About Rogue Pinay
rogue pinay/ katrina pestaño is a force to be reckoned with, causing all types of ruckus as an emcee, cultural worker and community organizer. with a deep love of hiphop discovered as an immigrant youth, rogue pinay wrote verses as a way to reconnect with their roots and claim space as a queer filipina with a lot on their mind. since 2006, rogue pinay has been inciting love and rage with incisive rhymes and raw delivery.
born in southern mindanao, philippines, katrina survived immigration and assimilation in vancouver washington, finding solace as an emo nerd dreaming of a better life. in seattle, the brilliance of black and brown womxn guided them to their own power. katrina’s artistry is grounded in the collective work and movement building they first encountered through pin@y sa seattle (now gabriela seattle) and the ladies first collective (a project of cara- communities against rape and abuse). in the last decade, katrina has evolved as a writer and producer, weaving in multiple forms of media: counter-narratives of those often invisibilized yet in the front lines of change.
these days, katrina can be found on the streets making gains through collective mobilization and more often than not, with the fierce queers of bayan queer collective. through base, a community self-defense and wellness class, they are building autonomy and safety for everybody by centering trans and queer people of color and immigrant survivors of violence. katrina’s daily grind at api chaya is supporting the self-determination and safety of survivors of domestic and sexual violence and economic exploitation and building resources for our communities to respond to harm as a means to take power away from police and prisons.
katrina deeply believes that our bodies are sites of resistance– as workers, women, queers, indigenous people, artists, etc. and we must produce art, media and culture that not only reflect our daily struggles but also create the world we want to see.