Pantayo


About

Pantayo is an all-women kulintang collective comprised of Christine Balmes, Michelle Cruz, Kat Estacio, Katrina Estacio, Marianne Grace Rellin, and Joanna Delos Reyes. Kulintang is an ancient form of gong music indigenous to various groups in the Philippines. Our music is grounded in the traditions of the Maguindanaon and T'boli peoples, but explores the possibility of kulintang music influenced by our identities as Diasporic Filipinas. We take part in various community-engaged arts events and activities through staged musical performances and collaborative transmedia projects. We also provide music workshops to community groups.

Thoughts About Art and Community

Whenever a kulintang ensemble plays, community gathers. In Indigenous communities throughout the Philippines, kulintang serves as a hub where musicians, dancers, healers, and community members are invited to come together in celebration. Pantayo hopes to emulate this unifying purpose in the work that we do. Pantayo strives to be a forum for creative cultural expression by increasing awareness and appreciation for Filipino music and heritage within Toronto. As a nod to the women-centric traditions in Indigenous communities, Pantayo also aims to create a space where women are visible as engaged leaders in our communities.

Activities

We take part in various community-engaged arts events and activities through staged musical performances and collaborative transmedia projects. We also provide music workshops to community groups. Past projects include: - Severed (Drinkbox Studios) video game soundtrack with YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN (Summer 2015) - Gurendaiza and the Grand Gongs with comic book artist Vince Sunico (Les Rues Refuses, 2014) - Opening for acclaimed Filipina singer Grace Nono (2014) - Kultura Filipino Arts Festival (2012-14) - Whippersnapper Gallery's Taking Place Festival (2013) - Kapisanan Centre's Clutch Program (2014) - Bellwoods Playschool (2013)