Nurturing the Filipino Diaspora Through Literature by Annabelle Udo Asianweek, November 6, 2007
Currently in its 14th year,
Arkipelago Books' presence is a strong statement for a small
business that survived the dot-com boom/bust of the 1990s—a
challenging time that also displaced many Filipinos who immigrated
to the South of Market area many years ago.
San Francisco bookstore brings Pinoy culture to US by Tonette Orejas Inquirer.net, December 25, 2006
When the opportunity came to start her own business, she opened Arkipelago, a specialty store selling books on the Philippines, as well as Filipino arts and crafts. The enterprise, according to Romero, helps her kababayan (countrymen) in the United States and Canada nurture their sense of identity as they strive to live in multicultural settings.
Rains Fail to Dampen Fil-Am
Lantern Festival by Tonette Orejas Inquirer.net, December 12, 2006
Some hung around at the center's Arkipelago Bookstore that sold Filipino titles. And with the many lanterns around, including authentic ones from the Philippine lantern capital of San Fernando in Pampanga, the event seemed not to be held overseas.
In the Company of Warriors by
Bob Manalo Philippine News, December 24, 2003
In speaking with Marie Romero,
President and Publisher of Arkipelago Books, she told me
she felt “small” in comparison to the other “big” publishers,
such as Random House, Tuttle, and so on. I told her that
she is a giant among them because she has the foothold on
mostly everything dealing with Filipino culture, as well
as literary items distinct to the San Francisco area.
Arkipelago Book Store Display
Celebrates Filipino Culture by Kathleen Sullivan San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, October 31, 2003
Arkipelago, a downtown store
filled with Philippine arts, books and crafts, "Gravities
of Center," a book of poetry and prose by a young Berkeley
poet, isn't in the poetry section. It's part of a special
display with two other new books -- one titled "Pilipino
Martial Arts'' and another about the lives of Filipino Americans
living in the city's South of Market neighborhood. All three
books were published this year by Arkipelago Books, a small
publisher based in the city.
Bookstore Survives Eviction by Ji Hyun Lim AsianWeek, October 11, 2001
One can see the remnants of the old Mint Mall upon entering the Arkipelago bookstore. The predominately Filipino clientele will feel a tinge of nostalgia for the motherland. Ethnic handicrafts and original artwork like wooden carvings, woven shoulder bags, beaded indigenous necklaces from Southern Philippines, and some antiques are sold here. Filipino music and song books along with history, reference and children's books are available in Tagalog and English. Wind-chimes made of shells from the Philippines barely sway in the empty, breezeless room.
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