Here she is
Gabes is a researcher, artist, theologian, speaker, and therapist-in-training. Her life’s work is to demonstrate how there’s nothing “post-” about postcolonialism, and that the effects of historical conquest permeated the ideologies, cultures, languages, literature, human behaviors, inter- and intrapersonal relationships, and spiritual practices we have today.
Her work primarily focuses on the themes and connections between postcolonialism and hospitality, and how they help us engage racial identity and spiritual formation with integrity and agency. Her passion is to research the practices and therapeutic approaches that decolonize the mind, body, and spirituality of minority groups that have been suffering from generational oppression and marginalization.
Her research is carried through by the influences of brilliant and esteemed educators, authors, and practitioners such as Letty M. Russell, Paulo Freire, Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Melba Maggay, E.J.R. David, Peter Levine, Miroslav Volf, Homi K. Bhabha, Shelly Rambo, David Bosch, and so forth.
She pursued a Bachelor’s in Historical Theology at the Moody Bible Institute, Chicago because of her fascination towards the birth and growth of the Western church and its significant influence on Christianity in the Philippines. She recently completed a Master’s in Theology and Culture at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, continuing with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology, and hoping to pursue PhD work that concentrates on the social psychology of intergenerational and collective trauma. She also intends to study and one day lead therapeutic interventions for the children and teenagers who lost their parent/s from Duterte’s “war on drugs” in the Philippines.
Gabes currently works at The Allender Center, and has been enjoying her time living and growing in the city of Seattle. In her spare time, she writes songs. She independently produced 3 albums of original music, and has toured and been featured on the radio in Southeast Asia, Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle.
Photography by Laurel Yae of Nour Images