Come to a FREE event celebrating Filipino food at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco, California August 30. I’ll be doing a live art performance at 12:30PM at the Street Stage. See SavorFilipino.com for more info
It’s that time of the year again! Pistahan at Yerba Buena Gardens 8/9-10 in downtown San Francisco. Along with Baybayin, we’ll have a balikbayan box and masskara art show. Details on Pistahan.net
This is a weird one…..Bill Murray X Baybayin! I’m taking part of The Murray Affair: A Bill Murray art show in San Francisco 8/8/14. When I first heard of the show, I thought it would be interesting to see how Bill Murray would look like in Baybayin. “Western” names can be challenging to write. I tried it using the modern method using the vowel killers but it looked too “busy”. I decided to do it traditionally as Bi (Bill) Mu-Re (Murray). I could’ve also done it Me-Re as well but artistically, the composition looked better with the kudlit at the bottom for the Ma character. In the pict, the red marks are the kudlits.
Based on what I’ve seen, most of the art will be portraits. It will be interesting how this pre-Filipino piece goes with the rest of the artwork. To see pix of the event this Friday (San Francisco, US time), follow me on FB/Baybayin.
The Public Works SF
161 Erie St, SF, 94103
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
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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