THE GOLDEN TICKET: To add another dimension to its upcoming exhibition “Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms,” Asia Society will spotlight an assortment of Filipino designers in its Upper East Side lobby in Manhattan. Jewelry designer and gallery owner Federico De Vera dreamed up the latter, which will be billed as “Filipino Design Now” and launches on Sept. 11.

While Asia Society Museum visitors will find 100 Philippine gold objects, artifacts and jewelry from the 10th to 13th centuries, the more contemporary outpost will feature pieces from 14 designers including jewelry from Josie Natori, Wynn Wynn Ong and Bea Valdes; fashion from Lenora Cabili and Ditta Sandico, and evening bags from Tina Ocampo and Rafe Totengco. Each designer was invited to create products that reflect their interpretation of Philippine culture. Meant to increase appreciation for Filipino design, materials and craftsmanship, Filipino Design Now will be on view in the lobby with some items available for sale at AsiaStore and online.

The main exhibition will be organized in four sections — Archeology, Trade, The Kingdom of Butuan and Surrounding Kingdoms. Most of the works will be on loan from the Ayala Museum and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Gold Collection and have never been shown outside of the Philippines. They are also testimony to cultural connections and maritime trade in Southeast Asia during what was an early Asian economic boom.

Asia Society president and chief executive officer Josette Sheeran said, “The Philippine Gold exhibition showcases the great history of a little-known but captivating era.”

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