El Puente was founded in 1982 by Luis Garden Acosta who called together church leaders, artists, educators, health providers, and other community activists to stop the epidemic wave of violence in the Southside community of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In over three decades, El Puente has accomplished numerous headline initiatives while pioneering a national model for youth development within the context of overall community development. Grounded in a holistic approach to leadership development for young people and their families, El Puente bridges the worlds of health, education, and the arts with activism and community empowerment.
Started as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Project Barkada, which means friends helping friends, is exactly what co-founders Joey Golja, Lugao Kasberg and Deirdre Levy, envisioned as they partnered with over 100 small businesses to deliver meals to the frontline and Philippines. Project Barakda has since evolved as a 501c3, established markets and events.
National Federation of Filipino American Associations - New York (NaFFAA)
Since 1997, the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) promotes the welfare and well-being of the four million Filipinos and Filipino Americans throughout the United States. As a non-partisan and non-profit organization, NaFFAA is the largest national affiliation of Filipino American institutions, umbrella organizations, and individuals.
Narra Studio is a POC, Filipina, & woman-owned brand dedicated to the artistry, weaving, and craft heritages of the Philippines and Asia. We connect with diverse and rich cultural traditions and share them with the world.
Handwoven + hand embroidered by elders of Tinguian Tribe of Abra, Philippines. Worldwide shipping from the original WFH moms and truly remote workers.
The Asian American Literary Review
The Asian American Literary Review (AALR) is a not-for-profit literary arts organization, a place for all those who consider the designation “Asian American” a fruitful starting point for artistic vision and community.
Founded in 2009, AALR hosts public programs, runs teaching and mentoring initiatives, and bridges arts, academic, and community organizing spaces. It publishes a biannual literary journal, including, periodically, community-curated book arts projects that hope to be as socially and aesthetically innovative as they are radically unprofitable. www.aalrmag.org Twitter: @TheAALR
River Transforms Medicine
I am a poet, educator, energy practitioner, herbalist, and ceremonialist who creates spaces for clients and communities to connect with their own inner and collective power. As a poet, I write to connect with the unseen and unspoken so we can feel and heal. As a healing practitioner, I am a certified Reiki practitioner, attuned to the highest level of Usui Reiki, and I help people move through transition and transformation.
I first attended Raised Pinay in 2019 and was moved to tears by the show. I am excited to be back this year with herbal tea blends and immunity-boosting products. I specialize in anxiety-relief, tending to inner waters, and matters of the heart.
— River Ying Dandelion,
River Transforms Medicine
Casielle Santos Gaerlan
Casielle is a first-generation Filipino-American born and based in Brooklyn. She creates artwork centering on her bicultural experience, community, and belonging. She uses bold colors and vivid motifs to represent her layered identity.