On 7/17/14, I took part of an event at the SF Philippine Consulate to raise funds for the Kularts upcoming dance production, Maseg. Please consider contributing by clicking this link. Thanks to Aris Pagibigan for the photo. Salamat
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 Bacolod, Philippines. 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 Info@baybayin.com
This is a guest post by Celeste Esteves, whose passion is philanthropy. Celeste recently launched CelesTeaCup.com 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
I’ll be showing some art and doing a live Baybayin calligraphy performance with a fashion designer. Runway show X Baybayin.
Friday, June 20 at 7:00pm – 1:00am
Pa’ina Restaurant & Lounge @ Japan Town, 1865 Post St, San Francisco, CA, US
Order tickets via Eventbrite:
Artists of different media. Artists of different scale. Artists of different edges. Artist from different places.
Come join us in a night of waves, vogue and beats with edgy Filipino artist from San Francisco, New York and Seattle.
The objective of Carla Sta. Cruz is to draw inspiration from the masters of design, and to redefine, reinvent, and adapt their classic silhouettes in a changing, technology-driven world. At the forefront is an audience of people who define and change the world as well– the innovators, the dreamers, the changemakers.
This is the audience Carla Sta. Cruz designs for.
Chief designer Carla Sta. Cruz began conceptualizing and illustrating bags and clothes while a student in Parsons. When she began selling bags out of her apartment, Carla lovingly coerced friends and family to buy her products. Soon word of mouth spread, and she now has an intimate group of minions who passionately translate her vision into reality.
Singer/songwriter Cynthia Alexander is a multi-instrumentalist who began playing guitar at the age of seven. Her brother, renowned Philippine ethnic folk music artist Joey Ayala, provided her with early chord lessons. In the late ’80s she was the bassist for the group Hayp. Hayp were regulars at Manila underground venues such as Club Dredd and Mayric’s, but Alexander’s skills with the bass instantly brought her international recognition. In 1989, she was selected Best Bass Player at the World Band Explosion Finals in Tokyo, Japan.
Cynthia Alexander writes, performs, arranges, produces and distributes all her albums and even designs the covers and inlays. Alexander has gathered awards for her solo work, her albums INSOMNIA & other Lullabyes (1997), Rippingyarns (2000) and Comet’sTail (2005) are multi-awarded in her home country. She is NU 107 Rock Award’s first Female Icon (2004). Her latest release ‘Walk Down the Road’ (2009) is a celebration of over a decade of songwriting that the artist reflects on the themes of transformation.
Born in Quezon City, Philippines and raised by the beach in a banana plantation in Davao, Mindanao (south of the Philippines), Cynthia is borne from the genes of the Ayala (Davao) clan of artists – daughter of poet-painter Tita Lacambra-Ayala and fictionist painter-poet Jose V. Ayala, Jr.; younger sibling of ethnic folk-rocker Joey Ayala.
She now lives in Seattle.
Kulintronica – Ron Quesada
Ron Quesada is a musician on a mission to make the “kulintang” a household name. By fusing this ancient Filipino gong instrument with modern electronic dance music, Ron has created a sound all his own that he calls “Kulintronica”. With the release of the single(s) “Calling My Name,” and “River Clouds,” now on iTunes he is preparing to tour and release his debut album in 2014. You can find more info on Ron and his music at kulintronica.com.
Kristian’s art is focused on the ancient writing system from the Philippines called Baybayin. It was nearly extinct due to colonization and is being brought back by Kristian and a few other young Filipino-Americans. As a leading authority for the propagation and instruction of the script, he developed a modern style of the writing system called Tulang Kalis (Poetry of the Sword) and recently introduced it as Filipino Calligraphy with a series of live demonstrations and lectures at the Asian Art Museum in 2012. He has spoken and showcased art at Stanford, Berkeley, SF State, University of the Philippines, Tokyo University, Madrid, London, Paris, and Brussels. He’s currently working on his 3rd book and a documentary titled “Writing of the Stinky Fish”.
For more information, email: ReverberationSF@gmail.com
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!
San Francisco, California, USA
I’ll be taking part of the Filipino American International Book Festival 10/18-20 @ 10:45am: Calligraphic Demonstration by Kristian Kabuay, artist and author inspired by baybayin, a pre-Hispanic
writing system. Kulintronica, music blending kulintang (traditional gong instruments from the Southern Philippines) and contemporary electronic dance music by Ron Quesada. Giovanni Ortega and Alleluia Panis accompany with dance movements. I’ll be talking and reading from my latest book “Sulat ng Kaluluwa”
Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room
12:30-1:30 Hot Off The Press: Multiple authors read expcerpts from their new publications.
M. Evelina Galang, Giovanni Ortega, Nieves Catahan Villamin, Marianne Villanueva, Kristian Kabuay
Joaquin Jay Gonzalez & Angelo Michael F. Merino. Moderator: Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
See pawainc.com/filbookfest/ for more info
2013 has ben pretty busy. I don’t think I posted an event in 2012 but this year, I’ll get back in the habit. Since I last updated, I’ve been doing more non-Philippine events and setup a monthly pop-up shop but for now, here’s what’s going on this week.
5/28 6-10PM, 111 Minna Gallery – San Francisco
Monthly Sketch Tuesdays where Bay Area artists gather
5/29 6-10PM, 111 Minna Gallery – San Francisco
CrowdFunding Launch Party Extravaganza. This one is different where I’ll be doing live art then doing a 2 minute presentation about my business and Baybayin movement.
5/31 – 6-9PM, 1 Ferry Building – San Francisco
API Circle Celebration on the Closing Night of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
6/1 – 7-11PM, The Armory 240 North 2nd St, San Jose
This Sunday 12/9 in San Francisco, Ray Haguisan of Malaya Designs and I will be having probably our last event this year. Join us an a unique boutique sale at the historic International Hotel on Kearny st in Chinatown. Indigenous artists will have items you won’t find else where. Watch live kulingtang and backstrap weaving.
Also, I’ll be doing a large scale Baybayin demonstration and playing music starting at around 3pm. I haven’t played any of my music in the US before, so it will be interesting…..Music + Calligraphy mashup!
Sunday, Dec. 9th, 1pm-6pm
International Hotel Manilatown Center
868 Kearny Street, SF, CA 94108
A Gathering of Indigenous Artists at the International Hotel Manilatown Center in the historic Manilatown neighborhood. Descendants of residents of the old neighborhood return to offer their island inspired clothing, jewelry, and art to the general public. The Center is located in San Francisco at 868 Kearny Street at the intersection of Chinatown, North Beach, and the Financial District. Come experience the a new holiday tradition deeply rooted in a rich arkipelago nation culture. See traditional weaving demonstration by Jenny Bawer Young and Holly Calica sponsored by the Alliance of California Traditional Arts (ACTA).
More info on the Facebook invite
When Filipinos think about Baybayin or the handicapped term Alibata, they think of a few things like the writing system that’s no longer used, backwards “mountain people”, the un-Christianized or an annoying thing they have to take in school. The art aspect of Baybayin isn’t really being discussed or thought of. Sure, we have tattoos but is it art if you merely select a generic font from the internet? The act of the tattooist putting the ink on your body is art but is the end product artistic? That’s up to you the individual to decide but I would think that nobody would ever think of using an Arial font for a tattoo. They would opt for some sort of calligraphy most likely.
It’s time to introduce Baybayin as an artform. We need to move away from taking shapes from existing material that’s been around for hundreds of years. Baybayin used in art as an element has been around since the 70’s if not earlier but they were straight copies of those references. Paul Morrow has done so much for Baybayin by releasing his fonts over 10 years ago but now have become the “standard”. Artist’s individual styles are now graded against Morrow’s Tagalog Stylized font.
It’s time to introduce Filipino Calligraphy that encompasses all indigenous and future writing systems from the so-called Philippines. Artists play an important if not more important part than academics in the promotion of Baybayin because it’s visual and digestible to the public.
This is a concept I’ll be introducing at my event at the Asian Art Museum October 19-21. I will be writing a famous yet controversial saying from a Filipino hero on canvas 15′ long. After the live art, I’ll be introducing Filipino Calligraphy to an audience of mostly non-Filipino artists, art academics and art lovers with a lecture.
Asian Art Museum
Chong-Moon Lee Center
for Asian Art & Culture
200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Saturday night 9/22, I’ll be doing Baybayin chalk art as part of “Make Your Own Revolution: Remembering people’s strength in resistance to Martial Law” by Kularts.
Friday & Saturday | September 21-22 | 6-8:30pm
Bayanihan Community Center
1010 Mission Street @ 6th
Suggested Donation: $5-20
Join Kularts for two evenings of performance inspired by people’s resistance to state violence. Forty years ago, Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law, ushering over two decades of brutal dictatorship, repression, murders (aka “salvaging”), and the subsequent revolution, now known as” People Power Movement.”
Make Your Own Revolution provides a space for the community to commemorate the traumas of martial law and remember the strength of “people power.” Activities include staged readings; live music; participatory sidewalk drawing; and the installation of a bangka, a boat sculpture inspired by indigenous ritual.
Saturday, September 22, 2012:
- Chalk art by Paolo Salazar & Christian Cabuay
- DJ JoelQuiz (aka Joel Quizon) Compilation (re)mix of Manila Nightclub and Lounges Soundscape
- Reading of Katrina Tuvera’s Jupiter Effect directed by Jason Magabo Perez
- Reading of Lysley Tenorio’s Monstress directed by Sean San José
- Punk Music by Bankrupt District, with excerpts from R. Zamora Linmark’s Leche
- Street theater performance of U.P. Peryante’s Ilokula Ang Ilokanong Dracula directed by Allan S. Manalo
- Post-show discussion