Mga Musikero – Musicians 

“Our music is like bonfire music, lighting up the darkness of the night.”

Lorenzo and Mauricio Calica, Tino's Barbershop, and The Intruders


Vintage Musicians: Lorenzo and Mauricio Calica, Tino’s Barbershop, and The Intruders

Our photographers were inspired by these vintage images to gather modern San Francisco musicians for our own portrait and jam session.

Lorenzo and Mauricio Calica (left)

Saxophonist Lorenzo Calica (left) toured the United States with his band, the Manila Serenaders. He was a musician, composer, and family man. This photograph was taken with his banjo-playing brother Mauricio Calica on their arrival to San Francisco after gigs in Alaska and Washington State. (Image courtesy of the Calica-Zamora family)

Tino’s Barbershop (center)

The earliest wave of Filipinos, respectfully known as “the Manongs,” came to California and the West Coast from 1906 through the 1940s. These immigrants were almost entirely young men, then-forbidden by law to marry whites or own property. The pattern of seasonal movement from work in the fields and canneries back to low-wage jobs in the cities during the off-season also made settling down with a family difficult. Many remained life-long bachelors, gathering at community hubs such as Tino’s Barbershop to socialize and play music. (Image courtesy D.P. Gonzales)

The Intruders (right)

Led by Ed Valdehueza, who lived in Bernal Heights, The Intruders was the first Filipino teenage pop band in 1962. The band played for Filipino and Asian community socials in Seattle, Sacramento, and Los Angeles as well as in the Bay Area. They disbanded in 1966. Pictured are the original members (left to right) Ben Luis, Cesar Valdehueza, Emilio Lugtu, Ronnie Belamide, and Ed Valdehueza. (Image courtesy Ed Valdehueza)

Photos in this case were taken by Wilfred Galila with assistance from Cece Carpio.



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