Book Talk


Come and join us for an evening of inspiring conversations and interesting company!

Book Talk  with

Dr. Wilmo Orejola author,  Au Basaynon: History of Basey, Samar and its People

Abraham Gabriel Pagtama author, Based on True Events  Watsonville Riots : A Novel 

Reno Ursal  author,  Enlightenment: The Bathala Series

About the Authors

Dr Wilmo Orejola was born in Basey, Samar, Philippines and his book on the local history of his birthplace is a fitting tribute by a grateful son. He studied at the Divine Word University  in Tacloban, and finished his Doctor of Medicine degree at the Cebu Institute of Medicine. His two other books, an epic poem, A Mat Weaver's Story: 

The Legend of Bungansakit  (2001) and a historical novel, Ghost of the Insurrection

 (2006) are also available at our bookshop. His medical inventions have been published in medical journals. He lives in New Jersey & North Carolina with his wife, children and grandchildren.

Gabe Pagtama was born in Shape, Belgium and grew up in Los Angeles. He has a degree in Business from Marymount University (LMU). Was fascinated at an early age with writing and filmmaking when he realized that stories could be told oncamera. Was greatly influenced by his Dad, Abe Pagtama who is a lifelong actor that has been on the Conan O'Brien Show and  had worked with known actors in Hollywood. Gabe himself

has worked in front of the camera and behind the camera. His book, Based on True Events: Watsonville Riots' is his first book.

Reno Ursal, author of The Bathala Series, grew up in Rogers City, Michigan and received a BA in English from the University of Michigan. His parents, both medical doctors immigrated to the US and practiced in the small Northern MI town, where Reno found refuge in reading English classics. After college, he moved to the SF Bay Area and worked for Fil Am owned music label Classified  Records promoting Fil Am artists such as Jocelyn Enrique, Pinay, Drop n Harmony and Julie Plug. In 1996, he received the U-M Lifetime Achievement Award for his activism and work in Filipino American 

and Hmong communities. 

The Bathala Series is a scheduled 7-book series that will explore pre-Spanish Philippines throught the eyes of modern-day Fil Am characters. Enlightenment is Book One in a series that exposes the beautiful folklore of the Philippines to young adult readers. His Fil Am writer's voice in YA fiction is a voice representing thousands of Filipinos living in the shadows of America. He is a dad of three teenagers and has been happily married since 2006.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

RSVP Requested: info@philippinebookshop.com

(310) 548-8148 

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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 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

(310) 514-9139



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