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Our Place in the Park

  • 240 mins

Poster designed by Yoko OK

Join us at the Victoria Manalo Draves Park for a free and open to the public festive ritual that gathers intergenerational families, artists and activists for a community celebration. Investment in the positive activation of public space is a proven method to support economic activity, strengthen existing communities, build bridges between diverse groups, and build empathy and connection at a larger neighborhood and city-wide level. It is important to share stories of resilience and community organizing, helping us see a path forward that is more compassionate and inclusive. The location for the mini-fair is significant for the Filipino community because the park itself is named after the Filipina Gold medal Olympic diver, Victoria Manalo Draves, and it is adjacent to the future site of the SOMA Pilipinas Gateway arch, a joyful reclaiming of physical space. The mini-fair will feature a sneak peek of the proposed SOMA Pilipinas Gateway arch, film screenings of Sa Amin: Our Place, It Takes the Hood to Save the Hood, and a few short films from SOMA Sapiens, a series that offers a snapshot of people’s lives in the South of Market neighborhood. In addition to the films, the event will feature food, musical acts by local performers, resource and arts and crafts vendor booths, and a kids’ puppet-making workshop.

This mini-fair is produced in collaboration between SF Urban Film Fest, SOMA West CBD, [], SOMA Pilipinas Cultural Heritage District, and Kultivate Labs, and generously supported by the SOMA Community Collaborative, California Humanities, and City of San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development. Special thanks to the City and County of San Francisco’s Department of Recreation and Parks for their support.  

To register, select from either a $0 general admission, or a $10 suggested donation ticket. Donation proceeds will be contributed to a SOMA-based service organization.

Curation by Fay Darmawi


Tito Até NinongTito Até Ninong, Band

Francesca BalagtasFrancesca Balagtas, Dance Instructor


Tito Ramon, Puppeteer, Artist, Teacher

Sa Amin: Our Place Panelists:

Jeantelle LaberintoJeantelle Laberinto (Moderator), Community Organizer

Rachel Lastimosa, Music Composer & Sound Design, Sa Amin: Our Place

Dyan RuizDyan Ruiz, Director, Sa Amin: Our Place 

Joseph SmookeJoseph Smooke, Editor, Sa Amin: Our Place


Co-Presented by

SOMA West CBD Logo


Accessibility Information
: Victoria Manalo Draves Park is wheelchair accessible. For questions regarding accessibility information, email

In this program

SOMA Pilipinas District Gateway Site Tour

Filipino-American visual artist, Franceska Gamez (@franceskagamez) is designing our biggest cultural marker yet in the SOMA Pilipinas –…

SOMA Sapiens

Directed by Grant Thompson

SOMA Sapiens is a series of ongoing short films by Grant Thompson in partnership with SOMA West Community Benefit District that offers a snapshot of people’s lives in the South of Market neighborhood in San Francisco. We aim to celebrate and uplift the stories of the individuals that make this diverse neighborhood into a vibrant community.

It Takes The Hood to Save The Hood

It Takes The Hood to Save The Hood

Directed by Harvey Magsaysay Lozada


Sa Amin: Our Place Poster

Sa Amin: Our Place

Directed by Dyan Ruiz and Nix Guirre

Filipino community activists and multigenerational families in San Francisco’s South of Market claim a right to the city as they battle displacement caused by urban renewal, real estate speculation and tech booms, and in doing so sustain the cultural heart of the Filipino-American community.

Dates & Times


Victoria Manalo Draves Park

Sat, May 27
2:00 pm