The Manilatown Heritage Foundation produces a variety of free family-friendly programming at the International Hotel Manilatown Center. As a multipurpose gallery and presentation space that honors the I-Hotel Eviction and Historic Manilatown legacy we are both a museum about this legacy and a home for a variety of present day multi-generational creative voices in the areas of visual art, performance art, education and advocacy. 

Ang Paglalakbay ng Pag-Ibig
Club Mandalay
How to Manage Your Energy
International Hotel Historic Tours
Kommunity Kultura
Manilatown Movie Night

Ang Paglalakbay ng Pag-Ibig

Manilatown is pleased to present our current art exhibition by Tony Remington!

Artist Statement: 
This painting started off as a rather mediocre photograph that I hastily took from a car window while on the road to Twin Lakes in Negros Oriental, San Jose, Philippines, where the road is scattered with hamlets. The image was blurry, but I felt the gesture of this mother and child was classic. The metaphor of the road and the lifetime of a mother’s love, as our first experiences of unconditional love.

I’ve chosen this as my title piece for my current exhibit of paintings at the Manilatown Heritage Foundation at 868 Kearny Street in San Francisco.  a “journey of love.” In tagalog Ang Paglalakbay ng Pag-Ibig. 

“Ang Paglalakbay ng Pag-Ibig.” Also looseley refers to my beginnings as a photographer in 1970 as began to develop that “i told you so” kind of sarcasm in my image making, trying to show how evil and cruel the world is. But I’ve come to see it was only an adolescent part of my purview. When in reality, my journey as an Artist has always been my actual love for the world-“A Journey of Love.” My images haven’t changed, but rather my motivation has expanded. I’ve changed.

In the late 70’s I worked with the poet/activist Al Robles. It was immediately after the Eviction and Demolition of the International Hotel, where Al Robles formed Manilatown Senior Center, a series of substitute meeting places for the evicted Manongs and elderly Chinese. My duties were to assist in the daily meal program, deliver meals to the home-bound seniors scattered in nearby SRO housing, and senior escort.

It was during this time I made photographs of Manilatown’s Manongs which I’ve based many of my paintings. It was also during this time, I began my series of photographic essays in the Philippines which have also recently become subjects of my paintings.

Manilatown is an important aspect of my work, one of my intitial major works as a photographer. As I exhibited in the 2018 Pistahan in San Francisco, I realized many new little about the people’s history of the United States, the history of gentrification and it’s historical origins. It is my belief that these avoided facts impede our growth as a species, the fullness of our spiritual potential

Club Mandalay presents:
The Autonomous Region at the Autumn Moon Festival
Friday, September 8th from 1:45-2:45pm

Please join the I-Hotel’s house jazz ensemble “The Autonomous Region” as they take it to the streets of Chinatown!  Autonomous will be playing jazz standards at Chinatown’s Autumn Moon street festival, just a few blocks away from the I-Hotel. Our set starts at 1:45pm at the Washington & Grant Avenue stage.  Hope to see you there!

How to Manage Your Energy
A Workshop for Creators
Saturday, September 7th at 10am

Nowadays, what energy does it take to be a creator?
Nowadays, what does it take to be a creator?

It not only means putting effort to practice your art but also to take care of your self-development, to manage your career and to grow your business. Every day, you are already trying to bounce between taking care of your body, maintaining your art technique, performing at your peak, scheduling your next season and  increasing your network.

OVERWHELMED? Yes you are!
THE GOOD NEWS? This workshop can help you learn how to manager your energy

During this workshop Stephane Furderer, Personal Coach for Creators, you will help you explore your energy level, learn practical ways to sustain your energy every day and discover how you can apply one of them every day. 

To reserve your space, please Register Here
Workshop Fee: $5

International Hotel Historic Tours
By Appointment

tourwebDiscover the mystery of San Francisco’s forgotten neighborhood, Manilatown. Witness the merging of time, the past to the present history of San Francisco’s International Hotel. Visit a Filipino arts and culture center in San Francisco. Share in the history of San Francisco’s “rich” history. Manilatown Heritage Foundation offers tours for K-12 students, college, adults, and everyone. Bring your class, student group, organization, club and friends to experience the complex history of Manilatown and the International Hotel. $5 donation per person.

Schedule a tour today! How? Contact for more information on scheduling your visit.

Kommunity Kultura
Saturday, September 21st at 2pm

Please join us for our next beginning “Kommunity Kultura” workshop!
“Kommunity Kultura” is a traditional Philippine music, movement and cultural education program taking place at San Francisco’s International Hotel Manilatown Center once a month on  Saturday afternoons from 2-4pm. This program emphasizes instruction on the pre-colonial Philippine cultural traditions. 
For more information about Kommunity Kultura please email us at .
This project has been made possible in part by a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, in partnership with the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Surdna Foundation.

Manilatown Movie Night
Friday, September 13th at 6pm

The Manilatown Heritage Foundation, in partnership with FACINE is proud to present Manilatown Movie Night a soft launch for a series of monthly specially curated Philippine film screenings beginning December 20th, 2019.
Hosted and Moderated by Carlos Zialcita, Manilatown Movie Night is designed to showcase Filipino and Filipino-American related movies, filmmakers, actors and crews, infusing their art and insight into our vibrant, diverse community through film.

Each Manilatown Movie Night will also feature the following:
  • A  community discussion led by Co-Programmers Carlos Zialcita, Professor Oscar Penaranda and Mauro Tumbocon, Founder and Director of the San Francisco Filipino American Film Festival (FACINE).  
  • A presentation on the importance of Filipino Films in the Filipino-American Community.
  • Future Meet & Greets with Actors, Directors, Cinematographers, and Filipino movie enthusiasts.
Our first featured film will be “Closer To Home” released in 1995 and directed by Joseph Nobile.  Starring Madeline Ortaliz and John Michael Bolger, “Closer to Home” weaves a universal, haunting tale of two people inexorably drawn together for vastly different reasons. It is a powerful, controversial film that quietly builds to a shattering collision of aspirations and cultures.
Manilatown Movie Night is Free to the Public – and when you RSVP through EventBrite you will also receive a free gift from Manilatown!  Please RSVP today at: