· Kularts Presents: Pinoys Here & Now Workshop Sampler · 

Join us once a month July 2017 – May 2018 (Saturdays) at Bayanihan Community Center, 1010 Mission Street (Barangay Hall) for different arts workshops led by a roster of phenomenal San Francisco, Bay Area Pinoy artists.


· October 21, 2017| 3rd Edition of the Workshop Sampler ·


12 – 1:30pm
Rondalla with American Center of Philippine Arts (ACPA), Herna Cruz-Louie



1:45 – 3:15pm
Graphic Storytelling with Don Aguillo & Raf Salazar


3:30 – 5pm
Kulintang: Tagunggu’ Workshop with Bernard Ellorin, PhD


Tagunggu’ ensemble music of the Sama and Tausug signifies the start of every ritual and special occasion. Musical overtures known as mag-tagunggu and music for dancing—mag-igal or mang-alay—are rendered by a complete ensemble consisting of the kulintangan, the bua, pulakan, and agung tunggal trio, and the gandang or tambul. For the workshop with kularts, students will learn the basic compositions from both categories of titik (melodic compositions) Please bring a sarunay, dabakan, or jimbe drum, agong or agong mallets to learn the complex rhythms for the 90 minute session. 

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Friendly Reminder
If you do have any or all of the following please bring them:
bandurria (for rondalla workshop)
a sarunay, dabakan, or jimbe drum, agong or agong mallets (for the kulintang workshop)

About the Instructors

Herna (pronounced “Er-Na”) Cruz-Louie is the Executive Director and Co-Founder for the American Center of Philippine Arts (ACPA). Herna’s exposure to Philippine dance and music started at the age of 5, when she learned cultural dances to perform at local town fiestas. In 1995, she became a performer with PASACAT Philippine Performing Arts Company of San Diego, CA and eventually became an instructor for rondalla music by the age of 18. After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2000, she performed with LIKHA-Pilipino Folk Ensemble as a musician and became Executive Director. For 22 years, Herna has performed and collaborated with many dance companies, organizations, schools and individual artists such as KulArts, Parangal Dance Company, Barangay Dance Company, AYPAL, Mga Kapatid of UC Davis, Kasamahan of USF, and more. Herna also has 17 years of experience working as an administrator for nonprofit organizations such as the YMCA, Coaching Corps, Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center, Kearny Street Workshop, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. Herna is the co-founder of her own events management company called Events by Herna & Marissa, and is currently the Human Resources Talent & Operations Manager at the Girl Scouts of Northern California. She was awarded as one of Filipina Womens Network’s 100 Most Influential Filipinas in 2011, and was a featured Asian American Studies Alumna of San Francisco State University in 2014. Herna completed her M.S. in Human Resources Management from Golden Gate University in 2015. WEBSITE //WORK

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Don Aguillo is a concept artist and illustrator with years of experience in production design, pre-visualization, and traditional art. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing. He has worked collaboratively with artists such as Brian Jones and Michael A. Joseph as well as commercial gaming clients to design original characters for graphic novels, games, and develop graphic treatments for scripted work. He has had his work shown in visual arts exhibitions on both coasts. He draws from his experiences growing up as the only Pilipino family in a suburb in central Pennsylvania, living and painting in Rome, Italy, working in Houston and now, San Francisco, the regional hub of the Pilipino diaspora. He is a dancer with Parangal Dance Co., and Jay Loyola Dance and a martial arts instructor in Tang Soo Do. He created Parangal’s tribal tattoo design for the world premiere of KALINGA and the Alamat poster series (meaning “Myths or Legends”). He was lead artist for Kularts’ Clan of Saints Bay and lead artist of Isugid Pinoy: Stories in Pictures & Words. 

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Raf Salazar is a Bay Area freelance artist who, by day, focuses his skills on illustration and design, and by night, is perched on rooftops as this city’s ally of justice. He’s worked on a number of games, comics and co-created the long running webcomic ReGrBl with his twin brother Digo. Along with illustrator Don Aguillo, Raf created the Kularts commissioned ‘Clan of Saints Bay’ comic book, and is currently working on a second edition, coming in 2018. When not working, he spends his time daydreaming, procrastinating, and watching too many cartoons for a man his age.

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Bernard Ellorin received his PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Ellorin has been educating both Filipino American and non-Filipino American communities in Los Angeles, San Jose, San Diego, California and Honolulu, Hawaii about Philippine music for various institutions and community-based non-profit organizations. Since the age of 10 Ellorin has been involved with the San Diego-based Samahan Filipino American Performing Arts & Education Center as a rondalla string band and kulintang gong chime ensemble musician. Ellorin has studied with various master artists of kulintang(an) music from Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago, Philippines. His teachers range from master artists based in the Philippines and the United States. These artists include the following native practitioners: Maguindanaon kulintang artist and National Heritage Awardee Danongan Sibay Kalanduyan; Maranao ethnomusicologist Usopay Cadar; and Sulu archipelago kulintangan musicians Taalao Manandao, Timallay Gilasti, and Salmeno Elang. WEBSITE // WORK


Pinoys Here & Now Workshop Sampler | October 21, 2017; November 4, 2017
Saturday | 12 – 5:30 PM | Sliding Scale Fee: $10, $15, or $20
Bayanihan Community Center
1010 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 

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