Filipino American International Book Festival 10/18-20


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 for more info

Filipino American Book Festival recap

This event was awesome – enough said, enjoy the photos.

Photo by BayaniArt

I signed my Baybayin book all day


Did a talk at the San Francisco main library


Someone discovering Baybayin while on the way to the Civic Center farmer’s market


Baybayin name tags for the volunteers


At the opening reception the day before the event, participating authors were invited for a meet and greet with former Philippine President, Fidel Ramos. There were lots of important people including national artists who were flown in from the Philippines.


EVENT: 1st Filipino American International Book Festival

Books, art and music! 3 of my favorite things! The 1st Filipino American International Book Festival is this weekend, Oct 1-2 in between the San Francisco Main Library and the Asian Art Museum. I’ll be signing my book with the Baybayin Burner – Ray Haguisan and our very special guest, the Baybayin font king – Norman de los Santos who will bring copies of Anak Bathala.

Come by for custom artwork and translations. I’ll also be displaying my collection of old Baybayin stamps, money and other goodies.

Fundraising for the Filipino American Book Festival

I’ve been invited to head a Baybayin talk/workshop at the very 1st Filipino American Book Festival this coming October 1 & 2 at the San Francisco main library. I’m excited about this opportunity because this is my exact target market. So why the fundraising?

I decided to take my presence at this event a step further by getting a booth. These will mostly be occupied by book publishing companies and independent book stores rather than artists because of the cost. However, this is a great opportunity to promote Baybayin. To help defray the cost of the booth, I’ve partnered with Ray Haguisan where he will be displaying his Baybayin wood pendants. Even split 2 ways, it’s a pretty expensive investment. We will be lucky to break even.

This is where YOU can help and at the same time, get some rewards! One of the biggest questions I get is “How do we get your stuff if we can’t make it to your events?”

Basically, we are trying to raise $500 and if we do, you get your item. If we don’t make the $500, you don’t get charged ANYTHING and the project is cancelled. Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before its time expires or no money changes hands.

Here are the available rewards
$5 – Name (your choice) card

$10 – Name (your choice) on canvas

$20 – Signed “An Introduction to Baybayin” book

$30 – Custom burned bamboo pendent necklace (approximately 5/8″ width, 1/4″ thickness, 1″ – 1 1/2″ length.) + canvas of a name of your choice

Check it out on Kickstarter