Calligraphies in Conversation 11/7 & 11/21


I’m taking part of this rare calligraphy art show to be held at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California in Oakland 11/7 to 12/12. Check out the opening reception at 5pm 11/7 where artists will be in attendance for a discussions and demos. Over 70 artworks were curated out of over 250 submissions from local, national and international artists and calligraphers including Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Italy, India, Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey, UK, and USA.

Additionally, I’ll be taking part of a side event of the show at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center on 11/21





Meet Chichimonster

Finally had the opportunity to meet and interview a dude I’ve been following on IG for a while. I like his style as we have similar influences and backgrounds in destruction of private property 🙂

Emerging from Manila, Archie Geotina also known as Chichimonster, is a multi-disciplinary artist with roots heavily seeded in the street and graffiti culture of the Philippines. Archie’s influence is not “street” in the traditional sense—it is the culmination of growing up in a raw setting filled with colonial influence, extreme social disparity, and religious undertones. It is the vibration of the developing world, with rich insight on how new political power operates in this modern world. His art depicts the irony and the truth of being in an environment that nurtures luxury and poverty at the same time. He co-founded the graffiti crew Katipunan Street Plan (KST) in 2006, which marked the beginning of his evolution from the traditional graffiti to creating his own unique style. Combined with a stream of consciousness process that taps into the countries historical references, he bases his graffiti lettering on the lost Philippine alphabet, the Alibata. His style is also inspired by the multitude of local cultures within the Philippine islands. From murals to portraits, Archie mixes different materials of acrylic paint, spray paint, ink, resin, and wheat paste to create his pieces. He has also used fire extinguishers in his mixed media pieces. His art has led him to work in Manila, Baguio, Cebu, Bacolod, Los Angeles, and New York.

In my 1 hour interview with him for my documentary, Sulat ng Malansang Isda, we talked about everything from art, business, old vs new and of course Baybayin. Lookout for a future event with Philippines based Baybayin artists. If you’re in Manila, check out his upcoming solo show April 16 at A Space Gallery in Makati.

chichi monster

EVENT: Bill Murray x Baybayin – San Francisco, 8/8/14

Bill Murray Baybayin art

This is a weird one…..Bill Murray X Baybayin! I’m taking part of The Murray Affair: A Bill Murray art show in San Francisco 8/8/14. When I first heard of the show, I thought it would be interesting to see how Bill Murray would look like in Baybayin. “Western” names can be challenging to write. I tried it using the modern method using the vowel killers but it looked too “busy”. I decided to do it traditionally as Bi (Bill) Mu-Re (Murray). I could’ve also done it Me-Re as well but artistically, the composition looked better with the kudlit at the bottom for the Ma character. In the pict, the red marks are the kudlits.

Based on what I’ve seen, most of the art will be portraits. It will be interesting how this pre-Filipino piece goes with the rest of the artwork. To see pix of the event this Friday (San Francisco, US time), follow me on FB/Baybayin.

The Public Works SF
161 Erie St, SF, 94103

EVENT: SF – Art, Pancakes and Booze

pancakes and booze
I’ll be showing 3 new Baybayin pieces at this show. Check it out

Photo Jun 26, 8 49 57 PM

Photo Jun 26, 8 47 27 PM

Photo Jun 26, 8 45 35 PM


The Pancakes & Booze Art Show – June 27 & 28 111 Minna Gallery

-LIVE Music
-21+ EVENT!!!

@ 111 Minna Gallery
111 Minna St.
SF, CA 94105

Not even IHOP serves Pancakes this CHEAP!!!



Raising money for Grace Nono’s Tao Foundation

Babaylan Baybayin
I recently had an event to help raise funds for Grace Nono’s Tao Foundation where artwork was auctioned off. I have 1 remaining piece that says “Babaylan”. It’s up for auction on eBay right here. 100% of the proceeds go to the Tao Foundation.

The Tao Foundation for Culture and Arts is a Filipino non-profit organization founded by a group of artists, educators and social workers to facilitate contacts and relationships between local culture practitioners and the globalized population. These encounters are geared towards the transmission of local cultural knowledge at a historical juncture when most villages have become fragmented. The Foundation organizes face-to-face encounters and more focused mentorships, and conducts research and publications.

Tragically, Typhoon Pablo destroyed the Foundation’s activity center in December of 2012, severely limiting the scope of the Foundations activities.  For just $10,000 the Foundation will be able to reconstruct the activity center and expand on their great work.  This will enable the Foundation to once again offer workshops and classes on traditional arts, music, food, dance, and more. By donating you’ll be helping the Tao Foundation promote inter-tribal, inter-faith, and cross-cultural dialogue among Filipinos in the homeland; Filipinos in the homeland and in the diaspora; and Filipinos and other nationalities, towards shared initiatives to promote the health of local cultures and of the earth. The Tao Foundation for Culture and Arts has been registered as a non-profit NGO under the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission since 1994.

Music, Baybayin Art & the Dancing Lolo

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to do live chalk art at the tourist filled Union Square in San Francisco. It was a Filam music and art event put on by Kularts. What makes this significant is that Baybayin was seen by thousands of people all over the world. They now know that Filipinos have a writing system.

I did 2 pieces. 1 was the lyrics to Bawat Bata by Apo Hiking Society and a proverb “Kapag walang tiyaga, walang nilaga”. After I completed the Baybayin art, the public was invited to add to my artwork.

Music by Cassandra Farrar and character mural by Paolo Salazar.

Follow me on Instagram

For those that don’t follow me on Instagram, you can check out my photos under username BAYBAYIN of course!

Here’s an example of a series I’ve ben working on for about a year that incorporates my calligraphy brush style with familiar fonts.

This was posted yesterday by Don Toledano. Looks like it’s Baybayin projected on the side of the building. Anyone know about this?


Bahala Na longboard – Coming soon

Coming soon, a fresh longboard from a Filipino American skateboard company Kuya Longboards. The Baybayin reads “Bahala Na” wich is perfect for skateboarders. I grew up skating and had a few injuries with the Bahala Na attitude. While my Bahala Na attitude towards skateboarding has changed with age, I still do some cruising around with longboard. Maybe when I get my Kuya Longboard, I’ll try this….