Open Call: Name our May 2015 Pinoy Arts Fest

January 16, 2015 in 2015 Pinoy Arts Fest, Kodakan, Kwentohan, Making Visible, Maseg, Other Work by Alleluia Panis, Uncategorized, Works by Jay Loyola


Kularts has your May calendar filled with non-stop activities but we need a little help.

Right now we have a working title: “2015 Pinoy Arts Fest” but we’re looking for a name with a little more flair!

That’s where you come in!

We want to ask you, the Pilipino families who have grown up in & around the SOMA area

and understand its significance to our Pilipino history.

Help us come up with a name that celebrates that history

and shows everyone that we are here and we are thriving!

To help you brainstorm here’s a list of our 2015 Pinoy Arts Fest events:


May 1 – The Kodakan kick-off event at the I-Hotel

May 4 – 9 – Bindlestiff Production

May 16 – The premiere of “She Who Can See” by Alleluia Panis + Dance Night!

May 23 – Maség at Yerba Buena Gardens

May 23, 30 – Special tour led by tour guide extraordinaire and outspoken cultural activist Carlos Celdran

& May 30 – SOMA Pilipina Arts Fair at Victoria Manalo Draves Park

Submit your ideas to


Subject Title: New Name for Pinoy Arts Fest

Deadline: Friday January 23rd @ 11 AM

If your festival name is chosen we will contact you & credit you on our social media channels!

Meet Our 2 Blocks of Art Featured Artists

October 8, 2014 in Kodakan, Kwentohan, Making Visible, Uncategorized

2 Blocks of Art, this Friday, 10.10.14, celebrates the creativity and culture of San Francisco’s Central Market arts scene and Kularts will be a part of the festivities from 5 PM – 8 PM in Bayanihan Community Center’s Community Room (1010 Mission Street) showcasing a variety of talented Pilipino artists and artisans! 

Before you head over to the Community Room, get to know some of our featured artists:

TETrinidad Escobar is a Bay Area cartoonist and poet. Her work has been featured in various publications including Solo Cafe, Mythium, and the anthology Walang Hiya. Trinidad’s mini comics are available at local comic shops around Oakland and San Francisco. She is currently finishing two graphic novels and lives in Oakland with her partner, two boys, and dog Perdi. Learn more about our featured cartoonist at



Wilfred Galila is a photographer, filmmaker, cinematographer and music maker whose narrative and experimental films explore irony in everyday life, personal histories, and the future. His short narrative Today Is Yesterday and Tomorrow screened at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, and The San Francisco Public Library. Cinematographer for the documentaries Secrets of a Sister for the HIV Story Project and The Power of Two, live performances by Capacitor Dance Company and Zaccho Dance Theater, and other projects. He served as the lead artist for the Kodakan: Pilipinos in the City photography and video project, exhibited at the San Francisco Public Library October 2013 to January 2014. Learn more about Wilfred’s work with Kularts here.

Paolo Salazar, Artist and Educator, is a transplant from Baguio City, Philippines. In 2005, he earned a BFA from San Francisco State University with a Dual Emphasis in Art History & Painting. His artwork has been shown in both small-scale galleries and in high-profile spaces, including the Fine Art Museum of San Francisco – Legion of Honor, Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, the San Francisco Museum Historical Society at The Old Mint, and at the Pistahan Festival. After several years of curating local arts shows, Paolo Salazar co-opened the Lower Branch Gallery. Paolo has lead hands-on art experience with Kularts: participatory chalk art in public spaces, and mural arts workshops at the Bayanihan Community Center. Check out more of Paolo’s work at


2010-6-27-palm-cockatooClaire F. Meyler is a hapa Filipina/Californian, a non-profit admin and webmaster, and a cramming-it-into-her-spare-time artist and writer. Her fascination with birds lead to the “year of birds” a 2010 project to draw a bird a day for an entire year – and she almost made it, too! A small selection of the over 300 birds are featured at the 2 Blocks of Art walk. Find more art, comics, and written word on her website at 



Laga Circle_WOMEN'S KAIN (SKIRT) WITH SHELLS2Rachel Lozada-Matillano is a Filipina (Ilocana, Ibanag) who immigrated to the US 20 years ago. She grew up in the metropolitan Manila area during the Marital Law years. She always had a heart for social issues and became a student activist while attending university at the age of 16. She subsequently dropped out of school to become a full-time activist in the student movement and later in the women’s movement, specifically with GABRIELA, a coalition of women’s organizations. Since immigrating to the United States, she’s worked in health and behavioral services (HIV, mental health, substance abuse, free clinics, tobacco control, healthy eating and active living for Asians and Pacific Islanders primarily and other underserved populations), and has been involved in various Filipino cultural and community activities and issues. Read more about Laga, CA Circle led by master weaver Jenny Bawer Young here.

CCWCorey CryWolffs! is an Electric Violinist and Performer based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. He started playing violin at the age of 4 and has performed on stages, theatres, cafes, restaurants, venues and private engagements throughout San Francisco, San Jose, the SF Peninsula. He has also performed at out-of-state venues in Reno and Oregon as well as toured internationally throughout China. He was a competitor in the Kollaboration SF 3 Asian American Talent competition in 2012 and has gone on tour in China. Learn more about our urban violinist Corey CryWollfs! here.


This week take an art walk with Kularts and preview Maség Typhoon!

October 7, 2014 in Kodakan, Making Visible, Maseg, Maseg Crowdfunding, Maseg Typhoon, Other Work by Alleluia Panis, Performances, Uncategorized, Works by Jay Loyola


Celebrate and empower Bay Area Pilipino artists with Kularts at 2 Blocks of Art & Yerba Buena Night!

2 Blocks of Art
Bayanihan Community Center (Community Room)
1010 Mission St., San Francisco 
5 – 8 PM
The 4th Annual 2 Blocks of Art celebrates San Francisco’s Central Market arts scene, presenting a neighborhood full of culture and creativity. As one of the collaborators, Kularts will feature a roster of artists including:
→ Live music from urban violinist Corey CryWolffs!
→ Live illustration demo from cartoonist and featured Kwentohan artist Trinidad Escobar
→ Live demo from the members of the Laga, CA Circle – led by master weaver Jenny Bawer Young.
→ Exhibiting bird sketches from artist Claire F. Meyler
→ Artist and educator Paolo Salazar will sell custom t-shirts and his zine, “Fruit Bowl”
→ Lead Kodakan artist and filmmaker Wilfred Galila will exhibit some of his favorite pieces from the Kularts Kodakan exhibition
Yerba Buena Night
Yerba Buena Lane
6:40 PM
The following day Kularts will participate in the 4th Annual Yerba Buena Night.
The free outdoor arts festival features over 40 performances on 5 stages throughout Jessie Square, Yerba Buena Lane, the Yerba Buena Center of the Arts, Annie Street Plaza.
This year Kularts will premiere an exclusive sneak preview of Maség Typhoon at Yerba Buena Lane, 6:40 PM.


Kodakan Exhibition – now available for touring!

February 26, 2014 in Kodakan, Making Visible, Uncategorized

Kodakan: Pilipinos in the City has enjoyed successful run at the San Francisco Public Library. Now Kularts is ready to take it on the road!

Missed it at the Library? Catch it at the I-Hotel Manilatown Center March-June 2015

Interested in hosting the exhibition, or know of an organization that can host it? Please check out our Prospectus for more information (Click image below or HERE)

Kodakan Prospectus Cover image

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