What is a diwata?
Diwata were originally considered ancestral dieties 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 pre-colonial definitions of words like Diwata links those in america to their ancestral divinity.