San Francisco’s SoMa gets Tropical…Renditions!

May 26, 2016 in Uncategorized


SF Book Launch for Dr. Christine Bacareza Balance, Ph.D.’s Tropical Renditions: Making Musical Scenes in Filipino America

Saturday, June 4, 2016
Program time: 7 – 8:30 PM
Reception and book-signing: 8:30 – 9:30 PM
Bayanihan Community Center
1010 Mission Street @ 6th, San Francisco


“SF/Bay Area friends + fam: please join me on Saturday, June 4th (7pm) as I bring my book back to one of its “homes” — the San Francisco/Bay Area and, more precisely, SOMA. I’ll be reading excerpts from the book as well as be joined onstage in a conversation with my BFF and one of the event’s fabulous organizers, Olivia Malabuyo Tablante.

Think of this as an informal, unofficial celebration of the recent designation of SoMA as a Filipino Cultural Heritage District!

This event is FREE & open to the public. Please RSVP to the event FB page so we get an accurate count for light refreshments and books. Daghang salamat to my book launch organizers and Bay Area Pinay all-star team — Olivia, Alleluia Panis, and Prof. Dawn Bohulano Mabalon.” – Christine


Kularts Saturday Suggestions: today check out Fandango-Pandanggo & Barrio Fiesta 2016!

May 21, 2016 in Performances, Uncategorized


We have your schedule for today set with back to back must see events:

At 11 AM bring your family to the SoMa (Gene Friend Recreation Center) for Barrio Fiesta 2016
FREE food (roasted lechon!!), games, & live performances!

– Have you wanted to learn or teach someone how to ride a bike? –

Kularts’ go to cyclist pro – League of American Bicyclist Instructor Jason Serafino-Agar will be there offering a FREE all ages learn to ride a bike workshop 11AM – 1PM!

*If you have your own bike & helmet please bring them!*

Barrio Fiesta 2016
TODAY SAT May 21, 2016
11 AM – 4 PM
Gene Friend Recreation
270 6th Street at Folsom
More info: FB event page



After Barrio Fiesta make your way to Cowell Theater for Fandango-Pandanggo (6 – 7:15PM)

–  A music, dance and multimedia performance exploring past and present musical connections between the Philippines, Mexico, Cuba and Spain –

The production includes some of Kularts’ pamilya: Wilfred Galila, Wawa Jay Loyola, Fides Enriquez and Alleluia ‘Manai’ Panis!

Special shout-out to the dynamic duo, Chus Alonso and Florante Aguilar!
an’t forget they ran 10ks to support their brainchild!!

Show your support! Purchase tickets to F-P!!

TODAY SAT May 21, 2016
6 -7:15 PM, Doors Open 5:30 PM at Cowell Theater
Tickets: General Admission $20 advance, $25 at door

Purchase Tickets
RSVP via Facebook Event Page
Learn more about the artists & event

Last Call for Discounts/Registration: WED Dance Workshop, Audition AND FRI Kamayan Dinner!

May 6, 2016 in Bae Makiling, Classes & Workshops, Dialogue on Philippine Dance & Culture, Works by Jay Loyola


Register for Philippine Dance Master, Wawa Jay Loyola’s Dance Workshop / Bae Makiling Audition: 

7-9 PM at City Dance Studios – Downstairs Annex
1420 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Sign up online with “Lakai” Discount Code and get $1 off registration


LAST CHANCE to sign up for the May 13 Honoree Kamayan Dinner: Registration closes SUN MAY 8!!

FRI May 13: Honor outstanding artistic leaders who have significantly contributed and influenced Philippine Dance and Culture in the U.S. including: Florante Aguilar, Polly Manalo-Herrera, Danongan Kalanduyan, Rudi C. Soriano, and Elenita ‘Leny’ Mendoza Strobel, ED.D

SAT MAY 14: Join funders, local and international artists for meaningful interaction and exchanges. Focused on the next generation of practitioners and creators we invite you to come share your experiences, your best practices and challenges!

*Registration for SAT May 14 is open til all seats are filled! Sign-up early!!*


* Both events: $30
* Student/Senior price for both events: $25
* Student/Senior price for Dialogue at USF only: $10
* May 13, 2016: Kamayan Dinner only $20
* May 14, 2016: Dialogue at USF only $15

Dialogue on Philippine Dance + Culture Event Page


Double the Early Bird Specials: Wawa Jay Loyola’s Dance Workshop+Audition AND Philippine Dialogue!!! Limited time only!

April 22, 2016 in Uncategorized, Works by Jay Loyola


Calling all advanced & intermediate dancers!!

Register for workshop intensive with Philippine Dance Master Wawa Jay Loyola for a chance to be cast in his new Kularts commissioned dance theater production: Bae Makiling, World Premiere Sept, 2016!




Art is a vital component of our cultural identity.

With the recently approved SoMa Pilipinas District, now more than ever it is essential for us to courageously discuss the diverse and powerful iterations of Philippine arts in the works of artists in the diaspora.

The event brings together funders, local and international artists for meaningful interaction and exchanges. Focused on the next generation of practitioners and creators we invite you to come share your experiences, your best practices and challenges!


*Early Bird discount price! Now til April 30th*

5/13 Friday, Kick-off the event with a Kamayan Dinner at Bayanihan Center to honor those amazing artistic leaders who have highly influenced Philippine Dance & Culture in the diasporas.

5/14 Saturday, dive deeply into what it means to be the new generation of practicing artists in North America who create works rooted in the Philippines arts.  

Participate in the discussion on tough issues we face today:

  • creative process

  • breaking cultural appropriation

  • economics of the arts

  • credits, copyrights & ownership

Presenters to date: Eric Solano-Director of Parangal Dance; Desi Danganan- Plinth Agency; Jay Loyola-Philippine Dance Master; Jenny Bawer Young-Kalinga Weaver & Dancer; Jodinand Aguillon- Director of HATAW Performing Arts, Canada; Kristian Kabuay-Baybayin Art; Kat Estacio-Pantayo, Canada; Robynn Takayama-SF Arts Commission; Lily Kharazzi- Alliance for California Traditional Arts; Herna Cruz-Louie, American Center of Philippine Arts AND MORE


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