Philippine Expressions Bookshop had emerged from being just a mail-order bookshop in October 2016 when it opened a brick and mortar bookshop in the Historic Arts District of San Pedro, CA. Dedicated to Filipino Americans in search of their roots, we operate as a specialty bookshop dealing only with materials relevant to the Philippines and Filipino Americans. We also have materials on other Filipinos in the diaspora. We have provided a home for Philippine writings in America since 1984 and have pioneered in promoting Philippine books in American soil for the last 33 years. Our Bookshop holds regular book publication parties, meet the author parties, poetry readings, lectures on culture by visiting authors and other literary soirees.
The Bookshop celebrates Women's History Month in March where we highlight the writings of Filipino women through our Pinay Gathering. Until 2013, we have participated in the LA Times Festival of Books (LATFB) which is being held annually on the third weekend of April at the campus of the University of Southern California (USC). We had a booth at this event since it first started at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and we have made our mark in seventeen years in the literary community of Los Angeles. We also participated in the annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC) until last year and have continued to work with them closely. In May 2017, our bookshop
will collaborate with FIlAm Arts in partnership with the Croatian Cultural Center in presenting Buklod: A Gathering of Filipino and Filipino American Art and Artists from May 4 to May ll as part of the monthly San Pedro's Art Walk.
We have supported FPAC from the very beginning 25 years ago. Our Bookshop exhibits books during the biennial conference of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) which in 2014 was held in San Diego. New York will be the 2016 site of the next conference. FANHS was established in 1982 in Seattle, WA and over the years, FANHS conferences have been held in major cities all over the US where the Filipino American community thrives and where the organization has a chapter. So far, there are 31 chapters. In October 2015, we hope to participate again in the Filipino American Book Festival at the SF Public Library at the Civic Center, SF. Filbookfest was organized in 2011 and this October will be their third year.