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
This weekend 8/10-11, I’ll be at the 20th Anniversary of Pistahan at Yerba Buena Gardens in downtown San Francisco.
Saturday night, I’ll also be at the Philippine Consulate for Lumpia & Martinis starting at 6pm. Art, performances, music and food. Check it out
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:
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.