Silindro Pilipino Project

The SILINDRO FILIPINO PROJECT with Carlos Zialcita and Friends makes its debut on Saturday October 13th at 7pm at the OAKLAND ASIAN CULTURAL CENTER located at 388 9th Street 2nd Floor in Oakland’s Chinatown. For more information, they can be reached at 510-647-0455

Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 7 PM – 10 PM

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The event will include a lecture and presentation as well as a mini-workshop on the different instruments used. Tickets are $15 for general Admission and $10 for Seniors and Students. We encourage everyone to attend especially during Filipino American History Month.

This event is supported by the Oakland City Council and funded by the City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program. The Oakland Asian Cultural Center is a co-sponsor of this Project.

Silindro, which is the Tagalog word for harmonica, will be used by Zialcita to illustrate through performance of traditional and original compositions in a variety of settings, how a distinctly Filipino American esthetic can be achieved with the harmonica, a very popular instrument in American music, that covers the gamut of artistic, historical, and cultural influences available in today’s Filipino Diaspora.

Participating artists along with Zialcita, who is a recipient of a 2018 Oakland Individual Artist Grant, are Bo Razón, Chris Trinidad, Aireene Espiritu, Ron Quesada, Lydia Neff, Richard
Daquioag, and Raul Ramirez. The instruments used will include: kubing, harmonica, kulintang, agong, gandingan, dabakan, kutiyapi, gegelong, ukulele, guitar, bass, drums and piano.

FILIPINO-AMERICAN HISTORY & HERITAGE SERIES September 9, 2018 ~ November 2, 2018

The Hinabi Project:  Weaving Peace and Dreams ~ Textile Arts of Mindanao

EXHIBITION:  October 5, 2018 through November 4, 2018 ~ Free and open to the public

OPENING RECEPTION & CURATOR TALK:  Friday, October 5, 2018 ~ Free and open to the public

 The Hinabi Project (THP) brings to the East Bay the unique textile art of the weaving communities of Mindanao Mandaya, Bagobo, Higaonon, T’boli, Blaan, Yakan, Tausug, Maranao and the Maguindanao. Traditional weaving was circumscribed by ritual and ceremonies of the life-cycle birth, marriage and death. The fabrics produced were meant to address these ceremonial needs. Weaving was a contemplative and peaceful endeavor for the women of these communities. Textiles also serve as peace offerings to resolve community conflicts and uneasy alliances.  With the new demands of political determinism, new ideologies, and the consumer technologies — what typically would be a peaceful activity has been disrupted but the indigenous weavers continued their craft throughout the twist and turns of the country’s political fortunes. Weaving was and still has been for most, a means for additional income to an essentially peasant/farmer subsistence economy. Now, they also struggle between the tenets of traditional weaving customs and the demands of the local and tourist market while working in social conditions less conducive to weaving. With this disruption, the continuity of the indigenous weaving tradition, the passing on of its heritable designs and technique, and the self-pride and worth of work is a cause for grave concern. Through this exhibit, The Hinabi Project hopes to highlight the possibility of evolving newer concepts of design and work, thereby, encourage other designers, weaving artisans, and scholars to talk about their future direction.

Hinabi Project Website 



Image result for Gaddang communities of the Cordillera and Subanen community of Mindanao

Sunday, September 30, 2018, 1-4 PM

Performances by Dayao musicians and dancers direct from the Kalinga and Ga’dang communities of the Cordillera and Subanon community of Mindanao. There will also be a screening of a special documentary by Living Asia featuring the weavers commissioned by The Hinabi Project for the 2018 textiles exhibit “Mountain Spirits: Ceremonial Textiles and Folk Arts of Cordilleras and Northern Luzon” (on view through December 2 at the Mills Building in San Francisco).  The trunk show will feature textiles made by Philippine indigenous artisans.

Presented by Philippine American Writers and Artists’ (PAWA) The Hinabi Project in collaboration with National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) of the Philippines, Non-Timber Forest Products-Exchange Programme (NTFP-EP) CustomMade Crafts Center, the Philippine Department of Tourism in San Francisco, and the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco.