Run the Empire

– Sam@Empire – This past Sunday we were blessed with a beautiful bright and crispy November morning for our Run The Empire 5k! Almost 20 Runners including myself and Chris@empire showed up for our meet up at Road Runner Sports, Berkley, to take on the Ohlone trail course! A few participants have already completed their…

Undiscovered SF – 11.17

– by ChiChai@Empire – Since its inaugural evening, we made our way back to Undiscovered SF for a second time. Undiscovered SF is a monthly creative night market that was “designed to jump-start economic activity and public awareness” SOMA Pilipinas. For those unfamiliar with SOMA, it is the “South of Market” district in San Francisco…

Prelude Norcal 2017

We spent our Saturday with the dancers of Prelude Norcal! Prelude Norcal is a hip hop dance competition in the Bay Area that aims to “enrich, strengthen, and improve individual dancers and/or dance groups” as well as “bridge the gaps between dancers and teams to create a more welcoming and cohesive community in the Bay…

Run the Empire!

Come run with us for Empire in the Air’s 2nd 5k fundraiser!! Proceeds of this event will go to Project PEARLS’ Christmas Program where registration fees will “adopt” a Project PEARLS family by providing groceries for their holiday meals and Christmas gifts for their children. REGISTER HERE! To learn more about Project PEARLS, please visit…

Inktober and Outfits and More

By ChiChai@Empire If you were to open up any of my notebooks in high school, you would find hella doodles. Doodles were in the margins, the covers, and even in the center of the notes itself. These doodles would range from caricatures of teachers to monsters. My favorite among the notebook-doodles were the ones in…

Art of Us – Mini Documentary

Empire in the Air collaborated with the dance group The Company to create a dance summit for Project PEARLS titled “Art of Us.” After nearly a year of planning and fundraising, Ray@Empire, ChiChai@Empire, and Aiko@Empire headed to Manila with the Company choreographers Jolo Cabrera, Melissa Batesting, and KJ Estudillo.   Thank you to everyone who…

Pow! Wow! San Jose!

– by ChiChai@Empire – Going to Pow! Wow! Hawaii! was a dream-come-true for Chris@Empire and I. Written from a blog post on February 14, 2015 titled “A Stroll Down Pow! Wow!” :: I spent my last year in college saving all my tip money and putting money aside every paycheck for Pow! Wow! Hawaii! 2014, an annual…

Halloween DIY x Empire in the Air

– by ChiChai@Empire & Sam@Empire – Sam and I are both arts&crafts lovers so easily Halloween is one of our favorite holidays. We decided to bring you a costume DIY! But… what costumes did we make? Well, you know how many of our designs have illustrations? We decided to bring three Empire in the Air…

Chemical X

– by ChiChai@Empire – photos by Chris@Empire and ChiChai@Empire Curated by Meaghan Alfonso, women artists came together for the art show Chemical X  on Saturday, October 21. I was honored to be part of the list of talented creatives. Because portions of the proceeds went to Save the Fox, I decided to go for a fox…

Maboohay 2017

– by ChiChai@Empire – It always feels good to be back on our “home turf.” The Empire Team comes from all over the Bay plus Sacramento and Stockton. What brought all of us together was college. We met at San Jose State University while being involved at the on-campus FilAm organization Akbayan. And every year,…

Runderlust: An Overdue (Running) Book Review

By Sam@Empire I’m sure most of us probably own a Haruki Murakami book in some form or another, but you may not have known that he was an life athlete or even a marathoner. His book called“What I talk about When I talk About Running” is a reminder  that even the most boring things are the…