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
I’ve launched my latest project: Baybayin Flashcards
The pre-sale is currently live on Kickstarter. <—Click here to purchase
Baybayin is an endangered writing system from the Philippines prior to Spanish colonization. Last June 2016, I was in the remote Mangyan village where I met elders of the the last tribe that still use the script. They were down to their last teacher! With success my first book, An Introduction to Baybayin and a coloring book for kids, a follow-up was needed to help my students memorize the characters. The 1st thing that popped in my head were the ABC flash cards I was exposed to as a kid.
A set of 18 flash cards of each of the characters of the writing system. There’s 3 vowels, 14 consonants and 1 info card.
This is for a pilot monthly Baybayin workshops. This initial session will be two parts: 1) “An Introduction to Baybayin” covering an overview of the script history to the modern context and 2) A hands-on activity with an in-depth overview of characters and techniques.
While the topic will be geared towards beginners, those who already know how to write the basics will learn my systematic techniques on strokes, teaching and transliterating.
At the end of the session, you’ll learn about:
- The basic history of the script
- How the script is being used today
- How to write the basic characters
- A technique that allows you to quickly translate words
- A workbook
- Calligraphy pen
More details and register at my preFilipino.com online store
I’ll be back at the Asian Art Museum in SF 3/5 & 3/6 for a large scale#baybayin performance with my kulintang friends (Kulintronica & Titania Buchholdt) playing while I write. I’ll also have art on display and short talk. This is a collaboration with international Japanese calligraphy artist Aoi Yamaguchiwho’ll have taiko drumming. You won’t want to miss this!
I’ll be back in LA at UCLA in a couple weeks to give a lecture on Baybayin and finding your passion. See you there!
University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, US
Register via Eventbrite:
The Southern California Pilipinx American Student Alliance is proud to present its 9th annual Summit Conference. Summit is a one-day conference that features a wide variety of speakers, activities and entertainment. It is held at the university campus of one active SCPASA member organization and this year it is Samahang Pilipino at UCLA.
Numerous workshops are held throughout the day to give attendees various opportunities to learn about topics that concern a common theme that is chosen for that year. This year, SCPASA has chosen the theme ‘Illustrate’.
Culture is expressed every day through many different outlets, and it’s through these outlets that we are able to see how culture is created, developed and preserved. Fighting for a better community, sharing stories about adversity, performing in a PACN – culture is always being produced. This year, SCPASA asks you to find your voice and express yourself.
For questions or more information please contact your SCPASA Executive Board:
Chair – Zach Chaco (USC)
Vice Chair – Michelle Mekpongsatorn (MSMU)
Programming – Kristine de los Santos (UCLA)
Admin – Tuna Truong (CSUCI)
Finance – Joe Casabar (USC)
Co-Public Community and Relations – Marien Ann Padua (UCLA)
Co-Public Community and Relations – Marjie Panknin (USC)
SCPASA envisions a space where Pilipino-Americans come together to build a supportive network aimed toward helping one another surpass cultural, social, and professional boundaries to engender positive change within each other’s lives
Here’s an interview I gave last November with a local San Francisco Asian TV network. I talked about my personal story, event producing, Baybayin, cultural advocacy, art, etc
I’m taking part of this rare calligraphy art show to be held at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California in Oakland 11/7 to 12/12. Check out the opening reception at 5pm 11/7 where artists will be in attendance for a discussions and demos. Over 70 artworks were curated out of over 250 submissions from local, national and international artists and calligraphers including Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Italy, India, Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey, UK, and USA.
Additionally, I’ll be taking part of a side event of the show at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center on 11/21