Co-founder & Volunteer Perla Daly

Omehra Sigahne, also known as Perla Daly, is a cultural activist and multimedia artist who has collaborated with artists, healers and activists around the world in digital collage, poetry, photography, painting, online communities & publications. She chaired the Filipino American Women’s Network FAWN2005 conference, Coming Into Our Own Spirit and Success, the underlying theme of which were five babaylan power roles of the teacher/tradition-bearer, healer, sage, warrior and priestess (www.fawn2005.com and www.babaylan.com).

Omehra Sigahne, aka Perla Daly and BagongPinayOmehra founded the first online community for Filipinas newfilipina.com whose approach was radical and edgy, created for and by Filipino women to help shape Filipina identity online. She received the Filipino American Women’s Network FAWN2000 Babaylan Award for that global community work. Through NewFilipina, Inc. she conducted networking nights for Filipina-Americans in New York City and Women’s Wisdom events in Manila between 1998 and 2004. With Leny Strobel she helped launch international online discussion groups for Pagbabalikloob (decolonization, or translated as return to deepest inner self) and for Tagipusuon sg Babaylan (Heart of Babaylan).

In 2004, Omehra started the Bahala Na Meditations and has since began the Bahala for the 21st Century project; contributed to the Pinay Power: Theorizing the Filipina/American Experience anthology and wrote about pinay cyber-feminism and ethno-gender-activism. She publishes Pinay.com for Filipina women around the world, Baybayin Alive to help people understand baybayin as a tool for decolonization and exploring Filipino identity, and BagongPinay for blogging about shifting & transforming consciousness with new perspectives & ancient traditions. She is the creator of the Babaylan Mandala.

Babaylan Mandala in red by Perla Daly aka Omehra Sigahne