allow the abused spouse to
qualify for public benefits (such as food
A quick glance at the State Department’s stamps, Cal-works, and other programs).
“Visa Bulletin” (a list of processing dates The grant of this petition can lead to
for when beneficiaries of approved family eligibility for a green card, and later,
petitions can immigrate, available at citizenship. All filings under VAWA are kept
http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/bulletin/ confidential by law, so that if an abusive
bulletin_1360.html) shows that immigrants spouse inquires about their spouses VAWA
from the Philippines typically have to wait application, the government cannot release
much longer to come here than immigrants any information, even the existence of the
from other countries. For example, as of application.
February 2006, it is expected to take
approximately 10 years longer for a Self-petitions are also available for spouses
brother or sister of a US citizen to of US citizens who have Conditional
immigrate to the US from the Philippines Residency (a green card that expires after
than from any other country in the world. 2 years). They can use the abuse as a basis
for filing for their permanent green card
Because the Filipino American community without the consent of the abuser.
is adversely affected by immigration law,
Filipinos value their immigration status in Another form of immigration relief is the
the United States, whether it be a non T visa. This visa is available for victims of
immigrant visa category, a green card, human trafficking. Although the media
or citizenship, very highly. However, this has sensationalized the topic of human
has led to a number of very negative trafficking, presenting it in the context
consequences. of “sex slaves,” some types of human
government takeover of airport security may withhold filing a petition for his wife trafficking occur through marriage.
There are some Filipinos who, unable to following September 11, 2001. For the and use immigration status as a means These marriages are known as “servile
withstand an excruciating painful lifelong last 12 years, it has taken longer for the to ensure that she doesn’t leave him. But marriages” and happen when someone
separation from their families, commit unmarried overage son or daughter of a there are options for those who are in marries in order to use their spouse as a
fraud in order to come to the United States. US citizen to immigrate than an unmarried abusive relationships and concerned about domestic servant or forced labor. This
This is done through the adoption of a overage son or daughter of a green card immigration status. definition does not apply to a spouse who
false identity, or the creation of a false holder. Many of the Bay Area Filipino only refuses to perform housecleaning,
relationship, or denying that a marriage baggage screeners withheld their In 1994, Congress passed the Violence cooking, or other domestic chores.
exists. If later, the immigrant who has citizenship applications in hopes of Against Women Act (VAWA). One provision
committed fraud applies for some other reuniting with their adult children faster. of that Act allowed spouses (of either sex) Additionally, the U visa is available for
benefit, such as citizenship, they come When the government imposed the of abusive citizens and green card holders victims of violent crimes that are
under the scrutiny of the US Citizenship requirement of US citizenship for the in the Untied States to file a petition on cooperating with law enforcement
and Immigration Service, and can be baggage screener position, these their own behalf. Additionally, any spouse investigations. The list of applicable crimes
subject to a deportation hearing. individuals were subsequently laid off. whose child is being abused by the other is exclusive, and a requirement of the visa
spouse may also file a petition. VAWA is a certification from a law enforcement
The long and strange waiting times from But the most prevalent manner in which defines abuse as physical abuse or extreme agency.
the Visa Bulletin also have forced many immigration status has affected Filipino mental cruelty. This definition does not
individuals to make life altering decisions Americans is in domestic violence. include things like spousal neglect or None of these forms of relief are simple
based on eligibility for immigration Immigration status has long been infidelity. The VAWA petition can take the applications, and anyone who is
benefits. For example, the daughter of understood as a method of reuniting place of a previously filed petition from the considering filing under the above
a green card holder can only immigrate families, and thus it is logical that certain abusive spouse, or can be the first step in categories should consult an immigration
to the US if she is not married. There are family relationships must be in place in immigrating. This petition allows for any attorney. Domestic violence survivors can
occasions where that individual will not order to qualify for that status. However, minor children to also gain immigration receive legal advice from immigration
marry, despite having formed a family with in the pattern of behavior typical of many status, including children not present in the attorneys by calling Asian Pacific Islander
someone, having lived as man and wife abusive spouses, immigration status is US, and children who are unrelated to the Legal Outreach at (415) 567-6255. We
and having produced children. Another another method of exerting power and abuser. Also, this petition, if determined to currently have two Filipino attorneys,
example comes from the recent control. For example, an abusive husband be valid at first glance by the Immigration Laureen Laglagaron and Kevin Pimentel.

FILIPINA WOMEN AGAINST VIOLENCE 09
Until the Violence Stops: NYC Beyond the Shock
A Tribute to The Vagina Monologues Movement
April 13, 2006 (updated May 31, 2006) – stated Playwright / V-Day Founder and By Voltaire Yap
V-Day, the global movement to end Artistic Director Eve Ensler.
violence against women and girls founded A little over four years ago, my ever-energetic committed against women and transgenders only
Founded in 1998 on the principle that
by playwright/ performer/activist Eve Ensler, wife came to me and said that she just joined the highlight the ignorance of modern society.
art inspires activism, V-Day benefit
brings together artists, community groups Filipina Women’s Network in San Francisco. “Fine
performances of Ensler’s play The Vagina In certain societies and even in certain areas in
and city leaders for UNTIL THE by me,” I said. In my mind, it was another channel
Monologues are now performed annually the United States, why do men need more than
VIOLENCE STOPS: NYC. Taking place to broaden her network and in a way interact
worldwide February – March, in thousands one partner? How can Howard Stern be several
June 12–27, UNTIL THE VIOLENCE STOPS: with fellow Filipinas and Filipina-Americans.
of colleges and communities, raising funds times a millionaire when he is the epitome of how
NYC is a festival of theater, spoken word, Bettina always had this fire within her to help
for local groups working to end violence men exploit women?
performance and community events the church and participate in community-related
against women and girls. V-Day events
created to bring the issue of violence activities. So this was naturally another door for Why does the querida in Philippine society show
have taken place in all fifty United States
against women and girls front and center her to volunteer and share her talent. up a few minutes after the real wife leaves the
and in over 81 countries from Egypt to
in the culture and the community. party? And to make matters worse, why is it
Australia to Kenya to the Philippines, Little did I know that this organization would
Featuring performances by Kathy Bates, raising well over $35 million to date. eventually open my eyes to the reality of how considered a symbol of success in Philippine
Jane Fonda, Salma Hayek, Kerry women are still treated in some societies around society when you are able to afford two
Today, V-Day is a model of empowerment the world. households? Twisted and sick especially coming
Washington, Rosario Dawson, Diane Lane,
philanthropy and public awareness, inviting from a country that is predominantly Catholic.
Suheir Hammad, Marcia Gay Harden, Sarah
women and men to use art and performance In December 2003, Bettina called me at work
Jones, Swoozie Kurtz, Brittany Murphy, and said that she signed up for Eve Ensler’s play Is it a fact that men are by nature, polygamous or
to raise funds and awareness in their own
Rosie O’Donnell, Phylicia Rashad, Isabella called, The Vagina Monologues. Without the is it some societal cop-out?
communities. This New York City-focused
Rossellini, Marian Seldes, Gloria Steinem, slightest idea of who Eve Ensler was (pardon
campaign will utilize the key elements of Why are women deprived of education,
Marlo Thomas, Idina Menzel, and more. my ignorance) and the initial shock of my wife
performance and theater to raise commanded to walk in separate sidewalks,
Jane Fonda’s involvement marks her first participating in some what I thought then was
consciousness and funds and increase the obligated to be accompanied by a male relative
Broadway appearance since her 1963 role some exhibitionist endeavor not just jolted me but
dialogue about violence against women when walking alone and clothed head to toe
in “Strange Interlude.” actually provoked me to ask, “Why?” without the slightest hint of flesh showing?
locally, nationally and globally.
Authors contributing original works written All these years, I thought that I was quite a When does saying, “I divorce you three times”
exclusively for the festival include Edward MARQUEE EVENTS loving husband and good provider despite my invalidate a marriage that easily? Since when
Albee, Tariq Ali, Edwidge Danticat, Anna weaknesses and frailties so what would drive does infidelity become a license for murder that is
Necessary Targets, By Eve Ensler
Deavere Smith, Ariel Dorfman, Michael Eric my partner in life to do this? Has living in San tolerated by society?
(Monday, June 12th; Studio 54)
Dyson, Nicholas Kristof, Azar Nafisi, Paula Francisco, the United States’ most liberal city,
Vogel, Alice Walker, Nobel prize winner A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant finally done me in? Why is there a glass ceiling for women in the
Jody Williams, Howard Zinn, and more. and A Prayer: Writers on Violence corporate environment?
Against Women and Girls (Monday, Well, the rest is history.
Start-up support for the festival provided After this litany of questions, you might think
June 19th; Hammerstein Ballroom) This year marks the third year that FWN (Filipina that it takes two to tango. There is the exploiter
by the Rockefeller Foundation. Lead
corporate support provided by Verizon. Any One Of Us: Words from Prison Women’s Network) presented “The Vagina and the exploitee. I completely agree. And that is
(Wednesday, June 21st; Alice Tully Hall at Monologues.” Perhaps in our male-dominated where this movement makes it mark.
With marquee events with performances by society, speaking the word alone in a different
Lincoln Center) Women over the centuries have been
celebrated actors, original works by noted context reflects vulgarity and lack of finesse. Hindi
authors, community events throughout the It’s Hard Out Here For A Girl: refinado ang nagsasabi nito. Some members “programmed” to accept these as norms in
five boroughs, and a citywide messaging Brooklyn Represented in Language of the extremist religious right even abhor the society and they have to live as such. Well, they
campaign, UNTIL THE VIOLENCES STOPS: and Sound printing and mention of such a word. shouldn’t be.
NYC will take over New York City, putting (Sunday, June 25th; Brooklyn Museum) But after you claw through the shock of hearing Women just like men are created equal in God’s
women, their empowerment and safety vagina openly said in public setting and sift eyes and therefore have the ability to say no and
Run Until The Violence Stops,
directly on center stage. UNTIL THE through the messages behind the movement, reach out to both men and women when they
5K Run (Tuesday, June 27th; Prospect
VIOLENCE STOPS: NYC will issue a call to only does one begin to appreciate how society in feel that they are being exploited in any way
Park, Brooklyn; 7pm)
action to all New Yorkers, and to the world: general has treated women. shape or form. Even the atheists would probably
Demand an end to violence against women COMMUNITIES IN ALL FIVE have to agree that we are all equal since that has
and girls and become an active participant BOROUGHS In a nutshell, women are just objects to satisfy been their platform from day one.
in ending it. A key element of the Festival is a grassroots men and even in these modern times, it takes a
campaign to bring anti-violence events movement to raise that awareness. It takes shock Knowledge and awareness is the foundation
“Through V-Day, we have witnessed the to provoke people to read and understand the that frees men (and women) from the bonds of
directly into communities throughout the
power of art to transform and galvanize plight of women around the world. ignorance. The Vagina Monologues aims to
five boroughs. V-Day has convened a
change. It’s time to be bold, to amplify our keep us real and current.
working group of local organizations For those of you who might still find the word
efforts and to take our movement to end
working to end violence against women objectionable, here’s some food for thought Who cares if we missed ski trips and weekends
violence against women to the next level.
and girls in their communities. The working – which is worse: to hear the word vagina or of being together the last three years-the Vagina
V-Day was born in New York City and
group is coordinating local events to remain blind to how women are treated? It Monologues have taught me and my family a lot.
UNTIL THE VIOLENCE STOPS: NYC takes
throughout the city. All community events might not be in your household but it could be a I tip my hat off to the women of behind the V-Day
our message directly to the people of New movement!
will be listed on a master calendar neighbor, friend or relative.
York. Together, we will make New York City
available via the festival web site
the first safe place for women and girls,” Mutilation, rape, prostitution, domestic violence, More power to you and yes, mabuhay ang puki!
sponsored by The Avon Foundation.
murder, and all the abuse and crimes that are

10 FILIPINA WOMEN’S NETWORK | w w w. f f w n . o r g
Homeless in NYC
By Remy Aquino
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May 28, 2006. The experience of revealing oneself
is both a difficulty and a challenge. It can be At the orientation of The Vagina Monologues, the cast
painful. It can be angry. It can be frightening. and crew were given a journal to capture their thoughts
Yet, it will definitely be rewarding. Definitely be
cathartic. The revelation process is like a smooth
as the production progressed. Ultimately, they found a
deeper meaning to their participation as buried memories :?7H?;I
liquid flowing. It exacts from each of us a toll and feelings started surfacing. The following are excerpts
untold until perhaps this very moment. from their journals reflecting their involvement in The
And though the roads we’ve traveled may be Vagina Monologues and The Filipina Women’s Network.
different, our journeys individually unique...
our destination remains the same. We are all
here equally prepared, equally committed, and
equally determined to expose and denounce the

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By Cherie M. Querol Moreno

When Jennifer Isabel Angeles marks
her 18th birthday on July 30, she
can bask proudly in her early
accomplishments as a budding
thespian, a community activist,
and a new Filipina feminist.
would be flexing her acting muscles,
yes, but did not realize she was
stepping into the world of activism,
as membership in the Filipina
Women’s Network is a requirement
for the Monologues cast and crew.

“I noticed that all these women
were coming together and working
Four months ago, she starred in together for one common goal:
the Filipina Women’s Network to raise awareness about violence she admitted. “I think
production of Eve Ensler’s The against Filipinas,” she recalled. the idea came into my
Vagina Monologues in San “I was empowered by all of them. head because of some
Francisco. She was one of 43 They spoke with passion and extremists. As of tonight,
Filipinas from all over California conviction about an issue that is however, my perception
literally playing their part in ending taboo in the Philippines.” has changed.”
violence against women and girls.
And she was the youngest FWN opened Jessica’s eyes, heart Jessica was in New York,
soliloquist. and mind to social change. attending an FWN including equal rights and
meeting for its June 24 production protection.”
Bathed in spotlight onstage at the “I believe in loving and appreciating of The Vagina Monologues at the
historic Herbst Theater, Jennifer gave yourself as a woman,” she said. Skirball Center for Performing Arts It was a movement to which she
flesh to the adolescent women “I do stand for equality for women. at NYU. There she met and heard had been born and raised.
abducted and forced into sex It’s still hard for a woman to be on Eve Ensler, and she was promptly
slavery by Japanese troops in World the same level as men, in today’s transformed. The outspoken and self-confident
War II. She ached in her tale of lost world; however, we are making Jessica is the third generation of
youth and innocence, she smoldered progress. But men still dominate.” “My perception changed,” she strong women. Her mother, Marisa
in her demand for redress. exclaimed. “I was in a theater with Gutierrez Angeles is a single mom
“Feminist” is an identity she has a lot of self-proclaimed feminists to her and 16-year-old brother
The San Francisco-born Theatre Arts had to rethink for herself. celebrating V-Day, showing me Jonathan (she divorced their father
major at Cal State Fullerton got that feminism is women’s in 2003), bone marrow donor,
much more than she had imagined “The first thing that pops in my empowerment. It’s about being philanthropist, and Jessica’s
when she signed on for the head (upon hearing the term) are proud of who you are as a woman. co-performer in the SF production of
Monologues four weeks before overly fanatical women striving for It’s also about women trying the Monologues. Marisa herself had
opening night. She thought she change with a loathing for men,” tomake a change for the better, an example of courage and

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fortitude in her own mother, Jessica and Marisa will miss the 7 %":  + 063/"-
Terry Orr. New York premiere of FWN’s The +6/&     
Vagina Monologues to take Mrs.
“My grandma has influenced me in Orr’s ashes back to Ireland, where By Jessica Angeles
the way she commanded herself,” the latter’s husband Roy Orr was
Jessica said. “She spoke with laid to rest a year earlier. It’s a
conviction and had great fitting tribute to the family Today was the opening of the shocked to see Kathy Bates
compassion for others. She left her matriarch, whose remarkable V-Day Event – Until the exiting through the front doors
children in the Philippines to come qualities live on her proud progeny. Violence Stops: NYC. It kicked along with all the other audience
off with a breath taking perfor- members. Kathy Bates was a
to the United States and find work
mance of Necessary Targets by nice down to earth person and
an all-star cast at Studio 54. while standing outside waiting
The cast included Jane Fonda, for her ride, signed autographs.
Kathy Bates, Kerry Washington,
Marcia Gay Harden, Marian Those who had VIP tickets were
Seldes, Emma Myles, and invited to attend the after party
Shiva Rose. at the Ava Lounge. This was an
ultra-exclusive party in which
The reading of “Necessary you had to be on the guest list
Targets” was engaging, to be allowed entrance. Marily,
emotionally charged, and really Franklin, my mom, and I, took
opened up the issue of women the elevator to the top floor,
in conflict zones. After the which was the Penthouse. There
performance, Eve Ensler we enjoyed drinks and hors
addressed the whole audience d’oeuvres overlooking the city
on why she is so passionate and Times Square.
about telling the stories of
women who have been victims Later, we were able to get past
of violence. She also said that the velvet rope into the other
next year’s V-Day spotlight section of the lounge where
would be women in conflict Eve Ensler was mingling. Little
in order to support them. She Top: Jessica with FWN President Marily
Mondejar, Jane Fonda and her mom zones. did we know that the rest of the
believed in me and always gave me cast was there as well. We were
hope and support. She especially Marisa; Left: Jessica with Eve Ensler,
There were women from all over able to meet Kerry Washington,
helped me cope with my parents’ founder of V-Day.
who came to V-Day who were Shiva Rose, Jane Fonda, and
divorce.” representing those in various Eve Ensler. Eve, who is a great
......................... conflict zones all over the world supporter of FWN, was ecstatic
“It was 16 years after she saw her including women from Rwanda, to see Marily once again. After
family again,” Jessica continued. San Francisco Bay Area-based journalist, Lebanon, Burma, and Cambo- taking pictures and having
“My grandma’s second husband FWN member and Vagina Warrior 2004 dia. Unfortunately, there were a them autograph programs and
couple of women who could not mingling with the various VIPs,
was Irish. They would travel to Cherie M. Querol Moreno is
make it including women from the night was coming to a close.
Belfast in the summer to escape community outreach coordinator of
Iraq, Sudan, and New Orleans.
the hot weather here.” CORA Community Overcoming Eve has emphasized that the Unfortunately, our brush with
Relationship Abuse, a private nonprofit woman from Iraq was denied fame had to end and we had to
Jessica had looked forward to her providing core services for survivors entrance into the U.S. because go home. The V-Day opening
grandmother’s attendance at her and witnesses of domestic violence. she is a woman who was Iraqi. events were more than I had
graduation, but it was not to be. CORA’s free 24-hour support line: ever imagined it would be.
800-300-1080. After Eve’s closing remarks, the I went to support the cause
“She was hospitalized and never entire audience applauded and and I came out from the show
returned to her welcoming home. ......................... gave her and the cast a standing empowered. After meeting
ovation. As we were headed out Eve Ensler and the Cast, I have
She never saw me graduate, which
of the theatre, Kathy Bates been all the more inspired to
broke my heart.” happened to be trying to get strive to make a change in my
through. Everyone was so community.
FILIPINA WOMEN AGAINST VIOLENCE 13
I A M A F ILIP INA SP E AKIN G OU T BE CAU SE. ..
“Silence shields abuse.
Speaking out is the
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the vicious cycle.”
– Imelda Oppenheim

“I believe that everyone
“Silence does not has the right to live a
halt or heal.” life free from fear and “No one has any right
– Elena Mangahas
“I will not lose myself.” oppression.” to hurt ANYbody.”
– Emy Baysic – Sonia Delen
– Owen Donnahoo

EVE ENSLER’S

THE VAGINA
“I want to
LIVE again.”
– Kathryn Mendoza
MONOLOGUES AND
“It is not a private
matter; it’s a human
rights issue.”
“Love is not hurting
the people you
care about.”
“Every woman is born
a mother. Would you
hit your mother?”

“USAPING PUKI”
– Genevieve Medida – Margarita Mutuc
– Anna Maloney

Tama Na! (Stop!)
Filipinas Speak Out Against Violence “Violence is
for the weak,
“My mother spoke and gentleness is
“Love is not hurting A F I L“Every
I P I Nwoman
O Cis O M M U N I T Y E V E N T I N C O N N E C T I O Nmade
born W aI difference.”
TH for the strong.”
the people you care a mother. Would you – Christine Jeanjaquet – Remy Aquino
about.” V- D AY ’ S F E S T I VA L – U N T I L T H E V I O L E N C E S T O P S : N Y C
hit your mother?.”
– Genevieve Medida – Margarita Mutuc

Sat., June 24, 2006 2:30 PM – Usaping Puki (Tagalog Version) The Filipina Women’s Network (FWN) presents

REMY AQUINO
7:30 PM – The Vagina Monologues English and Tagalog performances of Eve Ensler’s
TWO BENEFIT PERFORMANCES / ONE-DAY ONLY! The Vagina Monologues to break the silence about
Admission:
ALL-FILIPINA CAST the cycle of violence against Filipina women and girls.
$12 (NYU students), $35, $45, $55, $100 (VIP)

PHOTO:
Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts @ NYU To Purchase Tickets: 212-279-4200 BENEFICIARIES: FAHSI, TOWNS Foundation:
566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square South www.skirballcenter.org Legal Defense Fund for “Nicole” Rape Case in
New York, NY 10012 Subic (Philippines) and Filipinas Against Violence.

|
AL PEREZ, CREATIVE I STUDIO
For more info: www.ffwn.org | (415) 278-9410

DESIGN:
USAPÍNG PUKI
2:30 PM
KIKI WORKSHOP EXTRO – TABINGING EXTRO – SABIHIN NINYO ANG BABAENG MAHILIG
Sorcy Apostol, Edna Murray, TRINTAS MAGPALIGAYA NG MGA
Elena Mangahas FILM CLIP ON COMFORT PUKE
ANG AKING PUKING GALIT WOMEN Kathryn Mendoza
KATOTOHANANG PUKI: Abeggaile Piñon, Kathryn INTRO – BINUGBOG ANG
TINGGIL Mendoza INTRO – NAROON AKO SA
PAGKABABAE SA AKING LOOB NG SILID
PA R T O N E Bettina Santos Yap LALAKI
FOREPLAY INTERMISSION Joanna Palomar
INTRO – PAGKAT GUSTO Abbegaile Piñon
Kit de Castro PA R T T W O NAROON AKO SA LOOB
NIYA ITONG TITIGAN BINUGBOG ANG PAGKA-
MALIGAYANG BATI Arianne Recto NG SILID
INTRODUKSYON SA BOSNIA BABAE SA AKING LALAKI Sorcy Apostol, Bettina Santos
Marily Mondejar Bettina Santos Yap Byumi Gonzalez
PAGKAT GUSTO NIYA ITONG Yap, Arianne Recto, Elena
INTRODUKSYON TITIGAN ANG AKING PWERTA, EXTRO – BINUGBOG Mangahas
Genevieve Medida, Abeggaile Remy Aquino ANG AKING NAYON
Piñon, Kathryn Mendoza, ANO’NG AMOY MO? FILIPINAS SPEAK OUT
INTRO – 12 YEARS OLD. Rebecca Apostol, Rowena
Emy Baysic, Joana Palomar, Donnahoo Emy Baysic, Abigail Ricarte, CURTAIN CALL
Anna Maloney, Christine-Marie SINAMPAL AKO NI NANAY Margarita Mutuc, Anna Maloney,
Jeanjaquet Byumi Gonzalez EXTRO – ANG AKING Christine Matias, Genevieve
12 YEARS OLD. SINAMPAL PWERTA Medida, Joana Palomar
INTRO – ANG KWENTO May Jingco
NG BUHOK AKO NI NANAY ANG AKING MAIKSING (Casting for the Tagalog and English
Bettina Santos Yap Christine-Marie Jeanjaquet, A CAPELLA SONG: ILI-ILI PALDA shows are subject to change)
Joana Palomar, Kathryn Emy Baysic Rowena Donnahoo
ANG KWENTO NG BUHOK Mendoza, Abeggaile Piñon
Sorcy Apostol INTRO – ANG AKING INTRO – PAGBAWI SA PUKI
ISANG HINDI NAKATUTU- MUNTING KALACHUCHI Elena Mangahas
KUNG MABIBIHISAN / WANG KATOTOHANANG Remy Aquino WRITERS & TAGALOG
MAKAPAGSASALITA ANG PUKI: FEMALE GENITAL PAGBAWI SA PUKI TRANSLATION
IYONG PUKI, ANO ANG MUTILATION ANG AKING MUNTING Edna Murray
ISUSUOT / SASABIHIN NITO? Rowena Donnahoo KALACHUCHI
V-TEAM
Rebecca Apostol, Rowena Joanna Palomar, Kathryn TINANONG NAMIN ANG
Donnahoo, Imelda Oppenheim, INTRO – TABINGING Mendoza, Abeggaile Piñon, ISANG ANIM NA TAONG <IE8I;F<IE8I;F
TRINTAS GULANG NA BATANG
Byumi Gonzalez, Jennifer
Sorcy Apostol
Christine-Marie Jeanjaquet
BABAE <KK@E808EKFJ68G
Jimenez, Sharolyn Salas
TABINGING TRINTAS
INTRO – SABIHIN NINYO Lauen Montoya, Christine-Marie PLD@$FEQ8C<J
INTRO – ANG AKING BAHA May Jingco Jeanjaquet
Kathryn Mendoza Edna Murray, Rebecca Apostol, ?8ID8@E<*<J@E8
Byumi Gonzalez, Elena
ANG AKING BAHA Mangahas, Rinabeth Apostol,
SABIHIN NINYO
Sonia Delen, Rinabeth Apostol,
INTRO – ANG BABAENG
MAHILIG MAGPALIGAYA
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Sonia Delen Bettina Santos Yap Bettina Santos Yap, Arianne NG MGA PUKE "CJFE*FEK8C9F
Recto Byumi Gonzalez
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THE FLOOD Rinabeth Apostol, Imelda SAY IT )<8?)8O8D8E8
Susan Ancheta Oppenheim, Owen Donnahoo (FOR THE COMFORT WOMEN)
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VAGINA Sorcy Apostol, Jennifer Jimenez,
MONOLOGUES THE VAGINA WORKSHOP EXTRO – CROOKED BRAID Christine Matias, Ariane Recto 08I8?'8E<&CLD@E
7:30 PM Bettina Santos Yap, Rebecca Venessa Manzano 1<I<J8,G8FE1?FDGJFE
Apostol, Elena Mangahas EXTRO – SAY IT
MY ANGRY VAGINA
VAGINA HAPPY FACT
May Nazareno, Margarita Mutuc FILM CLIP ON COMFORT
PA R T O N E WOMEN
Emy Baysic
FOREPLAY INTERMISSION
Kit de Castro INTRO – BECAUSE HE LIKED TO PA R T T W O INTRO – THEY BEAT THE GIRL
OUT OF MY BOY…OR SO THEY A SIX-YEAR-OLD GIRL
WELCOME LOOK AT IT WAS ASKED
Genevieve Medida INTRO – MY VAGINA WAS TRIED
Marily Mondejar Anna Maloney Lauren Montoya, Christine-
MY VILLAGE
BECAUSE HE LIKED TO Abigail Ricarte Marie Jeanjaquet
INTRODUCTION
LOOK AT IT THEY BEAT THE GIRL OUT OF
Susan Ancheta, Emy Baysic, MY BOY…OR SO THEY TRIED INTRO – THE WOMAN WHO
Christine-Marie Jeanjaquet, Remy Aquino MY VAGINA WAS MY VILLAGE
Genevieve Medida, Emy Baysic Byumi Gonzalez LOVED TO MAKE VAGINAS
May Nazareno, Arianne Recto, INTRO – I WAS 12 MY MOTHER HAPPY
Christine Matias, Anna Maloney, SLAPPED ME EXTRO – MY VAGINA WAS EXTRO – THEY BEAT THE GIRL Christine Matias
Abigail Ricarte Sharolyn Salas MY VILLAGE OUT OF MY BOY…

INTRO – HAIR
May Jingco THE WOMAN WHO LOVED TO
I WAS 12 MY MOTHER SMELL MAKE VAGINAS HAPPY
Rowena Donnahoo SLAPPED ME A CAPELLA SONG: ILI-ILI May Nazareno, Abigail Ricarte, Arianne Recto
Abigail Ricarte, Margarita Emy Baysic Margarita Mutuc, Genevieve
HAIR
Mutuc, Christine-Marie Medida, Christine Matias, INTRO – I WAS THERE IN
Imelda Oppenheim INTRO – THE LITTLE COOCHI Anna Maloney THE ROOM
Jeanjaquet, Joana Palomar
WEAR AND SAY
SNORCHER THAT COULD Margarita Mutuc
Sharolyn Salas, Rebecca Apostol, NOT-SO-HAPPY-FACT Sharolyn Salas MY SHORT SKIRT
Abeggaile Piñon Rinabeth Apostol I WAS THERE IN THE ROOM
Edna Murray, Sonia Delen, THE LITTLE COOCHI Imelda Oppenheim, Sonia Delen,
Byumi Gonzalez, Jennifer INTRO – CROOKED BRAID SNORCHER THAT COULD INTRO – RECLAIMING CUNT May Nazareno, Elena Mangahas
Jimenez Anna Maloney Rebecca Apostol, Rinabeth Susan Ancheta
INTRO – THE FLOOD
Apostol FILIPINAS SPEAK OUT
CROOKED BRAID RECLAIMING CUNT
Kathryn Mendoza Jennifer Jimenez, Byumi INTRO – SAY IT Bettina Santos Yap CURTAIN CALL
Gonzalez, Sharolyn Salas, (FOR THE COMFORT WOMEN)
Marina Feleo Gonzalez

FILIPINA WOMEN AGAINST VIOLENCE 15
New York Cast finish school.” She secretly
wants to be a DJ and never
“Recto” is her mom’s last name
and in Latin means “for the F ILIPINA W OMEN ’ S N ETWORK P RESENTS
and Crew wants to be known for being
mean-spirited.
right side of the page.” Her
simple motto: “be happy.” She T HE N EW Y ORK P RODUCTION OF
By Christine Matias KitKat Mendoza, also knew her parents were first
known as Kathryn, lives by her proud of her when she had her
So how does FWN ensure 18
vagina warriors who are all in a
room for the first time, fighting
quote, “Try ‘most everything,’
once.” Her parents told her to
first print job and her mother
told all her friends about it. Her The Vagina Monologues
and “Usaping Puki”
“try your best in all that you do. greatest fear is that first minute
the same cause, get to know each Don’t be a victim of jealousy; she’s onstage. Her parents tell
other quickly? Show executive else you will never be happy.” her to keep good posture and
producer, Marily Mondejar and Margarita Mutuc says her change your underwear. “You
director, Elena Mangahas, mom was a flower-child hippie never know when you’ll have to
co-facilitated a “Conocimiento” who likes cold, alcoholic drinks go to the hospital,” she speaks
exercise, which in the Filipino and she thinks that was how in her mom’s voice.
culture means personal she got her name. Her favorite Christine-Marie
knowledge and acknowledgment.
{ }
quote is “all or nothing.” Stephanie Sunico Cruz
The selected questions evoke the Greatest fear: regret. Bob Marley Jeanjaquet’s biggest fear is Who’s Who
reflection of one’s individual self. is a leader who inspires her being run over by the New York in the Cast
The result is a celebration of because he uses music as a 546 bus. With 14 syllables, her
difference, an inspirational love positive instrument to bring name has multiple meanings.
for living, and a snapshot of a different races and beliefs Christine Marie means Mary
person’s lifetime in a 3-minute together, allowing people to Christ of the Cross. Stephanie, ABIGAIL RICARTE ANNA MALONEY
presentation. look past their differences. her middle name, means “Feast Student Office Manager
Producer Franklin Ricarte’s Aileen writes her name with of St. Stephen.” Sunico is her Temple University United Nations
name originates from President her middle initial, Aileen R. mother’s maiden name, Cruz is
Roosevelt. The motto he lives by is Malogan. Her parents picked her own maiden name, and
“no day but today.” Winning a Aileen from a book of names. Jeanjaquet is her husband’s
spelling contest against older kids Favorite motto: “Just do it.” Her French family name. She knew
when he was six years old, was greatest fear is failing. One thing her mom was proud of her when
the first time he felt his parents she says we wouldn’t guess she played “Mary Had a Little
were proud of him. Best advice about her is that she eats a lot. Lamb” at a group piano recital.
from his parents is to “talk it With food as part of the Filipino Greatest advice from her parents
out.” Least favorite thing to do is culture’s familial bond, vagina is to “try to exhaust all
swim in the ocean. He attended a warriors nod in approval. Her possibilities when working on
seminary and he wants to meet legacy to leave behind is to something.” Solita Monsod
Bill Clinton. His legacy is to live a make a difference in people’s inspires her and the legacy she
life without regret. ARIANNE RECTO BETTINA SANTOS YAP BYUMI GONZALEZ
lives. leaves behind is to be “that” Actor Marketing Consultant Operations Agent,
Kiko is his name, which is short Anna Maureen Malone someone who “actually” helped Bank of America / Fashion
for Francis (Bordeos). His name says her mom’s maiden name, somebody else. Her favorite Designer Entrepreneur,
means freedom. His personal Aguinaldo, should be her third quote is decorated with stars: B’Yumi Couture
motto: “Just do what you want.” name, although her mom didn’t “When you joust with windmills
A piece of advice his parents think it was an American they can either dash you to the
shared with him is, “Be who you tradition. Anna says she was ground or cast you among the
want to be.” Kiko’s greatest fear named after her paternal stars.”
is not creating art, even though grandmother. “Maureen” was Susan Ancheta, whose
he is doing exactly that, being the an extra added Irish touch, in motto is to live life to its fullest,
sole photographer and design which she smiles proudly. Her says her mom was going to
artist for the show. favorite quote comes from the name her Aloha because she
Aby Pinon says her name Katipunan Code of Conduct, was born in Hawaii but then
means “source of Joy.” Her “The life that is not dedicated to decided on a more American
personal motto is “La vita e a lofty purpose is a tree without name. Susan realized her CHRISTINE G. MATIAS CHRISTINE-MARIE EDNA BISCOCHO
bella,” which in Italian means life shade, if not a dangerous parents were most proud of her Actor JEANJAQUET MURRAY
is beautiful. Best advice from her weed.” Her greatest fear is that when she became a professional Industrial Designer, Clerk, Alameda County
parents is, “Grab all opportunities something will prevent her from actress. A piece of advice her Sculptor Professional Massage
that come along the way.” The Therapist
reaching her dreams and goals. parents gave her: “A rolling
one thing we wouldn’t know Yuri Kochiyama inspires her and stone gathers no moss.”
about her is that she is a noisy a talent of hers is tying a cherry Greatest fear: not making a
girl. “I am such a noisy girl. I stem in a knot with her tongue. difference. Susan has a tattoo, is
don’t know why but I make so With cherries on the table, inspired by her best friend,
much noise and often I ask fellow vagina warriors demand Mane, and her legacy is to show
myself, ‘Why are you so noisy?’” a show. Unfortunately, the people that “firth can carry you
Laughter of honest relief fills the cherries’ stems were the larger, to an unrealized dream.”
room. unable-to-knot kind. Her legacy Genevieve Medida fears
Abigail Ricarte’s name remains: “Through good times the unknown. She is surprisingly
originates from the bible. Her and bad, I always try to help shy and introverted, but always ELENA MANGAHAS EMY BAYSIC GENEVIEVE MEDIDA
life motto is: Think globally, Act others any way I can.” seems to overcome it quickly. Program Analyst, Actor Morgan Stanley
locally. You can be a follower, Arianne Recto says she Genevieve is a French name that San Joaquin County
but who’s your leader? Dad’s was named after Audrey means “pure.” Medida is a Worknet
great advice: “Family always Hepburn’s character in the film,
comes first.” Mom says, “Just “Love in the Afternoon.” (Continued on page 18)

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IMELDA OPPENHEIM JENNIFER JIMENEZ JOANA PAULA PALOMAR KATHRYN MENDOZA SOCORRO “KIT” LAUREN MONTOYA LORAINE ABEGAILE G.
Trainer, Advocate for Client Support Specialist Student Marketing Manager DE CASTRO Student PIÑON
Arts Education Community Overcoming Avaya Inc. Musical Director Actor
Vagina Warrior 2006 Relationship Abuse Landsburg Productions
(CORA)

MARGARITA MUTUC MAY P. JINGCO MAY NAZARENO REMY AQUINO ROWENA “OWEN” SHAROLYN SALAS SONIA T. DELEN
Vault Supervisor Legal Proofreader Actor, Playwright, Photographer, Model, DONNAHOO Children’s Tutor Senior Vice President
Consulate Film, Ltd. Kaye Scholer LLP Artistic Director: The Actor Marketing Consultant Talk Line Family Support Banc of America Leasing
Panama Theatre Project Remy Aquino Photography Sun Microsystems Services

SUSAN ANCHETA TUNTING CRUZ MATTERS VENESSA G. MANZANO
N Y 0 6
Actor Attorney Executive Director
Filipino American Human
Services Inc.

Playwright: Executive Producer: Executive Producer: Producer: Director: Director: Director:
EVE ENSLER MARILY MONDEJAR TESSIE ZARAGOZA FRANKLIN M. RICARTE BETTINA SANTOS YAP ELENA MANGAHAS GIOVANNIE PICO
Founder, V-DAY President, FWN; Executive Chair of the FWN Board; Strategic Planning Marketing Consultant Program Analyst Actor, Founder,
Director, Institute for President, Organ Donor Consultant San Joaquin County May “K”: The Giovannie
Image Management Rights Network Worknet Pico Foundation

{ Who’s Who
in the Crew }
Editor-at-Large, Art Director: Event Coordinator: Stage Manager: Photographer:
V-Diaries: AL S. PEREZ AILEEN MALOGAN KAI DELEN-BRIONES KIKO BORDEOS
CHERIE QUEROL Principal, Administrative Assistant Student / Golfer Freelance Photographer
MORENO Creative i Studio GSO Capital Partners Notre Dame de Namur
Community Outreach University
Coordinator, CORA
Vagina Warrior 2004

FILIPINA WOMEN AGAINST VIOLENCE 17
New York Cast and Crew
(Continued from page 16)
Remedy Regulacion Aquino’s legacy is
to “stay happy and be true to yourself, thus to The San Francisco Cast is coming to New York!
others.” Remedy was a “blue baby.” She was
Spanish word that means “measurement.” Her born dead and but came alive and her parents By Sharolyn Salas
motto in life is, “Forget about the small things think she is a miracle. Her motto is, “I am but
that bother you. You’ll forget about it in time. liquid, so I’d stay liquid.” She raised herself as Imelda Oppenheim, who was originally from need. The legacy she wishes to leave behind to
Don’t sweat the small stuff!” She realized her a child,, would give her kidney to anyone, and New Jersey, and glad to be back in proximity, friends and family is that she is a strong
father was proud of her when he spoke of his fears not leaving a worthy trail on her path. also has a personal motto, “Trust in your woman, a good wife and someone who cares
daughter’s degree and career to his friends. Her Her role model is Alexander Pope who says, instincts.” She also doesn’t mind if you call her about others.
parent’s best advice is, “Always try your best, “To err is human. To forgive is divine.” by her nickname (Ching). Sorcy Apostol who says, “Life is short. Enjoy
God will reward you in the end.” As a legacy, Christine Grace Matias’ name comes Kai Delen Briones has a personal motto, it while you got it!” is inspired by Nelson
she wants people to associate her as a woman from Spanish origins and her middle name is “Never give up.” A bit of advice her parents Mandela.
who not only works hard on personal success, the first non-traditional, American name shared with her is to respect everyone around Rinabeth Apostol’s personal motto is,
but also in helping others. Her inspirational role amongst her siblings. She admires Angelina you and take pride in what you do. “When life pisses on your dreams, just add
model is Oprah Winfrey for being a modern Jolie for using her success to help the less Edna B. Murray’s personal motto, “If others chlorine and keep on swimming.” Her greatest
pop-culture leader. fortunate. Her greatest fear is idly passing can do it, why cant I?” The legacy that she fear is to live in fear.
Emy Baysic agrees. Oprah Winfrey, she through life and has an endearing relationship wants to leave behind is of her good cooking Rebecca Concepcion Apostol was named
praises, “Hands down, inspires me. She uses with sleeping bag material. She knew her dad and the joy it brings to those who are lucky after her older sister’s Rinabeth’s imaginary
her show to bring light upon what’s happening was proud of her at 19 and in college, when he enough to get a taste of it. panda bear friend. Her personal motto is
in the world, our own communities, and what’s said “I love you” back on the phone. He tells Sharolyn Salas names Deepak Chopra as spoken best by Netzshe: “One must still have
happening with us.” Similarly, her legacy is her to “work hard, day and night, for success.” one leader who has inspired her. The legacy chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a
to live the life she wanted and that she didn’t Her mom was most proud when Christine she wants to leave behind to those who know dancing star.”
live safely but really “lived.” Her greatest fear delivered a thank you message from a her is that differences are wonderful and to be Sonia Teresita Delen’s personal motto is
is of the unknown. The greatest piece of advice colleague for raising a good person. Her best celebrated, yet we all share the common need “Do the right thing.” A piece of advice that
from her parents is, “Don’t use credit cards!” advice from her mom: “New York is like Manila of love. her parents shared with her is:“do onto others
She realized they were proud of her when or a jungle; lions and snakes are everywhere.” Jennifer Jimenez who provides counseling as you want others to do onto you.”
she danced in front of people when she was The legacy she wants to leave is that she and support to women of domestic violence, Bettina Santos Yap’s personal motto is:
only three years old, even though she admits remained an honest, genuine person despite wishes her parents named her Scarlet instead “Make it happen – somehow. I believe that
that she is shy. Her own motto is: do great, life’s challenges. Her current motto: “Live and of the common name Jennifer. She says her there’s always a solution to everything.” She
excellent work. let live.” mother is an inspiration because she is a hard says the one thing we wouldn’t guess about
worker and is UNSTOPPABLE. her is that she was extremely shy when she
Rowena Donnahoo names Mother Teresa as was a young girl.
Below: V is for Victory, V is for Vagina. New York cast and crew members flashing the “V” sign one of her inspirations because of her courage
and strength to lead a life devoted to those in
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Why Women Stayed in
Abusive Relationships
Lowered Self Esteem: “A large part of Legal Dependence: “He threatened to
being battered is being brainwashed and report me. I am not a legal resident.”
manipulated into believing that you are no
Optimism: “I thought he would change
good. For me, it was a very subtle process.
when he got a job, or when he quit drinking.
When I first met him, I liked myself and
I really thought that things would get better.”
thought myself competent. As time and
bettering progressed, I learned to hate myself, Denial: “I didn’t believe that this was
and I felt deserving of the abuse.” really happening. My partner said I was
crazy, and my friends did not really believe
Shame, Embarrassment, Humiliation:
that she* was capable of such violence.”
“I didn’t ask for help because I thought that
people would think that I was stupid for Religious and Familial Pressure to
staying as long as I had. Besides, I Stay Together: “I was always taught
considered myself a together successful that I should stay married no matter what
person, not a battered woman.” and that I needed a husband, the kids
needed a father, and any problems could be
Love: “When she* wasn’t being abusive,
worked out eventually if I tried hard enough.”
she was very kind and gentle. She was the
woman I fell in love with.” Fear: “He said that if I ever left, he’d find
Desire to Help: “I knew he was abusing me and kill me and if he couldn’t have me,
he’d kill himself.”
me, but he was in a lot of pain. He was
abused as a child. I wanted to help him.” Economic Dependence: “He wouldn’t
Cultural Differences: “It seemed like allow me to work. He made all the money
and controlled all the money. Who would
no one understood me because of cultural
support me and my kids?”
difference. In my culture, keeping the family
together is really important. As hard as it Survival: “I couldn’t leave because
was to stay with him, it would be harder to it took all I had just to make it through
leave. As a Filipina, I had no resources, lived the day.”
in isolation, and spoke no English.”
“I wonder why people always want to know
Oppression: “I am a battered lesbian* of why we stayed. What about him? If he really
color. In this society, I am oppressed because believed what he said that I was ugly, lazy,
of my sex, my race, and my sexual preference. stupid, and a whore, why didn’t he leave?
The “system” is not made for people like me. Why aren’t you asking him, “Why did
I feel like I have nowhere to turn.” you stay?”
Responsibility: “In our culture, women * Battering also occurs in lesbian and gay
are taught that other people’s needs come relationships.
first, even if meeting their needs means ....................................
sacrificing ourselves (i.e., being battered).” Source: API Institue on Domestic Violence

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A couple of weeks ago...
The New York cast and crew of The Vagina Locking me in a room • Putting me in a The group was asked their other • Action: “doing something” •
Monologues and “Usaping Puki” corner • Spitting at you • Storing “Next Steps” – how each would stop Making language inclusive “using language
gathered for an awareness workshop. They household items in higher cabinets so you the violence in their homes and in their people understand” • Not laughing at
were asked to define “domestic violence.” can’t reach them and not have access to relationships and what to do when they sexist jokes • Mentorship • “kindness”
They were also asked to describe the many things you need like medication, personal know of someone who is in an abusive values • By example “modeling” •
forms of abuse they or someone they know items, etc. relationship. Here are their suggestions: Breaking the silence “Speaking Up” •
have experienced. Here are their answers – Using positions of influence in a positive
notes from New York on June 17, 2006. Sexual Abuse Demystify the shame • Making it way • Using non-traditional ways to break
Just because you are together, they think comfortable to remove the mask • Healthy the silence • Living it, start at home • Use
The questions – What is domestic they can have sex anytime – you are there relationships – sex education, break gender each other for support • Breaking the
violence? What is intimate partner violence? to fulfill their needs • “He loves me. . .” • roles • Showing positive feelings for each generation gap • Being a good listener
Cheating on you, forcing you to perform
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papers, threatening to report to INS even if Cultural / Spiritual Abuse
you are already a citizen or green card Guilt • It’s a sin to leave your husband /
holder, not allowing you to learn the English family • Think of your kids. They need their
language, isolation. father • Think of the family name /
reputation • This is private, don’t tell
They were asked the types of abuse anyone your business • Losing all faith,
associated with domestic violence: hope and trust – especially in God •
Shame • It’s okay to take it and not fight
Mental / Psychological Abuse for it • In denial • Martyrdom • “It’s
Abuser says, “No one’s going to believe your fate.” “Suerte mo.” Suffer in silence
you” or “I’ll take the kids” • Insults, like: • Filipino movies perpetuate abuse against
“You’re good for nothing” • Saying women and children. Patriarchal roles are
“you can’t see your relatives / siblings.” • abusive to women • Not allowing you to
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dark box / room • While babysitting three • “You bitch! You whore!” • Shouting in Filipina Summit 24
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Punching me in the eye • Choking, Not letting the woman work so that she is
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• Lying his heavy body on you so you can’t household income, checkbook, shopping
breathe • Threaten you with sharp objects needs, car, etc. • Gambling the family’s Ramar Foods International 24
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followed by physical signs • Kidnapping • • Hiding material things from you •
Breaking things – creating fear • Subtly Making you feel worthless as a mother / wife Sharolyn Salas 23
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Always pushed me against a wall or a car • more importance than your own life

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Coming Together As a Community:
Managing our Future . . .
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Filipina Summit over three decades

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