In July, the California Arts Council announced that the SOMA (South of Market) Pilipinas—Filipino Cultural Heritage District in San Francisco—will serve as a state-designated Cultural District. California’s newly launched Cultural District program will support 14 cultural districts to promote the Golden State’s cultural diversity. The California Arts Council will provide statewide marketing strategies, technical assistance and branding resources to selected cultural districts for the next five years, partnering with Visit California and the California Department of Transportation.
Filipino-Americans - one of San Francisco's oldest ethnic communities - are looking to launch a cultural district in the U.S. to ensure they continue to have a place in a city that is quickly gentrifying.
Coming from a community that has experienced racism and displacement since the early nineteen-hundreds, San Franciscans of Filipino descent living in the industrialSouth Of Market Area (SOMA) are raising $65,000 to fund their long-awaited cultural district…
Inay Filipino Kitchen started out as a passion project for Manuel Ramirez III and his late mother, Lydia Lopez Ramirez, from a temporary location in 2010 to its permanent location today, in the heart of San Francisco’s South of Market Neighborhood, or SOMA for short.
San Francisco’s South of Market area is known for swank tech-company offices, gleaming luxury apartments, a baseball park with breathtaking views of the bay. Few know that it was also home to one of the country’s earliest Filipino communities….
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a plan Tuesday to designate a Filipino cultural heritage district in a South of Market neighborhood, which community leaders hope will not only recognize the Filipino presence there but also preserve it.