SF Public Library to Host Filipino American International Book Festival

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SFPL Fil Am Book Fest

In celebration of Filipino American History Month, San Francisco Public Library will be hosting the second, bi-annual Filipino American International Book Festival (FilBookfest II) at the SF Main Library, 100 Larkin St., on Oct. 18, 19 & 20.

The theme of this year’s literary event is expressed in a layered title in Tagalog and English. It begins in Tagalog with “Likhâ ng Lahi” (literature of the people) and flows into the second part in English: “Writing Our Way Home: Shaping Tradition, History and Culture.”

Like the successful Filbookfest I, held at the Main Library in 2011, Filbookfest II will showcase the richness of Philippine culture through books, the visual and culinary arts, and music. The three-day festival opens Oct. 18 with three film documentaries based on award-winning books written by prominent artists from the Philippines. Musician and writer Richie Quirino will screen his documentary about Filipino jazz based on his award-winning book Pinoy Jazz Traditions. Noted film historian, director and author Nick Deocampo will travel from Manila to present two of his documentaries, one on Spanish influences in early Philippine cinema and another on American influences based on his books that are highly regarded.

Oct. 19 and 20 will feature award-winning authors and artists from the Philippines and the U.S. including Evelina Galang, Criselda Yabes, Dean Francis Alfar, Jon Pineda and Claude Tayag. There also will be story-telling for children, plus workshops and lectures on a variety of topics including self-publishing, blogging, and endangered Philippine species. A panel on Carlos Bulosan, one of the most revered pioneers of Fil-Am literature, which feature professors Dawn Mabalon, Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, and Dan Gonzales of San Francisco State University and authors Lou Syquia and Oscar Penaranda (moderator). The library events will close with a balagtasan, a poetic debate/joust that is unique to the Philippines and was a big hit in the 2011 book festival.

Throughout the festival, book sales and signings will be available.  Supporters of the festival include the University of San Francisco, Chevron, San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival, and FANHS. The festival is presented by the Filipino American Center of the San Francisco Public Library, in conjunction with Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA) and the Philippine Consulate General of San Francisco.

Find the complete schedule for FilBookFest II at http://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=1013111801


Related Exhibitions

Kodakan: Pilipinos in the City

SF Main Library Exhibit – Filipino American Center – Oct. 19-Jan 23

Kodakan, verb – the generic Filpino term for taking photos derived from the known camera brand Kodak. Example: “Kodakan na! It’s picturing taking time!” Synonym: “piktyur piktyur” or “piktyuran na”

What does it mean to be Filipino in San Francisco? And how do we tell our stories by posing for the camera? The Kodakan exhibit, presented by Kularts and going on view in the San Francisco Main Library’s Filipino American Center, explores changing expressions of Filipino cultural identity through the simple act of snapshot photography. Inspired by images in the book Filipinos in San Franciscoand the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection, artists Wilfred Galila and Peggy Peralta, with assistance from Cece Carpio, create playful photo homages to the vintage photos. Accompanied by videos, poetry, and interview snippets, the artists share the varied faces and stories of the San Francisco Pilipino American community.

Related Program:

Meet the Artists & Discussion Panel – Saturday, October 19, 12:30  p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium. Presented in partnership with Filipino American International Book Festival.


Endangered Birds of the Philippines

SF Main Library Exhibit – Stegner Environmental Center – Oct. 19 – March 28


Endangered Birds of the Philippines, an exhibition that will go on view in San Francisco Public Library’s Stegner Environmental Center, will feature mixed media artwork that celebrates the iconic and critically-endangered Great Philippine Eagle and other endangered birds.

Created by artist David Tomb, the exhibit features luminous and colorful paper assemblages that convey the ambiguous and mysterious jungle terrain of the Philippine island of Mindanao. Through this project, Tomb and Jeepney Projects Worldwide bring attention to the challenges these grand birds face in order to survive and share a sustainable future with an ever-growing Filipino population.

David Tomb is a co-founder of Jeepney Projects Worldwide: Art for Conservation, an organization that partners with regional conservation groups to inspire, support, and help restore lost habitat of critically endangered birds. In January 2011, Tomb and the Jeepney team visited Mt. Kitanglad on Mindanao to see wild nesting Great Philippine Eagles and other endemic birds. Jeepney has since partnered with the Philippine Eagle Foundation, creating limited edition fine art prints to raise funds for research, public outreach and education. Tomb has exhibited in galleries, universities, and museums extensively across the U.S. and has been published widely including The New York Times, The New Yorker, andHarpers. Tomb’s work is in many public collections including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Huntington Library, and the Consulate General of the United States in Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez.

Related Program:

Endangered Birds of the Philippines – Saturday, Oct. 19, 1:45 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium. Presented in partnership with Filipino American International Book Festival.

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