A Celebration of Women’s History Month
Honoring Filipino American Women Authors

A chance to break bread  together, talk and bond with other Pinay Sisters in the community

Saturday, March 31, 2012       12:00 Noon
Pizza Per Tutti  owned by Pinay entrepreneur, Hilda Mauro
4143 Lankershim Boulevard cor Acqua Vista
Toluca Lake, CA 91602      Tel 818-760-8200

Join us and celebrate the publication of two new books by our featured authors who will speak and sign their books.

Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, author  of Out of Cebu: A Collection of Essays and Personal Prose. The book collects 28 essays about the author’s Cebuano ties and her pride of heritage, including colorful accounts about her mother’s family, the Cuencos, a prominent political family in Cebu. The book also includes writings about the author’s life and travels outside of Cebu.

She is the author of When the Rainbow Goddess Wept: A NovelMagdalena: A NovelAcapulco at Sunset and Other Stories; Philippine Woman in America; Woman with Horns and Other StoriesCecilia’s Diary, 1962-1968; and Fundamentals of Creative Writing. She has edited four anthologies: Growing Up Filipino, 1 & 2; Fiction by Filipinos in America; and Contemporary Fiction by Filipinos in America. With Edmundo Litton, she co-edited Journey of 100 Years: Reflections on the Centennial of the Philippine Independence. With Marily Orosa, she co-edited three anthologies: Behind the Walls: Life of Convent Girls; A La Carte: Food and Fiction; and Finding God: True Stories of Spiritual Encounters. With four other authors, she co-wrote Angelica’s Daughters, a Dugtungan Novel.

Ofelia V. Dirige and Aurora S. Cudal, co-authors of Global Filipino Cuisine: Healthy Recipes. First published in 2009 with the late Dr Riz A. Oades, this is a revised and expanded edition of 100 modified choices with nutrient analysis. This is a much-needed book for healthy eating in the community. Proceeds from sales of this title will cover programs and services of the FilAm Wellness Center/Kalusugan Community Services which is located at 1419 E 8th Street., National City, CA 91950. /

Other authors who will attend and will sign their books include:
Ludy Astraquillo Ongkeko, Forty Years of Writing in America 
Carina Monica Montoya
(aka Carina Forsythe), Los Angeles’s Historic Filipinotown; Filipinos in Hollywood and Let’s Cook Adobo!, a juvenile cookbook
 Roselyn Estepa Ibanez, co-author, Filipinos in Carson and the South Bay
Carlene Sobrino Bonnivier, Seeking Thirst: A Novel and Autobiography of a Stranger 
Myrna J. de la Paz, aka Myrna Mulhern, Abadeha: The Philippine Cinderella.
If you will be unable to attend but would like a signed copy of any of the books mentioned here, you can place your order with: or

8 comments on “PINAY GATHERING

  1. carnationzky says:

    Great to have a blog to inform others of what is going on …

  2. Linda – As I said on my fb page: Thank you and thanks to your very talented and generous niece. This is a really lovely idea, and I think you’ll enjoy it. I’m highly complimented that it just worked out I am part of the very first publishing of what will no doubt be a long and interesting journal. Carlene

  3. Our authors help give expression to the soul and aspirations of the FilAm community. We
    should be grateful that they’re out there making efforts to secure a foothold in the literary
    world — a task that would have been doubly difficult were it not for Linda Nietes’ selfless
    service to her people in that regard.

  4. maximo p fabella says:

    nice to know about the new phil titles. are they affordable?

  5. maximo p fabella says:

    need a list of prices.

  6. selll your books there,? meet newer people, UP presdent will be there. says:

    There is a UPAAA San Diego convention, Oct 7-9/2015, WHY DON’T YOU SEEL YOUR BOOKS

  7. max says:

    Manguera Braainard is a terrific story teller

  8. The UPAAA san diego convention oct. 7-9

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