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Colors, Culture, Community: Stories in the Making at San Francisco’s Precita Center

Slanted and Sky, Precita Center, San Francisco.

The Precita Center in the Mission District of San Francisco. For years, the Precita Center has been a cultural institution, education center, and neighborhood hangout for kids and young adults in the Mission and beyond. Faced with funding cuts, writer and educator Gabe Martinez—who manages the center’s GED program—started organizing a quarterly arts and […]

On Sorrows and Spirits

Post-Memorial Ritual, June 2011.

We become heavy when a loved one passes away. Weight in the form of tears and wails. Yesterday, my godmother, Lola Maxima, used a concoction of wine and steaming hot water to cleanse guests in the home of the recently departed—my uncle Mike, a loving father to three cousins with […]

Food: A Photo Tour

tidepools dinner

I have always loved food. Food brings my massive family together, year after year. Our Filipino feasts are plentiful; the sight of plates and hot trays on multiple tables is overwhelming. Meanwhile, my mother and aunts always think there’s never enough. My Thanksgiving dinner begins shortly. I’ve compiled some photographs […]


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