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. 

Chinatown at Twilight
Club Mandalay
Dayaw International Performers
International Hotel Historical Tours
Kommunity Kultura
The New Filipino Kitchen
San Francisco Taiko Dojo Art Show
Truth & Justice, Remembering “Comfort Women”

Chinatown at Twilight
Friday, September 21st at 6pm

Manilatown is so happy to be joining our Chinatown neighbors in showcasing our programs as part of the September “Chinatown at Twilight” program. Come on down to Chinatown to listen to a sampler of our bi-monthly live music PopUp “Club Mandalay” on September 21st when we showcase our house kulintang ensemble “Kultura Kapwa” at 6:30pm and our house jazz ensemble “The Autonomous Region” at 8:15pm as part of “The New Filipino Kitchen” Book Launch.
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Club Mandalay
Friday, September 21st at 8:15pm

Please join us for a Club Mandalay sampler, as the International Hotel Manilatown Center opens its doors to Chinatown visitors as part of the “Chinatown at Twilight” program. House jazz ensemble “The Autonomous Region” will be performing some jazz classics to end your work week and get your weekend started exploring all the great entertainment, art and culinary offerings of our Chinatown neighborhood.

International Hotel Historical Tours
By Appointment

tourwebDiscover 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 for more information on scheduling your visit.

Kommunity Kultura
welcomes the
Dayaw International Performers
from Kalinga, Ga’dang & Subanon
Friday, September 28th
5pm – Performance & Dance Workshop with Dayaw
6:30pm – Advanced T’Boli Gong  Workshop with Frank Holder

Please join us for our next “Kommunity Kultura” presentation on Friday, September 28th when we host the Philippines’ National Commission for Culture and Arts’ Dayaw International Performers from Kalinga, Gadang and Subanon. The dance troupe will present a performance at 5pm followed by a dance workshop. We look forward to seeing you as we welcome our guests from the Philippines!
Friday, September 28th at 5pm: Dayaw International Performers Presentation and Workshop. $10 Suggested Donation. Proceeds go directly to the Dayaw performers. All levels and all ages welcome!
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“Kommunity Kultura” is a traditional Philippine music, movement and cultural education program taking place at San Francisco’s International Hotel Manilatown Center twice a month on select Friday evenings from 6:30pm – 7:30pm and 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, September 8th at 6:30pm: Advanced T’Boli Gong Workshop with Frank Holder
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When you register ahead of time through EventBrite for this FREE workshop you will also receive a Thank You gift from us! 
Teacher: Frank Holder

For more information about Kommunity Kultura please email us at 
“Kommunity Kultura” is made possible in part from a generous grant from the California Arts Council.

The New Filipino Kitchen
Friday, September 21st at 6pm

Manilatown is happy to be co-presenting the book launch of “The New Filipino Kitchen”. Please join us for a literary program, a traditional Philippine performance by the I-Hotel’s house kulintang ensemble “Kultura Kapwa”, a jazz reception with the I-Hotel’s house jazz ensemble “The Autonomous Region”, and more! Filipino food treats and refreshments will be provided by the I-Hotel Bakes PopUp cafe and Philippine American Writers and Artists.
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San Francisco Taiko Dojo Art Show
September 29th – October 7th

Manilatown is honored to welcome an Art Show and Celebration by our San Francisco Taiko Dojo brothers and sisters as they commemorate a momentous year in their history! Formed 50 years ago in 1968, by Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka, San Francisco Taiko Dojo is proud to be a part of history as the first taiko group created outside of Japan.  They’re celebrating the 50th anniversary in style with an art show, bringing together visual art, culture, and music at our International Hotel Manilatown Center. Want to see more? Join us for the show’s Grand Opening on September 29, 4-8pm. Enjoy a night of art, socializing, and of course, delicious food and drinks!

🌸Featured Artists 🌸
Nicc Balce
Jamie Borja
Ashley Boyd
Eric Broers
Aggie Cheung
Tim Chow
Robert Forehand
Chitvan Gupta
Samantha Jo
Yannan Connie Kang
Samia Khalaf
Edgar Kim
Eunjung June Kim
Alice Koswara
Irena Kuo
Weihsuan Lai
Chaowat Lertsachanant
Ubin Li
Shiu Pei Luu
Roberto Yoiti Maki
Kat Reilly
Emil Salim
Celeste Schulte
Naveen Selvanathan
Scott Simons
Terry Song
Duanghathai Ferrari Sotthisaowaphak
Manaporn Srisudthayanon
Charles Suwannaporn (Cotton the First)
Tanta Vorawatanakul
Lewei Wang
Linnan Ye
Madeline Zuluaga

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Truth & Justice, Remembering “Comfort Women”
Monday, September 17th – Saturday, September 22nd

Don’t miss this rare opportunity! Manilatown welcomes the Korean Council and Education for Social Justice Foundation for the first San Francisco exhibition on Japanese military sex slaves, known as “comfort women.” The exhibition, Truth & Justice: Remembering “Comfort Women,”will be open from Monday, September 17 to Saturday, September 22 at our International Hotel Manilatown Center. Many untold stories of the victims and survivors will be shared through art.
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