I am committed to promoting well-being; creating a just society where competent legal service is accessible to all; abolishing white supremacy, racism, patriarchy, colonial mentality, and capitalism; and creating systems of care.
As such, the following core Indigenous Filipino values and concepts guide my legal practice:
Babaylan is one of the names by which an Indigenous Filipino healer is called. I draw from the values of the Babaylan who restores people to their wholeness and reconnects them to themselves, others, and the land. Your well-being as my client is my priority.
Kapwa is the Filipino word for the spirit that lives in each one of us, connecting us all. In my dealings with my clients, I go beyond just the transaction and, instead, build relationships based on care. In my dealings with third parties, I value collaboration and cooperation, understanding that conflicts are best resolved when everyone’s needs are addressed.
Ginhawa is Filipino word for well-being. It is also a Bisaya word for breath or the act of breathing. I strive to help you pursue a life where you’re able to breathe easily (literally and figuratively). I not only help you with your immediate legal needs but also look at the broader context of your life to see how it is affecting your legal needs. I further support by helping you find Kapwa-centered service providers to help you better practice self-care.