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.
This year’s I-Hotel eviction commemoration celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of the groundbreaking book of Filipino-American Literature, “Liwanag”. Liwanag–which means “light” in Tagalog–captured the spirit of the I-Hotel struggle and the Filipino-American Community. The book was groundbreaking, helping to define a Filipino-American literary sensibility. The artists and writers were Filipino Americans–Filipino Americans born in the US–and Filipinos from the Philippines. The book included work by Oscar Penaranda, Jessica Hagedorn, Al Robles, Tony Remington, Lou Syquia, Serafin Syquia, Richard Likong, Judy Talugon, Juanita Tamayo, Presco Tabios and many others. We dedicate this year’s commemoration to the late I-Hotel tenant Pete Yamamoto. The Commemoration will feature photography by Steven Wilson, who captured images of Al Robles, Bill Sorro, among others in our community at a groundbreaking reading at the legendary City Lights Bookstore in North Beach.
Come on out and Chill Out at our Club Mandalay PopUp live music club and I-Hotel Bakes Cafe on Friday, August 10th! This month we will be featuring Jazz, Kul-Jazz and R&B sets starting at 6:30pm 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, Harold Ohashi on Drums and Jibril Alvarez on Keyboard. And of course Club Mandalay is never complete without the smooth Spoken Words of Manilatown’s Resident Poet Tony Robles and harmonica player Carlos Zialcita sitting in for a song or few. As usual our I-Hotel Bakes culinary artist Nico Dacumas will be offering up a delicious treats. And did someone mention Cha Cha and Salsa dancing too? Well, we might be able to open the dance floor if your spirit is willing! As always, Club Mandalay is FREE and Family-Friendly!
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.
Please join the Kapwa kulintang ensemble every 4th Friday for drop-in kulintang music workshops.
Kulintang is the pre-colonial indigenous gong tradition of the Southern Philippines. All levels are welcome! To register please click here.