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 Ang Fonte is one of the three creators of Raised Pinay. A child of immigrants from Romblon and Nueva Vizcaya, an award-winning health educator, ghostwriter, and professor, Justine has sat on the Board of Directors of Roots of Health/Ugat Ng Kalusugan since 2011. She received her Master’s in Education in Teaching from the University of Hawai’i and her Master’s in Public Health in Sexuality from Columbia University. Passionate about reproductive justice and the stories chasing that liberation, Justine has been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, NPR, Glamour, and the BBC and Hulu docuseries, Planet Sex, for her award-winning teaching career in health education. And according to a Buzzfeed list, Justine is one of 13 sex educators who teaches people what they really need to know when it comes to sex. On Instagram, she’s known as “Your Friendly Ghostwriter,” composing the texts you avoid sending about setting your boundaries. She is so proud of the now five generations of sisterhoods that have been built from Raised Pinay.




    Rachelle was born and raised in Long Island, NY. Her mother, Nelly, is from Bicol and her father, Ronnie, is from Quezon City, Philippines. She is a Board of Director for Roots of Health / Ugat ng Kalasugan which is how she got connected with co-producer, Justine Ang Fonte. She currently leads public health and advocacy efforts as the Director of Communications and External Affairs at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center.. She is also a Co-Producer and Lead Co-Host of Makilala TV, the first and now longest-running Fil-Am TV Talk Show in the NY metro area and the President of the NYS Chapter of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA-NY). 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. She has found that Raised Pinay is one of the ways that has helped fill that gap, especially now that she is proud nanay to 2.5 Alexander and 8 month old Adelina.