Image Descriptions: All photos of Sugilanon-Sarita by Tony Remington. 1. Four men wearing 1930s style formal wear are dancing while playing handheld gong instruments. 2. Woman wearing a 1930s style red dress is singing and dancing in front of a piano player wearing 1930s style formal wear. 3. Woman wearing 1930s style formal wear is reciting poetry.


APICC is proud to present "Sugilanon" at GENERATIONS OF POWER, an outdoor showcase of performances taking place at Japantown Peace Plaza on May 14th. 

“Sugilanon” is an Asian-American epic poem performance patterned after the Philippine Kalinga epic, “di Ullalim” and featuring a suite of original music/verse compositions that fuse jazz with pre-colonial Philippine musical motifs, instrumentation, and dance.

An epic poem recalls a community’s origins, heroes/heroines and heroic acts to impart a community’s shared values so that the individual in a community is inspired to live an empowered life that upholds the community’s best moral principles. The role of the Epic Poetess is to bring these stories and values to life through her enthralling storytelling.

With this in mind “Sugilanon” was inspired by the indigenous art of the Philippines as the vehicle for building an empowered Asian-American community. In the same way that the Kalinga “di Ullalim '' imparts the proud warrior history of the Kalinga people, “Sugilanon” will tell the stories of three generations of Asian-American community resilience and activism from 1904-1977.


Caroline Cabading & The Autonomous Region: Marcella Pabros-Clark, Raymond Bambao, Anthony Daquipa, Chris Planas, Monico Luis, Manuel Dragon, Daniel Giray, Patrick Tamayo, Jibril Alvarez, Camille Santana & Lisa Lord


Caroline Cabading, a 4th-generation San Franciscan, is an actively performing jazz musician, indigenous Philippine percussionist/dancer and composer. She has been commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission (2016, 2018, 2020), the California Arts Council (2018, 2020) and Zoo Labs (2021) to compose original music contributing to the Filipino-American jazz genre.

Manilatown Heritage FoundationCaroline presents "Sugilanon" as an individual artist, under her ensemble, The Autonomous Region, and as a Resident Artist of the Manilatown Heritage Foundation and the International Hotel Manilatown Center. Follow each of them on:

Facebook: @theautonomousregion, @theautonomousregionsf, @ManilaHeritageFoundation
Twitter: @AutonomousRegSF, @ihmanilatown
Instagram: @autonomousregion@ihmanilatown


This program is part of a larger showcase of performances taking place at Japantown Peace Plaza


12:00-12:15 Opening Introductions & Announcements
12:15-1:00PM Sugilanon by Caroline Cabading & The Autonomous Region
1:00-1:50PM Love & Unity: Asian American Choreographer's Showcase curated by Claudine Naganuma
1:50-2:40PM “Seh Kui: Community is In the Heart” by The Last Hoisan Poets & Del Sol Quartet
2:40-2:55PM Return of the Sun by First Voice
2:55-3:20PM Youth Rising by Leela Youth Dance Company
After this, please join us in crossing the street (Post St) to Buchanan Mall for the next performance:
3:30-4:00PM groundwater/chikasui 地下水 by tashi tamate weiss (Across Post St at Buchanan Mall)

Attendance is free and open to the public. Let us know you're going:

May 14, 2022 at 12:00pm - 4pm
Japantown Peace Plaza
1610 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94115
United States
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Accessibility & Consent

 The Japantown Peace Plaza is wheelchair accessible.
 ASL interpretation will be available for the duration of the event.

In an effort to raise awareness about the ongoing pandemic, onsite COVID-19 testing will be available to those who choose to avail of it. Kindly stay home if you are feeling unwell or if you have had possible COVID-19 exposure. Vaccines, face masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged. Let's continue to keep each other safe.

If you require any special accommodations or assistance, please let us know by filling out the accommodation question when you register or email us at [email protected].

This event will be photographed and video recorded for archival and promotional purposes. By attending this event, you consent to the potential of your image being shared publicly through APICC's channels.