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Support TAGABANUA: a Philippine dance project by Jay Loyola

The Oakland Asian Cultural Center is trying to raise $3,400 in individual donations by August 20th for a new dance project by Jay Loyola.

Check out their Kickstarter page and contribute anything you can!

In partnership with Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Jay Loyola of American Center of Philippine Arts will be premiering TAGABANUA, a dance interpretation featuring traditional music from the Tagbanua tribe of Palawan, Philippines.

Taga Banua” (pronounced “tah-gah-bahn-wah”) is a Palawano word that means “from the village.” As an adopted son of the Tagbanua people, Loyola has participated in numerous rituals, dances and cultural practices. Through his research and life experience, he created this dance and music project to share the culture and rich heritage of the Tagbanua to the world and preserve the native dance forms. He hopes to use this project as a tool to assimilate his art into people’s lives and as a basis to strengthen the Filipino community and cultural identity.




Rizal150: Celebrating Philippine National Hero Jose Rizal! – Oakland, 6/18/11

‎”ACPA has teamed up with Bay Area artists, community organizers and Filipino American chefs to celebrate Dr. Jose Rizal’s 150th Birthday this Saturday, June 18th at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. Celebration includes dinner, art exhibit opening, silent auction and performances by ACPA & Parangal Dance Company.”

Rizal was pretty cool. And there’s food included too?!

“In This Skin” Performance/Writing Workshop with Aimee Suzara, 6/12/11, Oakland

“Join Aimee Suzara, writer/performer and director of the Pagbabalik (return) project, for a writing workshop that allows you to explore attitudes around skin color, body image, and beauty. Develop gesture and text through guided writing and movement exercises. This workshop is a part of the development phase of the multidisciplinary piece, A History of the Body, written by Suzara, debuted as a work-in-progress in residency with Kularts, inc.”

APIA Heritage Literary Night at OACC – 5/12/11, Oakland

“Co-presented by Kearny Street Workshop (KSW) and Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc (PAWA, Inc.)

Join OACC for a literary evening featuring local and diverse APIA writers Vanessa Huang, Jason Bayani, Margaret Rhee, and Robert Ricardo Reese. This event is curated by Barbara Jane Reyes.”

Oakland Asian Cultural Center Fundraiser – 5/25/11

“For the first time ever, both cities of Oakland and San Francisco selected Asian Americans as their mayors and Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA) won elections in every one of the 9 counties that make up the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Historical milestones such as these inspire commemoration and recognition for promoting the voice & leadership of Asian Americans.

We think this is an important juncture in the history of Asian American’s in the Bay Area. Journalist and Historian Bill Wong will be sharing his perspective on this development at the event.

The program will also include short performances by some of OACC’s diverse APIA artists and dinner catered by a local business. “

Filipino Oral Histories and Traditions: Blast from the Past – Berkeley, 3/27/11

Celebrate history with live music, special guest speakers Evelyn Luluquisen, Luisa Penaranda, Ellie Luis, and Vangie Canonizado Buell, free food and more! Presented by FAHNS, MCC, and PAA.


Free March Shaolin Gung Fu and Qi Gong Workshops, 3/12/11, Oakland

“Demystifying the art of Gung Fu (Kung Fu) and counteracting stereotypes of violence, this community martial arts day presents Shaolin Gong Fu as a basis or spiritual development and self-discovery through practice of movement and stillness. There will be demonstrations by renowned Shaolin monks (www.shaolinlife.org), performances by youth and a free class open to the public.”

  • WHERE: Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 Ninth St, Suite 290, Oakland
  • WHEN: Sat. March 12, 2011
  • HOW MUCH: free!
  • MORE INFOOakland Asian Cultural Center


I Dream of Chang and Eng, by Philip Kan Gotanda, opens 3/4/11 at UC Berkeley

Philip Kan Gotanda’s newest play about the original Siamese twins, Chang and Eng Bunker.

“Arguably the first Asian-American superstars, Chang and Eng were born in Siam and spent their early lives as a touring “freak” exhibition. Charismatic and canny, they bought out their contract and toured themselves around the world, advising the king of Siam and carousing with the English aristocracy before settling down on a Southern plantation, marrying sisters and fathering 21 children between them. Gotanda’s script illuminates the Bunker brothers’ extraordinary saga, showing their keen business sense, indomitable spirit, and the touching relationship between the two brothers, making I Dream of Chang and Eng a powerful and moving portrait.”

WHERE: Zellerbach Playhouse
WHEN: March 4-13, 2011, Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm
HOW MUCH: $10 students, $15 general
MORE INFOhttps://www.ticketturtle.com/index.php?theatre=tdps

It’s going to be a great show. I can tell you that firsthand. Highly, highly recommend you go see it.  And I’m not just being biased because I’m assistant to the playwright. =)

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SF Ethnic Dance Festival auditions – Jan. 8-9 and 15-16

Performance groups representing cultures from all over the world have 10 minute auditions for the chance to perform at the SF ethnic dance festival. Tickets cost $10 and you get in-and-out privileges all day.

  • WHERE: Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
  • WHEN: Jan. 8-9 and 15-16, hours vary–mostly between 10am-7pm
  • HOW MUCH: $10/day, free for children 12 and under
  • MORE INFO: http://www.worldartswest.org/main/tickets.asp; for a schedule of the dance companies click here


Warriors Filipino Heritage Night – Fri 11/19/10, Oakland

Featuring Ati-Atihan street dancing at the Arena entrance, cultural performances by Steps, Styles & Spotlights, Kawayan Folk Arts and Likha Pilipino Folk , the National Anthem by Filipino Singing Priests, and Special performance by Native Elements.

Although their web page says the tickets are sold out, I’m sure you could find some way to find tickets still. =)