/ ABOUT ME
Hi! I'm Flerine, AND I'M on a lifelong journey exploring the intersection of food + culture + IDENTITY. Through my work and creative outputs I seek UNITY BY sparkING dialogue thaT:
NOSTALGICALLY HONORS ANCESTRAL TRADITIONS
BIOGRAPHICALLLY DISMANTLES an inherited mestiza consciousness
OR CURIOUSLY UNPACKS SHARED HISTORIES
Born in Olongapo, Subic Bay, I’m a Southern California blossomed + North Carolina ripened + Brooklyn bred peripatetic woman who is Fiercely self-taught in almost every skill from HTML coding to omelet folding and herbal remedying, I am contributing to -- and learning from -- American culture as an immigrant woman of color through occupying spaces in the following disciplines:
cultural programming — producing curated events and MULTImedia PROJECTS
culinary arts — connecting ethnographic and historical perspectives with contemporary social issues through food
performance & recording arts — interpreting human experiences through singing, spoken word, and character roles
language arts — writing for myself, brands, and others through expository, persuasive, narrative, and/or descriptive prose + poetry
fine arts — exhibiting canvas, paperworks, and installations within/beyond informal gallery settings
Award-winning brands and organizations trust MY strategic mind as a PR + communications powerhouse. i am available for (AND ACTIVELY SEEKING OUT) new opportunities that specialize in growing a brand through Communications strategy, public relations management, digital marketing, and/or partnership development.
I'M CURRENTLY LIVING AND CREATING IN LOS ANGELES.
whirlwind of emotions visiting my birthplace today. We even stepped into my babyhood home. this afternoon our fam drove through Olongapo when my mom thought maybe just maybe we could drive by in hopes the apartment structure would still be there after all of these years. Didn't really know what to expect since we hadn't been back to this neighborhood since Mt. Pinatubo's eruption June 15th, 26 years ago. When we came around the corner, we found the structure was still there. My mom edged even more and asked the kapit bahay if Ate Tess was around (our landlord back in 1991). And to our joyous luck...she is still the landlord! Here I am standing on the "terrace" of our old apartment in a neighborhood I had only dreamt would recover after the devastation & evacuation. The township is still vibrant and thriving (at least from what I can see) Ate Tess is now adding a third floor to the structure and there are more little homes built around the little alleyways. I can't stop smiling. #iamanimmigrant #flerinephilippines2017
DI·AS·PO·RA // dīˈaspərə // noun 🔅🔆🔅 1990 born in subic bay, olongapo 1991 displaced / refugee of mt. pinatubo / migrated to USA 1995 lived with single momma all over San Clemente, CA 1999 moved to Jacksonville, NC when momma remarried 2008 graduated from Northside High School 2012 graduated from UNC Chapel Hill / moved to Las Vegas 2014 moved to Brooklyn 2017 feeling grateful for my life's journey so far #iamanimmigrant #flerinephilippines2017