Kwentohan: Cinematic Photography and Comic Workshop is now OPEN!

July 29, 2014 in Classes & Workshops, Kwentohan

Sign up for Kwentohan: Cinematic Photography & Comic Workshop, Today!

The workshop will take place on Saturday, August 23rd at the Bayanihan Community Center.
The Kwentohan workshop is divided into two but it is highly recommended to attend both workshops that day!
KwentoPostWorkshop I (10 AM – 1 PM): Cinematic Photography Workshop with Wilfred Galila
Learn basic photography skills that incorporate filmmaking techniques to make images that
tell a story using a DSLR, a point and shoot camera, or your phone. Basic image manipulation
techniques will also be taught will also be taught how to effectively sequence images to tell a story.

Workshop II (2 PM – 5 PM): Comics Workshop with Niki Escobar
Make comics using photos or images as a tool. Learn the skills of rendering and cartooning
using photos or images* as reference to make sequential art to tell a story.
When: Saturday  | August 23, 2014 | 10 AM – 1 PM
Where: Bayanihan Community Center | 1010 Mission St
       San Francisco, CA 94103

To learn more about the workshop and sign up go to: 

Kwentohan: Cinematic Photography & Comics Workshop

Support The Crowdfuding Rise of Typhoon Maség

July 25, 2014 in Maseg, Maseg Crowdfunding, Maseg Typhoon, Uncategorized, Works by Jay Loyola


Have you heard of the typhoon coming to SF?

Don’t fret it isn’t an ACTUAL typhoon but it will be the most electrifying performance this year! For the next 20 days we’re crowdfunding through tech start-up company Local Lift: to produce Maség (Typhoon), Kularts newest Philippine Dance Production! 


masegfb_38_0082Here’s the 411:

We have the dynamic duo of Jay Loyola as choreographer and Florante Aguilar as the composer!

Kularts loyal followers should be familiar with Jay Loyola, a former  principal dancer for the prestigious Philippine Bayanihan Dance Company who trained as a choreographer under the National Philippine Artist Lucrecia Urtula Reyes.

And any true Harana the Movie fan knows the man behind the award-winning documentary, Florante Aguilar

The two are teaming up as choreographer and composer to create the ultimate Philippine experience with Maség (Typhoon).


The Story / Production082

Set in the Philippines circa 1400’s, Maség uses Shakespeare’s The Tempest as framework to tell a magical tale of a power, intrigue, and witchcraft through indigenous Philippine Dance and original choreography.

It will feature 14 talented dancers (some shown in the photograph to the right) performing Loyola’s innovative choreography, accompanied by Aguilar’s original compositions.

We plan to premiere Maség  November 15 and 16 at the historic Brava Theater!  



Support Maség!

 Before the production in November we still have a ways to go. In  order to produce this performance we started a crowdfunding  campaign!

Our initial goal is to raise $10,000 to premiere Maség at the Brava Theater.

If we surpass our goal we can enhance the production value  of Maség with authentic Philippine textile costumes, a free  outdoor performance  and even catering  by an award-winning chef.

Don’t forget if you donate we have awesome rewards for you, like a silk-screened poster, musical downloads, a Maség t-shirt and ultimate backer packages that include tickets and dinner at the Attic Restaurant.

As our most dedicated Kularts’ followers we ask that you please learn more about Maség and back our production at:

Remember to share the link with your family and friends! Salamat! Thank you!


Calling All Bay Area / SF Pilipinos to Kwentohan – Tell Kularts A Story!

July 3, 2014 in Classes & Workshops, Kwentohan, Uncategorized


A Call For Submissions: Kwentohan – Tell Me A Story

It is officially time to present Kularts newest project - Kwentohan – Tell Me A Story. Just like the title says we are asking you to tell us a story. But we’re looking for extraordinary stories that don’t fit the typical Pilipino story.

Does someone in your family have an embarrassing childhood story that they can never live down? Does your tito have a secretive second family everyone knows about but would never mention? Did your grow up in a small town where you were the only Filipino? Do you think that in a hundred years your future kin is going to be the first Pilipino President of the United States?

Those are the types of stories we’re looking for: unique, out of the ordinary but most importantly creative non-fiction stories about you and your loved ones we can ultimately transform into comics.

We will select up to five stories to make into short comics that will be featured on posters and/or murals in Bay Area locations in 2015.

(Note: Please read the guidelines below carefully, information from the poster has changed and you can read the prompts online/submit your entry via the link provided below).


1. To submit your story go to the Kwentohan Registration/Submission Form and fill out your registration information.

2. Read the four prompts provided and choose one.

3. Submit a creative non-fiction / flash prose, word limit of 300 – 1,000 words, in the space provided.

4. Stories must involve SF/Bay Area specific component. (IE you grew up in the Bay Area, you have roots in San Francisco, you’re currently residing in the Bay Area).

We are looking for a SF/Bay Area relation, after all the stories selected will be displayed around SF/Bay Area and we want to focus on the perspective of our local community.

5. With each entry there is a $10 submission/registration fee.

Deadline to submit is August 15!

We look forward to reading your stories! Good luck to everyone!

*Also look out for information regarding Kularts photo-comic workshop this summer and fall. We will open up registration soon!

Kularts Reaches +2000 Likes on Facebook, Maség Makes Headlines

June 20, 2014 in Other Work by Alleluia Panis, Performances, Philippine Master Artist-In-Residency, Works by Jay Loyola

Big Thank You to All of Our Kularts’ Followers! 


It’s been a big week for Kularts and it’s all thanks to your support! We have received over 2,000 likes on our Facebook page to date and it only continues to grow because of you! Don’t forget once you ‘like’ the page post, comment, share and review. We love hearing what you have to say!

Also our upcoming project, Maség, has been featured in a full- length article by’s Lydia Neff. Included gives exclusive details from Kularts’ very own founder Alleluia Panis, as well the ongoing production, current dance workshops and more background into Jay Loyola’s dance history - Read it here!



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