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This Saturday art, jewelry, clothing, literature, and food honoring the Filipinx culture and diaspora will all be featured at Kapwa Garden's free pop up Artisan market. Located in the SOMA Pilipinas Cultural Heritage District, many local vendors and small businesses will be in attendance to sell their handmade creations and inventive food recipes.
Known as “Sari Sari Saturdays,” “sari-sari” comes from "sari-sari store," which in Tagalog means a store with assorted merchandise and variety, usually in small communities. This curated mercantile is exactly that, staying true to cultural and community roots while expanding it for the modern city scene.
A few of the retail vendors to attend.
Founded in 2016, the SOMA Pilipinas Cultural Heritage District was highly demanded to recognize the many Filipinx immigrants and Americans living in San Francisco. With the efforts of the SOMA Pilipinas group, significant locations have been recognized and preserved, with now many various community events, programs, and celebrations commemorating their history and future.
As stated on their site, "SOMA Pilipinas embraces the spirit of bayanihan: the collective determination to honor and make history, build community and progress forward."
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Kapwa Gardens within the district, was formerly the abandoned 967 Mission parking lot. In 2019 it has undergone many renovations to transform it into a healing space with the help of Kultivate Labs and over 300 volunteers.
"Kapwa" in Tagalog means a deep feeling of unity and interconnectedness, which the venue uplifts as a community oasis with vibrantmurals and native Calamansi trees.
A video from Kapwa Gardens showcasing their site and their transformation.
A post highlighting the jewelry makers.
Browse artisanal cultural goods and try some innovative dishes from small and local Filipinx businesses this Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Full list of the vendors can be found here.
Photography by: Sam Balye/unsplash