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Philippine Gold: Treasures of a Forgotten Kingdom 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On October 14, in celebration of Filipino-American History Month, the US-Philippines Society with support of the Philippine Embassy held a lecture “Phlippine Gold: Treasures of a Forgotten Kingdom.”
The lecture by Ayala Museum’s Consulting Curator Dr. Florina Capistrano-Baker and Senior Curator for Asia Society Adriana Proser was part of a series of events accompanying a groundbreaking exhibit they curated in New York City. The exibit showcases priceless gold pieces discovered in Butuan, Northern Mindanao, which demonstrates that pre-Hispanic Philippines had flourishing cultural connections and maritime trade in Southeast Asia during an early Asian economic boom.

Dr. Florina Capistrano-Baker delivers her lecture on Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms on 14 October 2015 at the Philippine Embassy in Washington, DC.

Unearthed in the 1960’s and the 1980’s, the gold pieces’ exquisite designs demonstrate very sophisticated metalworking techniques from the tenth through the thirteenth century.

“These treasures reveal the existence of thriving, diverse, and immensely creative societies during the pre-colonial era. For Filipinos, the knowledge that some of these prominent polities were located in the Philippines gives us a greater reason to be proud of our ancestors and heritage,” said Ambassador of the Philippines to the U.S. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. after viewing the exhibit at a Gala Benefit Dinner held at Asia Society in New York on September 10.


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