About Us

We are a Northern CA based non-profit arts organization and independent publisher of Filipino American lit. We have published three anthologies of Filipino American Literature, with the third dedicated to writings in tribute to Jose Rizal.

Since 2009, we have held our monthly literary and performance series in collaboration with Arkipelago Books, the Bayanihan Center, the Filipino American Center at the SF Public Library, the Manilatown Heritage Foundation, Kundiman, Achiote Press, Poets & Writers, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Eth-Noh-Tec, Eastwind Books of Berkeley, Kearny Street Workshop, and Bird & Beckett Books. We are invested in creating venues for Filipino American artists, and have worked to grow our community across ethnic and aesthetic boundaries. We believe it is important to provide access, and opportunity, which we have also done through fiscal sponsorship of community artists.

Our Manuel G. Flores Prize Fund continues to provide annual scholarships to two Kundiman fellows, and two VONA fellows to attend their summer writing retreats.

We have a blog, and we are on Facebook, where we post links to events, reviews, and new publications. We post artist opportunities for publication, funding, performance, art exhibition, conferences, residencies. We have conducted low cost and free creative writing workshops, in collaboration with PACE (SFSU), Maganda (UCB), the Bayanihan Center, and Bindlestiff Studio.

Ultimately, we are interested in practicing generosity.


The Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. (P.A.W.A.) is a Northern California based nonprofit organization duly registered with the State of California and U.S. Federal Government.

Organized under the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law for charitable purposes, PAWA’s main goal is to create and encourage literature and arts for the preservation and enrichment of Filipino and Filipino American historical, cultural and spiritual values.


To encourage the writing of Philippine and Philippine American literature and the arts among its members;

To create literature and the arts venue for the members;

To encourage and support Filipino-American writers and artists in their creative efforts of bringing and actively disseminating Filipino culture to various levels of readership audiences; and

To institute a forum to bridge the linkages between authors, artists and book publishers.

To Join PAWA, click here.