Ako si Ligaya
(I am Ligaya)
Owner of the Pinoy-Culture blog & the I Heart Southeast Asia blog

animist. polytheist. Pilipin@ Polytheist Reconstructionist. 22 years old. new yorker. artist. crafter. nature worshiper. storyteller. anime and manga lover. bookworm. works with herbs. tagalog & akeanon (pilipin@). child of the earth. daughter of the deities, Kaptan and Magwayen. devotee to the Bisayan Goddess, Laon.
☉-♎ || ☽-♐ || A-♍ || 生肖-未

Fandoms include: TMI, Doctor Who, Hetalia, Game of Thrones, [K]


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Here is a sneak peak on what has been going on during the FANHS Conference in San Diego. It is currently the second day of the conference and this is just a few photos I have taken so far that I would like to share with you guys. I do have a few videos that I will put together to make one on the entire conference. I also have notes I jotted down of some of the presentations, lectures, and workshops which I will talk about in another post after the conference and my experience of attending my first one. (2015 NYC Conference guys!) So until I get around writing that post enjoy a few of the shots. :)

At the FANHS conference listening to Dr. Leny Strobels wise words of kapwa and decolonization.

Bye NYC! San Diego and FANHS Conference here I come! ♡ #filipino #filipinoamerican #nyc #americanairways #fanhs #sandiego



Literal book titles (x)




”i LOVE asian women, but i also respect them” 

from the time you grouped them together as one big monolith, you made it pretty clear you didn’t respect them at all tbh




Apparently some vegans are telling people not to eat honey to support bees.


Buy honey (local if possible) -> support beekeepers -> support bees.

I swear people don’t even think this stuff out. 
Beekeepers provide bees with an environment in which they can live, and are encouraged to thrive. Bees then have a big huge giant person who can deal with any threats to the hive. 
Yes, honey is a winter food supply for bees, but beekeepers (unless they’re dicks, in which case they’d be shooting themselves in the foot) will NEVER take too much honey from a hive, and will always ensure that bees have enough food. Think about it, you’re not going to starve a source of income/hobby, are you?

So now.
Support beekeepers.
Support bees.


I had to reblog just for “DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW BEES WORK?" because it made me realize that some people really don’t!





One of my dearest friends was found on the side of the road, unconscious and bloody. She was wearing this cosplay on the day it happened. She was last seen with friends when she ran off after a disagreement. Please, please, please, if you have ANY information or saw her anywhere, contact her mother. The full information is down below. This isn’t okay and it’s sickening to know that this happened at a place people truly can enjoy themselves. Please spread the word.

 ”I just received a call from the San Diego Police Department and my daughter Emily Weyer aka Milly Makara was found on the side of the road covered in blood with no ID unconscious. They are unsure what happened to her. My husband is on his way to the police station and then the hospital. If you have any information on what happened to her please send me a facebook message or call me at 951 229 3394. Thank you in advance”. -JILL WEYER



Alexander Dominguez

Fact: Pilipino guys with long hair is a HUGE turn on for me. I have only met and seen very few who keep their hair long like our ancestors. Ahhhh. New love. ♡

FANHS Conference in San Diego, CA !

It is finally here folks! So this weekend is the 15th Biennial FANHS Conference in San Diego, CA! I’m really excited to be attending the conference as its the first Pilipin@ event I’ll be going to in terms of lectures and workshops. Sure there is the annual NYC Philippine Independence Day Parade along Madison Ave. but thats really it in terms of big Pilipin@ events I have been to.  So that is why I’m really interested and excited for the FANHS Conference. c:

What is FANHS? It stands for the  Filipin@ American National Historical Society, a community based organization whose purpose is  “…to preserve, document, and present Filipin@ American history and to support scholarly research and artistic works which reflect that rich past…”. FANHS has 30 chapters throughout the U.S. and was founded in 1982 by Dr. Dorothy Laigo Cordova and Dr. Fred Cordova in 1982.

Since 1987, FANHS has sponsored national conferences for the Pilipin@-American community to gather, share, and present research, network with other Pilipin@-Americans, and honor those who have produced ground-breaking innovative work in the field of historical research and analysis. This year marks the 15th biennial conference in San Diego, CA, with the theme being Kapwa: Moving Forward in Unity, where it will be held at the Kona Kai Resort and Marina.

Here is a snippet from the FANHS website on this years conference.

"FANHS San Diego Chapter decided on the theme “Kappa: Moving Forward in Unity” last fall. It was in early November 2012 just prior to the Presidential Election and after Filipino American History Month in October. We thought about the importance of an action oriented theme as our nationwide Filipino American community just celebrated the 425th Anniversary of Filipinos landing in California, and as our country was about to embark upon a decision–moving forward as a nation.


Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) understands the importance of Filipino Americans moving forward in unity. “Kapwa” refers to an indigenous and decolonized term which means shared identity. The core value of kapwa encompasses 1) interaction with others on an equal basis; 2)sensitivity to and regard for others 3) respect and concern; 4) helping each other; 5) understanding each other’s limitations; and 6) rapport with and acceptance of others.


FANHS has a vision to build leaders for the future taking into account a decolonized perspective which looks at our past, our present and our future. Decolonization promotes the cultural connection to one’s kapwa (shared identity), making it possible to identify with one’s people and history, despite personal, generational, educational, social or economic differences. FANHS returns to California in 2014 where Filipinos 1st landed in what is now the continental United States.

2014 also marks the 100th anniversary of the 1st sailing through the Panama Canal which accomplished a land divided and a world united. As the 1st U.S. port of call on the Pacific Coast, north of the Panama Canal, San Diego celebrated the opening of the canal with a grand exposition. This exposition contributed to San Diego’s expansion and attracted many visitors, putting San Diego on the map for the 20th century.

The history of Filipinos coming to the port of San Diego began centuries earlier when Filipinos sailed on the Manila-Acapulco galleon trade ships. Mindful of these significant sailings and the core value of kapwa, as FANHS comes to San Diego we will examine our history, our struggles, and our shared and different identities. With our FANHS 2014 National Conference, we will move our communities forward in unity.”

This years conference has over 450 attendee’s all coming from various walks of life. Some of the keynote speakers at the conference will be Dr. Leny Strobel of Sonoma State University, the director of the Center of Babaylan Studies and author of Babaylan: Filipinos and the Call of the Indigenous, …

Read the rest of the post here.




When I finished high school and joined the Lao Army in Thailand, I got these tattoos for good luck from the Buddhist monks at the temple in Laos. I went back and forth, back and forth from Thailand to Laos. It was 1975, I was 17.

Bounthavy, South Philly


Eid Mubarak to all the Ethiopian Muslims who made it through another Ramadan in a nation state that criminalizes their existence and actively seeks to tarnish their holy month with its violence, to all the Eritrean Muslims whose bodies suffer the consequences of the USA’s inhumane sanctions against a government whose corruption is not their fault, to all the Somali Muslims whose prayers are sometimes drowned out by drone strikes.




Doctor Who is back on the big screen with the Series 8 Premiere – DEEP BREATH – on 25 August in cinemas throughout the US and Canada. 

Peter Capaldi’s first full episode as the Doctor - Deep Breath - will be screened in cinemas around the world from 23 August 2014.

This year’s screenings follow the success of the global cinema release of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor which was screened in over 1500 cinemas around the world, allowing fans to come together to watch the show like never before.

Steven Moffat comments, “Last November the Doctor didn’t just conquer the world on television, he did it in the cinemas too. And like the show-off he is, he can’t resist another go - one taste of the silver screen is never enough. On August 23rd the new Doctor will begin his new adventures on BBC One and in cinemas all over the world. Movie-land beware - Capaldi is coming to get you!” [x]

Theater locations and ticketing to be announced later this month.

You can find out more information on global cinema screenings at the dedicated cinema page as information arrives. 

In case you missed it!




muslims are persecuted relentlessly in every corner of the globe. 

Ya Allah

This is heartbreaking. You can just see it on this poor man’s face, he’s devastated.