Rex Macapinlac

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Rex Mac is an Asian American, Boston-based hip hop musician, organizer, and journalist. Since 2012, Rex has built a discography of entirely self-produced projects, including the maximal, stadium set kingdom power glory to the bright, bouncy meditating in the moshpit.

His latest album, ABLOOM, is available now and his true magnum opus. It is a dense, thoughtful ode to mental health in flux - successfully unpacking themes from overcoming loneliness ("how to be alone"), to unlocking self-potential (“the world is not enough”), to finding closure in relationships (“all my love”). Sonically, ABLOOM is an amorphous production that manages to blend hip hop subgenres seamlessly - from 90s era West Coast G Funk, to Yeezus-esque industrial minimalism, to trap. 

Beyond his work as an independent musician, Rex is a contributing writer for Boston A&E website, Know Your Scene. He also organizes and hosts his own monthly hip hop showcase, Sonic Bloom, at Cambridge's Out of the Blue Too art gallery. 

Jon Barry

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All at once - restorative justice practitioner, trauma response clinician, pop warner football coach, racial justice organizer, feminist men's group member, vegetable chopper, avid cyclist, big brother, and dish washer extraordinaire...

Jon grew up in Providence, RI and has lived in Boston since 2003.  Jon's life dream is to support the development of a network of men's groups that provides volunteer childcare at community events, holds restorative justice space for men who've committed harm in the community, and supports their members in doing the internal work of undoing patriarchy and racism.

Aaron Tanaka

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hey i'm a community organizer, popular educator, investment strategist, and dreamer of post capitalist futures. play music for fun, hit golf balls for zen, and geek hard on blockchain and cooperative tech. a food obsessive, slang spanish tapas for scratch. ramen is my favorite thing to eat.

Rain Abdelrazaq

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Rain grew up in Northern Virginia and moved to Providence for school. She got her degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University. Rain has gained food industry experience from Aramark Catering at Berklee College, Yacht & Beach Club at DisneyWorld, and Wegmans. 

Rain is half-Filipinx and half-Palestinian. She moved to Boston in 2016 and found Olio and Pamangan. She has been doing food, culture, and family research since she joined the collective. Working with Olio has encouraged her to explore both of her cultures through their cuisines.

Ellie Tiglao

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Where did a BA in Art & Art History, a BS in Neuroscience and my insatiable curiosity take me? 

IT Consultant. Cognitive Neuroscience Benchwork. Electrophysiology Researcher. Videogame Writing. Immunology Technologist. Grant Writer. Line Cook. Server. Designer. Software Educator. Quilter. Event Consultant. Bartender. Performance Artist. Programs Director. Personal Chef. Community and Events Director. Pop-up Purveyor.

In my understanding, all roads led here.  I'm all in on Tanám.

Language & Culture

Cheers!

In preparing for this dinner, I realized there is not really a Filipino word for cheers. To be sure, I did what any immigrant with homeland language or culture questions might do – I called my mom. 

When I posed the question to her, she agreed there wasn’t quite a word for cheers in Tagalog or Kapampangan, my family’s dialect, but she seemed unsatisfied. The word she mulled over but couldn’t quite place was tagay.

‘Tagay… tagay…’ she mumbled. 'Well, I’m not that much of a drinker.’

Despite her bold-faced lie, she did drop me a line with tagay. In my search, I came across the blog of Gideon Lasco, who wrote a wonderful article (with citations, no less. The scientist in me swoons) on tagay and the absence of the word 'cheers’ from the Filipino lexicon. To quote:

We do not say “cheers” because in our drinking culture, we do not raise our glasses and join them together, as Europeans do. This is because when we drink, there is only one glass. Thus, while we do bring our glasses together, we are joined in one glass… drinking with just one cup, signifying and substantiating the ties that bind us together.

Lasco’s words really hit home as I consider the restaurant we’re opening, a manifestation of 'the ties that bind us together’ – how all the time I’ve spent in Boston and many of the incredible people I’ve met in my journey thus far have helped shape this vision these past few years. 

Among them, Cayla and the crew at Lamplighter have been great hosts and partners in the Boston area for what we do and where we’re going. I’m grateful to collaborate with them on our next event, Cheers. Their beer, as you may already know, is delicious; and we’re excited to have the help of Liz - their bartender and certified cicerone - in helping imagine what beers play as well with our food as San Miguel and Red Horse.

Of course, we’ll do our best to keep bottles of both well-stocked when we arrive in Union Square.

Cheers,

Ellie

Blog: Filipino Kitchen - BACK TO BOSTON: PAMANGAN! SERIES THROWS DOWN IN BEAN TOWN

Blog: Filipino Kitchen - BACK TO BOSTON: PAMANGAN! SERIES THROWS DOWN IN BEAN TOWN

“The mission of these dinners is... to bring awareness to a beautiful food culture that's been missing in Boston for all these years,” Ellie said. “Pamangan! is meant to come across as earnest and is developed in acknowledgement of the experience of being Filipino American.”

By Caitlin Preminger, May 5, 2015

The Daily Meal: Pop-up Pamangan Brings Filipino Fare to the Boston Area

The Daily Meal: Pop-up Pamangan Brings Filipino Fare to the Boston Area

The team has a solid concept and unique space to fill in Boston and has their eye on expanding their project to a more permanent, brick-and-mortar establishment.  Judging by the numbers and happy faces on guests at their recent pop-ups, their vision is met with a pool of avid followers. 

By RACHEL COSSAR | April 25, 2015 8:13 am

Boston Globe: A pop-up restaurant celebrates Filipino cuisine

Boston Globe: A pop-up restaurant celebrates Filipino cuisine

“They remix the familiar with the unfamiliar, or two things that are familiar to different types of people to create something new,” says [Valerie Enriquez]. “That innovativeness without-pretension is what brings me back every time.”

by BETTINA MAKALINTAL · 3/3/2015

Blog: Kai Huang - PAMANGAN POP-UP RESTAURANT VOL. 3

Blog: Kai Huang - PAMANGAN POP-UP RESTAURANT VOL. 3

Props to Ellie and her team for bringing us a great meal and reminding us how necessary it is to have ready access to delicious Filipino food here in the greater Boston area. We're missing that right now, so it's our hope here at EMW that Pamangan is gonna go ahead and blow up and fill that niche in our lives. We love you guys, man. By the time the karioka with jackfruit came around, I was a thousand percent sold.

by KAI HUANG · 1/15/2015