Kwentong bayan: Labour of love

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Kwentong Bayan: Labour of Love is a community-based comic book project by Toronto-based artists Althea Balmes and Jo SiMalaya Alcampo. They work in close collaboration with caregivers and supporters to explore real-life stories of Filipina migrant workers in the live-in caregiver program.

In the Filipino language, Kwentong Bayan is the literal translation of “community stories;” and Labour of Love reflects the artists’ understanding that caregiving work – like community-based art work – is rooted in love, is valuable, and deserves respect. The full-length comic book will be launched in 2014.

See an excerpt published in Briarpatch here.

Althea Balmes is a visual storyteller and community organizer with Filipino youth. She combines art, culture, and world politics to present stories of her birthplace, the Philippines, and the issues faced by the global Filipino diaspora.

Jo SiMalaya Alcampo was born in Maynila, the capital of the Philippines, and raised in Scarborough. She currently volunteers with Caregiver Connections, Education and Support Organization (CCESO), a group for Filipina live-in caregivers, and is a member of the Kapwa Collective, a mutual support group of Filipino Canadian artists, critical thinkers, and healers.

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