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.

Kommunity Kultura: Ilokano Culture Through Language
Kommunity Kultura

Kommunity Kultura: Ilokano culture through language
Saturdays 10-12:30pm starting november 5th

Please join Manilatown for a year-long “Kommunity Kultura” intensive on Ilokano Culture through Language!!

We will be gathering in person at the International Hotel Manilatown Center to learn about Ilokano language, culture and ancestry!

In this 12-month (once a week) course taught by Jeffrey Miguel Acido, PhD., we will

  • Reclaim and reawaken the nakem (soul-consciousness);
  • Learn basic and conversational Ilokano;
  • Learn philosophies rooted in Ilokano culture;
  • Explore our Philippine and Filipino-American history;
  • Assist in developing an Ilokano online curriculum;
  • (Optional) Travel to Nakem Conferences in the Philippines and United States Hawaii/Mainland to learn from Ilokano, Amianan and Mother-Tongue-Based and Multilingual-Educational Scholars.

In our sessions we will share stories, food, experiences and longings of what it means to be Ilokano in the diaspora.

PLEASE NOTE that this will be a year-long recurring in-person class taking place at the International Hotel Manilatown Center on Saturdays from 10am-12:30pm starting on November 5, 2022. There will be holiday breaks throughout the year and there is room for flexible scheduling. Further details will be discussed on the first day of class.

Cost: $150. The cost of attendance will cover the whole year of programming.

The class will be limited to only 25 students so we do ask that you please register for this class only if you are available for a full year of programming. A non-refundable $20 deposit will be required to hold a student’s place in the class with the remaining $130 due in full on the first day of class on Saturday, November 5th.

Please Register via EventBrite

Jeffrey Miguel Acido, PhD in Educational Foundation

Jeffrey Acido ImageBorn in the Ilocos and raised in Manila and Hawaii, Jeff received his PhD in Educational Foundation and was a Lecturer and Adjunct Professor in the Indo-Pacific Languages and Literature, Ilokano Program at the University of Hawaii Manoa from 2010-2015. Among the classes he taught were:

  • Multicultural Education
  • Community and Culture
  • Philippine Popular Culture
  • Filipino Food, Music and Ritual
  • Philippine Cultural Mapping of Hawaii
  • Philippine Diasporic Literature

Jeff also taught Diversity and Social Justice and Ethnic Studies at Seattle Central College from 2020-2021 before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. Most recently Jeff managed the Mental Health and Well-Being program of the Movember Foundation and Prevention Institute in Oakland.

Living in the diaspora Jeff became passionate about (re)claiming his Ilokano language, culture and ancestry. He sought to reclaim his connection to the Ilokano nation by studying Ilokano and immersing himself back to his hometown in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte. He hopes to grow the nakem and pride of what it means to be Ilokano in the diaspora as he and his partner Debieh raise their 3-year-old daughter Waya to grow up learning and loving to speak in Ilokano.

Partial funding for Kommunity Kultura has been provided by the City of San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workplace Development.


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

Kommunity Kultura
saturday january 21st at 2pm

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Kommunity Kultura is Manilatown’s traditional 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.

Please join kommunity kultura as we return home to the international Hotel Manilatown center on

Saturday, satuday, january 21st at 2pm

Please join us for this community event by registering at

This month Manilatown is happy to be featuring one of the members of our house traditional ensemble Kultura Kawa. Marcella Pabros-Clark will be presenting an Introduction to Maranao Kulintang Rhythms.

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


Marcella Pabros-Clark began her path in Kulintang tradition around 1981 as part of the Kalilang Kulintang Ensemble and studied with Master Artists/Ethnomusicologists: the late Danongan Kalanduyan (Maguindanao) and Usopay Cadar (Maranao).She is a co-founder of Kulintang Arts (aka as part of its performance ensemble and traveled to the Philippines in ’89 to perform and learn from the Manobo and T’boli cultures as well. She continues to serve as a member of KulArts Board of Directors.

Marcella continues to study and perform Philippine traditional dance and music with Kultura Kapwa and is currently conducting research for her next artistic collaboration around Fil-Am artists who grew up in the SF Bay and began their careers in the late 60’s, 70’s & 80’s under the working title: KAUGNAYAN KOLECTIV.

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