San Francisco, CA – Kularts, the premier presenter of contemporary and tribal Pilipino arts in the United States, is proud to present In the Belly of the Eagle: Man@ng is Deity, Alleluia Panis’ latest multimedia dance theater workshop performance featuring original music by Joshua Icban and media art by Wilfred Galila premiers at Bindlestiff Studio on March 22-24. Inspired by real-life accounts of Pilipino Americans between the 1920s-1960s in San Francisco, this performance portrays the 8,000-mile immigration journey to America, and the resilience of the Pilipino people.

In his deathbed, Valentino Pablo, of the manong generation, experiences vivid moments of his early 20th century American life. He and his fellow Pilipinos bonded together to ease their struggles of living in a society that valued them for their cheap labor but loathed them and denied their humanity. He relives the bitter hardships, the fleeting joys, and their determined spirit of survival and camaraderie that defined his generation.

Photo: In the Belly still; June Arellano, Jonathan Mercado, John Nguyen, and Earl Paus. (Photo by Wilfred Galila)

Pilipino American influence in the arts and community organizing has a long-standing relationship to San Francisco. Alleluia Panis’ ‘Incarcerated 6×9’ presented by Kularts was recently nominated for two Isadora Duncan Awards in ‘Outstanding Achievement in Performance,’ and ‘Outstanding Achievement in Visual Design: June Arellano (Costume), and Wilfred Galila (Media Art).’ Panis is also the recipient of the SF Arts Commission Artistic Legacy Award.

Kularts, as an elder arts organization within SOMA Pilipinas Filipino Cultural Heritage District, shepherds the arts & cultural work within the community, making visible the continuing presence and complexity of the Pilipino community in SoMa, and producing community art programs like the annual Parol Festival and Isugid Pinoy.

Alleluia and Kularts’ contributions to San Francisco’s artistic and Filipino communities cannot be measured. An innovator and an activist, she was part of a generation of beloved artists who fought for the establishment of the Cultural Equity Endowment Fund. Today, Alleluia continues to hold space for emerging and established Filipino artists and cultural bearers through her work as a choreographer and artistic director, and through her activism with SOMA Pilipinas — SF Art Commission Officer Kate Paterson-Murphy.

Photo: In the Belly Flyer

The workshop performance In the Belly of the Eagle: Man@ng is Deity, a recipient of the prestigious Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Special Art Award, graces the stage as other Pilipino American arts gain national recognition including Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong, written by the late historian Dr Dawn Mabalon, and Gayle Romasanta; the fiction America is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo; and the debut of Nicole Ponseca and Miguel Trinidad’s cookbook I Am Filipino: And This is How We Cook.

Showtimes for In the Belly of the Eagle: Man@ng is Deity – March 22 & 23 at 7:30pm, and March 24 at 2:30pm, at Bindlestiff Studios, 185 6th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For additional information and tickets please visit Com)