Pinoy artist uses Baybayin in Golden State Warriors tribute

Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Apr 13 2017 10:02 PM | Updated as of Apr 13 2017 10:03 PM

SAN FRANCISCO — The Baybayin-inspired work of a Filipino artist was recently featured in an art exhibit here, that showcased creative takes on the Bay Area's own Golden State Warriors.

Kristian Kabuay, who hails from Pasig City, used the ancient Filipino script, Baybayin, to write out “Warriors” in his piece.


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“In the Bay Area there’s a lot of Filipinos here, but we don’t have these cultural items that are so recognizable—unless you put a sun and stars and things like that,” he said on his use of Baybayin in his work.

It is not usual for people to recognize Baybayin in his art, so he feels “good” when people recognize the Filipino writing.

“When it comes to writing, that is more of some meta, deep level stuff, right? So it’s good to see Filipinos and even non-Filipinos recognize it too,” he said.

“Dubz Against the World” was a three-day art exhibit recently held in San Francisco, honoring basketball team Golden State Warriors, as well as other current and past NBA superstars.

Vince Chang of Conscious Basketball, along with Vincent Chiu and Theresa Huynh of Kitzy Studios, said they created the event because they understood how rich the basketball culture is in San Francisco. The Warriors are also known for their die-hard basketball fan base.

“We’ve been doing shows in Asia, like Taiwan, for the past three years and this is our first show coming back to America,” said Chang. “And San Francisco, with the Warriors, the Dubs, is perfect timing… a no brainer.”

“Being in San Francisco, having some of the best art in the nation, and some of the best fans and best teams,” said Chiu. “We thought it only made sense to bring together an interactive show to really highlight and embrace the culture around here of being a Golden State Warrior fan.”

Warriors big man Javale Mcgee stopped by to check out the artwork.

According to the exhibit curators, “Dubz against the world” was a six-month process of finding 50 different artists and 300 pieces.

There are no plans for another “Dubz” installment. However, with such a positive reception and turn out at the event, the curators said they have not totally ruled out the idea.

With the NBA playoffs just around the corner, Warrior basketball fans are also hoping to see more art in the future, featuring the 2017 title.