Sino ako? (Who am I?)
I am a visibly able-bodied, thin person with a feminine expression of my gender. I have brown skin and very dark brown eyes, and black hair. In my photo, I wear a tan v-neck sweater that shows a traditional Visayan tattoo or “patik” across my collarbones. Spiritual protocol guides me to omit visually describing my patik.
In my native languages of Tagalog and Hiligaynon, pronouns have no gender. The pronoun “siya” is used to refer to persons of all genders, and to all living beings. In the English language, my pronouns are she/her/hers and they/them/theirs. What are yours?
My life and work are grounded in the concept of “ka”. Below is the ancient Tagalog symbol (Baybayin system) for the syllable “ka”. It can be described as a straight vertical line with curved horizontal lines at both ends of it. "Ka" is used in many other languages spoken in the islands known as the Philippines.
As it turns out, the first syllable in my given name “Carla” sounds just like “ka”!