SF “Unang Handog” art show sends political, creative statement

SAN FRANCISCO — The traveling show at Kalayaan Hall at the SF Philippine Consulate is called “Unang Handog,” and was created by a collaboration of Filipino and Filipino-American traveling artists who call themselves the Viajeros.

“We will be able to tell the people of other nations who we are and what we believe in, and hopefully establish interracial relationships with them based on mutual respect and understanding,” says Maria Escano.

According to the Viajeros, art has the power to build and destroy nations — which is a responsibility they take very seriously.

“Time and again, in the history of the world many a novel, a sculpture, a painting, even a song have been a catalyst for uprising revolutions.”

The project is in line with the PH consulate’s program of Spark, Connect, Empower — which aims to draw a connection between the second generation Fil-Am youth of the Bay Area to their cultural heritage.

The next stop of the exhibit include places like Toronto and New York, with hopes of a stop in Milan in the near future.

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