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
friday, December 17th at 7pm
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Please join us for an evening of
Live Jazz , Art, Philippine Crafts & Literature at Club Mandalay!

Come on out and Chill Out at Manilatown’s Club Mandalay PopUp Jazz Club on Friday, December 17th at 7pm when we present our Winter Holiday Community Gathering.

We’ll be closing out our 2021 year by featuring live holiday music by the I-Hotel house ensemble The Autonomous Region led by vocalist Caroline Cabading and featuring Raymond Bambao on bass, Vince Khoon keyboard, Chris Planas on guitar, Harold Ohashi on drums and Manny Dragon and Tony Daquipa on kulintang percussion.

Our gallery will continue to feature the art of I-Hotel tenant Jeanette Gandionco Lazam‘s exhibition: A celebration of Mirth, Myth and MythologyJeanette will be joining us this evening to discuss her work.

Also joining us will be Jenny Bawer Young of the Kalingafornia-Laga weaving circle who will be presenting and selling the weavings of the Kalinga backstrap weavers from the Philippine Cordillera mountains.

Conrad Benedicto will be reading from and signing his debut fantasy novel, Musalaya’s Gift!

And last but certainly not least, Roy Recio with the Tobera Project will be joining us with their long awaited 2022 calendar! The Tobera Project serves to honor and preserve the legacy of the Pajaro Valley. It is named after Fermin Tobera, the martyr in the 1930 Anti-Filipino Watsonville Race Riots. The annual calendar features the Filipino family histories of the Manong generation and includes vintage photos and personal essays.

So please join us for a FREE evening of music, history, literature, art . . . and Holiday Shopping!

Please RSVP for this event via

IMPORTANT NOTE: Prior to entering the International Hotel Manilatown Center all attendees will have to show proof of vaccination .

Partial funding for Club Mandalay has been provided by California Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan of 2021 and Zoo Labs Fund in partnership with the Center for Cultural Innovation.

Kommunity Kultura
Monday, November 15th at 5:30pm

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Kommunity Kultura is back at the International Hotel Manilatown Center!

Please join Manilatown for our Beginning Kali Martial Arts Class

Mondays at 5:30pm starting on November 15th

“Kommunity Kultura” is our traditional Philippine music, movement and cultural education program taking place at San Francisco’s International Hotel Manilatown Center. This program emphasizes hands-on instruction on the pre-colonial Philippine cultural traditions.

Please join us for a new weekly continuing class as Guro Manuel Dragon starts his Beginning Kali Martial Art.

Kali is not only a Philippine weapons-based martial art form, but its empty hand component is very effective. In today’s first class Guro Manny will be introducing the basics of the Kali Empty Hand Form, which provides the foundation that when practiced daily will improve the students’:

  • AWARENESS of self and surroundings;
  • BALANCE, STRENGTH & AGILITY of entire body, mind and spirit;
  • SENSE OF EMPOWERMENT to defend oneself and protect others.

IMPORTANT NOTE:Prior to entering the International Hotel Manilatown Center all attendees will have to show proof of vaccination. To RSVP for this workshop via EventBrite please click on this link:

This project has been made possible in part by a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, in partnership with the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Grants for the Arts and The California Endowment. Funding for this program has also been provided by California Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan of 2021.

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