In partnership with National Commission on Culture & Arts, PAWA and the Hinabi Project is excited to announce that indigenous Mindanaoan artists will be visiting us in the SF, Bay Area for one week: September 22-29, 2017.

Be a part of this amazing opportunity to share in meaningful artistic, cultural exchanges with these indigenous arts who have sustained over centuries and continue to thrive.

Sign-up and donate to participate in Kularts’ two main activities: 

T’boli, Maguindanaon, Mandaya and Maranao Music, Dance, Weaving, & Culture Workshop
Monday – September 25, 2017
6 – 9 PM
Donation: $20
Bayanihan Community Center, 1010 Mission ST, SF, CA 94103

You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind three hour workshop, lead by Indigenous Mindanaoan artists who will demo and instruct in the art of weaving, music, and dance practices from their respective tribal groups. Compare and contrast the different weaving practices of Mindanao and Cordillera with visiting indigenous weavers, Salika B. Maguindanao (Maranao), Jardin B. Samad (Maranao), Christine P. Banugan (Mandaya), as well as Bay Area-based, Master Weaver of Kalingafornia Laga, Jenny Bawer Young. Music and dance workshops from Mandaya Indigenous Groups from Davao Oriental, music and dance from T’boli Indigenous Groups from South Cotabato and Maguindanaoan Master Artist, Sata Egal Abdullah (Performer)

WEAVING: Participants please bring: backstrap loom and materials

DANCE: Participants please bring: a malong



Kamayan Dinner & Performance with Visiting Indigenous Mindanaoan Artists
Thursday – September 28, 2017
6 – 9 PM
Donation: $30
Bayanihan Community Center, 1010 Mission ST, SF, CA 94103


Mindanaoan Artists include: 

Mandaya Indigenous Groups from Davao Oriental – Rose Ann B. Banugan (Performer), Mary Joy B. Talidasan (Performer), Joemar I. Madanlo (Performer), Benjie P. Banugan (Performer), Nita B. Quizon (Performer) and Christine P. Banugan (Weaver & Performer)

Maranao Indigenous Groups from Cagayan de Oro – Salika B. Maguindanao (Performer & Weaver) and Jardin B. Samad (Weaver)

T’boli Indigenous Groups from South Cotabato – Rosie G. Sula (Performer), Karina Mae Todi Wanan (Performer), and Edgar L. Sabang (Performer)

Maguindanao Indigenous Groups from Cotabato City – Sata Egal Abdullah (Performer)

Learn more about our Indigenous Peoples (IP) Communities & Artists below: 
All of the following information and images are from The Hinabi Project

September 18 to November 24, 2017
The Mills Building
220 Montgomery / 220 Bush, San Francisco, California

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts, in cooperation with the Office of Senator Loren Legarda and the Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. is sending participants to The Hinabi Project, “Weaving Peace and Dreams: Textile Arts of Mindanao” in San Francisco, California.

The event will feature exhibitions, learning sessions, performances, and lecture demonstrations from our Indigenous Peoples (IP) communities from Mindanao.


Mandaya, meaning “the first people upstream”; which refers to a number of groups situated along the mountain ranges of Davao Oriental, along with their customs, language, and beliefs. 

The Mandaya ng Sangab, composed of Mary Joy Talidasan, Rose Ann Banugan, Nita Quizon, Christine Banugan, Benjie Banugan, and Joemar Madanlo, is a group of chanters, musicians, and weavers.

Their songs are all about dagmay, or celebrations. Dagmay is usually accompanied by dances like Gandang or Sinakaysakay. On the other hand, Benjie Banugan plays the gimabl’l or the Mandaya drum; and the suding or jew’s harp. Nita Quizon is the weaver of the group, and she specializes in backstrap weaving, the traditional weaving method of the Mandaya. The sextuplet were former students and cultural masters of the SLT program.



The Maranao, meaning “people of the lake”, is the largest Islamic ethnolinguistic group in the Philippines. Their livelihood and custom centers around their life in Lake Lanao, where resources are continuously tapped for commercial and traditional purposes. However, they are also scattered all over the country, and are renowned for their trade and commerce.

Salika B. Maguindanao is an expert in Langkit weaving, a type of Maranao weaving where vertical and horizontal textiles are attached to other weaved fabrics to form a single tubular cloth called landap. Because of her proficiency in weaving, she became a recipient of the NCCA’s Assistance to Artisans program.


The T’boli is an indigenous group from South Cotabato, with their homeland being ideally situated in an area with three lakes: Sebu, Siluton, and Lahit. They are governed through a rich layer of custom laws and traditions, which are inculcated among the tribe through folktales and beliefs that are orally transmitted from childhood.

Hailing from families of artists and weavers are the representatives of the Keheligal Dance Troupe: Rosie G. Sula, Karina Mae Todi Wanan, and Edgar Sabang. As T’boli artists, they specialize in certain performing arts such as the Lemlunay; an epic song about solidarity among people and nature. They also perform dances such as the Madal Tahu, a dance imitating the movements of the mythical Princess Kenaban. The troupe also plays T’boli instruments such as the sloli or flute, kumbing or a mouth harp made of bamboo, tnonggong or a drum made of deer skin, and hegelung or two-string lute.


Primarily living near the basin of the Pulangi River is the Maguindanao people, which translates to “people of the flood plains”. Today, they are also scattered in several provinces; Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat. 

A cultural master of over 30 years, Sata Egal Abdullah is a Maguindanao musician of kulintang or horizontally-laid brass gongs, and gandingan or four large hanging gongs; both of which are commonly integrated as an ensemble. He is also an expert in three stylistic modes: sirong which is traditional, steady and defined; tidtu, a relatively newer style with a fast and dexterous tempo; and the barikata, which is described as assertive and complicated.

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