Monday, March 21, 2011

Ayala Museum book launch and lecture on March 24: “Philippine Ancestral Gold.”

New book on ancestral gold
Philippine Daily Inquirer: 03/21/2011

AYALA MUSEUM releases the much-awaited book “Philippine Ancestral Gold.” It provides the historical context of the treasures in regions of the Philippines and a scholarly reference of the archeological and historical implications of the museum’s collection "Gold of Ancestors: Pre-colonial Treasures in the Philippines."

Ayala Corporation chair emeritus Jaime Zobel de Ayala states: “Assembling the collection and publishing this book was simultaneously a discovery, a partnership, and a celebration. It is a fitting tribute to the artistic achievements of our ancestors and highlights our country’s rich pre-colonial history.”

“Philippine Ancestral Gold” is edited and authored by Florina Capistrano-Baker, former Ayala Museum director, co-written by John Miksic and John Guy, curator of South and Southeast Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The book also features images by photographer Neal Oshima.

Baker will hold a lecture on March 24, 4 p.m., at Ayala Museum, about gold items from Butuan. Willy Ronquillo and Eusebio Dizon of the National Museum will also join in the panel of speakers.

The book is available at the Ayala Museum Shop. “Gold of Ancestors: Pre-colonial Treasures in the Philippines” is curated by Baker and makes up a third of the “Crossroads of Civilizations” exhibition at Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue cor. De la Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City.

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