On May 16, 2015 I (Kristian Kabuay) was doing another festival with Ray Haguisan (Malaya Designs) and Joe Aquilizan (Bayani Art) in San Francisco, California where it was cold and slow. During the frequent downtime, we did what we usually do…talk about what we should do and the many roadblocks we face. The reality is that a lot of these are economic roadblocks but it’s about time we do something about it. Shots fired at MYSELF! About 2 years ago I had this idea of a Filipino Culture Conference about the same time I started my term as a board member of the Young Filipino Professionals Association. Ray and I even canvassed locations to host this damn thing. The concept was to combine an “academic” conference and a festival. I introduce, the Filipino unKonference as a start of something different. It’s my hope that others will create their own unKonference in their own community. Discuss.Disrupt.Disseminate.Do
As for the festival itself, it’s been following the trend of others where attendance and profits are down while booth prices have risen. With that reality, I’ll be doing less festivals and concentrate on producing my own events. Sisiklab is an example of what’s to come. Stay tuned
Asian Journal recently did an article on me regarding my latest projects and specifically, my Sulat ng Malansang Isda (Writing of the Stinky Fish) documentary. This is a follow-up to a 2009 interview that can be read here.
If you can’t get a free copy of the newspaper, read the article here.
I’ve confirmed my participation in the upcoming Baybayin Summit in April in the Philippines. My talk will focus on prePhilippine native scripts as identity, promotion, and preservation in the Filipino American diaspora through art. Contact me email@example.com for speaking/art/workshop inquiries.
Come join us for Sisiklab (to spark) a celebration of activating our light through preFilipino tattoos, art, healing and music on 1/31 5-10pm at Ensoma 352 6th Street San Francisco, CA 94103 .
– Traditional tattooing by Lane Wilcken
– Baybayin jewelry by Ray Haguisan
– Baybayin art by Kristian Kabuay
– Healing by Jasmine Therese Esguerra
– Music by Ron Quesada
More info on the FB event
Annual review of the years top events, projects and what’s coming in 2015
I’m going to try and make it to this! April 9-11 2015, Pangasinan, Philippines
I’m experimenting with different pricing structures based on your ability to pay for my 8″x10″ custom Baybayin artwork on watercolor paper. The way it works is that there will be 3 different price levels.
$49.99 – Consider paying at the highest level of a Supporter if one or more of the following is true:
- You got a good job with great benefits and paid way more than the average person
- Taking a international vacation wouldn’t be big deal to you
- You bought a car that’s worth a year or more of tuition at a prestigious university
$39.99 – The Mid-level is probably right for you if one or more of the following is true:
- You can buy organic carrots without comparing the price to non-organic
- Don’t need to look at prices before entering a new restaurant
- Spending $80 on a Friday night out doesn’t phase you
$29.99 – The base level is appropriate for you if any of the following are true:
- You live paycheck to paycheck
- You have a considerable amount of debt
- You have multiple jobs
Interested in a unique gift for the holiday season? Check it out at my online shop at BaybayinShop.com
This weekend I’ll be back in LA for the annual FPAC event. Visit the art pavilion where I’ll be doing live art and running #Baybayin workshops with the boys Ray Haguisan, Norman de los Santos & Robert J Sison. You can also get a copy of my Kulay coloring book at a discounted price. Not in LA? You got less than a day to pre-order at a discounted price at Kickstarter. See FilamArts.org for info about the festival.
Check out the latest issue of Entrepreneur Philippines September issue. I’m featured in an article about raising money for your startup. I talk about crowdsourcing for my Baybayin products on page 53