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
Manilatown Ancestral

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Please join us for an afternoon of live performance when Manilatown and PAWA present the first Club Mandalay matinee show of 2023!!

On Saturday, April 29th BOTH of the I-Hotel’s house ensembles will be performing! We’ll start the afternoon with the Manilatown Ancestral Ensemble featuring Caroline Cabading, Manny Dragon, Marcella Pabros-Clark, Jibril Alvarez, Lisa Lord, Raymond Bambao and Tony Daquipa. And then the Manilatown Jazz Ensemblewill be holding it down with Caroline Cabading on vocals, Raymond Bambao on Bass, Chris Planas on Guitar, Harold Ohashi on Drums and Vince Khoe on Keyboard. We also welcome our special guests Literary Artist Beverly Parayno and Jibril’s Cool Jazz Combo.

Main headshot colorBeverly Parayno’s fiction, memoir, essays and author interviews appear in Narrative Magazine, Bellingham Review, The Rumpus, Warscapes, Huizache, and Southword: New Writing from Ireland, among others. Her work has been translated into Mandarin and published by World Literature, a journal of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Her debut short story collection WILDFLOWERS will be published by Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. (May 2023). Parayno earned a BA from San Jose State University, an MA from University College Cork and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She serves on the board of PAWA, a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to supporting Filipinx American writers and artists, and on the executive committee for Litquake. A native of East San Jose, she lives and works in the Gold Country of the Sierra Nevada foothills as an animal communicator and freelance grants consultant for social justice nonprofits. You can find her at

Beverly will be reading from Wildflowers and Balikbayan, two stories in her forthcoming story collection WILDFLOWERS.

We hope to see you there at this FREE family-friendly event!

Please Register via EventBrite

Partial funding for Club Mandalay has been provided by the City of San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workplace Development. This performance of Club Mandalay is also co-sponsored by the Philippine American Writers and Artists, Incorporated (PAWA).


For more information about Club Mandalay, the Manilatown Ancestral Ensemble, the Manilatown Jazz Ensemble or the Manilatown Heritage Foundation please contact us at:

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saturday april 15th at 2pm


Please join us for our next Manilatown Ancestral workshop!

Manilatown Ancestral is the Manilatown Heritage Foundation’s pre-colonial Philippine music, movement and cultural education program taking place at San Francisco’s International Hotel Manilatown Center. Each of our family-friendly workshops focus on a new topic, are oftentimes hands-on, and are accessible to all ages and levels of ability.

This program emphasizes instruction on the pre-colonial Philippine gong music traditions of the Maguindanao, Maranao and Tausug communities of the southern Philippines and the Kalinga culture of the Philippine Cordilleras.

Students will experience these cultures’ interpretations of interlocking community percussion music. These music forms are centuries old aural traditions with established musical protocols and strong links to tribal culture. Out of respect for these protocols, the music forms will be taught in the traditional manner and within the cultural context embraced by the cultural groups they represent. Since dance is also integral to both art forms, basic dance movement may also be included in this program.

Please join us at the international Hotel Manilatown center on

Saturday, APRIL 15TH AT 2pm

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Manilatown Ancestral is Sponsored by the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center and supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Learn more at and

Manilatown Ancestral has also been made possible in part by a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, in partnership with the Walter & Elise Hass Fund, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Manilatown Ancestral has also been made possible in part by a grant from the City of San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

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For more information about Manilatown Ancestral or the Manilatown Heritage Foundation please contact us at: