MariaClara Project




about the project

Who is the Filipino woman? This is a question no single Filipina can answer alone. I aim to work with  other Filipino women to collectively reflect on this question and create movement that expresses our celebrations of being a Filipina. 

This project will use the medium of film to explore and highlight the strength in these soft qualities, challenge our critical minds, foster conscious social behaviours to celebrate the traditional and contemporary Filipino woman.

Maria Clara has become a byword in Filipino culture for the traditional, feminine ideal. She is a character in our National hero's book, "Noli Me Tangere," and is known to be demure, modest, loyal, and self-effacing.  Picture the liberating image of a group of female bodies in a vast Filipino setting- celebrating their own ideas of womanly ideals as well as depicting the "soft" qualities of Maria Clara in such a way that highlights their beauty and strength.

- Tin Gamboa, project creator 



what we did


local filpina dancers 

In January 2018, we held an open jam and call for dancers to join the film project. All 10 women were accepted into the cast.


After two weeks of rehearsals (with studio space generously donated by Nina Anonas), the dancers and crew travelled to a coconut farm in Lipa, Batangas to film the work over 3 days, utilizing local Filipino videographers. 

international reach

Employing artists in both Canada and the Philippines, this cultural and compositional research is pertinent to Canadian culture as well, given how diversity and acceptance of other cultures is a core value of Canada. In fact, among the diverse residents of British Columbia, there are 94,000 Filipinos that reside in Greater Vancouver alone.

Ultimately, my goal is to develop a professional artistic practice that merges community engagement, contemporary dance, and film. I firmly believe there are powerful ways that these disciplines
can influence each other in creating work that sparks ideas, conversations, and rooted, positive change.
— Tin Gamboa, project creator



how you helped


if you joined us at despedida

more thank yous from us to you! This night of film and food was a wonderful time of community and helped to spread awareness about the project!


Thanks to your generous donations, your contributions ensured that we were able to pay artists at industry standards, and assisted in providing meals, transportation and accommodations during the film shoot!

Dancers Sofia Costales, Mika Fabella in rehearsal

Dancers Sofia Costales, Mika Fabella in rehearsal



despedida: a night of film, food & music

(to benefit the mariaclara project)

despedida: to send someone off


When: December 17th

Where: Left of Main, 211 Keefer St. 

bar opens at 7:30pm

films start at 8pm 


- a selection of short films by Tin Gamboa, with additional films commissioned by Festival of Recorded Movement from Ralph Escamillan, Heather Lamoureux & Jamie Robinson

- musical guest Wallgrin

- traditional Filipino food



Discounted tickets for $16 available until december 14th

after december 14th, $20 

credit/Visa debit available online

cash/credit only at the door


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tin gamboa, project creator // rob kitsos, project mentor // kayla de vos, project manager // tegan wahlgren, composer // Directors of photography: Deej fabian, sami arboleda, john michael huang // dancers: paui reyes, deborah fuang, dane fuang, mika fabella, madge reyes, carissa laurel, montsie guerrero, aisha polestico, pipay era, sofia costales //



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