Monday, May 01, 2006

Todos Los Santos

I am looking for filmmakers from the Philippines, Mexico and Cuba who are interested in writing/directing a short 30 min narrative film about Saints, their stories and their place in our contemporary society.

This projects hopes to explore the following:

The common obsession of Filipinos, Mexicans and Cubans with their Saints.

Spanish Colonial Culture and Christianity and how it has inter-bred with the Malay, Indio and African cultures.

If you are interested please submit a 1-3 page synopsis of your story to

Deadline for submission is July 1, 2006

Websites about Saints:
Saints and Martyrs
The Cult of the Saints and Their Relics
Cultures of Devotion
Latin American "Folk Saints" Are the Focus of Connecticut College Professor’s Study
Pop Occulture Blog
Patron Saints for Various Occupations and Conditions
The Saint of Last Resorts
Saint Death offers Mexicans Solace
Saint Death Cult Draws On Pre-Christian Roots
On Mexico's Mean Streets, the Sinners Have a Saint
Are the Santeria Saints with Fidel Castro?
Yoruba Religion
The Religion In Africa and Cuba: How Different Are They Really?

Books about Saints:
La Santa Muerte by Homero Aridjis
Culture of Devotion: Folk Saints of Spanish America by Frank Graziano

Friday, April 28, 2006

The Asin Road Project

I am looking for people interested in collaborating with the woodcarvers of Asin Road, Baguio to come up with new designs for their products.

Are you interested? Please send me an email with your name and a short description or drawing of your proposed design.

Katya Guerrero Carratala

Some guidelines to keep in mind while creating designs for this project:

The products should be easy to make. As much as possible, traditional tools and techniques should be used in making the products using locally available materials.

The products should be innovative but should also remain grounded in the traditional culture of the Cordilleras. In some cases, totally new products may be developed while in other cases improvements may be made on already existing products.

The products should be environmentally friendly. For this project, we would like to focus on developing smaller wood products with higher value. This is our alternative solution to the complete ban on logging of hard woods which would definitely kill the local economies of the woodcarvers.

Lastly, the products should not only be well-designed but should be saleable too. Let us offer foreign and local tourists- something beautiful and meaningful to bring home as pasalubong!!!

Friday, April 21, 2006


Like all artists I have millions of ideas.

I am hoping that if I put some of my ideas in written form- people may realize that artists like myself can actually apply their creativity not only to art but to life in general.