About Us

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 in the old Jewish Quarter on 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 roof was damaged during a major storm in LA. Thus, the bookshop closed its doors, but continued its operation via mail-order in  Hilgard Avenue, Westwood, in the vicinity of UCLA. In 1996, the business moved to Rancho Palos Verdes.  And finally,  in July 2016, we reopened as a brick and mortar bookshop in the Arcade Building which is located in the  Historic Arts District, San Pedro, CA.  BTW, in 2017, the bookshop opened its affiliate:  Pinta*Dos Philippine Art Gallery, right next door.

The Bookshop has provided a home for Philippine writings in America and has pioneered in promoting Philippine books in the US since 1984.  It celebrated its 36th year of service to the Filipino American community all over the US in 2020.   We host regular publication parties, book talks, lectures on Philippine culture by visiting Filipino scholars, poetry readings during the National Poetry Month in April, and other literary soirees through out the year.  Annually, we celebrate Pinay Gathering to honor  Filipino and  Filipino American  women  authors during the International and National   Women's History Month in March.  Likewise, we also mark the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May with a program for young children. And lastly,  we celebrate the Filipino American History Month in October. 

The Bookshop has placed Filipino and  Filipino American authors in the literary map of Los Angeles.  For seventeen years, we participated in the LA Times Festival of Books (LATFB), at the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and then,  when the venue was changed,  at the University of Southern California (USC). Over the years, the Bookshop has supported various community events  among which are  the LA Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC) and the biennial conference of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS). We also participated in the Filipino American Book Festival at the San Francisco Public Library in October 2011 and 2013.

And now, our new bookshop in San Pedro is ready to serve you. Please come and visit,  and experience the Philippines in San Pedro, the Port City of Los Angeles. The bookshop is full of cultural artifacts of the country. After all, we not only sell books but we also sell Culture!  Mabuhay!


479 W 6th Street, Suite 105, San Pedro, CA 90731

(310) 514-9139 - (310) 548 -8148



Wednesday -  Friday: 3:00pm - 6:00pm

First Thursdays during the San Pedro Artwalk:  3:00pm - 8:00pm

Other days and time by appointment only.

Sunday: Closed