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.
Manilatown is pleased to present our current art exhibition by Tony Remington!
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.
Come on out and Chill Out at our Club Mandalay PopUp live music club and I-Hotel Bakes Cafe on Friday, January 11th!
This month we will be featuring Kul-Jazz and Standard Jazz sets starting at 7pm with the I-Hotel’s house band “The Autonomous Region” discussing and presenting their San Francisco Arts Commission project, “Manilatown Suite”. At 8pm they will begin a set of Jazz favorites. Holding it down as usual with vocalist Caroline Cabading will be Raymond Bambao on Bass, Chris Planas on guitar, Harold Ohashi on Drums and guest musicians Jibril Alvarez and Sharman Duran on piano, and Frank Holder, Manny Dragon and Patrick Tamayo on percussion.
And when you register ahead of time through EventBrite for this FREE January 11th program, you will also receive a Thank You gift from us: www.eventbrite.com/e/club-mandalay-tickets-53653657534
Discover 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on scheduling your visit.
“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 evenings from 5-6pm. This program emphasizes instruction on the pre-colonial Philippine gong music traditions of Kulintang from the Maguindanao and Maranao tribes of the southern Philippines, and Gangsa, Tongatong and Singing from the Kalinga people of the northern Philippines. Students will experience two very different regional interpretations of interlocking community percussion music. Both music forms are centuries old aural traditions with established musical protocols and strong links to tribal culture. Out of respect for these protocols, both music forms will be taught in the traditional manner and within the cultural context embraced by the tribes they represent. Since dance and regalia are also integral to both art forms, basic dance movement and an introduction to traditional attire will also be included in this program.
Saturday, January 12th at 5pm: Beginning Kalinga Song, Percussion & Dance with Jenny Bawer Young
When you register ahead of time through EventBrite for this FREE January 12th program, you will also receive a Thank You gift from us: www.eventbrite.com/e/kommunity-kultura-tickets-53620722023
For more information about Kommunity Kultura please email us at email@example.com.
“Kommunity Kultura” is made possible in part from a generous grant from the California Arts Council.