Kularts’ 2017 Roundup!

December 14, 2017 in Classes & Workshops, Dialogue on Philippine Arts & Cutlure, Incarcerated 6x9, Isugid Pinoy, Parol Lantern Festival & Parade, Performances, Pinoys Here & Now Workshop Sampler, Uncategorized

Big thank you to all of our SOMA Pamilya who pitched in & helped us with this year’s Parol Lantern Festival, our last event of 2017!

It’s been an AMAZING year from SOMA Pilipinas: Filipino Cultural Heritage District being named one of the first 14 state-designated Cultural Districts to our Director Extraordinaire, Alleluia ‘Manai’ receiving the first ever San Francisco Artistic Legacy Grant!

We want to dedicate this eblast to our support system – our entire Kularts Community: commissioned artists, presented performers, community partners, collaborators, funders, staff, volunteers, audiences, and all of our supporters! SALAAMAT PO!  

Enjoy memory lane with our little collage above and SHARE photos of your favorite 2017 Kularts memories with us! Tag us on instagram: @kulartspresents

Support Kularts & Pilipino Arts! Make an end of the year donation:


2017 Dialogue on Philippine Arts & Culture in the Diaspora THIS Sunday May 28 & Monday May 29

May 23, 2017 in Dialogue on Philippine Arts & Cutlure, Uncategorized

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Volunteer Dialogue

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For just $20, join us for FOUR panel discussions:

Sunday, May 28 [9:30 AM – 4:30 PM]
DISCUSSION PANELS – Advance Ticket: $20

A rare, compelling convening of conversation with 20 community leaders, funder reps and multidisciplinary artists in the Diaspora engaging in panels centralized on 4 themes:

Cultural Entry Points // Contemporary + New Folk // Art Business & Civic Engagement // Diasporic Panel


Check out the line-up:

SUNDAY MAY 28, 2017

This year we’ve rounded up 20 community leaders, funder reps, and multidisciplinary artists in the Diaspora to share in panels, centralized on four essential areas:

Cultural Entry Points: What are the immersive cultural learning experiences in today’s digitally dominated world?

Contemporary/New Folk: How are contemporary artists deeply trained and/or experienced in traditional Philippine art forms defining the new folk genre?

Art Business & Civic Engagement: What are the essential business tools for a successful arts practice? How are the arts/artists essential to civic engagement and community building? How is civic engagement and community building essential to the arts/artists?

Diasporic Panel: How does Philippine dance, music and cultural practices inform the creations of diasporic western-trained artists?

*As part of the Discussion Panel Ticket, enjoy a buffet-style lunch AND a special performance by Toronto’s DATU, special collabo with Jonathan Mercado!



Join us for a delicious spread, and special tribute presentations for four outstanding Pilipinos in our community: Evangeline “Vangie” Buell (Advocacy, Literature & Music), Allan Manalo (Theater and Performing Arts; Bindlestiff Studio) Bernadette Borja Sy (Community Leadership; FADF and Bayanihan Community Center), and Carlos Zialcita (Music; The San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival)

MONDAY MAY 29, 2017
• WORKSHOPS: 9AM – 1:30 PM

9:15-10:30 AM • Dance workshop with Parangal Dance Company’s Eric Solano
10:35-11:50 AM • Dance workshop with Master Artist of Philippine Dance, Jay Loyola
12:15-1:30 PM • Music workshop with ethnomusicologist Bernard Ellorin, PhD

Volunteer in the SOMA this May, 2017!

May 10, 2017 in Dialogue on Philippine Arts & Cutlure, Incarcerated 6x9

Volunteers May 2017

There’s a ton of awesome events happening in the SOMA this month! If you’re planning to attend one or more, consider lending a hand! Sign up and volunteer:


#1) SoMa Pilipinas Barrio Fiesta 2017: Ang Tao, Ang Bayan, Ngayon ay Lumalaban! with a tribute to the late Russell Robles, one of the original founders of Barrio Fiesta

Venue: Gene Friend Recreation Center, 270 6th St, San Francisco, CA 94103


Date/ Volunteer Times: Saturday, May 20, 2017

  • 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM (Set-up)
  • 12:00 PM – 3:15 PM (Barrio Fiesta work stations)
  • 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM (break down)

Volunteer Sign-up form: https://goo.gl/xBQjNi

Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/638395779693236/

About: For the past 2 years our community revived a classic celebration started by our elders and the leaders before us. Join us for FREE food, games, entertainment and community building! We are seeking volunteers as all the fun, community building, and memorable experiences were and will be made possible by the community coming together. Click HERE for an amazing video from last year’s Barrio Fiesta created by Evelyn Obamos.

Volunteers who commit to a minimum of 3 hours will be eligible to receive a volunteer T-shirt. Due to our limited supply of shirts and sizes and depending on the number of volunteers we get, we cannot guarantee a shirt for everyone who registers after April 24, as they will be available on a first-come, first serve basis as supplies last. But we will try our best, and you will still get to be part of all the fun, food, and community-building!


#2) Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center & Kularts Present: INCARCERATED 6×9

postcard_4x6_frontVenue: Bindlestiff Studio, 185 6th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Dates/Volunteer Times:

  • Friday May 19, 2017 (6:30-9pm)
  • Saturday May 20 (6:30-9pm)
  • Sunday May 21 (1:30-4:30pm)

Volunteer sign-up form: https://parolsf.wufoo.com/forms/sdvmux20hpg7tn/

Event website(s): https://www.facebook.com/events/407802772920263/ | http://incarcerated6x9.bpt.me/

About: Philippine elder artist and Kularts’ own Alleluia Panis’s latest work with Rachel Lastimosa of R&B indie duo Dirty Boots and filmmaker Wilfred Galila, INCARCERATED 6×9, is a multi-layered immersive 60-minute dance and media experience. Set in the future, 2048, 6×9 explores the state of humanity among Pilipinos in the US, 150 years after the US annexation of the Philippines, centralizing on 3 Pilipino American inmates as they struggle to survive the US prison system, delving into the impact of displacement, incarceration and colonization of Pilipino Americans.

Volunteers needed for ushering, greeting, distributing  and collecting programs and surveys, and more.

*If extra seats are available the night you’re volunteering, you will get to watch the show for free!


#3) 2nd Annual Dialogue on Philippine Arts & Culture in the Diaspora

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Venue: Bayanihan Community Center, 1010 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

About: Kularts with the American Center of Philippine Arts (ACPA), Parangal Dance Company, and the Filipino American Development Foundation (FADF), are hosting this year’s 2017 Dialogue. A ticketed, open to the public 2-day convening, comprised of 20 community leaders, funder reps and multidisciplinary artists in the Diaspora (including artists from Australia and Canada), engage in meaningful discussion panels centralized on four essential areas: Cultural Entry Points, Contemporary/New Folk, Art Business & Civic Engagement, and Diasporic Panel; live performances including Toronto’s DATU; a legacy kamayan dinner honoring 4 phenomenal artistic leaders, cultural bearers in the diaspora; and three music and dance workshops.

Dates/Volunteer Times & Tasks:

  • Sunday May 28, 2017
    • Morning Shift (9am – 1:15pm) ~ Set-up, tickets, registration, merchandise table, lunch preparation
    • Afternoon Shift (1:15 – 5pm) ~ Tickets, registration, merchandise table
    • Evening Shift **Most help needed (5 – 9:30pm) ~ legacy dinner preparation, tickets, registration, serving during dinner
      • Volunteer for the evening shift and get special discounted price for the Legacy Kamayan Dinner!
  • Monday May 29, 2017
    • 9am – 1:30pm ~ Tickets, registration for workshops

To volunteer for this event, please email Kularts’ Program Manager, Lovelie Faustino at program@kularts.org and let us know which shift(s) you’re interested in.

Website [with additional info]: https://parolsf.wufoo.com/forms/zdtp8nw1vjsbzg/

2nd Annual Dialogue on Philippine Arts & Culture in the Diaspora – TICKETS NOW ON SALE!

April 30, 2017 in Dialogue on Philippine Arts & Cutlure

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2nd Annual Dialogue on Philippine Arts & Culture in the Diaspora
SUN May 28 & MON May 29, 2017
Bayanihan Community Center
1010 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
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Tickets Dialogue


Check out our Dialogue menu of programming be one of the first to snag your tickets:

May 28 | 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
DISCUSSION PANELS – Advance Ticket: $20
Access to all 4 panels, buffet-style lunch & performance by DATU

May 28 | 6:30 – 9 PM
LEGACY KAMAYAN DINNER – Advance Ticket: $25
Includes kamayan dinner & honoree presentations

MAY 29 | 9 AM – 1:30 PM
Enrollment in all 3 workshops

ALL WEEKEND PASS (Online purchase only) – $65
All weekend pass gives you access to all discussion panels, lunch, performances, legacy kamayan dinner, and all three workshops.



~ Saturday May 27, 2017 our friends at OPM Republic will present Gongster’s Paradise, a 5-hour event celebrating Kulintang culture and observing the milestones of the art from traditional to contemporary at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. EVENT PAGE

Gongster’s Paradise: A Kulintang Party: $20 ticket

Now til FRI May 19, purchase a Gongster’s Paradise ticket from Kularts and a portion of it will go to Mindanao Lilang Lilang and Kularts.

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