Talk and Audio-Visual Show on Philippine Ancestral Gold


This is the last literary event for 2013 of our Bookshop. Co-sponsored by the Silver Lake Library, it is part of our continuing outreach program to make the Filipino presence in the community more visible, as well as to share with mainstream America the rich cultural background of Filipinos. If you will be unable to attend, we accept orders for autographed copies of this collector’s book. Call 310-514-9139 or email us :

Event is free and open to the public. Seats are limited.
Street parking is available. RSVP by phone or email or reply to EVENTS in facebook.

Those who want to donate to Typhoon Yolanda Relief may bring canned goods which we will donate to the Historic Filipino Rotary Club who will ship them to the Philippines.

philancestralgoldPhilippine Ancestral Gold
Edited by Florina H. Capistrano-Baker
Essays by Florina H. Capistrano-Baker, John Guy and John Miksic

Publisher: Ayala Foundation and National University of Singapore Press (NUS). 2011. 300 pages.

ISBN 978-971-8551-72-1 HARDCOVER

ISBN 978-971-8551-74-5 SOFTCOVER

Winner of the 31st Philippine National Book Awards for Design

Philippine Ancestral Gold features more than 1,000 gold objects that were recovered in the Philippines from the 1960s to 1981 and now form part of the collection of the Ayala Museum in Manila. Many of these treasures were found in association with tenth-to-twelfth century Chinese export ceramics, and formal similarities with objects from other Southeast Asian cultures affirm regional affinities and inter-island trade networks that flourished in the region before there was regular contact with the Western world. Adornments of elite individuals and the deities they adorned include a spectacular array of golden sashes, necklaces, pectorals, diadems, earrings, finger rings, and arm and leg ornaments. Over 400 full-color photographs are included in the book which you will enjoy immensely.

This important book provides a great deal of material that is almost unknown generally outside of the Philippines. Scholars working on many other topics will find it invaluable, especially those tracing the various maritime trade networks that operated throughout the greater Indian Ocean system.

-Emma C. Bunker, Asian Art Department, Denver Art Museum.

“The authors are among the world’s most experienced specialists on this subject, and the line of vision from the Philippines and other parts of island Southeast Asia to the mainland is novel and most inspiring.”

-Andreas Reinecke, Commission for Archaeology of Non-European Cultures
of the German Archaeological Institute.

“All collections are valuable in different ways. The monetary worth of this one is incalculable. But its deeper value can be assayed only in consideration of its historical and academic significance and the self-knowledge and pride it gives to Filipinos.”

-Florina H. Capistrano-Baker

“…what distinguishes the Philippines goldworking tradition is that it displays a level sophistication only matched by the kingdoms of Java.”

-John Guy

“The Ayala Museum’s Gold Collection is perhaps the country’s greatest tangible cultural asset and can stand comparison with any other assemblage of gold artifacts in the world.”

-John Miksic

Also, visit the Ayala Museum website:

About the Author
Nina.GettyFotoFlorina H. Capistrano-Baker received her Ph.D., M.Phil. and M.A.degrees in Art History from the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University in New York City. She was a researcher at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1987-1994, director of the Ayala Museum (Philippines) from 2000-2006 and currently consulting curator at Ayala Foundation. She has taught at Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Bard Graduate Center and Skidmore College. She is the author of Art of Island Southeast Asia: The Fred and Rita Richman Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1994), Multiple Originals, Original Multiples: 19th-century Images of Philippine Costumes (2004), and Embroidered Multiples: 18th-19th Century Philippine Costumes from the National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, The Netherlands(2007). Her latest book Philippine Ancestral Gold (2011) documents an important corpus of archaeological gold ornaments that give evidence of early maritime trade between the Philippines, China and Southeast Asia before Spanish and American colonization in the 19th century. Dr. Capistrano-Baker is the recipient of fellowships from Columbia University, American Association of University Women, Asian Cultural Council, Ford Foundation, Japan Foundation, Locsin Foundation and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.She is currently a Getty Research Institute Scholar here in Los Angeles.
Celebrate Small Business Saturday with us during this event.

Small Business Saturday is a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all that they do for their communities. Support your community bookshop who has blazed the special trail in marketing Philippine books in the US and who has served the Fil Am community for the last 29 years! During this event, we will display a small selection of titles that you might want to pick up as gifts for Christmas. Come to the lecture, enjoy the audiovisuals, network, see old friends, and at the same time, do your Christmas shopping. If you have a special title in mind, do let us know – call (310) 514-9139 and will bring it to the event for your pick up.
Maraming salamat po!


Saturday, June 1, 2013
2:00pm – 5:30pm

Silver Lake Library
2411 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 913-7451

2:00pm LA Premiere of Marilou Diaz-Abaya: Filmmaker on a Voyage. 
A documentary by Mona Lisa Yuchengco.
4:00pm Booklaunching of Bittermelons and Mimosas:
A Philippine Memoir by Nieves Catahan Villamin.

Free and Open to the public. Handicap accessible.
RSVP Requested (310) 514-9139. <

imageMarilou Diaz-Abaya: Filmmaker on a Voyage
was shown in San Francisco during the 2013 CAAMFest
(formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival). From the CAAMFest announcement:
“A documentary about the late filmmaker who is probably
the Philippines’ greatest female director, lovingly made by Mona Lisa Yuchengco, a student and former sister-in-law of Diaz-Abaya, who died of cancer in October (2012) at age 57. Diaz-Abaya was a groundbreaker – her 1980 film Brutal was the first Philippine film to deal seriously with rape, a drama that was a box office breakout in a region traditionally known for action films, silly comedies and soft-core porn.”

In the film, the multi-awarded director Diaz-Abaya, reminisces about her film career, her mentors in the industry and her renewed spirituality as she battles a life threatening illness. Her other films include Jose Rizal (1998) which starred Cesar Montano, Muro Ami(1999) and Bagong Buwan (2001).

imageYuchengco was the founder and former publisher of the nationally circulated, Filipinas Magazine, from 1992 to 2005. She continues to tell stories about the global Filipino community with the recently-launched website, Positively Her first documentary, 66 years, 2 months, 21 days…and still counting, was shown at the 2010 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. Marilou Diaz-Abaya: Filmmaker on a Voyage is her second documentary. A short Q&A with Yuchengco follows after the film showing.

imageNieves Catahan Villamin is the author of Bittermelons and Mimosas: A Philippine Memoir. Her memoir will inspire other Filipinos who strive for a piece of the American Dream. She is the letter N of the Eden in Eden Canyon Vineyards, said to be the first Filipino American owned-and-operated winery in the United States producing award-winning vintages. Villamin worked for fourteen years at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where she was the advisor of the Pilipino Cultural Exchange that sponsored student and faculty exchanges between the US and the Philippines. In recognition of her philanthropy, she received the Outstanding Woman of the Year award from Cal Poly in 2003.

As part of our Bookshop’s tradition, we honor our author/speaker after their event with a No Host Dinner. Venue to be announced. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP separately for this.


The event is sponsored by Philippine Expressions Bookshop as part of its continuing community outreach program to create more awareness for the Filipino presence in America.  It is also part of the celebrations to commemorate the 115th Philippine Independence from Spain (June 12, 1898 – June 12, 2013) and is co-sponsored by Silver Lake Library which is part of the Los Angeles Public Library system. “As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services and activities. Within 72 hours of the event, please contact Silver Lake Library 323-913-7451 should an accommodation be needed.”