Kwentóhan: Pinoy Stories in Pictures and Words, gives visual presence to the San Francisco Pilipino community and contextualizes the Pilipino American narrative through graphic illustrations.


In 2014, with funding from the San Francisco Arts Commission, Kularts commissioned cartoonist/poet INDYPLANETTrinidad Escobar to create Kwentóhan: Splendor of Wound, a 52-page comic book inspired by stories of five Pilipino Americans in San Francisco.  Throughout 2014, Kularts invited San Francisco residents and community members to tell us their unique Pilipino familial stories and experiences through online written submissions for a chance to inspire comic works. We hosted Kwentóhan: Cinematic Photography & Comics Workshops led by filmmaker Wilfred Galila and Trinidad Escobar to show participants the medium of photography and comics as sequential art in telling a story. In May, 2015 Kularts conducted another call-out, personal one-on-one interviews with Trinidad at Gene Friend Recreation Center. 


In 2015, with a small grant from SOMA Community Action Grant, Kularts commissioned illustrator/concept designer Don Aguillo to create poster art and illustrator/designer Raf Salazar to create web comics. Aguillo and Salazar created Clan of Saints Bay as part of Kularts latest exhibition Kwentóhan: Pinoy Stories in Pictures and Words, giving visual presence to the San Francisco Pilipino community and contextualizes the Pilipino American narrative through graphic illustrations. In particular, the Clan of Saints Bay personalities highlight Pilipino narratives, lessons we continuously learn, exemplify as a community. We plan to continue this project as a creative vehicle of expression inspired by everyday people who tirelessly work to improve the lives of our community in the SOMA.  

CLANWe hope that through the profound and lasting impact of visual art works and the participatory art making experience, we can provide a connection to our own sense of history and cultural pride, and give visual presence to our community. We hope to help Pilipinos hungry for memory and a sense of belonging to find a place within their city, and to feel pride in their identity, while giving the greater public better insight into the richness of their contribution to the American cultural landscape


Clan of Saints Bay KOMIK title

Created by Rafael Salazar & Don Aguillo
The 44-page comic book was inspired by our everyday SoMa Pilipinas superheroes.


The Story:
Birdie, a soft-spoken Nonprofit Director, spends her efforts fighting for her people and community. However, amidst these lively streets, a new threat has been brewing. An age-old, supernatural force has reawakened to reclaim the city and its people. Given new breath and with the ritual pieces almost set, a new order will soon rise and cast its shadow on the people of Saints Bay. Now thrust into the conflict, Birdie enters a new fight for the people and city she loves. Within the community, a group of special individuals will rise to stand at her side. As time slowly slips away, it’ll take all of them to come together and fight back.



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