Image Descriptions: 1. Kulintang. 2. Kommunity Kultura Workshop on the dance "Singkil" (Photo: Tony Remington). 3. Kommunity Kultura Workshop on the song "Tungkil" (Photo: Kenneth Camota). Below: Image of Caroline Cabading (Photo: Kenneth Camota).

Kommunity Kultura

"Kommunity Kultura" is a traditional Philippine music, movement and cultural education program taking place once a month on a Saturday afternoon. This program emphasizes instruction on the pre-colonial Philippine gong music traditions of Kulintang from the Maguindanao, Maranao and Tausug tribes of the southern Philippines. Students will experience these cultures' interpretations of interlocking community percussion music. These music forms are centuries old aural traditions with established musical protocols and strong links to tribal culture. Out of respect for these protocols, the music forms will be taught in the traditional manner and within the cultural context embraced by the tribes they represent. Since dance is also integral to both art forms, basic dance movement may also be included in this program.

Taught by Caroline Cabading and the Kultura Kapwa Community of Practice


Saturday, August 27th

2pm International Hotel Manilatown Center
868 Kearny Street, San Francisco

Saturday, September 17th

1pm Filipino Cultural Center
814 Mission Street, San Francisco

Saturday, October 22nd

1pm Filipino Cultural Center

Saturday, November 19th

1pm Filipino Cultural Center

Saturday, December 17th

2pm International Hotel Manilatown Center



Caroline Cabading, a 4th generation Filipina-San Franciscan is a steward of the pre-colonial Philippine music of Kalinga and Mindanao. Her work is strongly informed by her connection to tribal Culture Bearers in the Philippines as well as her engagement with an American-Filipino community that has been contributing to San Francisco’s history since the turn of the century. As a college student, when Caroline heard Philippine kulintang music for the very first time, her DNA somehow also “remembered” it. Thus began a 25-year study of ancestral Philippine music that continues today with her annual visits to the tribal lands to deepen her studies. As a lifelong student and enthusiast of traditional Philippine culture, she produces, performs and teaches through the Manilatown Heritage Foundation’s “Kommunity Kultura” educational program. She has studied kulintang music for over 25 years and Kalinga percussion, singing and backstrap weaving for over five years. Her traditional Philippine ensemble, “Kultura Kapwa” performs throughout the Bay Area and teaches traditional Philippine culture to K-12 school children through Young Audiences of Northern California.


Kommunity Kultura is sponsored by the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center and supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts

Kommunity Kultura has also been made possible in part by a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, in partnership with the Walter & Elise Hass Fund, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

For more information about Kommunity Kultura, please visit: or email [email protected].


August 27, 2022 at 6:00pm - December 17, 2022
Accessibility & Consent

 The venue(s) for this event is wheelchair accessible.
 Please contact [email protected] if you will require ASL interpretation during the program.