What is a diwata?
Diwata were originally considered goddesses in the folklore of indigenous islands (now known as the Philippines). After western colonization, Diwata was redefined to mean “sprite” or “fairy”. Our goal is to reclaim the power of Diwata and articulate how it manifests in the pan-Asian diaspora. Reclaiming words like Diwata decolonizes our mother tongues and links Asians in america to their ancestral divinity.