Maalaala Mo Kaya? Isulong! Celebrating 10 Years of Filipino Women’s Struggle & Victories


Rhondalei Gabuat, GABRIELA Seattle Chair

Maalaala Mo Kaya? Isulong!

Celebrating 10 Years of Filipino Women’s Struggle & Victories

SEATTLE – On October 28, 2016 Filipina women’s organization, GABRIELA Seattle, will host their Anniversary event at the Beacon United Methodist Church, marking 10 years of educating, advocating, and defending the rights of Filipinas globally. The celebration includes a musical production honoring overseas Filipino workers and migrants, a community dinner, and silent auction.

Last week, GABRIELA Seattle joined GABRIELA USA’s national campaign to gather 13,000+ petition signatures and garner public pressure on NBC Universal to halt development of “Mail Order Family (see #CancelMailOrderBrideShow #FilipinasNot4Sale In less than 24 hours of the petition going live, NBC News released a statement of an NBC Spokesperson, “The writer and producers have taken the sensitivity to the initial concept to heart and have chosen not to move forward with the project at this time.”

According to GABRIELA USA, “We will continue to push for our demand a meeting with NBC executives and producers of “Mail Order Family” to educate them of the true plight of Filipino women and the economic conditions of the Philippines which forces them into the mail order bride industry and other exploitative industries.”

On the contrary, GABRIELA Seattle’s one-night musical production, “Maalaala Mo Kaya? Isulong!” (“Would you remember? Onward!”) gets the story right.  Inspired by the longest running drama anthology in Philippine Television, Maalaala Mo Kaya, the play follows OFW Maritess as she leaves behind her family in the Philippines to seek livelihood in the United States. The play written by GABRIELA Seattle members shows the harsh reality of forced migration and worker exploitation experienced by the 6,000 Filipinos leaving the Philippines everyday.

All are welcome to join the celebration and share their stories. For ticket information, please check our Facebook page or email

What: GABRIELA Seattle’s 10 Year Anniversary Show

$5 Seniors/Students; $10 General Admission. Dinner included; Childcare available upon request

When: Saturday, October 28, 2016. Doors open at 6pm.

Where: Beacon United Methodist Church, 7301 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

GABRIELA Seattle is a collective of Pin@ys celebrating our multifaceted identities, revolutionary history, and rich culture. We work to build a community in the Seattle area invested in educating, defending, and advocating for the human rights of Filipinas globally.

GABRIELA Seattle is a member of GABRIELA-USA, an overseas chapter of GABRIELA Philippines. GABRIELA-USA is an organization working to advance the struggle of women in the overall movement for national liberation and genuine democracy in the Philippines.



Gabriela USA 3rd National Congress


It is with great pleasure we officially open REGISTRATION for the GABRIElA USA 3rd National Congress!  We are honoring the theme of “ABANTE! Women defend the people’s democratic rights for our dignity and self determination”  from March 19-20 in San Francisco.  This year’s theme speaks to the alliance’s refreshed attention to advancing Filipina migrant women’s rights, making visible our work and worth, and increasing our organization’s ability to foster genuine social change for the people of the Philippines.  Please inform your members, allies, observers and other participants  to submit their registration form at their earliest convenience.  Registration fees and instructions on the payment method is included in the registration form.  Early bird for registration payment ends on March 4.  
We have launched a new website where you can find the most up to date information regarding the Congress weekend. Visit the site periodically for the latest information.  Please check out the site and share widely!  There is also aFACEBOOK event page where you can find details about the weekend long event. Please like and invite your contacts.   Our very own national chairperson, Valerie Francisco, put together this amazing VIDEO capturing the essence of the spirit of the Gabriela.  

One Billion Rising for Revolution: Gabriela Seattle Leads Flashbmob Demanding an End to Violence Against Women and Children

For Immediate Release

Contact: Precious Butiu, Chair of Gabriela Seattle

Phone: 206-406-6927 Email:


What: One Billion Rising Flashmob

When: Saturday, February, 14th, 1 PM

Where: Seafood City, 1368 Southcenter Mall Suite 100, Tukwila, WA 98188

Who: Gabriela Seattle, API Chaya, Families of Color Seattle​


Tukwila, Washington – On February 14, 2015, for the third straight year, Gabriela Seattle is inviting women and their families to join the ONE BILLION RISING call to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to violence in all forms by joining on a flash mob dance at Seafood City, a popular hangout for Filipino migrant families.

According to the United Nations, one in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime which equals to about 1 billion women. This year’s theme is Revolution, a call for women to rise up in power and demand a complete overhaul in system and shift in culture that is oppressive and violent towards women in the Philippines, and across the globe.

“Through One Billion Rising, we want to strengthen the bonds of women’s organizations in Seattle. With the 105th anniversary of International Working Women’s Day on March 8th coming up, we will celebrate and highlight the work of women in our local community and continue to raise awareness of violence against women.” said Rhondalei Gabuat, Secretary General of Gabriela Seattle.

State-sanctioned violence and impunity have been an ongoing outcry of the Filipino people during times of calamity. In the Philippines, there is an increased military presence, not just by the AFP but of the deployment of more than 5,000 US soldiers in the country. Women and children become vulnerable during these volatile times and become victim to increased human trafficking and violence. Echoing other people-led social movements, Gabriela is calling for a revolution to create a world without state-sanctioned violence and militarization.

“I’m dancing to honor survivors and all those that have experienced the hand of anger, abuse and violence. I’m dancing for my family and bringing my 1 1/2 year old daughter who may not quite fully comprehend it all but would want for her to know she has a supportive community behind her when she stands up against violence. I want the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our people across the country, activating solidarity across borders. Say no to violence against women and girls. We will not be silenced; our strength to fight will continue and the number of people will grow in this movement.” Cherry Cayabyab, a member of Families of Color Seattle and a founding member of Gabriela Seattle.

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