Ginto Exhibit Opens in Istanbul

Philippine Ambassador to Türkiye Maria Elena Algabre (third from right), Philippine Consul General to Istanbul Arvin de Leon (fourth from left), and Beyoğlu Mayor Haydar Ali Yıldız (fourth from right) lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony. (Istanbul PCG photo)

ISTANBUL 21 September 2022 – The “GINTO: A Golden Heritage from our Filipino Ancestors” Exhibit opened in İstanbul on 15 September 2022, following a successful run in Ankara in June this year. The pictorial exhibit featured replicas of golden ornaments crafted by Filipinos 700 to 1,200 years ago.

The exhibit was made possible through the efforts of the Philippine Consulate General in Istanbul and the Beyoğlu Municipality. The Philippine Embassy in Ankara provided the main exhibit materials in collaboration with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. 

The exhibit is open to the public until 30 September 2022. The venue, Galatasaray Sergi Salonu (Exhibition Hall), is located in the former Post Office of Beyoğlu along the iconic Istiklal Caddesi, the busiest street in Türkiye with a daily foot traffic of about 1 million pedestrians. 

The Philippine Consulate General in İstanbul cooperated with the Turkish Post and Telegraph Agency (PTT) in the issuance of usable postage stamps on the exhibit. The stamps were given as souvenirs to the invited guests who were mostly from the consular corps as well as other academic and cultural institutions in Istanbul.

A separate section of the venue was dedicated to pre-colonial weaves and costumes (designed by Istanbul-based Filipino designer Mr. Rohan Legaspi) as well as present artisanal gold jewelry pieces crafted by AMAMI Philippines. 

“GINTO: A Golden Heritage from our Filipino Ancestors” opened in İstanbul on 15 September 2022. The pictorial exhibit features replicas of golden ornaments crafted by Filipinos. (Istanbul PCG photos) 

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