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Pinoys Here & Now Workshop Sampler

  • Bayanihan Community Center 1010 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94103 (map)

· Kularts Presents: Pinoys Here & Now Workshop Sampler · 

Join us once a month July 2017 – May 2018 (Saturdays) at Bayanihan Community Center, 1010 Mission Street (Barangay Hall) for different arts workshops led by a roster of phenomenal San Francisco, Bay Area Pinoy artists.

12 – 1:15pm
Kali with Gura Michelle Bautista 

Workshop Description: How do the stories we tell of the past provide lessons for today? Listen to the story of the Princess Josephine and how it relates to Filipino Martial Arts. Learn Kali basics interwoven with storytelling from Gura Michelle Bautista of the Kamatuuran School of Kalijin. All ages and abilities welcome, kids too! 5-9 year olds should participate with an accompanying adult. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Other equipment will be available for use during the session.


 1:15 – 2:45pm
Baybayin with Kristian Kabuay


 2:45 – 4:15pm
Graphic Storytelling with Don Aguillo & Raf Salazar


4:15 – 5:30pm
Cordillera Dances with Eric Solano

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Friendly Reminder
Bring some comfortable, workout clothes for the Kali + Dance Workshops

About the Instructors

Gura Michelle Bautista has been teaching and practicing Kali for over 20 years. She has taught seminars throughout the world including Athens, Greece, and Manila and Cebu, Philippines. She is the author of the poetry book “Kali’s Blade.”

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Kristian Kabuay was born in the Philippines and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He spent his college years in the Philippines where he honed his knowledge about the native ancient writing system, Baybayin. Kristian is a self-taught artist influenced by calligraphy, graffiti, abstract art, indigenous culture, technology and Asian writing systems. WEBSITE // WORK

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Don Aguillo is a concept artist and illustrator with years of experience in production design, pre-visualization, and traditional art. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing. He has worked collaboratively with artists such as Brian Jones and Michael A. Joseph as well as commercial gaming clients to design original characters for graphic novels, games, and develop graphic treatments for scripted work. He has had his work shown in visual arts exhibitions on both coasts. He draws from his experiences growing up as the only Pilipino family in a suburb in central Pennsylvania, living and painting in Rome, Italy, working in Houston and now, San Francisco, the regional hub of the Pilipino diaspora. He is a dancer with Parangal Dance Co., and Jay Loyola Dance and a martial arts instructor in Tang Soo Do. He created Parangal’s tribal tattoo design for the world premiere of KALINGA and the Alamat poster series (meaning “Myths or Legends”). He was lead artist for Kularts’ Clan of Saints Bay and lead artist of Isugid Pinoy: Stories in Pictures & Words. 

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Raf Salazar is a Bay Area freelance artist who, by day, focuses his skills on illustration and design, and by night, is perched on rooftops as this city’s ally of justice. He’s worked on a number of games, comics and co-created the long running webcomic ReGrBl with his twin brother Digo. Along with illustrator Don Aguillo, Raf created the Kularts commissioned ‘Clan of Saints Bay’ comic book, and is currently working on a second edition, coming in 2018. When not working, he spends his time daydreaming, procrastinating, and watching too many cartoons for a man his age.

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Eric Solano, Founder of the Parangal Dance Company. Before Parangal, he was a dancer and musician of another Philippine folk dance troupe, the Barangay Dance Company of San Francisco, for over 15 years. He was a Dance Master in Barangay from 1995-2001, and then became its Artistic Director for 3 years before starting Parangal. He has trained with Bayanihan, the Philippine national folk dance company, renowned folk dance authority, Ramon Obusan, Philippine Normal University’s Kislap Sining Dance Troupe, and Maguindanaoan and Ifugao experts. Eric’s aspiring goal for Parangal is to be one of the leaders advancing Philippine culture in mainstream America; preserving and promoting Philippine culture and arts along with our brothers and sisters, partners, and supporters. WEBSITE 

Pinoys Here & Now Workshop Sampler | September 16, 2017
Saturday | 12 – 5:30 PM | Sliding Scale Fee: $10, $15, or $20
Bayanihan Community Center
1010 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 

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