September 21, 2014 - Opening Reception - “Compositions: A Filipino American Experience”
Join The Alvarado Project and the San Francisco Main Library, for the premier of “Compositions,” the photo exhibit featuring Filipino American photographer Ricardo O. Alvarado’s historical San Francisco Filipino community. Revisit the spirit of friends and neighborhoods, listen to sounds of the surroundings and hear stories highlighting memories of the ‘old-time’ Filipino community. Janet Alvarado, the photographer’s daughter and exhibit curator, will give an overview of this new undertaking, which builds on the Smithsonian-traveled “Through My Father’s Eyes.”
October 4, 2014 “Heart of the City: The San Francisco Filipino Experience”
Kicking off Filipino American History month, San Francisco State University Professor Daniel Phil Gonzales--one of the foremost Asian American Studies experts--begins our exploration of what it meant to be a Filipino in the City after World War II—in the era between the first Filipinos and the increasing wave of immigration from the Philippines. From the perspective of a Native San Franciscan, Gonzales and others share their tales of mid-century Filipino life in the City by the Bay. Through words, music and images, they are living proof of how the American Filipino community took shape.
October 9, 2014 – Literary event: “Claiming Our Stories: An Anthology of Intergenerational Writings”
Introducing “Claiming Our Stories,” the anthology gives insight and context of the evolving Filipino American community. Complementing the historical images in The Alvarado Project’s “Compositions,” listen as personal perspectives reveal the heartbeat of a community showcases voices of an engaging group of established and emerging Filipino American writers. Writer/editor Emil Guillermo adds the world debut of his one-man play, “Emil Amok,” an autobiographical solo theatrical performance of life as an American Filipino in San Francisco.
October 28, 2014; The Alvarado Project presents Maestro Melecio Magdaluyo’s “Sounds of the City”
“Sounds of the City,” composed by Melecio Magdaluyo, a master musician and Bay Area treasure in the Jazz scene, contributes original music inspired by the images of Ricardo Alvarado. Magdaluyo’s compositions soulfully provide sonic expression of the rich Bay Area Filipino American experience in Kearny Street, Downtown, and the Fillmore. Filipino contributions to the musical landscape are shared in sound and word by Dr. John Calloway, Jazz artist Jo Canion, photographer Lewis Watts, and Janet Alvarado. This program is proudly sponsored by the SF ART Commission, The Alvarado Project and the San Francisco Public Library.
November 8, 2014 “Defending Our Stories” – Commemorating our Veteran’s
“Defending Our Stories” honors courageous Filipinos ensuring the survival of families and communities on both sides of the Pacific, from General MacArthur’s landing in Leyte Gulf ending WWII in the Pacific Arena, to the devastation of Supertyphoon Yolanda. Celebrating the 70th anniversary through SCR 20 “Leyte Landing Commemoration Day” (October 20, 1944), hear special recognition of Filipino contributions in the military’s 1st and 2nd Filipino Regiment and subsequent generations. Meet Gen. Anthony Taguba and Maj. Maitt, members of the Walter Scott Price family of Tacloban, Leyte, and Mrs. Norberta Alvarado, founding member of the Leyte Association of Northern California (est. 1965).