I’ve spoken at universities and organizations including Stanford, Berkeley, SF State, Davis, Asian Art Museum, University of the Philippines, Anthropology Museum of Madrid, Tokyo University and the San Francisco Philippine Consulate. Below are some of my current offerings. Reach out if interested in custom talks to fit your organization's needs.
pre-Philippine Scripts in the Diaspora
This flagship 60 minute presentation starts off with storytelling about my personal story then leads breaking down writing systems, identity, value history, economics, social impacts and cultural context.
An Introduction to pre-Philippine scripts
45-60 minute hands-on activity covers history, basic characters, stroke technique, translation methods and system breakdown. Attendees will learn how to write their names.
A.I. Nako explores the ways Artificial Intelligence technology can be incorporated into creative and business workflows with a focus on the unique perspectives of Fil-Am artists and cultural practitioners. We will discuss the impact of AI on representation, ethics, and displacement while emphasizing the importance of maintaining cultural values. Through real-time live demos of AI tools, I will showcase the practical applications of AI in organizing creativity and efficiency. The goal of this workshop is to inform and provide a perspective from an artist, rather than a tech company.
Portrait of a Mambabatok
An overview of the pre-Philippine tattoo revival. Learn the difference between ritual and modern western tattoos. Talking points cover Whang-Od to creating a practice in the diaspora.
Culture x Career
How cultural discovery can lead to a successful career. Attendees will learn how cultural practice intersects with career development.