Re: Generation – Tandang Sora

“Our goal is to visiblize the intersection of care labor, gender, and immigration; and to help amplify the survivance of women who carry their communities."
–Jaclyn Reyes, Tandang Sora 

Tandang Sora drew on the legacies of colonialism, the urgency of the Covid 19 pandemic, and community response to a surge in anti-Asian violence to develop a holistic planning process towards a multimodal monument in Little Manila, Queens at the heart of New York’s Filipino community. Inspired by the legacy of Filipina revolutionary and nurse, Tandang Sora, a pivotal figure who symbolizes the ethos of radical care, the focus of this Re:Generation project period was in providing opportunities to authentically honor, care for, engage with and learn from nurses and other care laborers, while simultaneously engaging in a design process that drew upon those learnings to envision a future physical intervention.

As a monumental practice, Tandang Sora manifested through oral history collection, art, architecture, mapping, murals, meals, portraiture, and dance while in turn learning from community response to each of those components of public presence and engagement. The resulting designs are intricate and thoughtful, as are the community and connection built around their production.

Team members include: Jaclyn Reyes, Xenia Diente, Princes De Leon, Gabrielle Gatchalian, Kimberly Tate, and Ezra Undag.
Local Partner Organization: Woodside on the Move
Social Media: @littlemanilaqueens (Instagram) 


Tandang Sora is a project of Monument Lab's Re:Generation, supported by the Mellon Foundation. For a full list of credits, see Re:Generation.

1: Team Photo (Naomieh Jovin/Monument Lab)
2-4: (Little Manila Queens Bayanihan Arts)