EVENT: 7/29 Workshop – San Francisco

7/29 at the Bayanihan Center in SF
For just a $10-20 donation learn about FIVE different art forms from some phenomenal Bay Area, SF based Pinoy artists:

12 – 1 · Baybayin with Kristian Kabuay
Workshop on the native ancient writing system, Baybayin

1 – 2:30 · Improv with Aureen Almario & Joe Cascasan
An intro to the art of improvisation ~ the exploration of “letting go of fear” & group collab AND Sketch Comedy with Granny Cart Gangstas Sketch comedy writing workshop with the all-female sketch comedy group Granny Cart Gangstas

2:30 – 3:30 · Eskrima with Gregory Manalo
Learn the basics of Maestro Sonny Umpad’s Visayan Style Corto Kadena Eskrima System

3:30 – 5 · Comic Storytelling with Raf Salazar
Watch a special comics demo, and learn about storytelling through the art of comics with group exercises

Metropolitan Museum of Manila: Baybayin workshop

One way to appreciate ones ancestry and culture is learning its past customs and practices. Discover more about our ancestors through our ancient alphabet. Register at bit.ly/metcoolturekids and join our Baybayin workshop on July 26 or on August 9! Early bird rates for early registrations! Metmuseum.ph



EVENT: An Afternoon with Filipino Authors – San Francisco

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HARAYA ng PILIPINO! Culture & Indi-Genius Vision! Come celebrate the release of 3 amazing books! Back from the Crocodile’s Belly, Sulat ng Kaluluwa, & The Forgotten Children of Maui. Meet 5 authors, Elenita Leny Strobel, Jane Alfonso, Michael Gonzalez, Kristian Kabuay, and Lane Wilcken! There will be book talks, demonstrations, music, and performances!

Bayanihan Center
San Francisco, California, USA
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My new book: Sulat ng Kaluluwa (Writing of the Soul) launch Oct 11

Sulat ng Kaluluwa I’m proud to announce the release of my 2nd book, Sulat ng Kaluluwa (Writing of the Soul) officially launching on October 11, 2013 at the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco, California, USA 6:30PM to 9PM. Here’s a link to the Facebook event.

Sulat ng Kaluluwa (Writing of the Soul) is the 2nd book by Ancient Philippine Calligraphy (Baybayin) Artist, Kristian Kabuay. The book features over 50 images of artwork and accompanying stories written by people from around the world. The concept was for each person to provide a word or name and write what it means to them. From the word and story, Kristian created the art.

The pre-sale with early bird pricing and specials is starting NOW at SulatngKaluluwa.com/buy that will lead you to the Kickstarter campaign.

The specials are as follows:

#1 $5 – eBook in PDF format (no crappy DRM)

#2 $13 – Early bird pricing for ebook + 1 book. Includes shipping to the USA. The book will retail for $14.99 starting October 11.

#3 $25 – eBook+ 1 book + a name or word in the Philippine script on 5×7 watercolor paper. Includes shipping to the USA.

#4 $50 – eBook + 1 book + a word or name in the Philippine script on 5×7 watercolor paper a + Baybayin snapback hat. Includes shipping to the USA.

Delivery will be late October

European tour 2013 – Paris recap

I meant to get this out a couple weeks ago but I just recovered from the trip! Rather than write one big article, I’ll break it down to Paris, Madrid, London and Brussels. If you can’t wait, check out some pix on my Instagram and Facebook pages.

Here’s we go…..

1st stop was Paris. I’ve been there before in 2007 for vacation but wasn’t expecting the hot and humid weather. I only brought 1 pair of shorts due to my heavy luggage filled with artwork and other materials. When arrived at the airport, I was surprised by 2 things. 1) My Krink x Coach luggage tag was missing!


2) Someone was waiting for me with a sign with my name from the Philippine Embassy. They took real good care of me.
Paris airport
I arrived in Paris the day before my lecture was scheduled on Jose Rizal’s birthday, June 19th. The morning kicked off with speeches and birthday greetings by the Paris chapter of the Knights of Rizal and Las Damas de Rizal.

Philippine Embassy Paris

We then visited Jose Rizal Place, the park where he used to hang out in Paris.


After the morning festivities, I did my lecture for the Rizal organizations and the Philippine Embassy staff.

Baybayin Paris After my lecture, I had a few more days in Paris and caught the pre-colonial Philippine Exhibition at the  Musée du quai Branly. It was the best Philippine exhibit I’ve ever seen including those in the Philippines. What was interesting is that I got stopped on the way out of the museum by someone who worked there who wanted to ask my opinion of the exhibit. I guess she knew I was Filipino, I was the only one in the building! We talked about my tattoos, artwork and explained to her what Baybayin is. She didn’t have any idea why there wasn’t any on display.


While in France, I also got to create some artwork for my art show and lecture in London. I called it the “Rogue Sessions”.

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Announcing my European tour

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Hi, I’ve launched an Indiegogo campaign to help raise some funds for my upcoming European tour in collaboration with the Philippine Embassy in Paris, Madrid and Brussels. Dates: Paris 6/19, Madrid 6/26 & 28, Brussels 7/6. I’m working on something in London from 6/29-7/5. These will be lectures, workshops and my Baybayin performances. For this trip, I plan to publish a Baybayin art book inspired by the countries I visit as well as a European tour t-shirt. Please take a look at the perks I’m offering and share this. Thank you

Check out my Indiegogo campaign

EVENTS: Vallejo (6/2) & Sacramento (6/3)

This Saturday (6/2), I’ll be in Vallejo for their annual Pista Sa Ngyon. Look for me at the cultural pavilion.

Vallejo Waterfront
Mare Island Way
Vallejo, California


Then on Sunday (6/3), I’ll be in Sacramento for their annual Filipino Fiesta for the very 1st time. Look for me at the Rizal center.

Jose Rizal Community Center, 7320 Florin Mall Drive, Sacramento, CA. 95823

EVENT: Asian Heritage Street Celebration May 19

I’ll be at the Asian Heritage Street Celebration this Saturday. Look for my booth on Larkin street.

This Saturday, May 19th for the 8th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration in San Francisco.

This amazing event takes place on Larkin Street, from Grove to Ellis and will feature Culinary Celebrity Chefs, including our very own Martin Yan.

Chef Martin Yan will be performing a live cooking demo at the Civic Center at 2:30pm with a noodle puller sure to entertain!

Admission is free and all are welcome to join in this fantastic event, celebrating the wonderful Asian heritage & traditions here in San Francisco.

Visit the Asian Heritage Street Celebration website for additional details: asianfairsf.com