New York City – The Philippine Gold exhibit at Asia Society offers special holiday treats. While the exhibit runs through January 3, 2016, exciting events take place too that feature Philippine arts and culture. Kicking off the Thanksgiving season, the New Philippine Cinema will be presented.
On Friday, Nov. 20, 6:30PM, REQUIEMEL, directed by Loy Arcenas, will be screened featuring Shamaine Buencamino and Anthony Falcon.
On Sunday, Nov. 22, 5PM, you can catch Nora Aunor in THY WOMB with Brilliante Mendoza directing. There will be a special Fan Meet and Greet with Philippine award-winning film star Piolo Pascual at today Friday, November 20 at 4PM at Asia Society.
Asia Society is located at 725 Park Avenue and 70th Street in NYC. For tickets, call 212-517-2742 or visit www.asiasociety.org
December Philippine Gold delights include a Filipino designer sale of Leonora Cabili garments, Filipino NY Stories, Almira Astudillo Gilles’ Tales of Gold and Filipino Holiday Celebration.
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 12Noon – 3:30PM. Leonora Cabili Filipino Designer Sale Event. Len’s designs are inspired by tradition, mixing the past with present, creating unique garments that incorporate ancient techniques of weaving, embroidery and bead work from indigenous Filipino groups. Len’s mission is to create while also reviving and preserving ancient traditions, as she works with talented artisans across the Archipelago to provide opportunities to improve livelihoods.
Friday, Dec. 4, 8-9:30PM. A “Golden” Opportunity: Filipino New York Stories. Co-presented by FAM (Filipino American Museum). Curated with Nancy Bulalacao-Leung, meet the extraordinary people responsible for the Filipino Renaissance in New York—an unprecedented upswell of creativity, leadership, and style within the Filipino community. In this exuberant cabaret-style program, Filipino New Yorkers will recount the moments that shaped their lives—in five-minute, story slam style.
Join us for this celebration of identity and community followed by a reception. For tickets, call 212-517-2742 or visit www.asiasociety.org
Storytellers include: DJ Neil Armstrong, legendary DJ. First DJ to spin at a presidential inauguration for Obama, Christelle de Castro, artist and fashion photographer, Refinery 29’s 30 under 30, Liz Casasola, singer/actor/founder of Broadway Barkada, and organization supporting Filipinos on Broadway, Michael Dadap, musician, composer and conductor, Susie Ibarra, musician, composer and sound artist, Lucille Javier, Sally Herschberger colorist and founder of #beawesometosomebody with her boyfriend Mark Bustos, Jose Llana, Broadway actor, recently played the King in The King and I, Nicky Paraiso, actor/artist, director of programming at the Club at Lama Theater, Nicole Ponseca, owner of restaurants Maharlika and Jeepney, Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and leader in the undocumented movement and Jamieson Webster, psychoanalyst and author, The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis
Monday, Dec. 7. 6:30-8:30PM, The Fire Beneath: Tales of Gold, A new historical novel by Filipino-American author Almira Astudillo Gilles.
Inspired by the discovery of the Surigao gold treasures, many of which are featured in Asia Society’s current exhibition, this exciting new novel, The Fire Beneath: Tales of Gold tells the gripping story of a poor bulldozer operator who unearths a golden treasure trove during a construction project.
In this powerful and insightful new novel, award-winning Filipino-American author, Almira Astudillo Gilles pushes beyond the anticipated tribulations that would inevitably follow unexpected good fortune, as she digs deeper into the contrasts which are unearthed by this extraordinary find: discovery and concealment, greed and generosity, secularization and spirituality. Almira Astudillo Gilles is in conversation with Florina H. Capistrano-Baker, Consulting Curator, Ayala Museum and, co-curator of the exhibition, Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms. Followed by a book-sale and signing. Gilles is Winner of the Philippine Presidential Award 2012 for Literature. For tickets, call 212-517-2742 or visit www.asiasociety.org
Friday, Dec. 11, 6-9PM. Asia Society’s Filipino Holiday Celebration Celebrate the Season in Style. Get into the spirit! The Asia Society Museum will be hosting a holiday celebration featuring Filipino “pica pica” hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails, both available for purchase, as well as holiday shopping available at the AsiaStore at a 20 percent discount. We will be treated to traditional Filipino Christmas caroling! Admission is free this Friday Fil Am Night.
The Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms has been called “gorgeous” and “historically intriguing” by The New York Times. The 120 piece exhibition of pre-Hispanic Gold from the 10-12th century Philippines, on loan from the Ayala Museum in Manila, was co-curated by Nina Capistrano-Baker and Adriana Proser.
Admission to Asia Society Museum is FREE on Friday Nights 6-9PM.
For tickets and more information, visit www.AsiaSociety.org (Photos and Text by Marilyn Abalos)