Kulintronica featuring Waway Saway “River Clouds”

3 Dec

Now available on iTunes is Kulintronica featuring Waway Saway playing “River Clouds,” an ethereal and emotional instrumental written in the mountain ranges of Bukidnon and performed in San Francisco while Saway stopped over after his performance at New York City’s Lincoln Center.

Waway Saway is a Talaandig artist who builds wooden instruments by hand and creates paintings with sand, but was very comfortable when Ron started powering up and firing off machines and synthesizers when making music together.

Saway performed with Kulintronica at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Asian Heritage Street Celebration, and the Filipino Community Center in Fulton before going into Xubee Music studios to shoot the performance music video that eventually evolved into this full fledged record that also features John Roselada on keyboards.

Haiyan and Holidays

26 Nov Holiday Bazaar at I-Hotel San Francisco Nov 30
Holiday Bazaar at I-Hotel San Francisco Nov 30

Holiday Bazaar at I-Hotel San Francisco Nov 30

Since the typhoon, the community has mobilized to help the people of the Philippines in any way possible.  There has been kulintang electronic dance music in a few events already, but here are two more fundraisers that will feature kulintang music:

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

“Holiday Bazaar” at International Hotel Manilatown (San Francisco, CA)

Join us for a Holiday Bazaar & Fundraiser at the historic International Hotel Manilatown in downtown San Francisco. We’ll have local vendors for unique gifts. Featured live performances by local artists featuring Ron Quesada on the Kulintang and a community “Kapwa jam” at 6PM.

$5 suggested donation to the NAFCON Bayanihan Relief campaign help victims of Philippine Calamities No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

Featured vendors: Ray Haguisan, Kristian Kabuay, Sala Imports, Florante Aguilar (Harana the Movie), Titania Buchholdt, Bayani Art, Calia, Almost 11, Malyari 

Performers: Kulintronica with dancers, Eskabo Daan, Dane Hipolito, Shelia Alix

Also featuring a fashion show of cultural inspired everyday looks featuring local designers, vintage and katutubo made items. 

Interested in being a vendor? Email

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

“Parol Lantern Workshop/Fundraiser” at Hallidie Plaza near Powell BART Station (San Francisco, CA)

parol makers

Take a break from holiday shopping and make a Parol lantern! Featuring live music and artists. Get custom Philippine script on your parol from Kristian Kabuay. Make an on-site to aid the Philippine relief effort and get your presents wrapped at our gift-wrap center.

Hosted by: Allan Manalo

Ukulenny & Dane Hipolito – ukulele & vocals
CryWolffs - electroviolin
Kulintronica - kulintang and electronica

Kristian Kabuay – Baybayin (native Filipino calligraphy)
Paolo Salazar - chalk art

December 8 fundraiser at StubHub Center Stadium Club

December 8 fundraiser at StubHub Center Stadium Club

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

“Operation Typhoon Haiyan” at the Stub Hub Center’s Stadium Club (Carson, CA)

Featuring Kulintronica and Kayamanan Ng Lahi

The Los Angeles Booz Allen Hamilton office is supporting a charity Benefit Show open to the public that will help the Typhoon calamity victims in the Philippines. The firm is providing financial support and employees are volunteering to help make this event happen. This is a local way for employees to come alongside our Los Angeles Filipino community as they mount recovery support for their families and friends. 

100% of proceeds will benefit ABS-CBN Foundation International’s (AFI) Rehabilitation Program. AFI is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged Filipino families in the Philippines and around the world. It is the public service arm of ABS-CBN / TFC Broadcasting Corporation, one of Asia’s biggest media conglomerates. 



Filipino American History Month is Here!

8 Oct by Karen Pennrich
by Karen Pennrich

Asian Art Museum kulintangan photo by Karen Pennrich

October is here!  If you missed the takeover of Asian Art Museum by Center for Babaylan Studies and Jay Loyola’s American Center for Philippine Arts on the first Sunday, here are a few more events where you can see Ron perform new kulintang music:

  • Saturday October 12th, 2013 at 1pm: Seafood City in Milpitas, CA live electronic dance music kulintangan (1535 Landess Ave  Milpitas, CA 95035)
  • Saturday October 12th, 2013 at 6pm: Yerba Buena Nights at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco, CA presented by Kularts where I will share the stage with Parangal Dance Company fresh from their sold-out performance of “Handuraw” which had wicked kulintang playing from Hiyas Dance Company of San Jose. (750 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103)
  • Sunday October 13th, 2013 at 6:30pm: Raq Filipina performance featuring Ron Quesada of Kulintronica performing New Filipino World Music from her album “Filipina Roots” at Pa’ina Lounge in San Francisco Japantown Raq Filipina breathes new life into Filipino classics like “Dandansoy” and offers new original Filipino tunes played by some of San Francisco’s finest musicians from its eclectic Latin music scene! (1865 Post St. San Francisco, CA)
Raq Filipina

Raq Filipina features Kulintronica at Pa’ina Lounge 10/13 6:30pm

Here comes Filipino American History Month!

24 Sep

Greetings, kulintang fans!

It’s that time of the year, the month of October at the end of the summer season when the Filipino artist community gears up for a final push before settling into the holidays.  October is Filipino-American History Month!  To kick things off, we have an early start with a special screening of “Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust” at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum.

The Philippines is rich with history, with multiple layers and story arcs intertwining the contested archipelago.  I consider myself a Philippine history buff but I was surprised to learn about this chapter.  Although much has been said of the Philippines role in the battle for the Pacific, but the topic of Philippines involvement in the European conflict is hardly discussed.

Pictured above is President of the Philippines Manuel Quezon with the Frieder brothers taken in April of 1940.  I am excited to learn this intriguing story, and to provide intermissions with smooth grooves and live kulintang playing.


Kulintronica performs at “Rescue in the Philippines” screening

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Screenings at 6:15pm and 7:30pm

Happy FIlipino American History Month!

Image 18 Sep 9/20 at BambuTwo, Honolulu Chinatown
9/20 at BambuTwo, Honolulu Chinatown

Kulintronica Live Electronic Dance Music Kulintangan at BambuTwo, Honolulu, HI


Friday September 20, 2013 at BambuTwo Cafe Martini Lounge in Honolulu, Hawaii

“Calling My Name” CD Release Party

Fresh from the 2nd Annual Bachatahisian Festival in Aiea, Kulintronica comes to Honolulu Chinatown to bring kulintang music to the nightlife.

8pm – close; 21+

BambuTwo Cafe Martini Lounge

1144 Bethel St, Honolulu, HI 96813


Kulintronica = Kulintang + Electronica, so what about Bachatahisian?

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Kulintronica = Kulintang + Electronica, so what about Bachatahisian?

September 15 Live Electronic Dance Music Kulintangan at Camp Smith, Honolulu, Hawaii as part of the Bachatahisian Festival and Concert.

Bachata + Tahitian = Bachatahisian an amazing and bombastic collision of two incredible dances brought together with aloha on the gathering island of Oahu.

Debuting the CD release of the “Calling My Name” single.  Full length album coming soon…

Full festival lineup:

Bachatahisian 2013 lineup

Bachatahisian 2013 lineup


Kulintang galore at 22nd annual FPAC in San Pedro, CA

10 Sep Dropping Kulintronica into the traditional Kulintang music performance

Kulintang galore at 22nd annual FPAC in San Pedro, CA

Dropping Kulintronica into the traditional Kulintang music performance

Dropping Kulintronica into the traditional Kulintang music performance

For this year’s Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC) I travelled incognito as a member of my teacher Danongan Kalanduyan’s performance ensemble.  Dressed in a red gold green black traditional attire with a colorful Sama headwrap I joined my kulintang brothers from Northern California and San Diego to bring a heavy dose of kulintang to a festival that always makes room to feature kulintang music; FPAC!  For more pictures and videos, see the @kulintronica twitter/instagram/vine feeds!

Traditional attire for the performance

Traditional attire for the performance

First task was to gather first thing in the morning all of the kulintang players gathered for this performance.  We had experienced performing kulintang musicians from Northern California and San Diego.

Rehearsal for breakfast

Rehearsal for breakfast

After the performance on the Legacy Stage we moved to the Dance stage for interactive workshops where we were ecstatic to be joined by a number of kulintang players attending the festival.  We jammed, danced, and had reunions.

Maestro Marlo getting down on Tagunggo

Maestro Marlo getting down on Tagunggo

Learning kulintang

Learning kulintang

Learning Agong

Inkanor (left) on Agong

Mars on gandingan

Mars on gandingan

Titania cross-handing

Titania cross-handing

Chris "Filipino Brand" Feraro on kulintang

Chris “Filipino Brand” Feraro on kulintang

Check out Chris’ apparel and goodies at Filipino Brand.

Local dance force Kayamanan ng Lahi also had live kulintang playing as part of their performance Saturday morning.  The Center for Babaylan Studies also kept a kulintang handy at their pavilion tent.  The kulintang is a great tool for bringing people together, which is great to draw attention in a festival rich with activities.

Babaylan Pavilion kulintang

Babaylan Pavilion kulintang


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