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
Kommunity Kultura

Club Mandalay
Saturday, July 16th at 2pm
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Please join Manilatown as we take “Club Mandalay” on the road to the Clarion Performing Arts Center!

Please join us for an afternoon of live Jazz when Manilaton brings its Club Mandalay show to our San Francisco Chinatown neighbor, the Clarion Performing Arts Center located at 2 Waverly Place.

On Saturday, July 16th at 2pm the I-Hotel’s house jazz band, The Autonomous Region, will be holding itdown with Caroline Cabading on vocals, Raymond Bambao on Bass, Chris Planas on Guitar, Harold Ohashi on Drums and Vince Khoeon Keyboard.

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

Partial funding for Club Mandalay has been provided by the Zoo Labs Fund in partnership with the Center for Cultural Innovation and California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Learn more at and”


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Kommunity Kultura: Kul-kids!
saturday october 22nd AT 1pm

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Kommunity Kultura is Manilatown’s traditional Philippine music, movement and cultural education program usually taking place at San Francisco’s International Hotel Manilatown Center but coming to you on this date in the San Francisco Filipino Cultural Center at 814 Mission Street. 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.

Please join the Manilatown Heritage Foundation as we return to the SOMA Pilipinas Cultural District for our next Kommunity Kultura program on

Saturday, october 22nd at 1pm
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San Francisco Filipino Cultural Center!

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This month Manilatown is happy to be returning to the SOMA Pilipinas Cultural District where we will be featuring one of the members of our house traditional ensemble Kultura Kapwa. Daniel Giray will be presenting Kul-Kids: Music & Movement Moments through the Traditions of the Southern Philippines.

This family-friendly program geared particularly for our Kindergarten through 5th grade community members will engage, inspire, move and educate the youth through rhymes, raps, and warm ups. “Danny G” will introduce hand talk and floor work exercises to get the class ready for dances and songs featuring the kulintang gong tradition. Students will learn the geographical location of the Philippines in relation to the rest of the world and then explore the traditions specifically related to the Southern Philippines.

Danny G will also introduce the colorful costumes of Mindanao, including the Malong, and its many uses as demonstrated in the Kapamalong-malong dance, the beautiful Pangalay fingernail dance and an original love bird storytelling dance accompanied by the Saronay instrument. Participants will be introduced to each musical instrument that makes up the kulintang ensemble and will learn basic rhythms that they can play along with the ensemble.

This workshop promises to be a very entertaining learning experience for all ages that will inspire an appreciation of the importance of ancestral culture – but most importantly, we will all have FUN!!

Please join us for another enlightening Kommunity Kultura event by registering here at EventBrite:



Daniel Giray is perhaps better known to children as “Danny G” from his former children’s dance and movement show entitled “Danny G’s Incredible Learning Fun Times”. He is a teaching artist, dancer, musician and choreographer.

Daniel was a Master-Artist for the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and was the Artistic Director of the Young Extensions Children’s Dance Theatre. He also taught an outreach program for Zohar School of Dance in Palo Alto, teaching underprivileged youth where he received several California Arts Council Artist-in-Residence awards.

Daniel was a founding member of Citi-Centre Dance Theatre in the 1980’s, performing modern jazz and he also performed for the Berkeley Ballet. He directed a traditional Southern Philippine dance and music ensemble called Kulintang Dance Theatre and was a former student of Kulintang Master Danongan Kalanduyan. He has taught dance at San Francisco State University and for the San Francisco Ballet’s “Dance In Schools” program. He now teaches in the Redwood City and San Carlos School Districts and choreographs musicals for San Carlos Children’s Theater (SCCT). His performing groups from SCCT took First Place at the Redwood City Hometown Holiday Festival twice.

Daniel’s background includes training in jazz, modern, ballet, musical theater, Southern Philippine music and dance, hip-hop and children’s dance therapy. He has choreographed the musicals Footloose, Little Mermaid, Big Fish, In the Heights, Big Fish, 9-5, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Pipin, to name a few, for high schools around the Bay Area. He is now an active member of Kultura Kapwa, a traditional Philippine ensemble and The Autonomous Region, a Filipino-American Jazz ensemble that rehearse and perform at the historic International Hotel Manilatown Center.

Kommunity Kultura 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

Kommunity Kultura 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.

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