The #MeToo experience that became a catalyst for creating PapaLoDown Agency 10 years ago

Last year I was able to be part of the inaugural Entrepinays Summit, and shared a part of the story of how and why I created PapaLoDown Agency 10 years ago. Sharing this video has been something I’ve avoided because of how vulnerable I am recounting how I was sexually harassed and gaslighted by the CEO and co-workers of a company I was working for at the time.

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Former Tech Industry Event Manager Creates ‘Entrepinays Summit’ for Young Filipina-American Entrepreneurs

Entrepinays Summit now in its second year, is an annual, inclusive, community-minded gathering for Filipina entrepreneurs and professionals. The event takes place on October 5-6 at conference space Bespoke (inside the Westfield Shopping Center), in San Francisco’s Filipino Cultural Heritage District, SOMA Pilipinas. Due to popular demand, the summit has extended to two days and at a larger venue this year. With over 200 attendees expected, participants will attend workshops related to purpose and practice such as "Brown Girls Budget: Money Tips We Never Learned" and “Where Business Meets Social Good: Can You Build A Company That's Profitable AND Responsible?” Guest speakers for this year’s summit include Pinay powerhouses such as Passion Planner & CEO Angelia Trinidad, HeyBerna founder and “financial hype woman” Berna Anat, award-winning conscious fashion company Cambio & Co. founder Gelaine Santiago, and many others.

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‘Journey For Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong’, A Must-Read Children’s Book for Hispanic Heritage and Filipino American History Month Celebrations

The historically significant book “Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong” continues on the second leg of its national movement and book tour with co-author Gayle Romasanta starting in Santa Ana, California at the Beyond "Hispanic Heritage Month" Lecture Series at Alta Baja Market on September 12. “Journey for Justice” is about Larry Itliong, co-founder of the United Farm Workers (UFW) with Cesar Chavez, and also gives a glimpse of Filipino American and Mexican American history, and the solidarity between Filipino and Mexican farm workers that created the largest farm labor movement in the history of the United States.

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Kultivate Labs Leads New Filipino American Cultural Center in San Francisco’s South of Market Neighborhood

Kultivate Labs, a non-profit business accelerator that advances socially-conscious commerce and produces the successful creative night market UNDISCOVERED SF, announces their plans in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD), to develop a new Filipino American Cultural Center in the Filipino cultural district, SOMA Pilipinas.

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Untold Story of Filipino American and UFW Labor Leader Larry Itliong Makes Debut in New York and Washington DC

The historically significant book Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong will make its third stop in its national book tour in New York City at John Jay College of Criminal Justice on Saturday, May 18, followed by Washington DC on Monday, May 20, at Busboy and Poets (Brookland location). As the first book about Larry Itliong, co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union (UFW) with Cesar Chavez, the book also gives a glimpse of Filipino American history and the solidarity between Filipino and Mexican farm workers that created the largest farm labor movement in the history of the United States.

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A musical concept in which instruments are used to express sounds of nature or to describe events is newest composition from Florante Aguilar and Utom Ensemble

San Francisco, CA - April 29, 2019 - Kularts, the United States’ premier presenter of contemporary and tribal Pilipinx arts, has commissioned Florante Aguilar — artist, creator, performer and leading figure championing Philippine music art forms — and the Utom Ensemble with T’boli master artist Joel Ganlal to perform the world premiere of Utom, a new composition inspired by the music of the T’boli people of Southern Mindanao, Philippines. In nine movements, Utom musically narrates the myth of Lake Sebu’s formation along with T’boli deities and royalty – Boi Henwu the princess, Kludan, the hunter and Boi Henwu’s servant, and Lemugot, a demi-god sent to seduce the princess. The composition portrays the conflicts between the T’boli demigod, princess and commoner in the backdrop of the fabled Lake Sebu.

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Covo Coworking & Event Space Launches New Program for Non-Profit Organizations and Mission-Driven Businesses

San Francisco, CA - April 26, 2019 - Covo, a coworking & event space with locations in San Francisco and St. Louis, is actively seeking non-profit organizations and mission-driven businesses to join their community. Covo is hosting an open house at their Mission Street location on Wednesday, May 15th, from 6pm-8pm, where organizations can tour the space and apply to be considered in the program.

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Visual Artists Address Colonization and Challenges of Pilipinx Diasporic Life In Group Art Exhibition

San Francisco, CA - April 4, 2019 - Kularts, the premier presenter of contemporary and tribal Pilipino arts in the United States, presents PostColonial Survival Kit, a group exhibition featuring Kimberley Arteche (US), Wilfred Galila (US/Philippines), Caroline Garcia (Australia), and visiting artists Marcelino ‘Balugto’ Necosia Jr. and Salima Saway Agra-an of the Talaandig Tribe in Mindanao, Philippines. The exhibition explores survival tactics of contemporary tribal and diasporic Pilipinx against the historical and ongoing inequities of cultural erasure, and marginalization, brought on by centuries of colonization. The exhibition features tribal soil paintings, sculpture, installation, and media art and will run from May 3rd through May 31st at the Luggage Store Gallery.  

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22nd Annual Asian American Arts Festival Cultivates Space for Community Healing and Celebration

Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC) presents the 22nd annual United States of Asian America Festival, a two-month showcase highlighting the experiences of local Asian Pacific Islander (API) artists and communities. Beginning May 2 and coinciding with Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the festival bridges together over 25 producing artists to celebrate the breadth and cultural impact of API art-making. Featuring Irene Tu, Jason Bayani, Kearny Street Workshop, The Rooted Recipes Project, Resilience Archives, and `Ulumau Collective.

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Intern Spotlight: Jenna Peng

Not being from a place with these strong community bonds, I came to SF wondering how to curate engaging sites for community organizing and collective imagining. And the answer is – it’s happening here, has been happening here. The artist and art-making is inextricable from radical community care. It feels rare, special, and also wonderfully matter-of-fact. - Jenna Peng, PapaLoDown Intern

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7 Mile House Brings Jazz Fest Outdoors

March 11, 2019, Brisbane, CA - The Bay Area’s historic 7 Mile House is producing their second annual 7 Mile House Jazz Fest on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 12pm-12am. The event will be held outdoors with a $25 entrance fee for the entire day (presale tickets are available online for $20). The festival features 11 bands, an impressive array of the Bay Area’s top jazz musicians and ensembles. It will also mark the second annual “7 Mile House Jazz Awards” for the following categories: Outstanding Bay Area Jazz Presenters, Outstanding Bay Area Jazz Promoters, and Outstanding Bay Area Jazz Artists; and will be hosted by KCSM Jazz 91 DJ, Alisa Clancy and other on-air personalities.

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Multimedia Dance Theater Performance Portrays Pilipino Americans in San Francisco during the 20’s-60’s

San Francisco, CA, February 20, 2019 - Kularts, the premier presenter of contemporary and tribal Pilipino arts in the United States, is proud to present In the Belly of the Eagle: Man@ng is Deity, Alleluia Panis’ latest multimedia dance theater workshop performance featuring original music by Joshua Icban and media art by Wilfred Galila premiers at Bindlestiff Studio on March 22-24. Inspired by real-life accounts of Pilipino Americans between the 1920s-1960s in San Francisco, this performance portrays the 8,000-mile immigration journey to America, and the resilience of the Pilipino people.

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Community Celebrates Nancy Hom's 45-Year Legacy of Art and Activism

Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC) presents Passionate Engagement: The Art of Nancy Hom, a retrospective exhibition of visual artist Nancy Hom's 45-year art career in San Francisco. Co-presented by Luggage Store Gallery, the exhibition runs from March 1-30, 2019 and features Hom’s iconic silkscreens, installations, and an evolving mandala installation that starts with her 2015 Soul of San Francisco mandala and morphs into a new design by the last week of the show.

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