Rooted in the Philippines. Created in New York City. Rising to decolonization.
JL was born of Rose Caldetera (Ilocos Norte, Pagudpud) and Godofredo Umipig (Ilokos Sur, Sta. Maria) is a creative producer, a multidisciplinary artist and arts and activism educator who uses her talents and skills to create transformative artistic experiences. JL is the creator of The Journey of a Brown Girl and continues to work with different communities developing curriculum, events, productions and programs that integrate theatre and visual arts with activism, process of decolonization and indigenizing and other means of healing. JL is also the creator of Kapwa Tarot- a decolonization/divination and teaching tool for the Diasporic descendant seeking guidance. For Raised Pinay and all her work for self and the community--she is driven by the belief in the power of the arts to activate, heal, grow and move the human spirit and creates with intention to connect human experience and spirit between all communities.
Justine was born in California and made for NYC. Her advocacy in health education began when she was five, assisting her physician mom with medical missions in Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya. Her parents founded a math and reading Learning Center in her father’s hometown of Romblon, Romblon where she served as the Director of Operations. Her second master’s research was on sex education in the Philippines. Justine is a teacher in NYC, nationally-recognized health education consultant and speaker, and a Board of Director of Roots of Health. She is very proud of the sisterhoods that have formed from Raised Pinay and the capacity to honor her parents through artivism.
Rachelle was born and raised in Long Island, NY. Her mother, Nelly, is from Bicol and her father, Ronnie, is from Quezon City. She is a Board of Director for Roots of Health and the Associate Director of Development at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center. She is also a Co-Producer and Lead Co-Host of Makilala TV, the first Fil-Am TV Talk Show in the NY metro area. Ever since her involvement with the community leadership organization, UniPro, she has always been challenging herself to lead in spaces that help raise Filipinx American voice and found that Raised Pinay can do just that
the Original Raised pinays
as pictured from left to right (first row) Anjelica Enaje, Aurerose Piana, Gigi Bio, Grace Bio
(second row) Jana Lynne Umipig, Joanne Taligdan, Justine Ang Fonte, Karen Joy Pangantihon,
(third row) Krissy Reyes, Kristina Bustos, Maria Rubio, Rachelle Peraz Ocampo,
(fourth row) Twinkle Ferraren, Zara Cabañas