top of page

Colorism within the Filipinx Community | Hosted by Manny's

What does it mean to be dark skinned in the Filipinx Community? Join us for a discussion on beauty, culture, and colorism.

Date: Thursday, June 30th | 7:30pm - 8:30pm PT

Location: 3092 16th Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103

Reservations:  Reserve on Eventbrite 

About the event:

Growing up in a Filipinx family has many perks such as the rich culture of food, music, and dance but there are certain impacts of colonialism and western beauty standards that have negatively influenced the way Filipinx Americans are treated and walk in life.

There is rich history in beauty products from the Philippines with skin lightening formula.

Why is that?

Have you experienced this or something similar in your own culture?

Manny's is here to have a conversation on just that. They want to break down barriers and discuss the personal impact this has had on the lives of Filipinx Americans.

Reservations:  Reserve on Eventbrite

Meet the panelists:

Francis Belleza

Frances Belleza felt called to yoga after a tumultuous childhood led her to explore holistic healing. Her practice marries movement, sound, breathwork and devotion. She believes that everyone can tap into divine self through their mind, body and soul. Frances supports this discovery through classic yoga styles like Hatha and Vinyasa, centering practices like meditation and elevates collective frequency through music and chant. She incorporates vocals, different types of drums, singing bowls and the harmonium in her sound practices.

Bhakti is at the heart of her teachings. As a child, Frances struggled to accept her strict Catholic upbringing as the only truth. A catastrophic life event opened her up to the profound teachings of Sufism, Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism, and she learned to distinguish religion from philosophical thought. She believes that hardships are a catalyst for introspection, healing and growth, and her mission is to hold space for people to manifest their highest selves.

Jessica Rae

Jessica Rae is a Filipino business owner and educator around dance, fitness and entrepreneurship. She is the founder and CEO of Rae Model & Talent Agency LLC and Rae Studios, a brick and mortar dance studio and talent agency in downtown San Francisco, California. Jessica is a graduate from San Francisco State University with a BA in Speech and Communications.

Her career as a fitness and dance teacher started at an early age with Crunch gym and later furthered her education as a group fitness teacher with her AFAA, First Aid and CPR certification. Her emphasis includes cardio dance, CIZE Live, pound pro, barre, kickboxing and dance choreography. Her preferred dance styles are commercial work inspired by jazz funk, latin dance and hip hop culture. Jessica has been seen teaching weekly and popup classes for companies/brands like Gap/Athleta HQ, Bay Club, Studiomix, Crunch Gym, PAAM Arts Academy, Francisco Middle School, DaretoBare, William Sonoma, Airbnb, Facebook, Lorna Jane, Lucy, Marriott. In addition to her teaching background, Jessica has also been seen dancing for celebrity artists like Lady Gaga, Ludacris, Kid Rock, E-40 and Too Short.

Currently Jessica teaches weekly at Rae Studios and Equinox. Check out her weekly classes in: Barre, Cardio Dance, Kickboxing and Commercial Dance Styles.

Reservations:  Reserve on Eventbrite 

Event Details:

Date / Time: Thursday, June 30th, 2022, 7:30pm - 8:30pm PT

Location: Manny's, 3092 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Ticket Options:

Manny's never turns away anyone for lack of funds. To receive a complementary ticket just email the word "grapefruit" and the title of this event to

Reservations:  Reserve on Eventbrite 

About Rae Studios

Founded in 2012, Rae Studios is a dance & fitness center, overlooking San Francisco's Union Square. The studio is located on the 7th floor of the Native Sons of Golden West building, a historic preservation and organization founded in 1875. With wall-to-wall mirrors, high ceilings, stretch bars, state-of-the-art sound system and our electrifying in house dance & fitness instructors, Rae Studios is the perfect solution for group and one-on-one training exercise.

Reservations:  Reserve on Eventbrite 

Our mission is to merge the ideologies of popular dance culture by bridging fitness gym and traditional dance studio mentality into a place that welcome all levels of dance & fitness in a healthy progressive environment. Our goal is to provide San Francisco dance seekers with community, growth and participation through artistic outlets of music + movement. Our culture is simple; create a space for dance and community to thrive, water the roots of our passion, fuel our dreams by action, and inspire others to do the same.

Follow us!

57 views0 comments


bottom of page