On display for the month of October 2018 commemorating Filipino American History Month COMPOSITIONS: A Filipino American Experience in San Francisco

San Francisco, CA 9/5/2018 – In honor of Filipino American History Month, The Alvarado Project welcomes you to the opening ceremonies for the exhibit Compositions: A Filipino American Experience at the Hiram Johnson State Building in The Great Hall, located at 455 Golden Gate Ave., SFCA. On Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 5:30 – 8pm. Filipino American History Month at the State Building Hiram Johnson’s Great Hall is co-sponsored by California State Senator Scott Wiener and Chairwoman Fiona Ma, State Board of Equalization.

Invited guest speaker the Honorable London Breed, Mayor of San Francisco. Remarks from co-sponsors California State Senator Scott Wiener and Chairwoman Fiona Ma; and invited Speakers are SF Consul General Henry Bensurto Jr., and Assemblyman Rob Bonta, Assemblyman David Chiu.

Compositions – A Filipino American Experience weaves together a pictorial tapestry celebrating generations of Filipino American voices in San Francisco featuring a selection of photographs from Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado’s vast image archive. Janet Alvarado, daughter of Ricardo Alvarado, curates the collection. A visual tour of San Francisco’s Filipino community in the mid-20th century, Compositions captures a vibrant community seen all over the City. Photographs featured in this exhibit include intimate family gatherings and large social events in the South of Market, Bernal Heights, Bay View, Western Addition, the Fillmore, Lower Pac Heights and in the Presidio; musicians featuring local artists; afternoons at the Alemany Farmers Market. Janet Alvarado honors her father, his craft, and his commitment to capturing the truthful, vibrant essence of the Filipino American community.

Compositions is the second exhibit borne out of Ricardo O. Alvarado’s archive and is an homage to her mother’s experiences of building family and community in San Francisco. Celebrate Filipino American History month with us for an artist’s reception celebrating Ricardo Alvarado (1914 1976) and “his Filipino American” community — with a special tribute dedicated in honor of Rodelia “MELIE” Asuncion (May 19, 1958 – July 1, 2018) founding board member of The Alvarado Project and Janet Alvarado’s life partner – soulmate.

Jazz Music by Jibril Alvarez & friends, light refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend.This event is also supported by the The Alvarado Project, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the Consulate General of the Philippines, San Francisco. The reception is co-produced by The Alvarado Project & a circle of friends. For more information contact Carmen Choy at 640-0125 or Janet Alvarado: [email protected].