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: Kul-Kids

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.


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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
at the
San Francisco Filipino Cultural Center!

Please join us for this community event by registering at

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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