January 22, 2020
"'We’re missing out on a lot of talent and creativity [when] we stick to a narrow-minded view on what Canadian music is and is not. It’s not progressive or empowering to those communities who are always neglected and ignored,' she argues. 'Canada always prides itself [on] diversity and multiculturalism, so it should follow naturally that the music scene reflects those values.'"
November 03, 2014
"The emotional intensity on her self-titled debut album is palpable even to those of us who don't understand all the lyrics. The songs, which blend Philippine languages Tagalog and Cebuano with English, cover a range of ambitious thematic territory, from learning to laugh at loss to the formation of personal identity."
April 08, 2017
"Han Han delivered on all fronts with fiery, headliner-level intensity that ignited even the most contained introverts. Tack on a pair of tightly choreographed, badass dancers and some Filipinx martial arts, and you've got one hell of a show to write home about."
September 30, 2014
"At one point Han Han was a full-time nursing student; a part-time nanny; sales associate in a retail store; and a community volunteer. She's a driven lumad Cebuana young woman with an intense drive to create unique and profound music in multiple languages."
February 10, 2017
"It’s easy to draw comparisons to other 'world' pop artists like M.I.A. and Santigold, but Han’s point of view and immense Filipino-Canadian pride makes her different. If you scroll through the reactions to the video on YouTube, it’s clear there’s a yearning for her particular approach to cultural revitalization. Filipino youth living in the Philippines and in diasporas around the world have been yearning for a rapper they can identify with."
30 Minutes with Han Han
May 14, 2018
"Han Han is a nurse by day, poet/MC by night, and she pulled an overnight shift prior to her show. But it didn’t hinder her performance, which evoked the challenges, triumphs and complexities of being othered. Performed in Tagalog and Cebuano with a bit of English ('My songs are in Filipino, so too bad,' she joked after her first song), it focused on dual identities, separation and longing and laughter in the face of pain."
"It’s easy to compare her to other South Asian rappers out there, but her voice is more vital than it seems. Hailing from a country brimming with colonial mentality still, her verses are more prominent and much more needed than ever."
July 18, 2019
Filipina-Canadian Rapper HanHan Talks Diversity,
Writing, and Cultural Appropriation
September 12, 2018
"There is very little English in Pableo’s lyrics, but those who don’t understand the words can still appreciate her sound. Her goal is to make people curious about a different type of music, a different language, a different culture—not to mention a type of music you don’t typically hear on mainstream radio in Canada. 'If I get someone curious, I did my job as an artist,' she says. 'That’s where it starts. Curiosity.' ”
March 10, 2017
"An operating room nurse by day and a rapper by night, Han Han has people talking. The Filipina-Canadian musician combines her rhymes with funk, hip top and tribal gong music from the Philippines to create a fusion that sounds unlike anything else."
September 27, 2019
"'I read this article somewhere that said crossing over to the Western audience shouldn’t be considered the highest privilege, because the Western audience are the ones missing out on a lot of creative culture beyond the borders of the West,' she says. 'I’m different than most of the female artists I’m usually lined [up] with in festivals, but I never feel that I don’t have the power. When I’m on the mic, I have the power.'"