· 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.


· August 19, 2017 | 2nd Edition of the Workshop Sampler ·

11am – 12pm
ShadowLight with Aureen Almario 


12 – 1:30pm
Baybayin with Kristian Kabuay


 1:30 – 3pm
Graphic Storytelling with Don Aguillo & Raf Salazar


 3 – 4:15pm
Eskrima with Gregory Manalo (Maestro Sonny Umpad’s Visayan Style Corto Kadena Eskrima System)

Interested in taking Greg’s workshop OR need a refresher from his last workshop? Check out some of his videos featuring the fundamentals! 

Episode 1: Sun Salute –

Episode 2: Pendulum –


4:15 – 5:30pm
Sagayan & Hip-hop Dance with Jonathan Mercado

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Friendly Reminder
Bring some comfortable, workout clothes for the Eskrima + Dance Workshops

About the Instructors

Aureen Almario is the artistic director of Bindlestiff Studio. Her past performances include Hermia in “Pinoy Midsummer” (dir. Lorna Velasco), and Theresa in Ray Pamatmat’s “Thunder Above Deep Below” (dir. Alan Quismorio). She has performed on stage with FOB Troupe, Revival Arts Production, The Movement, and Pinays Maintaining Sisterhood Through Arts (PMSTA) and directed for Bakla Show productions. She studied stand-up comedy with Kevin Camia, shadow puppetry with Lorna Velasco, and puppetry with Ramon Abad. She directed shadow puppetry performances for film, music video, and stage. She is a co-founder of Granny Cart Gangstas, an all female sketch comedy troupe. She is currently in an international production for “Feathers of Fire” by Hamid Rahmanian, in collaboration with Larry Reed’s Shadowlight Productions, a live shadow puppetry and projected animation performance based on the Persian epic, Shanameh. Presently for Bindlestiff Studio, Aureen is in pre-production for the mainstage play Welga by Conrad Panganiban and is co-directing Changing Partners by Vincent de Jesus in Tagalog 2017.

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Kristian Kabuay was born in the Philippines and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He spent his college years in the Philippines where he honed his knowledge about the native ancient writing system, Baybayin. Kristian is a self-taught artist influenced by calligraphy, graffiti, abstract art, indigenous culture, technology and Asian writing systems. 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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Gregory Manalo is an Oakland native. He has performed with Alleluia Panis Dance Theatre in Ibig-Pulse of Desire at the Yerba Buena Garden Festival and She, Who Can See at Bindlestiff Studio; Cherrie Moraga’s La Semilla Caminante, produced by Intersection for the Arts; Jason Magabo Perez’s You Will Gonna Go Crazy; POMO 2008 with Brother’s Keeper; in The Renaissance, directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph; and Overseas Artists. In 2012, he performed in Brava Theater Center’s production of Cherrie Moraga’s play New Fire, San Jose Stage production of Jeannie Barroga’s Buffalo’ed.  He performed in Jay Loyola’ s Palau’an Bird Call-Huni Ng Tandikan and 2014 Maseg: Typhoon. His physical theater work is rooted in the Maestro Sonny Umpad’s Visayan Style Corto Kadena Eskrima System. By day, he is a videomaker and photographer.

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Jonathan Mercado is originally from San Jose, California and has been dancing both Hip-Hop and Filipino Folk Dance for a combined total of 10 years. He graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Liberal Studies and a minor in marketing. In college he was heavily involved within Fil-Am organizations both off and on campus, in which he was given the opportunity to learn and teach about the importance of ethnic studies and culture within society as well as how important it is in developing one’s identity. His passion for movement and culture has lead him to be part of multiple productions within the bay area community (both Traditional Filipino Folk Dance as well as Contemporary Filipino Folk Dance). Within his past few years of dance he has been part of Project M (SF), Hungry Bumz (SJ), Barangay Dance Company (SF), along with projects with Alleluia Panis and Wawa Jay. He is currently dancing with Parangal dance company, a Filipino Folk Dance organization rooted with the mission to give tribute to Philippine heritage by preserving and promoting ethnic attire, music, and dance through research, workshops, and performances. 


Pinoys Here & Now Workshop Sampler | August 19, 2017
Saturday | 11 AM – 5:30 PM | Sliding Scale Fee: $10, $15, or $20
Bayanihan Community Center
1010 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 

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