• Courtesy The Hinabi Project

  • Carlos Zialcita at Manilatown

  • Courtesy of Ger Youth Center


October 5 – November 4

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

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.

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.

Opening Reception

Friday, October 5


October 7

Mongolian cultural performances featuring mongolian dance, music and throat singing

4:30 pm–5:00 pm

"Ger" Mongolian Youth Center will present Mongolian cultural performances featuring Mongolian dance, music and throat singing.

Ger Youth Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserve and share Mongolian history, culture and language in Bay Area since 2009.

Mongolian traditional dance portrays daily life style, rituals and movements of the nomadic people.

Horse head fiddle is a Mongolian traditional bow instrument, the strings are made out of horse maine and tale hair. The instrument plays traditional and classical melodies.

Throat singing is one of the oldest form of music. Throat-singing is a range of singing styles in which a single vocalist sounds more than one pitch simultaneously by reinforcing harmonics. These performances are performed by professional artists and also students of State Merritt Artists of Ger Youth Center.


October 13

Silindro Pilipino Project Featuring Carlos Zialcita and Friends

7:00 pm–10:00 pm

The Silindro Pilipino Project makes its debut in Oakland with a music concert featuring veteran jazz and blues harmonica player Carlos Zialcita and Friends. The concert will be preceded by a lecture and demonstration on Filipino music and instruments.

About the Artist

Recipient of a 2018 Oakland Individual Artist Grant, Carlos Zialcita is the lead artist of the Silindro Project. The Project will include as its primary collaborators other Oakland-based musicians of Filipino and Pacific Islander descent, who will lend added perspective with kulintang gongs, the agong, gandingan, dabakan, babandil, kubing, kudyapi, guitar, ukulele, banduria, laud, drums, electric bass, and vocals. The Project will highlight the use of the harmonica (silindro in Tagalog) in pre-Colonial, Colonial, and post-Colonial music. The performance of traditional and original compositions in a variety of settings will illustrate how a distinctly Filipino American aesthetic can be achieved with the harmonica, a popular instrument in American music, that covers the gamut of artistic, historical, and cultural influences in today’s Filipino diaspora.


Oakland Asian Cultural Center

Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Korean, Southeast Asian, Himalayan & Central Asian, Islamic & Middle Eastern

The Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) is a unique pan-Asian arts and cultural center offering free and low-cost programming that reflects the breadth and depth of the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community. OACC provides free and low cost programs that support vibrant, healthy, and just communities. Our vision is to be a thriving first class community arts organization in Oakland and the Bay Area that promotes cross-cultural dialogue and understanding for present and future generations. OACC has ongoing programming in six areas: 1) festivals and events such as an annual Lunar New Year Celebration; 2) classes for all ages in music, dance, language, martial arts, art, and more; 3) rotating exhibits; 4) artist in residence program; 5) school tours and outreach program; and 6) community collaborations to produce a variety of events.



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United States
388 Ninth Street, Suite 290, Oakland, CA 94607


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