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Exhibit on Filipino indigenous textiles in San Pedro, California is extended

By Abner Galino

Photo shows the opening event on May 26, 2018. Eleanor Academia and her husband Cass Magda and members of the kulintang musicians and martial artists performed at the Kulintang Concert and Filipino martial arts demo. Kulintang is an ancient gong and drum ensemble music from the Southern Philippines. Eleanor Academia is a Durfee Master Musician with the World Kulintang Institute. Cass Magda owns Magda Institute of Martial Arts, in Reseda where he teaches Kali-Silat and other forms of Filipino martial arts. He is a world-renown Master Teacher and Martial Artist. Photo by Abner Galino.

DUE to popular demand, Linda Nietes, Founder and CEO of Pinta*Dos Art Gallery has announced the extension of their exhibit, Strands: Part l – Filipino Indigenous Textiles, to Wednesday, July 25, 2018.

The exhibit opened on May 26 and is open to the public from July 23 until July 25. Please call 310-514-9139 or email: if you want to view the exhibit so a docent will be available for the walk-through.

An earlier time could be arranged. The gallery is located at an art deco building called The Arcade, 479 West Sixth Street Street, San Pedro, CA 90731.

The exhibit features selections from the collection of Linda Nietes and Robert J. Little, Jr. It encompasses works from the ancestral weaving traditions of various indigenous cultural communities spanning the Philippine Archipelago.

The exhibit is just a small selection from the over 150-piece collection of various cultural artifacts which have been collected over forty years.

While traveling over the Philippines in the late 60s and early 70s, Linda have met some members of the various cultural communities of the country, and have enjoyed the experience of seeing them at work on their art and culture. But modern times have encroached fast into their traditions. Some were slowly losing the meaning of who they were, and their beautiful culture was fading away.

At this point, she decided that one of the ways of preserving their culture was to collect some of the artifacts for posterity and hopefully, someday, share them with people who maybe interested in doing research or in knowing what their lives were. The result is this small exhibit which has been offered to the Filipino American community of Los Angeles to enjoy.

To quote Linda, “My husband and I are merely caretakers, so to speak, of the cultural artifacts in our collection, preserving them for the generation that follows.”

This exhibit is curated by Maryrose Cobarrubias Mendoza and Joseph Santarromana. Both artists will also curate the next exhibit called Strands, Part ll Exhibit: Contemporary Filipino and Filipino American Artists Encounter Textile, August 18-October 28, 2018.

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 18. 4-7pm. RSVP requested. Email:

This exhibit will feature works by Filipino American contemporary artists Cirilo Domine and Christine Morla, and Manila’s Aze Ong, all of whom have been conceptually, spiritually, or formally inspired to use textiles as a starting point of inquiry.


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Abner Galino
The author is a poet and a writer. He was a cultural worker before he became a reporter for Tinig ng Masa and Malaya Midday Edition during the Marcos regime. He later became a reporter of People's Tonight shortly after 1986 EDSA Revolution. He went on to become its Chief of Reporters, City Editor and News Editor. He retired after 15 years in the Journal Group of Publications. He now writes for Weekend Balita and the US Asian Post (USAP), weekly Filipino-American newspapers based in Los Angeles, California.

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