On May 16, 2015 I (Kristian Kabuay) was doing another festival with Ray Haguisan (Malaya Designs) and Joe Aquilizan (Bayani Art) in San Francisco, California where it was cold and slow. During the frequent downtime, we did what we usually do…talk about what we should do and the many roadblocks we face. The reality is that a lot of these are economic roadblocks but it’s about time we do something about it. Shots fired at MYSELF! About 2 years ago I had this idea of a Filipino Culture Conference about the same time I started my term as a board member of the Young Filipino Professionals Association. Ray and I even canvassed locations to host this damn thing. The concept was to combine an “academic” conference and a festival. I introduce, the Filipino unKonference as a start of something different. It’s my hope that others will create their own unKonference in their own community. Discuss.Disrupt.Disseminate.Do
As for the festival itself, it’s been following the trend of others where attendance and profits are down while booth prices have risen. With that reality, I’ll be doing less festivals and concentrate on producing my own events. Sisiklab is an example of what’s to come. Stay tuned
I’ll be in the Philippines 3/29 at the Manila Collectible co
Right after our final tour of The Manila Collectible Co., you’ll get to meet Kristian Kabuay in his live Calligraphy and Baybayin Exhibit! Can’t wait to see everyone there!
Free Entrance. 3rd Floor Villa Blanca Bldg. (behind Manila Cathedral), Cabildo cor. Beaterio Sts., Intramuros, Manila.
Come join us for Sisiklab (to spark) a celebration of activating our light through preFilipino tattoos, art, healing and music on 1/31 5-10pm at Ensoma 352 6th Street San Francisco, CA 94103 .
– Traditional tattooing by Lane Wilcken
– Baybayin jewelry by Ray Haguisan
– Baybayin art by Kristian Kabuay
– Healing by Jasmine Therese Esguerra
– Music by Ron Quesada
More info on the FB event
I’m going to try and make it to this! April 9-11 2015, Pangasinan, Philippines
This weekend I’ll be back in LA for the annual FPAC event. Visit the art pavilion where I’ll be doing live art and running #Baybayin workshops with the boys Ray Haguisan, Norman de los Santos & Robert J Sison. You can also get a copy of my Kulay coloring book at a discounted price. Not in LA? You got less than a day to pre-order at a discounted price at Kickstarter. See FilamArts.org for info about the festival.
Last Friday, 9/12 I had the opportunity to paint the floors of Bergeron’s Books in Oakland California. After painting, we had a Q&A session.