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 Westwood. In 1996, the business moved to Rancho Palos Verdes. In July 2016, we reopened as a brick and mortar bookshop in the Historic Arts District, 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 35 years. 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. Annually, we celebrate Pinay Gathering to honor the writings of Filipino women during the International Women's History Month in March. 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 at 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); 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. Mabuhay!
479 W 6th Street, Suite 105, San Pedro, CA 90731
Wednesday - Friday: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
First Thursdays during the San Pedro Artwalk: 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Other days and time by appointment only.