who we are
GABRIELA is named in honor of Gabriela Silang, the first Filipino woman to lead a revolt against the Spanish colonization of the Philippines in the mid-1700s. Her name has since then become synonymous to describing any strong Filipina fighting against injustice and oppression. It is also an acronym for the national progressive women’s alliance in the Philippines of which GABRIELA Portland is a member: General Assembly Binding Women for Reforms, Integrity, Equality, Leadership, and Action (GABRIELA).
We are a collective of Pinays celebrating our multifaceted identities, revolutionary herstory, and rich culture. We work to build a community in the greater Portland area invested in educating, serving and advocating for the human rights of Filipinos locally and globally.
We seek to connect our current conditions as Filipino workers, students, mothers, professionals, and LGBTQIGNC* in the United States to that of our motherland through cultural expression, education, and political action, working to advance the National Democratic Movement of the Philippines.