MOVEMENT: Filipino American History Month Celebration

Sunday, Oct 2, 2016
10:30 AM–4 PM
Free admission courtesy of Target


It’s that time of year again, when the museum gears up for its annual Filipino American History Month Celebration. This year’s theme of MOVEMENT focuses on the traditions of dance, martial arts, word and art of the Philippines.

Jay Loyola returns to direct the American Center of Philippine Arts and USF Kasamahan groups for a full day of powerful dance performances. Test your strength with workshops led by Eskabo Daan. More into the movement of words? Check out our open mic poetry session led by poet Karen Llagas of UC Berkeley and write your own thoughtful piece. Follow the sounds of Isang Himig A Capella group through the galleries and outside at our newly installed LIZ. Or try your hand at an activity created by our Art Speak interns. Hungry? Check out our café for a special Filipino dish.

Schedule by location

10:30 AM Dancers from the American Center of Philippine Arts perform.

12:30 PM Kasamahan dancers from the University of San Francisco take over the museum’s front steps, performing dances that are self-choreographed and credited to LIKHA Pilipino Folk Ensemble.

2 PM Isang Himig A Capella brings music outside.


11 AM The day kicks off with opening remarks by Asian Art Museum director Dr. Jay Xu and Consul General Henry S. Bensurto, Jr. Then the ACPA takes the stage for a performance titled, Voyage to Mindinao.

1 PM Kasamahan dancers from the University of San Francisco dancers perform dances combining Filipino and Filipino American experiences.

2:30 PM Immerse yourself in the vibrant sounds of the rondalla, a stringed instrument ensemble, by the young musicians of ACPA.  

11–4 PM Isang Himig A Capella livens up the museum and brings music to the galleries. Look for them throughout the museum.

11:30 AM & 1:30 PM Join special gallery tours focusing on Filipino Arts.  


11–4 PM Try your hand at art activities led by the museum’s Art Speak interns.

12 PM & 2 PM Eskabo Daan demonstrate traditional Filipino martial arts.

3 PM Eskabo Daan martial arts workshop and competition. Show off your best moves and win a prize!

11–4 PM
Drawing from poetic and oral storytelling traditions, Karen Llagas of UC Berkeley and Baybayin artist Norman de los Santos lead a writing workshop featuring creative writing exercises for all ages.  

Ongoing displays by The Hinabi Project, Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. (PAWA), We Are America: Resistance and Resilience, and the Bataan Legacy Historical Project.

The Cultural Celebrations are day-long festivals each dedicated to a specific Asian culture. Programs include dance and musical performances, food tasting, teen music lounge, arts activities, gallery tours and more. All these Cultural Celebrations are FREE to everyone.



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