Kularts supports and works with over 100 artists annually, actively working to amplify diverse voices within our diasporic community.

2019 Master Artists in Residence

Edgar Sabang, Lake Sebu, South Cotobato, Philippines  T’boli Master Musician

Edgar Sabang, Lake Sebu, South Cotobato, Philippines

T’boli Master Musician

Maria Todi Wanan, Koronadal, South Cotobato Philippines  T’boli Master Artist & Culture Bearer

Maria Todi Wanan, Koronadal, South Cotobato Philippines

T’boli Master Artist & Culture Bearer

 

 

2018-2019 Kularts Artists

Jose Abad    Incarcerated 6x9, In the Belly of the Eagle: Manong is Deity   jose e abad is a queer social practice performance artist exploring queer futurity through an intersectional lens. Using dance, storytelling, and ritual, abad’s work unearths lost histories, memories, and wisdom that are held within the body that the mind has forgotten or dominant culture has erased.

Jose Abad

Incarcerated 6x9, In the Belly of the Eagle: Manong is Deity

jose e abad is a queer social practice performance artist exploring queer futurity through an intersectional lens. Using dance, storytelling, and ritual, abad’s work unearths lost histories, memories, and wisdom that are held within the body that the mind has forgotten or dominant culture has erased.

Florante Aguilar    Composer   Utom

Florante Aguilar

Composer

Utom

Don Ellis Aguillo    Co-creator of Isugid Pinoy!   Illustrator and Concept Artist

Don Ellis Aguillo

Co-creator of Isugid Pinoy!

Illustrator and Concept Artist

 
June Arellano    Costume Designer, Incarcerated 6x9, Bae Makiling, She Who Can See, In the Belly of the Eagle: Manong is Deity   Ladislao “June” Arellano was born in Bataan, Philippines. He trained at the Philippine Women’s University and New York’s Broadway Dance School. He moved to San Francisco and joined Barangay Dance Company. He has been a principal dancer for Parangal Dance Comapny since 2008, and has performed at several SF Ethnic Dance Festivals and the 2017 Merrie Monarch Festival. Recent credits include “Maseg Typhoon” (2014), “She Who Can See” (2015), “Ba-e Makiling” (2016), and “Sayaw” (film) by Cecilio Asuncion. June has been Kularts’ costume designer since 2012.

June Arellano

Costume Designer, Incarcerated 6x9, Bae Makiling, She Who Can See, In the Belly of the Eagle: Manong is Deity

Ladislao “June” Arellano was born in Bataan, Philippines. He trained at the Philippine Women’s University and New York’s Broadway Dance School. He moved to San Francisco and joined Barangay Dance Company. He has been a principal dancer for Parangal Dance Comapny since 2008, and has performed at several SF Ethnic Dance Festivals and the 2017 Merrie Monarch Festival. Recent credits include “Maseg Typhoon” (2014), “She Who Can See” (2015), “Ba-e Makiling” (2016), and “Sayaw” (film) by Cecilio Asuncion. June has been Kularts’ costume designer since 2012.

Kimberley Acebo Arteche   Visual Artist: Post-Colonial Survival Toolkit  Arteche is an artist working in social practice, photography, installation, and performance. For more info:  www.kimarteche.com

Kimberley Acebo Arteche

Visual Artist: Post-Colonial Survival Toolkit

Arteche is an artist working in social practice, photography, installation, and performance. For more info: www.kimarteche.com

Robin Birdd    Visual Artist: 2018 Parol Lantern Festival Commissioned Artist   Robin Birdd is an installation and conceptual artist from Oakland, California. For more information:  www.robinbirdd.com

Robin Birdd

Visual Artist: 2018 Parol Lantern Festival Commissioned Artist

Robin Birdd is an installation and conceptual artist from Oakland, California. For more information: www.robinbirdd.com

 
Lynn Luzano Bryant    Visual Artist,  Parol Lantern Commissioned Artist  Bryant is an artist in interactive event sculpture and graphic designer specializing in playables design for game advertising. Early background in print design, totaling 12+ years of experience. Ocean/surf advocate from California & Philippines. For more information, visit:  llbryant.com

Lynn Luzano Bryant

Visual Artist, Parol Lantern Commissioned Artist

Bryant is an artist in interactive event sculpture and graphic designer specializing in playables design for game advertising. Early background in print design, totaling 12+ years of experience. Ocean/surf advocate from California & Philippines. For more information, visit: llbryant.com

Rea deGuzman    Visual Artist: Undiscovered Live Painter   Rea is a painter based in San Francisco, CA. For more information:  readeguzman.com

Rea deGuzman

Visual Artist: Undiscovered Live Painter

Rea is a painter based in San Francisco, CA. For more information: readeguzman.com

Dre ‘Poko’ Devis    Dance Artist: In the Belly of the Eagle: Manong is Deity

Dre ‘Poko’ Devis

Dance Artist: In the Belly of the Eagle: Manong is Deity

 
Wilfred Galila    Multidisciplinary Artist: Kodakan: Pilipinos in the City, She, Who Can See, Incarcerated 6x9, In the Belly of the Eagle: Man@ng is Deity, PostColonial Survival Kit   Wilfred Galila makes use of various media for storytelling and art making as a means of gaining a deeper understanding of postcolonial identity and culture through a transpacific diasporic lens, framework, and experience.  He collaborated with multi-awarded dance artist Alleluia Panis on the multimedia dance theater productions,  She, Who Can See  (2015) and  Incarcerated 6x9  (2018), and the dance film  She, Who Can See  (2017) that was screened at the 2018 CAAMFest. Their latest collaboration is  In the Belly of the Eagle: Man@ng is Deity .  Galila is the lead artist for  Kodakan: Pilipinos in the City , a photography and media project that explores the diverse identities of Filipinos in San Francisco through time, exhibited at the San Francisco Main Library (2013-2014), the I-Hotel Manilatown Center (2015), and the A.C.T. Strand Theater (2015).  His films were screened at the 23rd and 26th annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  His writing was published in  Beyond Lumpia, Pansit   and   Seven Manangs Wild , an anthology of prose and poetry by Filipino American writers, and in  Milvia Street Art   and   Literary Journal  of Berkeley City College.  Galila was nominated for a 2019 Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Design.  He is mounting a multimedia art installation piece for the  PostColonial Survival Kit  exhibition and series of events at The Luggage Store Gallery in San Francisco in May 2019.

Wilfred Galila

Multidisciplinary Artist: Kodakan: Pilipinos in the City, She, Who Can See, Incarcerated 6x9, In the Belly of the Eagle: Man@ng is Deity, PostColonial Survival Kit

Wilfred Galila makes use of various media for storytelling and art making as a means of gaining a deeper understanding of postcolonial identity and culture through a transpacific diasporic lens, framework, and experience.

He collaborated with multi-awarded dance artist Alleluia Panis on the multimedia dance theater productions, She, Who Can See (2015) and Incarcerated 6x9 (2018), and the dance film She, Who Can See (2017) that was screened at the 2018 CAAMFest. Their latest collaboration is In the Belly of the Eagle: Man@ng is Deity.

Galila is the lead artist for Kodakan: Pilipinos in the City, a photography and media project that explores the diverse identities of Filipinos in San Francisco through time, exhibited at the San Francisco Main Library (2013-2014), the I-Hotel Manilatown Center (2015), and the A.C.T. Strand Theater (2015).

His films were screened at the 23rd and 26th annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

His writing was published in Beyond Lumpia, Pansit and Seven Manangs Wild, an anthology of prose and poetry by Filipino American writers, and in Milvia Street Art and Literary Journal of Berkeley City College.

Galila was nominated for a 2019 Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Design.

He is mounting a multimedia art installation piece for the PostColonial Survival Kit exhibition and series of events at The Luggage Store Gallery in San Francisco in May 2019.

Tino Lagahid    Dance Artist: Incarcerated 6x9, In the Belly of the Eagle: Manong is Deity   Cristino Nathaniel is a San Francisco native, born and raised in the Mission and Bayview-Hunter’s Point. In 2007, Cristino joined two competitive hip hop teams at Cal State Northridge, while receiving formal training in urban dance, ballet, and modern. Cristino continued training at City College of San Francisco, performing in Pina Bausch’s “Rite of Spring”. Cristino choreographed and performed a piece titled, “Anomie” in 2013, presenting sociological concepts that showcased an individual's internal journey through collective struggles. Cristino holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology. With emphasis on spiritual and cultural awakening, Cristino combines dance training, his performance background, and intersectional identities together to maintain and defend creative spaces that uplift unheard voices.

Tino Lagahid

Dance Artist: Incarcerated 6x9, In the Belly of the Eagle: Manong is Deity

Cristino Nathaniel is a San Francisco native, born and raised in the Mission and Bayview-Hunter’s Point. In 2007, Cristino joined two competitive hip hop teams at Cal State Northridge, while receiving formal training in urban dance, ballet, and modern. Cristino continued training at City College of San Francisco, performing in Pina Bausch’s “Rite of Spring”. Cristino choreographed and performed a piece titled, “Anomie” in 2013, presenting sociological concepts that showcased an individual's internal journey through collective struggles. Cristino holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology. With emphasis on spiritual and cultural awakening, Cristino combines dance training, his performance background, and intersectional identities together to maintain and defend creative spaces that uplift unheard voices.

Sydney Loyola   Choreographer: Tagabanua, Palau’an Bird Call: Huni ng Tandikan, Maseg Typhoon, Bae Makiling, Sayaw sa Ilaw   For more than two decades, Loyola has created over 40 Philippine dance works and performed in Asia, Europe, and the US. Loyola is the founding artistic director for American Center of Philippine Arts, and adjunct professor at University of San Francisco. Her awards include “Young Alumni Achiever in Arts and Humanities” by Holy Trinity University, and the nomination for an Isadora Duncan Award for the 2008 collaboration with Rudy Soriano, Kadayawan. Loyola has received commissioning grant awards from the National Endowment for the Arts 2012, Creative Work Fund 2012 and East Bay Community Foundation 2011 and Zellerbach Family Foundation 2011.

Sydney Loyola

Choreographer: Tagabanua, Palau’an Bird Call: Huni ng Tandikan, Maseg Typhoon, Bae Makiling, Sayaw sa Ilaw

For more than two decades, Loyola has created over 40 Philippine dance works and performed in Asia, Europe, and the US. Loyola is the founding artistic director for American Center of Philippine Arts, and adjunct professor at University of San Francisco. Her awards include “Young Alumni Achiever in Arts and Humanities” by Holy Trinity University, and the nomination for an Isadora Duncan Award for the 2008 collaboration with Rudy Soriano, Kadayawan. Loyola has received commissioning grant awards from the National Endowment for the Arts 2012, Creative Work Fund 2012 and East Bay Community Foundation 2011 and Zellerbach Family Foundation 2011.

 
Johnny Huy Nguyen    Dance Artist: Incarceratd 6x9, In the Belly of the Eagle: Manong is Deity   Johnny Huy Nguyen is a dancer, performance artist, and educator based in San Francisco, California. Starting first with breaking, his dance practice has expanded to encompass a variety of styles including house, vogue, and contemporary. Past and current projects include work with Embodiment Project and Lenora Lee Dance Company. As an artist, his vision is to use his craft and creativity to activate awareness, healing, and action in ways that are raw, vulnerable, and honest.

Johnny Huy Nguyen

Dance Artist: Incarceratd 6x9, In the Belly of the Eagle: Manong is Deity

Johnny Huy Nguyen is a dancer, performance artist, and educator based in San Francisco, California. Starting first with breaking, his dance practice has expanded to encompass a variety of styles including house, vogue, and contemporary. Past and current projects include work with Embodiment Project and Lenora Lee Dance Company. As an artist, his vision is to use his craft and creativity to activate awareness, healing, and action in ways that are raw, vulnerable, and honest.

Joshua Icban    Musician and Composer: In the Belly of the Eagle: Manong is Deity   Joshua Icban is a composer based in Vallejo, California. As a creator, his work focuses on the intrinsic relationship between memory, history and identity. Josh is also a regularly performing guitarist who plays in a number of projects and groups in the Bay Area. Past credits include the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco State Gospel Choir, Afro-Cuban Ensemble He has served as composer/arranger & music director for Awesome Orchestra and Bindlestiff Studios and has had his work as sound designer featured in spaces such as Counterpulse and the Asian Art Museum. He received his MA ethnomusicology at CSU East Bay.

Joshua Icban

Musician and Composer: In the Belly of the Eagle: Manong is Deity

Joshua Icban is a composer based in Vallejo, California. As a creator, his work focuses on the intrinsic relationship between memory, history and identity. Josh is also a regularly performing guitarist who plays in a number of projects and groups in the Bay Area. Past credits include the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco State Gospel Choir, Afro-Cuban Ensemble He has served as composer/arranger & music director for Awesome Orchestra and Bindlestiff Studios and has had his work as sound designer featured in spaces such as Counterpulse and the Asian Art Museum. He received his MA ethnomusicology at CSU East Bay.

Jonathan Michael Mercado    Dance Artist: Maseg Typhoon, She, Who Can See, Bae Makiling, Incarcerated 6x9, In the Belly of the Eagle: Manong is Deity   Jonathan is an inter-disciplinarian Filipino-American artist born within the bay area. As a part of the Filipino diaspora within the U.S. he has often looked to discover more about his Filipino heritage and culture through movement. His movement is inspired through his experiences of hip-hop/urban choreography and Filipino folk dancing. He currently dances with Kularts under director Alleuia Panis and Parangal Dance Company under director Eric Solano. His passion will continue to guide his efforts of discovering his own dance vocabulary that reflects his personal experiences.

Jonathan Michael Mercado

Dance Artist: Maseg Typhoon, She, Who Can See, Bae Makiling, Incarcerated 6x9, In the Belly of the Eagle: Manong is Deity

Jonathan is an inter-disciplinarian Filipino-American artist born within the bay area. As a part of the Filipino diaspora within the U.S. he has often looked to discover more about his Filipino heritage and culture through movement. His movement is inspired through his experiences of hip-hop/urban choreography and Filipino folk dancing. He currently dances with Kularts under director Alleuia Panis and Parangal Dance Company under director Eric Solano. His passion will continue to guide his efforts of discovering his own dance vocabulary that reflects his personal experiences.

 
Mariela Montero    Visual Artist: Undiscovered Live Painter   For more information, visit:  marielagmontero.com

Mariela Montero

Visual Artist: Undiscovered Live Painter

For more information, visit: marielagmontero.com

Katherine Pantangco   Dance Artist: In the Belly of the Eagle: Manong is Deity

Katherine Pantangco

Dance Artist: In the Belly of the Eagle: Manong is Deity

Earl Alfred Paus    Dance Artist: Incarcerated 6x9, In the Belly of the Eagle: Manong is Deity   Earl Alfred Paus studied Theater Arts eclectically at SFSU. He trained with SF Mime Troupe and New York’s SITI Company. Annually, Earl performs a dance-theater pantomime at the Judson Memorial Church in Manhattan, an incubator for experimental dance. Earl was Nominated a TBA Award for Best Male Actor in a musical including; Hair, West Side Story, and Pippin. His cabaret collective, an offshoot of the dismantled Hypnodrome Theater and diaspora of Thrillpeddlers Alumni, presents a monthly at The Stud called “Palace of Trash”- a glittery avant-garde and garish show honoring "The Cockettes" and aiming to relentlessly resuscitate the queer artist scene in SF. ( www.Earlpaus.com )

Earl Alfred Paus

Dance Artist: Incarcerated 6x9, In the Belly of the Eagle: Manong is Deity

Earl Alfred Paus studied Theater Arts eclectically at SFSU. He trained with SF Mime Troupe and New York’s SITI Company. Annually, Earl performs a dance-theater pantomime at the Judson Memorial Church in Manhattan, an incubator for experimental dance. Earl was Nominated a TBA Award for Best Male Actor in a musical including; Hair, West Side Story, and Pippin. His cabaret collective, an offshoot of the dismantled Hypnodrome Theater and diaspora of Thrillpeddlers Alumni, presents a monthly at The Stud called “Palace of Trash”- a glittery avant-garde and garish show honoring "The Cockettes" and aiming to relentlessly resuscitate the queer artist scene in SF. (www.Earlpaus.com)

 
Jazlynn G. Eugenio Pastor   Dance Artist ,  In the Belly of the Eagle: Man@ng is Deity   Jazlynn G. Eugenio Pastor is a Pinay artist who strives to share and understand her culture through the performing arts. With movement, story telling, and writing, she aspires to share hers and her community’s stories. While studying at the University of San Francisco, Jazlynn’s greatest passions were leading Kasamahan at USF’s Barrio Fiesta as Cultural Director and being a collaborator for Five Feet Dance’s “(de)classified”. Today, she continues to promote Philippine arts and narratives as a teacher for the American Center of Philippine Arts, member of Parangal Dance Company, and most recently, dancer for Kularts’ “In the Belly of the Eagle.” For more info, visit  here .

Jazlynn G. Eugenio Pastor

Dance Artist, In the Belly of the Eagle: Man@ng is Deity

Jazlynn G. Eugenio Pastor is a Pinay artist who strives to share and understand her culture through the performing arts. With movement, story telling, and writing, she aspires to share hers and her community’s stories. While studying at the University of San Francisco, Jazlynn’s greatest passions were leading Kasamahan at USF’s Barrio Fiesta as Cultural Director and being a collaborator for Five Feet Dance’s “(de)classified”. Today, she continues to promote Philippine arts and narratives as a teacher for the American Center of Philippine Arts, member of Parangal Dance Company, and most recently, dancer for Kularts’ “In the Belly of the Eagle.” For more info, visit here.

Zarina Raha    Composer, Sayaw sa Ilaw

Zarina Raha

Composer, Sayaw sa Ilaw

Michael Sacramento    Visual Artist: 2018 Parol Lantern Festival Commissioned Artist   Michael is a painter and visual artist based in the Bay Area. For more information, visit:  michaelsacramento.com

Michael Sacramento

Visual Artist: 2018 Parol Lantern Festival Commissioned Artist

Michael is a painter and visual artist based in the Bay Area. For more information, visit: michaelsacramento.com

Paolo Salazar    Visual Artist: Undiscovered Live Painter   Paolo is a painter and performance artist based in the Bay Area. For more information, visit:  paolosalazar.com

Paolo Salazar

Visual Artist: Undiscovered Live Painter

Paolo is a painter and performance artist based in the Bay Area. For more information, visit: paolosalazar.com

Raf Salazar    Co-Creator of Isugid Pinoy

Raf Salazar

Co-Creator of Isugid Pinoy

Frances Sedayao    Dance Artist: Bae Makiling, Incarcerated 6x9, In the Belly of the Eagle: Manong is Deity   Frances Sedayao is a multi-disciplinary dance artist who has performed & toured with Bay Area notables over the past 20 years. She has done collaborative & independent dance work locally & internationally; is an alumna of Alvin Ailey American Dance School and CSU, East Bay where she is a lecturer. She's a Serpent Source grant recipient, Featured Dance Artist for SF Apature, & a Dance Resident of Art OMI International in NY. Her current projects include works with Bandelion Dancetheatre, Anne Bluethenthal, Slovakian touring project, Bonjour Monogramista and Kreatibo/ Queer Cultural Center.

Frances Sedayao

Dance Artist: Bae Makiling, Incarcerated 6x9, In the Belly of the Eagle: Manong is Deity

Frances Sedayao is a multi-disciplinary dance artist who has performed & toured with Bay Area notables over the past 20 years. She has done collaborative & independent dance work locally & internationally; is an alumna of Alvin Ailey American Dance School and CSU, East Bay where she is a lecturer. She's a Serpent Source grant recipient, Featured Dance Artist for SF Apature, & a Dance Resident of Art OMI International in NY. Her current projects include works with Bandelion Dancetheatre, Anne Bluethenthal, Slovakian touring project, Bonjour Monogramista and Kreatibo/ Queer Cultural Center.

 
Maria Fatima Urbi    Visual Artist, Undiscovered Live Painter   Maria is a freelance illustrator and exhibiting artist based in Oakland CA. She has exhibited in galleries such as 111 Minna, Wonderland SF, Warehouse 416, Cartoon Museum, Rock Paper Scissors, and numerous indie spaces in the SF Bay Area; She is also a frequent artist exhibitor for the Oakland Art Murmur, San Francisco Art Fair, and East Bay Open Studios.  She received her BFA in Traditional Illustration at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco CA. Currently, Maria is a mama of 2 spirited girls and working with a Filipinx artists collective Epekto Art Projects.  For more information, visit:  mariafatimaurbi.carbonmade.com

Maria Fatima Urbi

Visual Artist, Undiscovered Live Painter

Maria is a freelance illustrator and exhibiting artist based in Oakland CA. She has exhibited in galleries such as 111 Minna, Wonderland SF, Warehouse 416, Cartoon Museum, Rock Paper Scissors, and numerous indie spaces in the SF Bay Area; She is also a frequent artist exhibitor for the Oakland Art Murmur, San Francisco Art Fair, and East Bay Open Studios.

She received her BFA in Traditional Illustration at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco CA. Currently, Maria is a mama of 2 spirited girls and working with a Filipinx artists collective Epekto Art Projects.

For more information, visit: mariafatimaurbi.carbonmade.com

Mel Vera Cruz    Visual Artist: Undiscovered Live Painter, 2018 Parol Lantern Festival Commissioned Artist   For more information, visit:  www.melveracruz.com

Mel Vera Cruz

Visual Artist: Undiscovered Live Painter, 2018 Parol Lantern Festival Commissioned Artist

For more information, visit: www.melveracruz.com

Pamela Ybanez    Visual Artist: 2018 Parol Lantern Commissioned Artist   Pamela Ybañez is an Oakland based artist who works in photography, curation and social engagement projects. Her art deals with personal and social investigations as a way to discuss existing societal conditions around inequality and identity.  For more information, visit:  pamelaybanez.com

Pamela Ybanez

Visual Artist: 2018 Parol Lantern Commissioned Artist

Pamela Ybañez is an Oakland based artist who works in photography, curation and social engagement projects. Her art deals with personal and social investigations as a way to discuss existing societal conditions around inequality and identity.

For more information, visit: pamelaybanez.com

 
Rosalie Zerrudo    Master Artist in Residence, Inday Dolls, PDL 700%   Ma Rosalie Abeto Zerrudo bridges multi-characters as performance and visual multi-media poet artist. Her background in BA Psychology, and MA Educational Theater (New York University) enriched her people-centered and process-based heartwork. She combines her community-engaged culture-based art practice as a creative process called soul work. Zerrudo currently she serves as Asst Professor at College of Fine Arts and Humanities at University of San Agustin, Iloilo, Philippines.

Rosalie Zerrudo

Master Artist in Residence, Inday Dolls, PDL 700%

Ma Rosalie Abeto Zerrudo bridges multi-characters as performance and visual multi-media poet artist. Her background in BA Psychology, and MA Educational Theater (New York University) enriched her people-centered and process-based heartwork. She combines her community-engaged culture-based art practice as a creative process called soul work. Zerrudo currently she serves as Asst Professor at College of Fine Arts and Humanities at University of San Agustin, Iloilo, Philippines.