14 Filipino designers invited to New York

The Philippines has the chance to showcase not only its pre-colonial gold pieces, but also the contemporary designs of top Filipino artists for more than three months starting Sept. 11 this year.

Asia Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the world about Asia, said top Filipino designers will be featured in a New York designer showcase called Filipino Design Now on Sept. 11, 2015 to Jan. 3, 2016.

The organization founded by John Rockefeller III in 1956 said Filipino Design Now, which it co-conceptualized with Filipino jewelry designer and New York gallery owner Federico De Vera, provides an opportunity to experience the rich culture and heritage of the Philippines.

The designer showcase at the lobby of Asia Society New York along Park Ave. features exclusive collections by 14 renowned Filipino designers, coinciding with the museum exhibition Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms.  The gold exhibition features over 100 spectacular pre-colonial gold pieces dating from 10th to 13th century from the collections of Ayala Museum and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Participating designers are Maricis Brias, Lenora Cabili, Federico de Vera, Ian Giron, Jewelmer, Natalya Lagdameo, Josie Natori, Tina Ocampo, Wynn Wynn Ong, Anne Marie Saguil, Ditta Sandico, Rafe Totengco, Bea Valdes and Al Valenciano. They will showcase uniquely Filipino creations, including home textiles, jewelry, home accents, apparel,  accessories, among others.

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