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From left, Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Doris Magsaysay-Ho and Loida Nicolas Lewis.


Special to the Filipino Reporter


Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms Exhibition will open on Friday, Sept. 11, at Asia Society in New York City.

There will be a Premiere Night Gala at Asia Society marking the opening.

The Premiere Night Gala, a special event for Filipino-Americans and friends, will include a pre-opening exhibition tour, Filipino cuisine and Filipino cultural presentation.

For tickets and more information about the Philippine Gold Premiere Night Gala, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 212.327.9335.

Asia Society New York and Asia Society Philippines, in collaboration with the Ayala Museum in the Philippines, will bring the Philippine Gold Exhibition featuring 120 gold objects from the pre-Hispanic period 10th to 13th centuries for the first time outside the Philippines to New York City.

Philippine Gold Exhibition, running Sept. 11, 2015 through Jan. 3, 2016, will display gold necklaces, chains, waistbands, bangles, ritual bowls, implements, ceremonial weapons and more.

The Philippine Gold Benefit Committee is headed by Loida Nicolas Lewis (U.S.) and Doris Magsaysay-Ho, along with Fernando Zobel de Ayala (Philippines).

The Benefit Committee has engaged the Filipino-American community to support this spectacular exhibition.

Ayala Corporation’s Fernando Zobel de Ayala anticipates the pride the exhibition will instill in Filipinos around the world.

“We are delighted to have this opportunity to exhibit this exceptional Filipino 10th to 13th century gold from the Ayala Museum and Bangko Sentral collections at the Asia Society in New York,” says Zobel de Ayala.

“It will give Americans and visitors to New York the opportunity to get to know more about our rich culture and I have no doubt that it will also give Filipino-Americans great pride to see these pieces from their country.”

Asia Society President Josette Sheeran spoke to a number of Fil-Am community leaders and local Fil-Am press at a recent breakfast briefing at Asia Society, citing that it was indeed an honor to present the Philippines’ culture, creativity, commerce and communities of the pre-Hispanic era.

Benefit Committee Co-Chair Loida Nicolas Lewis reiterated an invitation to the Fil-Am community to participate in the special Fil-Am events during the opening weekend, including the Premiere Night Gala on Friday, Sept. 11.

She encourages Fil-Am organizations to also schedule group tours throughout the Exhibition’s three-month period so that members can enjoy and appreciate Philippine Gold.

She said that it is our responsibility to bring friends and relatives to the Exhibition which displays an important part of pre-colonial history.

“Philippine history did not start with the coming of Magellan,” she said.

“It started way, way back.”

A panel representing Asia Society, Ayala Museum, the Benefit Committee and Philippine Consulate General also spoke at the briefing, including Dr. Florina Capistrano-Baker of the Ayala Museum and Adriana Proser of Asia Society.

Philippine Deputy Consul Kira Danganan-Azucena said that the Philippine Consulates in the U.S., especially the Northeast, would be coordinating with various Fil-Am communities, including youth groups to promote the Exhibition.

For tickets and more information about the Philippine Gold Premiere Night Gala, e-mail  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 212.327.9335.

(Editor’s note: Marilyn Abalos is the Philippine Gold Benefit Committee Fil-Am media coordinator.)

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