Book Talk & Signing By Miss America, 2001 Angela Perez Baraquio


Saturday, July 8, 2017
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
479 West Sixth Street, Suite 105
Historic Arts District, San Pedro, CA
Tel (310) 514-9139
Free and Open to the Public
RSVP is Necessary
Angela Perez Baraquio is the first Asian- American, the only Filipina and the only teacher to win the title of Miss America (2001). Baraquio earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration.
As Miss America, Angela visited over 40 states and traveled 20,000 miles a month on a national speaking tour called, “Character in the classroom: Teaching values, valuing teachers.” Since then, she has become a wife (Mrs. Tini Grey), and mother of five children, TV host, author and business owner. However, in the midst of life’s many blessings, she has encountered tragedy, especially the suicide of her younger brother in 2006.
Baraquio will be signing copies of her memoir, Amazing Win, Amazing Loss: Miss America, Living Happily, Even After. Meet this amazing beauty queen who was Miss Hawaii in 2000. She speaks with an inspiring message which parents, teachers and students should hear!
3:00pm Gathering and networking
3:15pm Merienda or light afternoon snacks
3:45pm Book Talk by Angela Baraquio-Grey
4:15pm Q & A
5:00pm Booksigning and Photo ops
6:00pm Paalam Na or GoodBye. End of Event
A small donation for the light refreshments will be appreciated. Maraming Salamat Po At Mabuhay!
We look forward to see you at the Book Talk.

Grand Opening Of Pinta*Dos Art Gallery


Save the Date! The Reception and Grand Opening of Pinta* Dos, the new Filipino American art gallery in San Pedro, which is located next to Philippine Expressions Bookshop. We would be very honored to have your presence at this event!
The event is on June 24 from 5-8pm at 479 West Sixth Street, Suite 107, San Pedro, CA 90731. Invited speakers and cultural performances will be announced in the coming weeks.
About the inaugural art exhibit:
DISRUPTIONS: The Art of Eliseo Art Silva
Contact: Linda Nietes-Little (310) 514-9139
New Art Gallery Set to Open Featuring Contemporary Philippine and Filipino American Art and Artists
There will be a Grand Opening and Reception on June 24, 2017
To feature compelling art done by Filipino American artists in the greater LA region, Linda Nietes-Little has decided to open an art gallery adjacent to her Philippine Expressions Bookshop which is located on Suite 105 of the beautiful vintage building called “The Arcade.” Philippine-born and raised artist, and celebrated muralist Eliseo Art Silva will be the featured artist for this grand opening of the art gallery.
For the inaugural exhibition, titled: “DISRUPTIONS: The Art of Eliseo Art Silva”, 20 art works included embraces sparring ideas and intentionally disrupts the expected to bring attention to new ideas or to begin conversations. As an artist of over 100 public works under his name from the US east coast and west coast; and, in his own studio practice, the artist strives to bring the audience to situations to rethink and disrupt in order to energize. His signature work is the 150 ft.-long and 30 ft.- high Filipinotown Mural of LA (1994) which was recently recognized as one of the “20 Iconic Murals of Los Angeles” by LA Weekly. The new paintings, mixed media pieces and drawings featured in the show is an extension of his practice in public art which reconciles the history of his lineage with the history of painting. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, received a BFA at Otis College of Art and Design and an MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) under the auspices of the pioneering great abstract expressionist Grace Hartigan and resident MICA art critic Dominique Nahas.
This new space for contemporary Filipino art in Southern California was named after the PINTADOS (the painted people)- the name designated by early Spanish colonizers to the early inhabitants of the Philippines. The early Filipinos “painted” their bodies all over with elaborate tattoos and exquisite gold ornaments, thus the play of words also brings attention to the largely unknown and unchartered yet highly developed and advanced Philippine civilization; which was also known as: the 600 years of Indianized Kingdoms in the Philippines (900 AD-1565).
PINTA (paint) and DOS (second or two) also references the two walls allotted for art in the new gallery; and the fact that the new space also functions as a twin or annex of the Philippine Expressions Bookshop.
About Philippine Expressions Bookshop:
Established in 1984, Philippine Expressions Bookshop blazed the trail in the US in promoting Philippine books written in English and Pilipino for all ages. Filipiniana specialist and founder Linda Nietes-Little dedicated the bookshop to Americans of Filipino heritage who are searching for their roots. 2017 marks thirty-three years of service to the community. This new San Pedro bookshop was Blessed on on October 1, 2016 and formally inaugurated on October 14, 2016.
DISRUPTIONS: The Art of Eliseo Art Silva (June 1 – July 29, 2017)
PINTA DOS Philippine Art Gallery
479 West Sixth Street, Suite 107
San Pedro, CA, 90731
First Thursdays Artwalk Preview, June 1, 5-8pm
Reception and Art Gallery Grand Opening, Saturday, June 24, 5-8pm
HOURS OF OPERATION: Thursday-Friday : 3:00pm – 6:00pm Saturday and other days, except Sunday : by appointment only.
First Thursday of every month during Art Walk: 3:00pm – 8:00pm





Philippine Expressions Bookshop
479 West 6th Street, Suite 105
San Pedro, CA 90731
Saturday June 3, 2017,
3:00p.m. – 6:00p.m

Event is free and open to the
public. Seats are limited. RSVP is
requested. Light refreshments will
be available. Email or call Linda
Tel 310-514-9139

by Dr. John (Jody) Blanco

He will share common colonial roots of Philippine
and Mexican Culture. His research interests concern
the colonial roots of globalization between the
16th-19th centuries. The contexts that inspire this
investigation range from the Spanish empire in the
Americas and the Philippines, to the spread of
Christianity in the modern period, to the philosophy
of modernity and Eurocentrism, comparative forms
of imperialism and anti-colonial struggles, and the
legal, religious, and racial dilemmas and
contradictions of post-colonial societies and states.
Jody’s courses at UC – San Diego engage with these
themes in and through the study of Philippine, Latin
American, Caribbean, and US minority literatures
and cultures (religious, political, and artistic). Jody
received his BA (with honors) from Arts and Ideas in
the Residential College at University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor; and his MA and Ph.D. from the
Department of Comparative Literature at UCBerkeley.
He is the author of “Frontier Constitutions:
Christianity and Colonial Empire in the Nineteenth
Century Philippines” (UC Press 2009; University of
the Philippines Press 2010); and the translator of
Julio Ramos’s “Divergent Modernities in Latin
America: Culture and Politics in the Nineteenth

In Depression Era California
by Marivi Soliven

A talk on anti-micegenation laws, Filipino migrant
farmworkers and taxi dance halls in 1930’s California.
Racism, immigrant rights and marriage equality were as
hotly debated back in the 1930, as they are these days. The
award winning author of THE MANGO BRIDE will also
read excerpts from her second novel, THE RIZAL
DANCE HALL MURDER and discuss the archival
research of what went into writing the novel, which is
loosely based on an actual San Diego murder that took
place in 1935. “Rhumba at the Rizal”, a short play based
on scenes from “The Rizal Dance Hall Murder,” was
performed recently onstage at the Lyceum Theater in
downtown San Diego as part of the Halo-Halo suite of play
produced by Asian Story Theater. After gaining awards for
two children’s books in 1991 and 1992, Marivi’s debut
novel In the “Service of Secrets” won the 2011 Grand
Prize for the Novel, all three prizes conferred by the
Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the
Philippine counterpart of the Pulitzer Prize. That novel,
retitled The Mango Bride was published by Penguin Books
in April, 2013. The San Diego Book Awards later named
“The Mango Bride” Best Contemporary Fiction of 2014.
The novel’s Spanish edition, “Hace Una Eternidad en
Manila” (Grupo Planeta, 2014) was released in October,
2014. National Book Store released the Filipino edition in
August 2015.

You can order autographed copies of the authors’ books.

Young Booklovers

Yesterday, a young booklover visited our bookshop. Stella Lennon is the daughter of Joyce and Bruce Lennon and is 7 years old,
a student at a Rolling Hills Estate school in the area. She was
fascinated by the painting of young girls in their native costume
and she is holding the artwork by Eliseo Silva. The painting can
be viewed at our bookshop. Stella is the granddaughter of
Nelida Ong Xavier and Aquilino Xavier of Antique and they
visited us with Stella.15741030_10154254388441314_4609625825665164878_n15823518_10154254388526314_1692733393638993750_n

Artist Eliseo Silva

Artist/muralist Eliseo Silva dropped by the bookshop on
Dec 29 and photo shows him signing our Authors’ Gallery
Board which hangs at the bookshop. Eliseo is the author
of “Filipinos of Greater Philadelphia” (2012) which was published
by Arcadia Publishing. The book is available at $21.99 plus
sales tax for CA residents and domestic shipping $3.99. Email if interested.

Here’s to a Happy and Peaceful New Year!!!


Photos From Albert Mortiz Meet and Greet

Photo taken during the Meet and Greet event for
Albert Mortiz on December 20th where he signed his
book, Discover the Philippines Cookbook. Albert is
seated right in front of me plus two clients.