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Rooted in the groundwork formed in 1997 by The Alvarado Project, THEAlvaradoArchiveX seeks to inspire the next generations to unlock their own her/history and family narrative. We are a group of intergenerational volunteer artists, writers, activists and educators. As active agents hosting our rich multicultural voices, we hope to help promote Filipino American literacy based on the historic photographs of Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado. Through furthering the preservation of Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado’s photography and archive collection, we invite others to bridge stories of our past to the path of restoring traditional knowledge of self-discovery.

The Exhibit Team

Janet Alvarado
Project Leader

Janet Alvarado of San Francisco is responsible for all facets of the collaboration overseeing this project. Her first exhibition relays the poignant story of her father’s work, the Filipino American Photographer Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado (1914 – 1976). Through My Father’s Eyes is a signature, one of a kind project that has been highly regarded by The Smithsonian Institution and completed a successful national tour from 2002 – 2006. This experience, commitment and vision drive this current work in “Compositions—A Filipino American Experience” an important stepping stone in making the treasured photographs worthy of wider viewership. Janet serves as Executive Director, Curator for The Alvarado Project.

Alohi Vega Alvarado
Project Leader

Alohi – meaning Shining, Brilliant is native born of Maui, Hawaii. She is an artist, freelance model and designer. In high school, Alohi pursued live theater performance and art. Currently featured in Arise Roots – Here I Am ( on location recently in paradise – Maui. In 2021, Alohi was featured in underwater fashions by Justin Drew, Fashion Le Cour.  Alohi, a third generation Alvarado comes from a long lineage of Creators.

Mark Anthony Hernandez
Project Leader

Born in San Francisco, Mark Anthony Hernandez is the great-grand nephew of Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado. Mark, an alumni of University of Southern California earned a degree in Biomedical Engineering. He served as Executive Board member of the Filipino cultural club Troy Philippines, directing the Pilipino-American Culture Night in 2006. He continues to be involved in the business community consulting in an accounting firm in New York City. Professional memberships include the Young Filipino Professional Association, International Society
of Filipinos in Finance & The Alvarado Project SF. He strives to help future generations to connect to their under-represented past.

Mark Jayson Quines
Project Leader

Mark was born in Daly City, CA, a photographer living in San Francisco Bay Area. He uses photography to document personal cultural narratives and explore contemporary subcultures and identity. In his first solo exhibition NOBODY, Michael Jordan is a metaphorical vehicle connecting his ubiquitous image through ephemera and people in urban communities. Other projects to follow consider converging interest within his youth and current observations of having been born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a driving force behind THEAlvaradoArchiveX capturing newer audiences.