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P.O. Box 31928
San Francisco, CA, 94131-0928

A space to encourage writing of Filipino American literature and the arts



PAWA Events

February 6, 2019: A Book Launch and Author Talk. Golden Children: Legacy of Ethnic Studies, SF State. A Memoir by Juanita Tamayo Lott. 6:00 to 7:30 PM. Romulo Hall, 6th Floor, The Philippine Center, 447 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94108


Presented by PAWA and the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco

January 24, 2019: Learning Studio, 5th Floor, San Francisco Main Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA, 6:00-7:30 PM

The US launch of Marites D. Vitug's acclaimed book, Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case Against China and Marilen Dañguilan's historic The RH Bill Story: Contentions and Compromises. A rare chance to get the real stories behind these landmark events in the Philippines.
Presented by The Filipino American Center of the San Francisco Public Library, Philippine American Writers and Artists, and Ateneo de Manila University Press

04/29/2018: Filipinx Poets for National Poetry Month!

1:00 PM at The Learning Studio, 5th Floor, San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA

Please join the Filipino American Center [SFPL] and PAWA for our National Poetry Month Filipinx Poets reading, featuring Melinda de Jesus, Giovanni Ortega, Tony Robles, and Janice Lobo Sapigao! The event is free and open to the public. Visit the Facebook Page:

05/05/2018: Tertulia Filipinas—A PAWA Cultural Evening

The Philippine Center, Kalayaan Hall, 447 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

An evening of kundiman, Tagalog and Spanish poetry, and platitos. A fundraiser to support PAWA/THP.

For more information: Tertulia Filipinas


02/24/2017: Book Launch: —microchips for millions—by Janice Lobo Sapigao

The Philippine Center, Social Hall, 5th Floor, 447 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

An evening of poetry with Janice Lobo Sapigao along with Kimberly Davalos, Von Torres, Alex Fernandez.

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08/23/2016:   Noelle Q. de Jesus at the San Francisco Main Library
Mary Louise Stong Conference Room, 1st Floor • 100 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Author Noelle Q. de Jesus reads from her new book of short fiction Blood Collected Stories, published by Ethos Books Singapore last year and winner of the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Award for the short story. Q&A to follow reading. Limited seating. Please RSVP.

PAWA Facebook Page and RSVP:

For more info visit the Filbookfest page:

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04/01/2016: Book Launch: “Women Against Marcos. Stories of Filipino and Filipino-American Women Who Fought a Dictator” by Mila de Guzman. Venue: 5th Floor Social Hall, Philippine Consulate, 447 Sutter Street, San Francisco. — 6:00 P.M. A free event. 

03/11/2016: Book Launch: “Thirty Years Later…Catching Up with the Marcos-Era Crimes” by Myles Garcia. Venue: Venue: 5th Floor Social Hall, Philippine Consulate, 447 Sutter Street, San Francisco. — 6:00 P.M. A free event. 

02/03-28/2016: “Dogeaters” by Jessica Hagedorn. The Bay Area premieres the much talked-about theatrical play on the power, culture clash, activism, rebellion, and celebrity of the Philippines in 1982, at the end of the Marcos regime. A panel will be held on the 21 February matinee performance, featuring author Myles Garcia, to speak about their personal experience of EDSA. Venue: Magic Theater, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA.  Visit or call 415-4418822 for tickets.

02/25/2016: EDSA People Power @30 Reception. A gathering of inspiring speakers and the photo exhibit of Kim Komenich will be hosted by the Philippine Consulate and the EDSA People Power @30 committee. Venue: Kalayaan Hall, Philippine Consulate General, 447 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA. — 6:00 P.M.  Open to the public. RSVP:

02/12/2016: Voices of People Power. Author Benjamin Pimentel and activist Cindy Domingo recall their experiences during martial law and how People Power affected their lives. Award-winning documentarist Jethro Cuenca Patalinghug will show “My Revolutionary Mother.” Venue: 5th Floor Social Hall, Philippine Consulate, 447 Sutter Street, San Francisco. — 6:00 P.M. A free event.


10/02-4/2015: Third Filipino American International Book Festival. Bukás na Bukas: An Open Tomorrow. San Francisco Main Library.

10/02/2015: Screening of Women of Malolos by Nicanor Tiongson followed by a Q&A. 2:00 PM  [Koret Auditorium, SF Main Library]

09/24 - 10/11/2015: An Educational Display on Piña. THP in partnership with the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, California.

09/11/2015: N.V.M. Gonzalez Centennial Celebration at the 5th Floor Social Hall, Philippine Consulate General, 447 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA. Click for more details:

08/31, 2015: Exclusive Pre-release Screening of Heneral Luna to benefit FilBookFest. 7:00 P.M. Marina Theater, 2149 Chestnut San Francisco. Come see the movie and help support Filbookfest! Click for Details and Purchase your tickets.

07/31/2015: A Tribute to Nick Joaquin. Nicomedes Márquez Joaquín (May 4, 1917 – April 29, 2004). His life and work with a theatrical reading from Portrait of the Artist as Filipino, 6:30 P.M. Kalayaan Hall, Philippine Center, 447 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA

07/19/2015: Trunk Show and Sale featuring the handcrafted traditions of the Philippines. PAWA's The Hinabi Project (THP) with  Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) of Manila and its marketing arm CustomMade Crafts Center, Inc. (CMCC). 11 am–4 P.M., Kalayaan Hall, 1st floor, Philippine Center, 447 Sutter Street, San Francisco

06/20/2015: THP at the SangDiwa 2015. Panel Session 2: "Creative Designs Using Indigenous Filipino Materials" with Patis Tesoro, Anthony Cruz Legarda, Jenny Young, Chona Pike, and Edwin Lozada as moderator. Patis Tesoro will have a presentation on piña and Philippine indigenous cotton. 2:55-4:20 PM at the Kalayaan Hall, 1st floor, Philippine Center, 447 Sutter Street, San Francisco

06/19/2015:  An Evening with Patis Tesoro and the Launch of The Hinabi Project. 6.30 P.M. San Francisco, CA

06/12/2015: Anthony Cruz Legarda featuring Hinabi: The Art of Philippine Textiles Fashion Show and Bay Area Fashion Week Models at the Kalayaan SF Philippine Independence Day Evning Gala, San Francisco City Hall

05/24/2015: Philippine Textiles Show and Tell with Anthony Cruz Legarda. Ethnic Textiles Study Group Textile Arts Council at the de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

06/20/2014: Kaarawan ni José Rizal Event at the San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, SF, 3-5:00 PM / Refreshments will be served before the program. Please arrive early. * Penélope Flores: Rizal as a boy poet—Questions about Sa Aking Mga Kabata. * Maria Beebe: Letter to the Women of Malolos. * Ralph Zackheim/Linda Larson: Bellas Letras—Rizal's handwriting. * Joi Barrios: Makamisa, Rizal's Revolution. * Edwin Lozada/Michael Gonzalez: On translating Mi último adiós. * Music performed by Theresa Calpotura, Michael Gonzalez, Nicole James.

04/26/2014: PAWA presents Pin@ys First Book Series, 12:00 PM, Bayanihan Community Center, 1010 Mission Street, SF, 3 Debut Poetry Collections—3 Filpiino Poets: Jason Bayani, Aimee Suzara, Angela Torres

02/16/2014: PAWA+TAYO+Maganda at SFPL. 12 noon.

10/18-20/2013: Filbookfest2—Second Filipino American International Book Festival at the San Francisco Main Library.

10/13/2013: PAWA/Filbookfest2 joins Avotcja in presenting La Palabra Musical/The Music of the Word featuring Elsa Valmidiano, Melissa R. Sipin, Edwin Lozada, Aimee Suzara, James Constantino Bautista and Niki Escobar. Casa Latina (Taquería, Bakery & Café), 1805 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA: 3:30-5:30pm. See flyer.

05/09/2013: PAWA, Manilatown Heritage Foundation, and the Filbookfest 2013 Present the San Francisco Book Lanuch of Marivi Soliven’s The Mango Bride. I-Hotel Manilatown Center (SF).

04/13/2013: PAWA and Arkipelago Books Presents R. Zamora Linmark at the Bayanihan Community Center (SF).

11/28/2012: PAWA Presents Lysley Tenorio, Monstress, moderated by Rashaan Alexis Meneses at the Philippine Consulate

10/27/2012: PAWA Celebrates Filipino American History Month at the Union City Public Library. (Photos)

10/26/2012: PAWA Presents Gina Apostol’s Gun Dealers’ Daughter at thePhilippine Consulate. (Photos)

10/21 – 12/16/2012: Political Content & Engagement FREE Writing Workshop

10/13/2012: PAWA and Irma’s Present for Litcrawl SF

09/29/2012: PAWA Night at Luis Francia’s The Strange Case of Citizen de laCruz (Bindlestiff Studio)

09/23/2012: PAWA Presents Birds of a Feather (Bird & Beckett Books, SF)

09/16/2012: PAWA and OACC Present Midnight Peaches, Two O’Clock Patience

07/02/2012: M. Evelina Galang at Bindlestiff Studio (SF)

04/01/2012: PAWA and OACC Present Pinay Lives and Voices, an all Pinay Lit event featuring Rina Ayuyang, Evangeline Canonizado Buell, Camille Robles, and others TBA. 3 pm at Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC), 388 Ninth Street Suite 290, Oakland. (Video) (Photos)

10/23/2011Hip Hop Theater Workshop with Kilusan Bautista 1-4 pm @ Bindlestiff Studio, 185 Sixth Street, SF.

08/07/2011Tina Bartolome, Bonne Marie Bautista, G. Justin Hulog, Cheena Marie Lo, and Michael Luis Medrano. 1 pm @ Bird & Beckett Books, 653 Chenery Drive (between Diamond and Castro in Glen Park), SF.

07/30/2011PAWA Workshop with Barbara Jane Reyes: How to Submit Your Work for Publication. Starting 10 am @ Bayanihan Community Center (Mission @ 6th Street), SF.

07/28/2011PAWA Book Launch of Remembering Rizal, Voices from the Diaspora. 6 pm @ the Philippine Consulate, 447 Sutter Street, SF.

07/14/2011PAWA Remembering Rizal Book Launch. 5 pm @ Instituto Cervantes, Chicago.

05/12/2011: PAWA, Kearny Street Workshop, and Oakland Asian Cultural Center present APIA Heritage Month Literary Night, featuring Jason Bayani, Vanessa Huang, Robert Ricardo Reese, and Margaret Rhee. 7 pm @ Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 – 9th Street Suite 290, Oakland.

04/28/2011: PAWA and Manilatown Heritage Foundation presents a West Coast Book Launch and Party for R. Zamora Linmark’s new novel, Leche. 7 pm @ Manilatown Heritage Center, 868 Kearny Street, SF. (Video)

02/26/2011: PACE SFSU/PAWA Literary Symposium. Writing workshops with Allan Manalo, Randall Mann, Oscar Peñaranda, Barbara Jane Reyes, Tony Robles, Anthem Salgado, Janet Mendoza Stickmon. 9 am @ SFSU.

02/19/2011: Jennifer Cendeña Armas, Oscar Bermeo, Cecilia Gaerlan, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud. 5 pm @ the Bayanihan Community Center (Mission @ 6th Street), SF. (Video) (Photos)

01/29/2011: PAWA @ Eth-Noh-Tec, Salon! You’re On! Nicole Maxali, Barbara Jane Reyes, Jenifer K. Wofford, Vintage Winds. 7 pm @ Eth-Noh-Tec Studio, 977 South Van Ness (between 20th and 21st Streets), SF.

12/04/2010: Lourdes Figueroa, Karen Llagas, Trisha Jetson, Joel B. Tan, and Michelle Wallace, with musical performance by Florante Aguilar. 6 pm @ the Bayanihan Community Center (Mission @ 6th Street), SF.

11/08/2010: PAWA/Maganda Magazine Reading and Discussion, with David Maduli, Sean Labrador y Manzano, Maiana Minahal, and Adrien Salazar. 6:30 pm @ 106 Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley.

11/06/2010: Book Launch for Angelica’s Daughters, featuring Cecilia Brainard and Veronica Montes, with Cyndi Vasallo and Yael Villafranca. 5:30 pm @ the Bayanihan Community Center (Mission @ 6th Street), SF.

09/10/2010: Bay Area Book Launch for Luis Francia’s History of the Philippines, From Indios Bravos to Filipinos, moderated by Benjamin Pimentel. 6:30 pm @ the Bayanihan Community Center (Mission @ 6th Street), SF.

07/16/2010: Walang Hiya Anthology Book Launch with contributing writers Joan Iva Cube, David Maduli, Edene Matutina, Kristen Sajonas, Aimee Suzara. 7 pm @ the Bayanihan Community Center (Mission @ 6th Street), SF.

06/05/2010: Nara Denning, Aileen Ibardaloza, Allan Manalo, Ron Quesada, and Sean San Jose. 7 pm @ Eth-Noh-Tec, 977 South Van Ness (between 20th and 21st Streets), SF.

05/09/2010: Kanta Filipina: Performance by Theresa Calpotura, compositions by Bayani Mendoza de Leon, poetry by Bayani Mendoza de Leon and Rhodora Peñaranda. 2 pm @ the Bayanihan Community Center (Mission @ 6th Street), SF.

03/29/2010: Gina Apostol, Arlene Biala, Vangie Buell, and Niki Escobar. 6:30 pm @ the Bayanihan Community Center (Mission @ 6th Street), SF.

02/21/2010: Duende Within: Flamenco Inspired Poetry featuring Sandy Mcintosh, Eileen Tabios, Edwin Agustín Lozada, and guest performers Roberto Campos, Alicia, and Michelle Bautista. 2 pm @ the Bayanihan Community Center (Mission @ 6th Street), SF.

02/20/2010: Enlaces (Connections That Bind Us) El Mantón de Manila featuring María de la Rosa & Rudy Figueroa, Parangal Dance Company, Theresa Calpotura, Asociación Cultural Kanchis, De Rompe y Raja, Javier Trujillo, Virginia Iglesias, Jorge Liceaga, Edwin Lozada, Paul Flores, and an Exhibition of Mantones de Manila. 8 pm @ La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley.

01/16/2010: Growing Up Filipino II book launch with Rashaan Alexis Meneses, Veronica Montes, Tony Robles, and Marianne Villanueva. 2 pm @ the Bayanihan Community Center (Mission @ 6th Street), SF. (Video) (Photos)

12/06/2009: PAWA and Achiote Press Emerging Writers Panel. 2 pm @ SFPL. Panelists include Oscar Bermeo, Vanessa Huang, Claire Light, Rashaan Alexis Meneses, Craig Santos Perez, and Vickie Vertiz.

11/14/2009: PAWA, Arkipelago, and Kularts presents Merlinda Bobis. 3 pm @ the Bayanihan Community Center.

11/07/2009: Justin Chin, Sarah Gambito, Marianne Villanueva, and musical guests Myrna delRío and Bo Razon. 2 pm @ the Bayanihan Community Center. (Video)

10/17/2009: PAWA Arkipelago at Litquake! 8:30 pm @ Fabric8 Gallery, 3318 22nd. PAWA & Arkipelago Bookstore Present: Of History & Myths — Writings from Philippine-American Authors. Emcee and curator Karen Llagas. Readers: Luis Francia, Aimee Suzara, Rona Fernandez, Jenesha “Jinky” de Rivera, Eileen Tabios, Benito M. Vergara, Jr.

10/17/2009: Writing Workshop with Luis Francia. 10 am @ the Bayanihan Community Center (register). Reading with Neela Banerjee, Luis Francia, Alejandro Murguía, and Jean Vengua. Musical guests Bo Razon and Carlos Zialcita. 2 pm @ the Bayanihan Community Center. (Video) (Photos)

09/19/2009: Oliver de la Paz, Joseph O. Legaspi, Mari L’Esperance, and Theresa Calpotura (guitar). 2 pm @ the Bayanihan Community Center. (Video) (Photos)

08/23/2009: Penélope V. Flores, Joaquin (Jay) Gonzalez, Kevin Nadal, and Benito M. Vergara, Jr. 2 pm @ the Bayanihan Community Center (Mission @ 6th), SF.

07/11/2009: Randall Mann, Kristin Naca, Debbie Yee, and Mariano Zaro. 2 pm @ SFPL. (Video) (Photos)

03/12/2009: Field of Mirrors reading with Evangeline Canonizado Buell, Edwin A. Lozada, Oscar Peñaranda, Benjamin Pimentel, Barbara Jane Reyes, Tony Robles, Anthem Salgado, and Janet Stickmon. 6 pm @ the Ethnic Studies Library, 30 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley.

12/06/2008: Writing Workshop with Luisa Igloria and Karen Llagas. 10 am @ SFPL. Reading with Joi Barrios, Luisa Igloria, Karen Llagas, and Barbara Jane Reyes. 2 pm @ SFPL.

10/11/2008: Field of Mirrors at Litquake. Reading with Edwin Lozada, Karen Llagas, Francisco Penones, Barbara Jane Reyes, Tony Robles, Gayle Romasanta, Marianne Villanueva. 8:30 pm @ Ritual Roasters, 1026 Valencia Street, SF.

05/31/2008: Field of Mirrors reading with Tess Crescini, Korina M. Jocson, Edwin A. Lozada, Cora Monce, Oscar Peñaranda, Barbara Jane Reyes, Al Robles, Anthem Salgado, Janet C. Mendoza Stickmon, Elsa Valmidiano. 3:30 pm @ Eastwind Books of Berkeley, 2066 University Avenue, Berkeley. (Photos)

05/24/2008: Field of Mirrors reading with Tony Robles, Annabelle Udo, Jean Vengua, Cora Monce, Karen Llagas, Korina Jocson, Elsa Valmidiano, Edwin Lozada, Cristina Querrer, Tess Crescini, Vanessa Kenyon, Evangeline C. Buell. 2 pm @ SFPL.

05/10/2008: Field of Mirrors reading with Oscar Peñaranda, Marianne Villanueva, Edwin Lozada, Evangeline C. Buell, Gayle Romasanta, Jennifer Almiron, Vanessa Kenyon, Penélope V. Flores. 2 pm @ Redwood City Public Library.