In 1984, Philippine Expressions Bookshop was established in Los Angeles as a mail-order bookshop dedicated to Filipino Americans in search of their roots. In 1989, we opened a brick and mortar bookshop at the old Jewish Quarter in Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, between Robertson and La Cienega. As a specialty bookshop, we promoted only materials relevant to the Philippines and Filipino Americans.
However, in 1992, the bookshop's roofs were damaged during a major storm in LA. Thus, the bookshop closed its doors, but continued its operation via mail-order in Westwood. In 1996, the business moved to Rancho Palos Verdes. In July 2016, we reopened as a brick and mortar bookshop in San Pedro, CA.
The Bookshop has provided a home for Philippine writings in America and has pioneered in promoting Philippine books in the US for the last 34 years. We host regular book publication parties, Book Talks, lectures on Philippine culture by visiting Filipino scholars, and other literary soirees. Annually, we celebrate Pinay Gathering and the writings of Filipino women during Women's History Month. For seventeen years, we have participated in the LA Times Festival of Books (LATFB), originally at the campus of UCLA until 2013 when LATFB moved to the University of Southern California (USC). Over the years, the Bookshop has supported various community events: the LA Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC), now on its 27th year; the biennial conference of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), established in Seattle in 1982 and now has 3l chapters; its next conference will be in Chicago in 2018. We also participated in the Filipino American Book Festival at the San Francisco Public Library in October 2011 and 2013.
479 W 6th Street, Suite 105, San Pedro, CA 90731
Thursday to Friday: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
First Thursdays during the San Pedro Artwalk: 3:00pm - 8:00pm
All other days by appointment only.