Preserving tradition, keeping a legacy: San Francisco Filipino Cultural Center opens

SAN FRANCISCO — In the Bay Area, after over 18 years of planning and organizing — the San Francisco Filipino Cultural Center has opened its doors to the city’s residents and tourists.

Located at the mezzanine level of the bulletin building of downtown San Francisco, this 9,000 square foot space looks to house Filipino artifacts and be a space for the community.

“We will have performing arts, visual as well as literature arts and of course we will also have a good time,” says director Richard Kempis.

The cultural center is open Monday through Friday from 12-5 p-m.

In order to raise funds for the center’s operations and stability, there are office spaces, with a conference room and an event space for the public to rent out.

Meanwhile, a collection of Philippine art and artifacts are being brought into the center.

“We have some artifacts from the Philippines, and those artifacts predate some of them to the 12th century and some are older.”

The Filipino Cultural Center is also asking the community if they have any significant heirlooms or art pieces — to share for display.

“Of course they still own it, but we would like to show it for the people to see what Philippine culture and heirlooms are all about.”

The board of directors say they are on course to open a Filipino gift shop, research and reference library, and a museum.

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