Gateway Gallery celebrates Women’s Month with its first onsite or face-to-face KulturaSerye Talk titled Pinay Power: High Impact Advocacies on March 25, Saturday, from 2;00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Gateway Gallery, Araneta City.
The KulturaSerye Talk will feature the mother and daughter team of Zena Bernardo and Patreng Non, and will be sharing their personal advocacies, success stories, and the impact they made on their communities.
Zena Bernardo was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the “25 Most Influential People on the Internet” for her initiative to organize and launch the “Bayanihang Marikenyo Marikenya,” a nationwide campaign that aimed to organize community kitchens under the Community Kitchen Project.
Bernardo also launched the web-based Home Quarantine Care PH in December 2020. In May 2022, she conceptualized Project Hulmahan, an art-driven, mutual aid fundraising initiative that aims to support the livelihood programs of community kitchen volunteers, immediate disaster response of the community kitchens to internally-displaces persons (IDP) and support art mentoring for the youth in these communities.
Meanwhile, Ana Patricia Non, also known as “Patreng.” was the initiator of Community Pantry in the Philippines. She is a food security and sovereignty advocate and also the current President of Community Pantry Ph Inc.’s board of Trustees. She was the first to organize a community pantry in the country during the pandemic. Her Maginhawa Street pantry first distributed free foods such as vegetables, noodles, sardines, and some essential foods within that community
A UP Artists’ Circle Sorority and UP Mountaineers member, Patreng took a Visual Communications course at the UP College of Fine Arts. Even when she was still in college, conducting free art workshops in the villages became part of her projects. She also developed and implemented programs for farmers, factory workers, political prisoners, and indigenous people.
Get to know more about the speakers during the KulturaSerye talk. It will be moderated by UP Los Baños instructor John Carlo Santos, the resident moderator and host of KulturaSerye. Admission is free but pre-registration is requested. The registration link can be found on its Facebook Page, GatewayGalleryPH.