More than 200 distinguished guests visited Asia Society New York on September 10 to celebrate the opening of Asia Society Museum’s new exhibition, Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms.
The glamorous gala event, which featured a ceremonial ribbon cutting, speeches from dignitaries, musical performances, a live auction, and a gourmet Filipino dinner, kicked off a season of programming at Asia Society that will highlight the richness and diversity of Philippine culture and current affairs, and explore its cuisine, performing arts, film, design, literature, and more.
Gala Benefit Committee Co-Chair Doris Magsaysay Ho thanked her Co-Chairs Loida Nicolas Lewis and Fernando Zobel de Ayala. She said that it was wonderful that they were able to bring a spotlight on Philippines as the country hosts APEC in November, highlighting our heritage, and our arts and culture.
Philippines Ambassador to the United States Jose Cuisia, Jr. noted the exhibition is a great reason to be proud of our ancestors and our heritage. Taking a look around and marvelling at the artifacts on display that evening made one realize what commonalities our Filipino ancestors shared with our Indonesian, Indian, Chinese and other Southeast Asian brethren.
The evening also marked the opening of Video Spotlight: Philippines, an exhibition of contemporary Filipino video art, and Filipino Design Now, an installation celebrating the artistic visions of renowned and emerging Filipino designers.
Asia Society President Josette Sheeran proudly said that the event celebrates a new era, a new beginning for the Philippines, presented through its golden past… Truly, a great day for the Philippines, for the United States and for all who care about their shared histories.
Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms will be on display through January 3, 2016.