Filipino American History Month Celebration at the Asian Art Museum

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Filipino American History Month Celebration at the Asian Art Museum

200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
October 3rd, 2010 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Union Square/Civic Center
Tue-Wed, Fri-Sun 10-5; Thu (Jan-Oct) 10-9; Thu (Nov-Dec) 10-5; closed Mon
music, film, tattoos, filipino, performance
FREE admission courtesy of Target*


Filipino American History Month

Filipino Journeys through American History and Art
Target Sunday*, October 3
11:00 am–4:00 pm


FREE admission courtesy of Target*

This year's celebration explores Filipino journeys through American history and art. There will be a focus on early sea trade connections between the Philippines and California, how they formed our Filipino American communities, and how they shaped artistic production in Asia and the Americas. Highlights include music, artist displays and demonstrations, films, talks by visiting scholars, and fun activities for all ages!

Read the bios of participating Artists and Presenters.

See photos of past celebrations.

*Target First Free Sundays—free general admission on the first Sunday of every month and the family programs offered on that day—is made possible by Target. Free admission is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to capacity restrictions, admission is not guaranteed.

Sponsored by the Bank of American Foundation

program Schedule


Explore and Participate

Taste the flavors of Filipino food-truck, Señor Sisig, with items like sisig (pork) tacos and rice plates for purchase, and check out a Jeepney, a creatively re-purposed military vehicle and popular form of transport in the Philippines.


Front Curb of Museum

11 am-3 pm

Watch master tattoo artists, led by Aleks Figueroa of Dream Jungle Tattoo, with Tony Ancheta of Inkies Tattoo Studio, in action creating tribal tattoos for the contemporary Filipino Diaspora. Joël Barraquiel Tan and Alleluia Panis will discuss the symbolism in this art form from 1 pm-2 pm.


South Court

12 noon–3 pm

(Talk @ 1 pm)

Meet Artist Arvin Flores, view his abstract paintings, and discuss his creative process.


North Court

12 noon–4 pm

Meet Artist Christian Cabuay, view his artwork influenced by the ancient Philippine Baybayin, and create your own pin to take home with his designs.


North Court

12 noon–2 pm

See Kulayan Painters, Christopher de Leon, James (gaNyan) Garcia, and Miguel “Bounce” Perez in action, creating new work before your eyes.


North Court

1 pm–4 pm

Hop on a FREE bus to Thacher Gallery at University of San Francisco to view the special exhibition, Galleons and Globalization: California Missions and the Pacific Rim, with tours by scholars Corazon Alvina, Rene Javellana, and Gallery Director, Thomas Lucas, SJ.

Front Curb of Museum.

First bus leaves museum at 3:30 pm and last bus returns from USF to Civic Center at 5:00 pm.

Listen and Discover

Watch short films by local Filipino artists.


Resource Room

Hear opening remarks for this exciting day from Consul General of the Philippines Marciano Paynor, Jr., Asian Art Museum Director Jay Xu, Asian Art Museum Commissioner Carmen Colet and others.


Samsung Hall

11 am-11:30 am

Groove to the sounds of Filipino electronic music artist Ron Quesada and Kulintronica.


Samsung Hall

11:30 am-12 noon

Enjoy Jason Magabo Perez performing excerpts from The Passion of El Hulk Hogancito.


Samsung Hall

12:30 pm-1 pm

Listen to contemporary writers, Barbara Jane Reyes and Prof. Daniel Gonzales, read their own work and the writings of Filipino writers: Al Robles, Helen Toribio, and Carlos Bulosan.


Education Studios

1 pm-2 pm

Listen to contemporary poets, Karen Llagas and Aimee Suzara, read their own work and the writings of Filipino writers: Al Robles, Helen Toribio, and Carlos Bulosan.


Education Studios

2 pm-3 pm

Listen to scholars Corazon Alvina and Rene Javellana.  Alvina will discuss the intersections of food and art while Javellana's topic is "Art Challenges the Status Quo: Philippine Art and Social Change."


Samsung Hall

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Enjoy the beautiful music of The Florante Aguilar Music Ensemble as they perform excerpts from Lalawigan—A Contemporary Tagalog Song Cycle.


Samsung Hall

3 pm-3:30 pm

Step into the Galleries

View special displays from local Filipino community organizations.



Focus on the Philippines Gallery Tours

Meet at the Info Desk

12 noon & 2 pm

Storytelling: Filipino Stories


Meet at the Info Desk

1 pm

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