The Manilatown Heritage Foundation produces a variety of affordable family-friendly programming at the International Hotel Manilatown Center. As a multipurpose gallery that honors the I-Hotel Eviction and Historic Manilatown legacies we stand as  both a museum to these legacies and a community gathering space offering programming relevant to today’s community. 

Club Mandalay
International Hotel Historic Tours
Kommunity Kultura
Manilatown Movie Time

Club Mandalay
Friday, January 10th at 6pm

Come on out and Chill Out at our Club Mandalay live music PopUp on
Friday, January 10th!

This month we will be featuring Standard Jazz sets starting at 6pm with pianist Jibril Alvarez and continuing on at 7pm with the I-Hotel’s house band The Autonomous Region. Holding it down as usual with vocalist Caroline Cabading will be Raymond Bambao on Bass, Chris Planas on guitar, Vince Khoe on piano and Harold Ohashi on Drums. Then we open it up at 8pm with a music set that includes community guest musicians.

And when you register ahead of time through EventBrite for this FREE January 10th  program, you will also receive a Thank You gift from us:

For more information about Club Mandalay please visit us at: or email us at

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, of San Francisco’s International Hotel. Visit a Filipino-American community gathering space 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 presents Sagayan
Saturday, January 18th at 2pm

Please join us for our next beginning Kommunity Kultura workshop on
Saturday, January 18th at 2pm!

“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 third Saturday afternoons at 2pm. This program emphasizes hands-on instruction on the pre-colonial Philippine cultural traditions. It is a FREE family-friendly program that is accessible to all ages and levels of ability.

This month we will be focusing on the shaman-warrior dance Sagayan and the Tagunggo  musical accompaniment for this dance. 

2pm: Tagunggo Music Workshop with the I-Hotel’s house traditional ensemble Kultura Kapwa
3pm: Beginning Sagayan Dance with Kultura Kapwa’s Patrick Tamayo and Guest Teacher Jonathan Mercado

The Sagayan is one of the ancient dances of different ethnolinguistic groups in Mindanao including the Bwayan, Maguindanaon, Maranao and Iranun. Evidence that proves the age of this dance includes its mention in the epic Darangen, one of the oldest epics in the world. As early as the 11th century, chronicles from Chinese traders already attest it its presence in the coastal areas of Cotabato and its neighboring settlements.

In the Maguindanaon tradition, there are two main types of Sagayan. The Sagayan Dalkat is an exhibition of a dancer’s virtuosity characterized by rapid movements of the head, the hand holding the Klung shield and wooden or metal sword, and the sprinting, jumping and leaping in synchronicity with the kulintang ensemble.

The Sagayan form called Sambuyog a Malna is ritual in nature, performed in the Ipat style whose movements are graceful, calculated and possess certain meanings or Apad. Only those who are well versed can interpret the meanings that are conveyed by the movements of this type of Sagayan because the Sagayan dancers are thought to be in a trance, possessed by spirits or tinunungan.

Sagayan is not just a war dance as some scholars would reduce it to. It symbolically represents the slaying of evil, a purification of the inner self and the environment in which man exists. A Sagayan dancer is always placed at the start of a  procession, not in the middle, because the act of sword playing and noise making of the Klung’s shells and bells wards off evil spirits.

Source: Teng Mangansakan

Please join us for this community event. And if you register ahead of time via EventBrite for this FREE workshop you will receive a gift! To register for this event please visit:

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Manilatown Movie Time presents Sonata
Friday, December 20th at 6pm
Saturday, December 21st at 1pm

The Manilatown Heritage Foundation, in partnership with FACINE is proud to present Manilatown Movie Time a series of specially programmed Filipino film screenings and community discussions.

Hosted by Carlos Zialcita, Manilatown Movie Time is designed to showcase Philippine and Filipino-American related movies, filmmakers, actors and crews, infusing their art and insight into our vibrant, diverse community through film. Each Manilatown Movie Time screening will also feature the following:

  • A  community discussion led by Co-Programmers Ethnic Studies Professor Oscar Penaranda and Mauro Tumbocon, Founder and Artistic 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.

Please join us for the official debut of Manilatown Movie Time on
Friday, December 20th at 6pm
with a repeat screening on
Saturday, December 21st at 1pm

Our featured film will be Sonata which is about a Regina Cadena (Cherie Gil), a former opera diva who, following the loss of her voice and the subsequent collapse of her career, goes into a deep depression and self-exile. She gets reinvigorated by a precocious young boy (Carlo Jalandoni) who helps bring back her smile. 

Directed by Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes, the 2013 film received 5 awards and 23 nominations from various international film festivals. These awards include the 2014 Gawad Urian Award for Best Music given to Ermerzon Tecson, and the 2015 ASEAN International Film Festival Award for Best Actress given to Cherie Gil.

Following the screening on Friday December 20th will be a Panel Discussion led by Oscar Peñaranda and Mauro Tumbocon and featuring special guest Michelle Gallaga, daughter of Director Peque Gallaga.

$10 General Admission
$5 for Seniors and Students
Beverages and Snacks available at the Manilatown Sari-Sari Store along with Manilatown merchandise. All proceeds go towards the Manilatown Heritage Foundation, a 501 (3)C non-profit organization. 

And if you pre-register on EventBrite you will receive a Thank You gift from us!