Call for Artists: 2014 Pistahan Parade & Festival


August 9 & 10, 2014 (Saturday & Sunday)
Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco

We are looking for Artists to come join us at the Art Pavilion (also the home of Baybayin) this August at one of the largest well-known Festival/Parades in S.F, Bay Area – The 2014 Pistahan Parade & Festival. As we come together to celebrate this year’s 21-year anniversary, the heart of S.F is transformed into a 2-day unforgettable weekend-celebration of Filipino Pride, Heritage and Culture. While thousands of people from all over the community come to cultivate in Filipino Culture, we make it a mission at the Art Pavilion to inspire and educate through art. This is a great opportunity to exhibit your original artwork, make a difference in your community and have fun talking about your art!

For this year’s theme, we want to recognize the Visayan Region, where we hope to raise up Tacloban after typhoon Haiyan last year. Kristian Kabuay, one of the organizers of the Art Pavilion, will be highlighting the “The Masskara Festival” – a festival held each year in BacolodPhilippines. We look forward to making this year’s Pistahan fun, friendly and special!

We encourage all aspiring Artists to inquire about the opportunity!

Contact Kristian for inquiries – (925) 396 5969

Submit sample artwork to Kristian at

This is a guest post by Celeste Esteves, whose passion is philanthropy. Celeste recently launched as a personal blog. Celeste dedicates her time in the Asian community, where she aims to inspire others. Currently Celeste is pursuing her love for Fashion & Journalism at Academy of Art. Follow Celeste on twitter @CelesTeaCup

Walker Underwear Philippines rips off artists

Photo Aug 17, 12 04 07 PM
I’ve been ripped off again. This time by Walker Underwear from the Philippines. They used my Baybayin font that’s of my personal handwriting their “Extreme Collection:Baybayin”

I noticed it when some celebrity Teejay Marquez posted it on Instagram. I bust my ass traveling the world for free promoting Baybayin and Philippine culture out of my own pocket. This blatant disregard of my work will not be tolerated. I think it’s a great idea for Baybayin underwear but all they had to do was ask.

I’m sure they’ll come back and say our designer did it or it’s the fault of the freelancer. There was no note, we just downloaded it from the internet so we assume it was free. We never heard of you, etc. All lame excuses. If there’s any doubt of the origin of the art, they should know that they have to make an attempt to investigate. In my downloads page, I specifically say that all downloads are for personal use only. The zip file has a text file that also states that the font is for personal use only and has my contact info. Sure, someone could’ve deleted the text file and rezipped it but whoever was in-charge of this project should’ve asked the artist where the art was sourced. Those are questions that need to be asked. Any SMART business would do these things.

My action items:
1) After this post, email Walker
2) Bring the attention to Walker Underwear on their FB page
3) Bring the attention to Walker Underwear on Twitter
4) Notify the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines via email and their FB page
5) Consult with my business contacts in Manila
6) Consult with Philippine Government contacts in the San Francisco Philippine Consulate
7) As my friends of influence for assistance
8) Ask worldwide community to assist in bringing attention to this matter

What you can do…
1) Post on their FB page
2) Send them a Tweet

I could’ve emailed them 1st but this has gotten out of hand. I understand a small groups of guys and a tshirt company but for a corporation, there’s NO EXCUSE. It’s embarrassing that their line is stated as Pilipino & Proud+.

So at the end of the day, what am I looking for? Is it money? Recognition? Nope, it’s RESPECT FOR ARTISTS! Art makes the world happy, don’t make the world unhappy by forcing artists to quit making art to get a regular job just to make a living. Companies like these are one reason why artists are poor.

This is a bad move for a Philippine company. It make businesses in the US and around the world NOT WANT to do business with a Philippine company due to issues like this.

I demand 1) A public apology and 2) An immediate cease of sales of the underwear or ALL profits go to Gawad Kalinga. Take your pick