In Historic Filipinotown Los Angeles, 3 filipin@s meditate on their relationship to Diaspora and place. Through ritual, song, dance, seed-planting, and offerings, they activate space in a gentrifying neighborhood while calling upon their spirit guides. Mabuhay, a typical Tagalog greeting that means welcome or cheers; and KA, meaning connection, and communion as in KApwa, KApatid, KAlibutan. Using the ancient pre-colonial Baybayin script and harvested palm fronds, artist/performer/activist Diyan Valencia weaves MABUHAY KA into a fence at the iconic intersection of Temple and Belmont.
Shot, directed, and edited by Anna Luisa "Jeepneys" Petrisko
Starring Diyan Valencia, Micaela Tobin, and Emanuele Nedelcu
Additional Cameras by Kristof Trakal, Nicanor Evangelista Jr., and Louvic Cabrera
Made while in residence at Echo Park Film Center 2015