Following the platform, Drunk History of Comedy Central, we made our own version retelling of the Battle of Mactan. 

Premiered at Philadelphia Asian American Film Fest.

Director & Director of Photography: Jasmine Lynea

Assistant Director & Screenplay: Ani Gavino

Edited by: Jasmine Lynea

Featuring: Malaya Cassandra as Lapu-Lapu


An Ode to Walter Wallace Jr... this film honors our West Philadelphia neighbor, another victim of the injustices of the US criminal justice system,  and another Black man fatally shot by police officers. During the event of his family calling for ambulance to assist in a mental health crisis, the police came instead. Wallace was shot fourteen times in front of his mother who begged for the police officers to "not shoot her son." We shall not forget this tragedy.

Director & Director of photography: Ani Gavino

Written by: Caitlin Green

Edited by: Ani Gavino

Choreography by: Ani Gavino & Caitlin Green


A journey to decolonization.

Director & Director of Photography: Jasmine Lynea

Story & Written by: Ani Gavino

Performance by: Ani Gavino & Malaya Cassandra


Magunita (meaning recollection) and is a dance film depicting a recollection of my ancestral memories and personal traumas.

After reading Gloria Anzaldua’s La Frontera, The Borderlands, the concept of the mestiza consciousness which Anzaldua introduced in her book plagued my mind. I asked, “isn't the Filipinx grappling with being in this place of nonbelonging and in-between ness as well?" How do we then grapple with this? Do we completely recreate a new hybridity of identity just like Anzaldua’s fifth race? Or do we keep the lineage by honing into the culture and traditions of our oppressed mother?

Directed & Edited By: Ani Gavino

Director of Photography: Jasmine Lynea

Assistant Camera: Torian Ugworji

Choreography: Ani Gavino


Experimental Dance on Film created using an IPhone 8 camera

Directed & Edited by: Ani Gavino

Performance: Ani & Malaya

HERstory Part 1

Directed & Edited by: Jasmine Lynea

Choreograpahy & Performance by:

Ani Gavino

HERstory Part 2

Directed & Edited by: Jasmine Lynea

Choreograpahy & Performance by:

Ani Gavino


Directed by: Torian Ugworji

Story by: Danny Reyes, Ani Gavino, Nikolai McKenzie

Music by: My Darling Fury


A Burlesque Art Fillm

Directed & Edited by: Ani Gavino

Featuring: Beartrap Burlesque

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December 14

Facing Change: Race as Social Construct ( Panel Discussion )

Monday, December 14, 6 – 7:30pm

November 24

Open Movement Research

6-8 PM

November 14

BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance 

BlakTinX Dance

Sat. November 14th, 8pm

November 13

Global Ramayana, 6 Pm (FB, VIRTUAL)

October 25-26

Patawili Celebrates Filipino American History Month 

Patawili with a Kuratsa Folk Dance
October 25,  3pm EST

Asian American Initiative celebrates Filipinx American History Month!

October 26 7-9 EST

October 15, 2020

Delaware Contemporary Museum 

March 16, 2020
Movement Research at Judson


January 18

Lunar New Year Celebration


December 6,7 2019

De(scribing) Maharlika @ Swarthmore University   4:30 pm Friday; 8 PM Saturday


November 14, 2019

Patawili Films: Parang Drunk History (a retelling of the historical narrative that Magellan circumnavigated the world and discovered the Philippines; honoring the chief that led the battle against Magellan, Lapu-Lapu ). De(scribing) Maharlika film, a film honoring and naming the indigenous tribes of the Philippines -- Philadelphia Asian American Festival @ Flesher Art Memorial, 8 PM




October 21,23 2019 @ Asian Arts Initiative, 7 PM

Patawili: a Sunday dinner and multi-disciplinary immersive dance theater experience on Filipino-American stories culminating an Asian Arts Initiative and Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists Residency project. This worked involved visual and conceptual installations and a story of an ancient Filipinx mythological character, Bighari, the goddess of the rainbow.  



Oct.5, 2019

Taga-ilog: a site specific work designed to go with Isaac Witkin’s  sculptural piece “The Bathers”, commemorating Outlet Dance Project’s 15th Annual Festival for Grounds for Sculpture


September 21, 2019

Sunset CypHER for Bartams’ Garden: part of Philadelphia Fringe, a site specific performance centered on ancient mythological stories ending with a dance and drum cypher for the community 



August 18, 2019

Oval + Summer season: Solo Site Specific work performed at the Philadelphia Oval as part of the Fairmont Parks and Conservancy’s Oval + Summer season