A vibrant picture of six Filipinas sitting together on a picnic mat (in Tagalog it is called a “banig”), in a grassy park. They are dressed in 90s inspired bright pastel coloured and patterned outfits, with an array of denim and corduroy jeans and jackets. Five women sit closely side by side with their arms around each other, while one woman lies across the mat leaning on one of the women. They are smiling and/or looking to camera
Church Chismis by Tita Collective
“Church Chismis” – A place to get the Word of God, and the word around the street.
The Filipina Spice Girls of Comedy are back with a fan-favourite sketch! “Church Chismis” was recorded at Camp Tita last summer.
Sensory Warning: The sketch includes sudden loud and/or high pitched sounds such as bells ringing, yelling, a whip sound effect and party music, and fast paced/pulsating zoom-ins with bright multicoloured party lighting.
Credits for “Church Chismis”:
Shot by: Justine Cargo, Tita Collective
Video Editing by: Isabel Kanaan
This sketch was recorded safely under COVID-19 protocol.
Tita Collective is a sisterhood of Filipina artists, composed of award-winning playwrights, comedians, musicians, dancers, theatre makers and actors. They explore different mediums to tell the stories about the Filipinx diaspora. Through theatre, comedy, music, and movement, they aspire to tell stories that: thoughtfully honour and celebrate their roots and history, explore their identities as Filipinas, represent the narratives of the Philippine diaspora in an inclusive and respectful way, and nurtures and unites community through joy and laughter.
The collective is best known for their award–winning comedy show, Tita Jokes, a love letter to the amazing women in their lives.
They have won several awards, including the 2019 Steamwhistle Producers’ Pick at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, Best Newcomer at the Montreal Sketch Comedy Festival, the Second City Outstanding New Comedy Award and Patrons’ Pick at the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival. They were featured in the “19 Asian Millennial Women You Should Know” listing by Cold Tea Collective, and in Spotify Canada’s “Need Women” campaign for Women’s History Month in 2020.
Individually, Tita Collective are: Ann Paula Bautista (Peter Pan), Belinda Corpuz (Lady Sunrise), Isabel Kanaan (CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes), Ellie Posadas (Wexford Plaza), Alia Rasul (Just for Laughs Solo Showcase), and Maricris Rivera (A New World Being Born).