FROM Philippines, the groundbreaking exhibit Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms is now in New York City.
Presented by the Asia Society and the Ayala Museum, the Philippine Gold exhibit features over 120 spectacular gold objects dated between the 10th and 13th century and reveals the sophisticated civilizations that flourished before the Spaniards arrived at Philippine shores.
The exhibit displays pre-colonial gold treasures like gold necklaces, chains, waistbands, bangles, among others, from the Visayas and Mindanao, including Butuan, Mindoro, and Siargao. The Philippine Gold exhibition in New York that brings to fore a truly fascinating yet little known aspect about the country’s rich heritage is ongoing until January 3, 2016 at the Asia Society New York.
Asia Society Philippine chairperson Doris Magsaysay Ho believes that the Philippine Gold exhibition is extremely timely just as the country hosts the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in November.
“These artifacts are also very little known scholarship-wise, so with the opportunity to bring these to New York, we are holding symposia that place the collection in the whole realm of historical scholarship in the Austronesian context,” stresses Magsaysay Ho.
To make the historic exhibition possible, Philippine Airlines (PAL), the pioneer flag carrier of the country, flew the exhibit to New York.
“Whenever a PAL aircraft flies to a foreign land, it carries more than the flag and name of our motherland. It also carries the hopes and dreams of the Filipino. Thus, when the opportunity arose to showcase to the world our rich pre-colonial culture, we accepted the challenge with much eagerness. It is an honor to be part of this noble undertaking,” says Jaime Bautista, president and COO of PAL, the official flag carrier of the gold exhibit.
Aside from the Philippine Gold exhibit, PAL also flew 200 copies of the coffee-table book Philippine Ancestral Gold to Singapore on February 2012. The book, launched at the Asia Civilizations Museum, describes many of the gold artifacts included in the New York exhibition.
Indeed, the Philippine Gold exhibit is a major exhibition and a landmark event in the New York cultural scene.