• madelinejjohnston

The Unifying Leadership of Laila Pires VCLA Winner for Arts and Culture

As Laila Pires, 2020 winner of the VCLA award for Arts and Culture, and one of the founding members of the Philippines Bayanihan Community Center, explains, the word Bayanihan is “a Filipino word meaning working together.” The word comes from a time when people would come together to move houses. The men carried bamboo houses on their shoulders, while the women cooked, and the children followed.