Tawi-Tawi Sama and Tausug Music Workshop

March 14, 2014 in Classes & Workshops, Uncategorized

Tawi-Tawi Sama and Tausug Music Workshop by Ethnomusicologist and Philippine music virtuoso Bernard Ellorin
Saturday | April 19, 2014 | 6-9pm

Sama Photo in the  Philippines

Bayanihan Community Center
1010 Mission Street | SF
$20 Registration Fee

Experience deeper understanding of Sama Badjao and Tausug cultures through music and dance, contextualized within indigenous practices. Join in hands-on learning of indigenous Sama Badjo titik music, Tausug tunis music, and Yakan kuriri taught by Bernard ‘Boom’ Ellorin, ethnomusicologist and prominent American practitioner of indigenous Mindanao and Sulu music

Joseph Ruanto-Ramirez will teach Ba’i Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa’s pangalay technique and her dances: Igal Kusah, Langka Baluwang, Burong Talo, and Pangilok for men and women.

Dancers will learn the National Living Treasure Awardee and Yakan Master Artist, Uwang Ahadas clan’s Paunjalay. Musicians will learn music of Kuriri, the accompaniment for this dance.

Igal Kusah – a Sama Tausug dance mimicking and angry boar

Burong Talo – a Sama Tausug langka or martial arts dance in the style of a fight between two ill-tempered wild cats.
Langka Baruang – a Sama Tausug langka or martial arts dance in the style of angry monkey in the forest. Performed by a skilled martial artist during special occasions and staged performances by the Tambuli Cultural Dance troupe.
Pangilok – a Tausug courtship dance where the man shows off his masculinity with his dance skills called pangasik.


bernard Ellorin Sama Kulintangan

Bernard Ellorin (BA in Ethnomusicology cum laude; MA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa) is a PhD Candidate in Ethnomusicology from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. His research interest is on indigenous ensemble music from the northern and southern Philippines. For nearly 20 years Ellorin has studied with various master artists of kulintang(an) gong-chime music from the Maranao, Maguindanaon, Sama, Tausug and Yakan people from the Mindanao and Sulu Archipelago, Philippines as a musician with the Samahan Filipino American Performing Arts and Education Center of San Diego California. From 2003-2008, Ellorin conducted extensive in-situ fieldwork with native practitioners in order to gain an emic and etic perspective of this diverse musical genre. In 2008, Ellorin received his Masters of Arts in Ethnomusicology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa under the advising of Ricardo D. Trimillos. His thesis is entitled Variants of Kulintangan Performance as a Major Influence on the Musical Identity of the Sama in Tawitawi, Philippines. Ellorin’s experience in performing and teaching music from the Islamized Southern Philippines subsequently lead to the formation of two ensembles that he co-directs with friends and colleagues focused on conserving gong traditions of maritime Southeast Asia: the Pakaraguian Ensemble in San Diego, California, and the Mahalohalo Ensemble originating from Honolulu, Hawaii. From September 2012 to June 2013. Ellorin conducted fieldwork research under the sponsorship of the Fulbright Malaysian American Commission on Educational Exchange Research and Study Abroad Fellowship. Ellorin’s research topic is on the commodification of the sangbay dance and vocal music of the Sama Bajau in Semporna Settlement, Sabah Malaysia. While doing research, Ellorin was an affiliate with the University of Malaya’s Culture Center under the supervision of Mohammed Anis Nor and Hanafi Hussin. At present, Ellorin lives in San Diego, California, his hometown, as he works on his dissertation about the contemporary Sama Bajau music in the Malaysia and the Philippines.


Limited time offer – Half off Tawi Tawi Sama Workshop!

March 13, 2014 in Classes & Workshops, Uncategorized

Sama Tausug Flyer half off

Register now! Philippine Dance Workshop for Intermediate/Advanced Dancers with Wawa Jay Loyola

March 12, 2014 in Classes & Workshops, Philippine Master Artist-In-Residency, Uncategorized, Works by Jay Loyola

Attention experienced dancers! Register Now! 
Philippine Dance Workshop for 
Intermediate/Advanced Dancers with Wawa Jay Loyola
Series 1: Wednesday | May 7, 14, 21, 2014 | 7:30-9:30pm
Series 2: Wednesday | June 11, 18, 25, 2014 | 7:30-9:30pm

Lines Dance Center | 26 7th St, SF
$15 Registration Fee | Classes Free
All genres of experienced dancers welcome!

Huni Workshop Series 1 with Jay Loyola

Join Master Artist Jay Loyola, former Associate Choreographer and principal dancer of the internationally celebrated and critically acclaimed Bayanihan Dance Company, for two workshop intensives in intermediate/advanced movement and themes of Philippine dance. An adopted son of a Tagbanua Tribe, Loyola is proud to share his knowledge with you. Experienced dancers from all dance backgrounds are welcome to apply.

Rita Felciano of the SF Bay Guardian wrote, of Loyola’s 2012 Palau’an Bird Call: Huni Ng Tandikan:

“Watching these dancers embody the spirits of water, fire, wind, and the earth, it was striking to note the elegance and power that both men and women poured into their leaps, twirls, and strides… The steps may be based on traditional patterns… but these were contemporary artists with strong physical training.“ 

Register early! Classes were filled to capacity in 2012. Enroll now for the chance to perform in Loyola’s next dance work in November, Maseg: Typhoon, commissioned by Kularts.

The workshop series and presentation of Maseg are both made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Arts.  

Jay Loyola   In the past two decades, Jay Loyola has created over 40 Pilipino folk dance works and performed in Asia, Europe, and the US. He has significantly contributed to the Bay Area’s multicultural landscape, creating performances at venues such as the Palace of Fine Arts, Cowell Theater, the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, Pistahan, and the Filipino-American Arts Exposition. Loyola spent his youth exploring the world of dance through a series of immersions to tribal communities, dance competitions, and international dance festivals. Loyola has extensively researched the rituals and traditions of the tribal people of Palawan and has become an adopted Tagbanua in the highlands of Palawan in the Philippines. Loyola is the Founder Emeritus of Palawan Dance Theater, now the premier dance company of the region. He moved to the US in 2006 and served as Dance Director of LIKHA Philippine Folk Ensemble ’07-08. His awards include “Young Alumni Achiever in Arts and Humanities” by Holy Trinity College, and the nomination for an Isadora Duncan Award for his 2008 collaboration with Rudy Soriano, Kadayawan. He is now the Artistic Director of the American Center of Philippine Arts.  

Kularts is now Hiring!

March 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

Kularts is hiring a new Program Manager!

Dear Kularts Friends and Family,


Thank you so much for 3 wonderful years of great programs, partnerships, art experiences, exhibitions, murals, friendships, songs, dance… wow. It’s been a thrilling ride. But it’s time for me to leave my post as Kularts’ Program Manager and depart for my next adventure.

I have learned so much here at Kularts–from our fearless leader Manai Alleluia and from you all. It’s hard to leave, but I know I’ll carry with me the skills, experience, and relationships I’ve built here as I continue my journey. With this transition, Alleluia and I are both excited about the possibility for new energy and fresh ideas for the organization.

We’re looking for someone with the admin skills, tech savvy, and arts-lovin’ passion to take over this position–and hit the ground running.

Below is a job description for circulation. We hope to fill this position ASAP. Interested? Please submit your application by April 4 by sending a cover letter/resume to me at program@kularts.org. We appreciate your help in our search!

Thanks a million for all the love & support over the years!
Claire F. Meyler
Kularts Program Manager


Reports to: Executive Director
20-24 hrs/week to start
Application Deadline: April 4, 2014
Compensation: $35K Annual Salary at Full Time (approx $16-17/hr)

Founded in 1985, Kularts is the premier presenter of contemporary and tribal Pilipino arts in the United States. We are a not-for-profit arts organization based in San Francisco, California. Our mission is to inform and expand the understanding of American Pilipino culture and preserve the spirit and integrity of ancient Pilipino art forms. We produce innovative artistic works, foster mentorship among emerging and established artists, facilitate local and international collaborations; design and implement educational outreach programs for elementary through college age students; lead cultural tours to the Philippines, and more.

The Kularts Program Manager assists the Director in the maintenance of Kularts’ current programs as well as the development of new programs to advance the mission of Kularts.


Program Management/Coordination
Responsible for the management and/or coordination of the following:

  • Kularts Presents Annual Performance Seasons
  • Kularts Arts Education Program (Visual Arts Program, Philippine Master Artists in Residence, Making Visible workshops)
  • Kularts Visual Arts Program
  • SF Annual Parol Lantern Parade & Festival

Community Outreach

  • Oversee all marketing, PR, and promotions for events/programs
  • Publicize through online social networks, regular email blasts, print, and traditional media
  • Write and edit promotional copy
  • Manage Kularts Website (using CMS)

Development (Grants & Fundraising)

  • Assist Director in Grants process (Prospecting, Strategizing, LOIs, Proposals, Reports)
  • Assist Director in strategic planning and developing fundraising strategies

Volunteer/Intern Coordination

  • Source, task, and supervise volunteers/interns for events and projects

Programmatic Planning

  • Provide curatorial support: Keep a pulse on emerging artists/new works
  • Assist in the development of new programs
  • Conduct regular evaluations of current programs

General Administrative Support

  • Manage office/facilities, reception, supply inventory, file maintenance, etc.


  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to manage several projects simultaneously
  • Excellent editing, writing and verbal skills
  • Technological Savvy: Highly proficient in various computer applications (Microsoft Office, Adobe), Online Social Networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), Basic HTML, Video editing a +
  • Ability to work well with volunteers and consultants
  • Ability to work independently and creatively
  • A flexible and innovative approach to problem solving


  • 2-4 years’ experience in Non-profit and/or Arts management
  • Excellent written & communication skills (marketing, grant-writing, copy editing, etc)
  • Appreciation of dance, theater, and the arts
  • Knowledge of SF/Bay Area Pilipino community and other communities of color
  • Event production experience
  • Familiarity with Grants process

Please send cover letter and resume to Claire F. Meyler at program@kularts.org. Include “Program Manager – Your Name” in the Subject Line. Application Deadline: April 4, 2014


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