We're delighted to share that Verses Typhoon Yolanda funds (from book sales) have been donated to sponsor a community elder from Palawan or Panay Bukidnon (both areas affected by the typhoon) to attend PAMATI 2017. S. Lily Mendoza's description of PAMATI 2015 shares information about the event, but basically (in the words of Leny Strobel),
The event was a gathering of 25 babaylan (medicine men and women) and indigenous healers, elders and youth and a roughly equal number of formally educated Filipinos and Filipino descendants in the diaspora. The outcome of that first time encounter was a profound learning experience for all and opportunity to forge relationships between communities—relationships that could grow into a beneficent force for positive change in the world.PAMATI 2017 is coordinated locally by activist-musician-scholar Grace Nono (featured in above photo). Our thanks again to the participating poets that made Verses Typhoon Yolanda possible, and those who continue to support the project through book purchases.