The month of May! This month I brought the gongs from San Francisco to Honolulu. It was my second time to participate in this well-attended festival in Waikiki. Thousands of Filipinos came to the festival despite some tropical rain to create a Filipino village in the park. After talking to a lot of Filipinos on the West side of the island, it seems that Waikiki is “too far” for a lot of Filipinos on that side of the island. I think this year there is a festival that will be bringing the party to that side of the island. Bay Area people compare those Filipinos in Daly City who refuse to go to Pistahan, but without the luxury of a BART train.
Honolulu Filipino Fiesta
Back in San Francisco I was welcomed into an amazing circle of Filipino musicians at the SF Pinoy Jazz Festival. I was inducted into this club of hard-working and hard-playing group of talented and experienced performers by Carlos Zialcita of Little Brown Brother, who played right after me.
Asian Heritage Street Celebration with SF Pinoy Jazz Fest
The month of May does not pass in San Francisco without one of the largest and most celebrated events in the festival season: CARNAVAL! It was so great to rejoin Sambasia once again for a high-energy march down Mission St. with a complete bateria plus dancers! Director Masaru Koga created an amazing cross-cultural arrangement that blends Okinawan, Brazilian, and Filipino (Maranao) traditional songs into one continuous piece of fun! Sambasia founder Jimmy Biala marched with us for the entire length of the parade before changing into another uniform and running all the way back to the beginning of the parade to do it again with another group!
SF Carnaval with Sambasia SF featuring Wesley Uenten