Tuklas: Discover the Indigenous Culture of Filipinos


Tuklas flyerPhilippine Expressions Bookshop celebrates its 30th Anniversary and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with the presentation of-

Saturdays, May 17, May 24 and May 31, 2014 | 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Croatian Cultural Center of Greater Los Angeles | 519 West 7th St @ Pacific | San Pedro, CA 90731

May 17-31: T’nalak Exhibit : The Sacred Weave of the Tbolis

Explore a T’nalak forest and enjoy 50 of the highest quality handwoven tapestries by the T’boli people of Lake Sebu, Cotabato, Mindanao Island; the documentary Weaving T’nalak; a touch-and-feel experience of the raw materials from the abaca tree; t’nalak looms; and rolls of finished products.

Curator Fides Enriquez is an independent ethnographer, film documentarian, photographer, produce,r and explorer. The T’boli textile exhibit, Fu Dalu – The Spirit of the T’nalak  was first presented at Pusod Gallery in Berkeley in 2002, and then on special display at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco in 2005.  Fides has given talks on T’nalak at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and for the Textile Arts Council at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. In 2012, she produced the award winning documentary, Harana – The Search for the Lost Art Of Serenade, a film about the traditional courtship music of the Philippines. She has also produced Florante Aguilar’s original theatrical works Lalawigan – A Tagalog Song Cycle and Aswang – Tales of Philippine Lore.

May 17: Book Launch, Music, & Martial Arts

Author Lane Wilcken deciphers the fragments of Filipino tradition and reveals the actual life history of an ancient art and a people as we launch his book, The Forgotten Children of Maui: Filipino Myths, Tattoos & Rituals of a Demigod. 2013. Hidden within the ancient mythology, and long-forgotten tattoo designs, and dying rituals of the Philippines, lies the powerful impact of Maui, a man well-known in Polynesia but nearly forgotten in the Philippines. Wilcken is also the author of Filipino Tattoos: Ancient to Modern. 2010.

We will also hear the haunting sounds of chants from ancient Philippines which only Grace Nono, well-known ethnomusicologist could interpret as we launch her latest book, Song of the Babaylan: Living Voices, Medicines, Spiritualities of Philippine Ritualist – Oralist – Healers.(2013). Nono is also the author of The Shared Voice: Chanted and Spoken Narratives from the Philippines (2008).

The sounds of kulintang, the traditional musical instrument of the Muslim people of Southern Philippines, will enchant you as Eleanor Academia of the World Kulintang Institute demonstrates the varied tones that evolve from the brass gongs and speak to your heart. She and her husband, Guro Cass Magda of the Magda Institute (which teaches martial arts philosophy in action) will also demonstrate traditional martial art forms called Kali in the southern islands of the country and Arnis in the lowlands of Visayas and Luzon. They will talk about how the art has evolved from a dance of skills to the art of self-defense.

Hand-weaving whether for cloth or mats and baskets, kulintang music, chants and native dances, martial arts, the art of tattooing and the calligraphy of ancient Filipinos will surprise you. They are the basis of the ancient culture of the people. The Filipino you meet today is the composite of all these traditions, as he evolves from 350 years of Hispanization which has Christianized the core of his being.

MAY 24, 2014  – Reception for Filipino-American Authors

Authors have been part of the Bookshop family all these years. Our anniversary celebration is as much theirs, as it is ours!

  • Abadeha: The Philippine Cinderella. A retelling by Myrna de la Paz Mulhern, author and storyteller.
  • Being Filipino, As a Writer in America: a panel discussion. Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, Moderator.
  • Baybayin & Alibata: Filipino Ancient Script. By Norman de los Santos
  • Arnis: Filipino Martial Arts. A demo by Guro Ramses Sison and his students.
  • Kulintang: Ancient music and its History by Ron Quesada of Kulintronica. The underlying theme is cultural survival through tradition and innocation. He will perform traditional kulintang music and to show his versalility, he will demonstrate how music from an ancient instrument can be blended to create fusion music of the 2lst century.

 MAY 31, 2014   – A Celebration of Filipino Folk dances

Traditional dances from the North to the South will highlight the similarities and the differences among various communities, whether in their musical traditions, costumes and folk ways. Some of the dances to be featured include Sambi sa Malong or Kappa Malong Malong, a Maranao dance that shows the many ways of wearing a malong. Malong is a simple tubular yet highly functional piece of cloth. Another one is the Kalinga Courtship Dance from the Luzon Cordilleras.

Join us for a delightful show.


Tickets are good for all three Saturday events.
General: $30 or a dollar a year to represent thirty years of service to the Filipino American community
Sponsor: $100 & $50
Students/Seniors: $10
A limited number of $10.00 tickets are available for the May 17 Opening Event.

To order tickets, please send your check payable to Philippine Expressions Bookshop and mail to PO Box 4201, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274. You can also pay via PayPal to : <linda_nietes@sbcglobal.net> or call 310-514-9139 should you wish to pay by credit card. Only paid reservations will be honored. The number seventy-seven (77) is the magic number for Linda this year. There will be a special prize for the number 77th guest for the next three Saturdays. Send your reservations early.

All programs will start promptly at 5:00pm. Street parking. Refreshments Table will open by 6:00pm. A mini-bazaar of Filipiniana books, art, handwoven fabrics and other curiosities will be available on all three Saturdays. If you wish to be part of the bazaar, please call Linda Nietes at 310-514-9139 or send email to: linda@philippineexpressionsbookshop.com

First Books for Filipino Children, a literacy project of Linda Nietes and Robert J. Little gives free books to the poor children of the Province of Antique, Philippines. As the name suggests, these books are literally the first and probably the last books that these children will be able to own in their lifetime unless the economic conditions of their parents improve. So, your support of these three weekend events will allow them to continue their literacy project.

FilAm Book Festival in San Francisco

Booksigning at the Second FILBOOKFEST in San Francisco.

October 19-20, 2013
At the Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room
Author Book Signing throughout the day

Venue: San Francisco Main Library
Civic Civic Center, San Francisco, CA

Please support our authors with your presence. Many of them have written award-winning books. Come, meet and greet them and have a book autographed for your private library or for donation to your local library or school. If you will be unable to attend, we accept orders by phone for autographed copies. Tel 310-514-9139.



11:00am – 12:00noon

The Saints of Streets: Poems. 2013.
Juan Luna’s Revolver: Poems. 2009. Winner, 2009 Ernest Sandeen Prize.
Trill & Mordent: Poems. 2005.
Not Home, But Here: Writings from the Filipino Diaspora. Editor. 2003
Blood Sacrifice: Poems. 1998 National Book Award for Poetry, Philippines.
Encanto: Poems. 1994 National Book Award for Poetry, Philippines.
Cartography: Poems. 1993 National Book Award for Poetry, Philippines.

Discover the Philippines Cookbook. 2012 reprint.
Descubre La Cocina Haute de Las Filipinas. 2012 reprint.
Beyond San Andreas: A Novel. 2010

Pinay Power: Peminist Critical Theory. 2005. For reprint 2014.

12:00noon – 1:00pm

Back from the Crocodile’s Belly: Philippine Babaylan Studies and the Struggle for Indigenous Memory. Co-editor. 2013
Babaylan: Filipinos and the Call of the Indigenous. Editor. Reprint. 2013
A Book of Her Own: words and Images to Honor the Babaylan. 2005
Coming Full Circle: The Process of Decolonization Among Post-1965 Filipino Americans. 2005

Leaves from the Silverlake Barrio. 2013. FPAC Pahayag’s 2013 Most Voted Writer. PEN Center USA’s Three Pinoy Writers.
ALLOS, The Story of Carlos Bulosan,
a one-act play commissioned by East West Players. 2010.
Produced by EW Player, 2011; Mezclao, 2012; CIRCA Pintig, 2012.


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Pinoy Jazz Traditions. 2004.
Mabuhay Jazz: Jazz in Postwar Philippines. 2008
Contemporary Jazz in the Philippines, 1970 to the Year 2010. 2011.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Angel de la Luna and the Fifth Glorious Mystery. 2013
Her Wild American Self: Short Stories. 1996
One Tribe. 2006. Winner, AAP Award for the Novel.
Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images, Editor. 2003.

How My Sons Lost Their Tagalog. 2013
Pareng Barack: Filipinos in Obama’s America. 2008
Mga Gerilya sa Powell Street.
Winner, 2007 National Book Award for Fiction, Philippines.
U.G. An Underground Tale.
The Journey of Edgar Jopson and the First Quarter Storm Generation. 2006

The Mango Bride. Winner, Palanca Award Grand Prize for the Novel. 2011.
Spooky Mo: Horror Stories. 2008.
Speak Up, Woman! Editor. 2004.
Suddenly Stateside. 2002
Philippine Fright. Stories for Young Readers. 1996

2:00pm – 3:00pm

I Am Flippish, a juvenile book. 2012

The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure. 2013
Straitjacket Sexualities:
Unbinding Asian American Manhoods in the Movies. 2012
Hypersexuality of Race:
Performing Asian/American
Women on Screen and Scene. 2007.
Winner, 2009 Best Book Prize in Cultural Studies
, Assoc. for Asian American Studies.

Pinay Power: Peminist Critical Theory. 2005. For reprint 2014.

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Little Manila is In the Heart:
The Making of the Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California. 2013
Filipinos in Stockton. Co-editor. 2008

Blood Orange: Poems. 2013.
Grand Prize Winner for Poetry. Willow Books Literature Awards.

How My Sons Lost Their Tagalog. 2013
Pareng Barack: Filipinos in Obama’s America. 2008
Mga Gerilya sa Powell Street.
Winner, 2007 National Book Award for Fiction, Philippines.
U.G. An Underground Tale.
The Journey of Edgar Jopson and the First Quarter Storm Generation. 2006

4:00pm – 5:00pm

The Lost Language: Stories. 2009
Mayor of the Roces: Stories. 2005
Going Home to a Landscape. 2003
Ginseng and Other Tales from Manila. 1991. Nominee, Manila Circle Critics Award.

Magnificat: Mama Mary’s Pilgrim Sites . Editor. 2012
Out of Cebu: Essays and Personal Prose. 2012
Vigan and other Stories. 2011
Angelica’s Daughters, a Dugtungan Novel.Co-author. 2010.
Growing Up Filipino II: More Stories for Young Adults. 2010
Finding God: True Stories of Spiritual Encounters. Co-editor. 2009
Ala Carte Food and Fiction. Co-editor. 2007
Behind the Walls:Life of Convent Girls.Co-editor. 2005.
Growing Up Filipino: Stories for Young Adults. 2003
Cecilia’s Diary: 1962-1969. Memoir. 2003
Magdalena: A Novel. 2002
Journey of 100 Years:
Reflections on the Centennial of Philippine Independence. Co-editor. 1999.
When the Rainbow Goddess Wept: A Novel. 1999 reprint.
Contemporary Fiction by Filipinos in America. 1998
Acapulco at Sunset and other Stories. 1995
Fiction by Filipinos in America . 1993
Philippine Woman in America. 1991.
Woman with Horns and Other Stories. 1987. Limited copies available.

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Apology: A Novel. Winner, Milkweed National Fiction Prize. 2013
Sleep in Me: A Memoir. Winner, 2010 Holiday Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Program Selection and named one of the top memoirs of 2010 by Library Journal.
The Translator’s Diary: Poems. Winner, 2007 Green Rose Prize for Poetry from New Issues Press
Birthmark: Poems. First place winner in the 2003 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition Awards

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Monstress: Stories. 2012


12:00noon – 1:00pm

Pinoy in America: The Stateside Life in the Time of Barack Obama, Facebook and Pacquiao-mania. Essays. 2011.

The Facebook Nostradamus: A Novel. 2011
Givenchy Code: An Homage and a Parody. 2005
Not My Bowl for Rice: A Novel. 2002

1:00pm – 2:00pm

I am Flippish, a juvenile book. 2012

The Philippine Jeepney: A Filipino Family Metaphor. 2008
Good Bye, Vientiane: Untold Stories of Filipinos in Laos. Editor.2005.

The Mango BrideWinner, Palanca Award Grand Prize for the Novel. 2011.
Spooky Mo: Horror Stories. 2008.
Speak Up, Woman! Editor. 2004.
Suddenly Stateside. 2002
Philippine Fright. Stories for Young Readers. 1996

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Angel de la Luna and the Fifth Glorious Mystery. 2013
Her Wild American Self: Short Stories. 1996
One Tribe. 2006. Winner, AAP Award for the Novel.
Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images, Editor.

The Lost Language: Stories. 2009
Mayor of the Roces: Stories. 2005
Going Home to a Landscape. 2003
Ginseng and Other Tales from Manila. 1991. Nominee, Manila Circle Critics Award.

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Bittermelons and Mimosas: A Philippine Memoir

3:00pm – 4:00pm

The Adobo Road Cookbook: A Filipino Food Journey-from Food Blog. To Food Truck. And Beyond. 2013.

Kulinarya: A Guidebook to Philippine Cuisine. Co-author. 2008.
Food Tour: A Culinary Journal. 2007.
Linamnam: Eating One’s Way Around the Philippines. Co-author. 2012

Discover the Philippines Cookbook. 2012 reprint.
Descubre La Cocina Haute de Las Filipinas. 2012 reprint.
Beyond San Andreas: A Novel. 2010

1:00pm – 2:00pm

The Philippine Jeepney: A Filipino Family Metaphor. Co-author. 2008

2:00pm – 3:00pm


Leaves from the Silverlake Barrio. 2013. FPAC Pahayag’s 2013 Most Voted Writer. PEN Center USA’s Three Pinoy Writers.
ALLOS, The Story of Carlos Bulosan,
a one-act play commissioned by East West Players. 2010.
Produced by EW Player, 2011; Mezclao, 2012; CIRCA Pintig, 2012.

Film: American Influences on Philippine Cinema. 2011
Cine: Spanish Influences on Early Cinema in the Philippines. 2007.
Lost Films of Asia. 2006

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Magnificat: Mama Mary’s Pilgrim Sites . Editor. 2012
Out of Cebu: Essays and Personal Prose. 2012
Vigan and other Stories. 2011
Angelica’s Daughters, a Dugtungan Novel.Co-author. 2010.
Growing Up Filipino II: More Stories for Young Adults. 2010
Finding God: True Stories of Spiritual Encounters. Co-editor. 2009
Ala Carte Food and Fiction. Co-editor. 2007
Behind the Walls:Life of Convent Girls.Co-editor. 2005.
Growing Up Filipino: Stories for Young Adults. 2003
Cecilia’s Diary: 1962-1969. Memoir. 2003
Magdalena: A Novel. 2002
Journey of 100 Years:
Reflections on the Centennial of Philippine Independence. Co-editor. 1999.
When the Rainbow Goddess Wept: A Novel. 1999 reprint.
Contemporary Fiction by Filipinos in America. 1998
Acapulco at Sunset and other Stories. 1995
Fiction by Filipinos in America . 1993
Philippine Woman in America. 1991.
Woman with Horns and Other Stories. 1987. Limited copies available.

Celebrating Filipino American History Month: Three Generations, Three Pinoy Writers


Saturday, October 26, 2013 | 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Echo Park Library – 1410 W Temple St., Los Angeles

Tel. (213) 250-7808 Website: lapl.org



PEN Center USA, Philippine Expressions Bookshop, and the Echo Park Library Community Group (Friends)

Noel Alumit wrote the novels Letters to Montgomery Clift and Talking to the Moon. He did his undergraduate work in Drama at USC and started graduate work in Buddhist Chaplaincy at the University of the West. He currently serves as a California Commissioner on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs. He is widely anthologized and is currently working on a third novel.

Giovanni Ortega is an author, performer and director based in Los Angeles. His book Leaves from the Silverlake Barrio was published by The Undeniables in October, 2012. He has written and performed one person shows all over North America at over 100 universities, organizations and prisons. In 2010, East West Players commissioned him to write the play ALLOS: The Story of Carlos Bulosan which eventually toured Southern California and was produced thereafter in Chicago by CIRCA Pintig Theater Co. Giovanni is currently a professor at AMDA College of Performing Arts and New York Film Academy. For more information: www.giovanniortega.com.

Chris Santiago is a poet, fiction writer, critic, and teacher. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming from FIELD, Pleiades, The Asian American Literary Review, Canteen, Postcolonial Text, The Lantern Review, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, The Country Dog Review,and elsewhere. He has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize, and has been a finalist for both the Stony Brook Short Fiction Contest and the Kundiman Poetry Prize. He has read at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and at Lincoln Center, where he shared the podium with Li-Young Lee, Lee Ann Roripaugh, and Srikanth Reddy. He has received a Manuel G. Flores scholarship from the Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc., an ACE-Nikaido Fellowship, and a travel grant for the Philippines to research a novel on the Philippine-American War. Chris received his B.A. and B.M. from Oberlin College & Conservatory of Music, and is completing his Ph.D. in Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Southern California, where he is a Provost’s Ph.D. Fellow and teaches literature & writing in the Thematic Option Program.


This is an ongoing outreach program of the Bookshop in order to help develop the interest of Filipino Americans for books written by authors of Filipino ancestry.
If you will be unable to attend, the Bookshop accepts orders for signed copies of authors’ books. Just call (310) 514-9139 or email: linda@philippineexpressionsbookshop.com
If you wish, you can also become a friend of Friends of Philippine Expressions Bookshop on facebook.

Twelve FilAm Authors to Sign Books at FPAC

FPAC22_0 Saturday, Sept 7, 2013 and Sunday, Sept 8, 2013
11:55am – 4:00pm

Twelve authors will be signing their books during the Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC) at Point Fermin, San Pedro on the weekend of Sept 7 and 8. This will be the 22nd annual Festival organized by FilAmArts, the premier arts organization of the Filipino American community of Los Angeles. Philippine Expressions Bookshop, now on its 29th year of operation as a Filipiniana book specialist will sponsor the booksigning which will be held at their booths at the Festival. The authors who will be booksigning on specific dates and time are:

Saturday, Sept 7.

12:00noon – 2:00pm.

MGAdobo-Road-Cookbook-CoverMarvin Gapultos, author of The Adobo Road Cookbook: A Filipino Food Journey – from Food Blog to Food Truck, and Beyond
leslie-v-ryan-headshot-2012-1 Leslie Ryan, author of I Am Flippish!, a children’s book that highlights the multicultural heritage of her two children who are of Filipino and Irish parentage.
giovanniortegasilverlakeGiovanni Ortega, author of Leaves from the Silverlake Barrio, a collection of prose and poetry. Ortega is a poet, playwright and performer and has performed his poetry all over the US.

From 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Leslie Ryan will again sign her book, and tentatively, with Marvin Gapultos. Myrna de la Paz aka as Myrna Mulhern, author of Abadeha: Philippine Cinderella has also been invited to sign from 2-4pm on Saturday.

Myrna J. De la Paz abadehaMyrna J. de la Paz aka Myrna Mulhern, author of Abadeha: The Philippine Cinderella.

2:00pm – 4:00pm

imelda fowlerHome and BackImelda Lorayna Fowler, author of Home and Back Again, is the mother of two and a grandmother of three children. She is also a National and State Power Lifting champion (97 lbs. class), holding several records in the United States. In her book, she relates her Near Death Experiences (NDE), which gives the reader not only a glimpse of our real home, but answers many of life’s basic questions. Moreover, it will inspire and give hope, strength, healing and above all, faith and love for God to live better more meaningful and loving lives.

Sunday, September 8.

12:00noon – 2:00pm.

WertzJayThe Pacific Vol. 1: Pearl Harbor to GuadalcanalJay Wertz, who is an American chronicler of World War ll will join the Fil Am authors and will sign his two books, The Pacific: War Stories. WWll Firshand, Vol. l: Pearl Harbor to Guadalcanal which includes accounts of the Filipino participation in WWll and his recent book, The Pacific: War Stories. WWll Firsthand Vol. Two. The Solomons to Saipan. Both titles were published by Weider History Publications, Virginia
mortizdiscovphilcookbkAlbert J. Mortiz, author of Discover the Philippines Cookbook. A self-taught cook, Albert is a world traveler and has been exposed to a lot of cultures as well as their cooking traditions.
Judy PatacsilFilipinos in San DiegoJudy Patacsil, author of Filipinos in San Diego. She is a tenured professor at Miramar College, San Diego, a second generation Fil Am and a Trustee of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS).
imageimagePatricia Justiniani McReynolds, author of Almost Americans: A Quest for Dignity. An American Memoir. Her father was Filipino who married a Norwegian-born woman and as a child, McReynolds suffered the stings of prejudice while helping her parents negotiate the shoals of racism.

All the above authors will continue to sign their books from 2:00pm – 4:00pm.

12:00nn – 1:00pm

lorenzoparanPinoy-in-AmericaLorenzo Paran III, author of Pinoy in America, a collection of interesting vignettes regarding life in America for Pinoys and of course, Pinays. Read it and find yourself in the many stories being retold here. Third, (that is his real nickname) was Asst. Professor in the Dept of English and Comparative Literature at the University of the Philippines before he moved to the US. He now reviews Filipino American art and culture as well as work as a Copy Editor and Page Designer of Los Angeles News Group.

1:00pm – 4:00pm

sumi-haruironlotusSumi Sevilla Haru, author of Iron Lotus: Memoirs. For forty years, Haru had advocated for the rights of people of color, women and for realistic images of Asian Pacific Americans in the media. She was a national vice-president of the AFL-CIO.

2:00pm -4:00pm

cmmimageCarina Monica Montoya, aka Carina Forsythe will sign her latest book, A Rose and a Butterfly: An Autobiography of an Immigrant’s Daughter. Montoya shares the story of her life as a second generation Fil Am born and raised in Los Angeles, who is “too brown to be “white” and “too white-washed to be “brown.” She is also the author of four other books: Filipinos in Hollywood, Los Angeles’s Historic Filipinotown, Let’s Cook Adobo, a juvenile book and Santa Maria Valley which includes accounts of Filipinos in the area. The last title was co-authored by the Santa Maria Valley Historical Society.
imageimageDawn Bohulano Mabalon, author of Little Manila Is In The Heart: The Making of the Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California was also scheduled to sign her latest book at the Festival but will be unable to come because of illness. Mabalon’s first book is Filipinos in Stockton which is still in print.

For the last twenty-two years, Philippine Expressions Bookshop has been sponsoring booksignings at their booth at the Festival. This is an ongoing outreach program in order to help develop the interest of Filipino Americans for books written by authors of Filipino ancestry.If you will be unable to attend, the Bookshop accepts orders for signed copies of authors’ books until Thursday, Sept. 6. Just call (310) 514-9139 or email: linda@philippineexpressionsbookshop.com. You can become a friend of Friends of Philippine Expressions Bookshop on facebook. The bookshop’s address is PO Box 4201, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274.
Everyone is invited. Please drop by our Booth and browse. A select collection of fine Filipiniana books and books written by Filipino Americans authors will be on display, suitable for all ages. Support writings by FIl Am authors and have your books autographed by them. See you …

Pre-Order your copy of "The Mango Bride" for pick up in Washington DC and Virginia

Order your copy thru this site for pick up at any of the three event locations mentioned below and enjoy a 22.6% discount — just pay $11.61 instead of $15.00.

Simply fill up the order form, make a payment through Paypal, or by calling (310)514-9139 to make a credit card payment. Print out the payment confirmation and present it on the chosen day and location of the event to obtain your copy. On-the-spot purchase at the regular price of $15.00 per copy will be available at the Virginia events but not at the DC venue.

Orders should be placed on or before JUNE 17, 2013.


Thursday June 27 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Embassy of the Philippines
Romulo Hall
1600 Massachusetts Avenue
NW Washington, DC 20036
Friday June 28 5:30-7:30 p.m. and
Saturday June 29 11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sweet City Desserts
131 West Maple Avenue
Vienna, Virginia 22180

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The Mango Bride
Marivi Soliven (Author)

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Product Details
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: NAL Trade; 1 edition (April 30, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0451239846

Two women, two cultures, and the fight to find a new life in America, despite the secrets of the past…Banished by her wealthy Filipino family in Manila, Amparo Guerrero travels to Oakland, California, to forge a new life. Although her mother labels her life in exile a diminished one, Amparo believes her struggles are a small price to pay for freedom. Like Amparo, Beverly Obejas—an impoverished Filipina waitress—forsakes Manila and comes to Oakland as a mail-order bride in search of a better life. Yet even in the land of plenty, Beverly fails to find the happiness and prosperity she envisioned.As Amparo works to build the immigrant’s dream, she becomes entangled in the chaos of Beverly’s immigrant nightmare. Their unexpected collision forces them both to make terrible choices and confront a life-changing secret, but through it all they hold fast to family, in all its enduring and surprising transformations.
About the Author
Marivi_Soliven1Marivi Soliven has taught writing workshops at UC San Diego and at the University of the Philippines. Her writing first gained recognition with silver medals for children’s fiction at Palanca Awards for Literature in 1992 and 1993.In 1998, her short story “Beaux Café” won the Philippines Free Press Grand Prize for fiction. Another short story, “Talunang Manok,” was adapted for a short film in December 2011. Short stories and essays from Soliven’s 15 books have appeared in anthologies and textbooks on creative writing. Her essays and stories have been featured in “Where Are You From?”, An Anthology of Asian American Writing and The Journal of Post Colonial Studies. She gained entry to Hedgebrook’s Writers in Residence program in 2012.

Under “The Mango Bride’s” original title, “In the Service of Secrets”, the unpublished novel won the 2011 Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the Philippine counterpart of the Pulitzer Prize. In January 2013 Ediciones Planeta Madrid bought the rights to publish “The Mango Bride” in Spanish.

The Mango Bride was released by Penguin Books on April 30, 2013. Like her main character, the author moved from the Philippines to California, where she now lives and works as an interpreter. This is her first novel. http://marivisoliven.com

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Grand Parade in Historic Filipinotown of Los Angeles to Mark 115th Philippine Independence

Let us all joins hands and support the First Grand Philippine Independence Parade in Historic Filipinotown. Our Bookshop is participating in the exhibit of this inaugural event. There will be eight Fil Am authors and one American author, good friend of the Philippines, who will sign their books. Please come to Meet and Greet the authors . Support our Fil Am authors by getting an autographed copy of their books for your personal home library.

Saturday, June 8, 2013
8:30am – 4:00pm
Exhibit and Program Venue – Silverlake Medical Center,
1711 W Temple St., Historic Filipinotown

11:00 am – Start of program on stage
Entertainment on stage starts from 12:00noon to 3:00pm.

 Myrna de la Paz, author of Abadeha: The Philippine Cinderella
dela pazabadehaHardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Shens Books (March 1, 2001)
ISBN-10: 1885008171
ISBN-13: 978-1885008176
 Sumi Haru, author of Iron Lotus
sumi-haruironlotusPaperback: 188 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 9, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1479331538
ISBN-13: 978-1479331536
 Albert J. Mortiz, author of Discover the Philippines Cookbook
mortizdiscovphilcookbkPaperback: 152 pages
Publisher: Quixote Press (August 1, 2006)
ISBN-13: 9781571664525
 Giovanni Ortega, author of Leaves from the Silverlake Barrio
giovanniortegasilverlakePaperback: 109 pages
Publisher: The Undeniables (October, 2012)
ISBN: 978-0-9831169-1-2
 Ludy Ongkeko, author of Forty Years of Writing in America
ongkekoForty years of writing in america (4)Hardcover: 449 pages
Publisher: Jack Bacon & Company
ISBN-10: 0930083342
ISBN-13: 978-093008334
 Lorenzo Paran III, author of Pinoy in America
lorenzoparanPinoy-in-AmericaPaperback: 198 pages
Publisher: Pinoy in America (June 1, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0615483356
ISBN-13: 9780615483351
 Leslie Ryan, author of I am Flippish!
leslie-v-ryan-headshot-2012-1ianfilippishPaperback: 38 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing  (June 27, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1460930320
ISBN-13: 978-1460930328
 Jay Wertz, author of The Pacific Vol. 1: Pearl Harbor to Guadalcanal
WertzJaythe-paciifc-book-coverHardcover: 250 pages
Publisher: Weider History Publications


The Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) and the PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL OF LOS ANGELES

The First ( 115th ) Philippine Independence Day Grand Parade in
Historic Filipinotown Los Angeles

Saturday, June 8 , 2013 starting at *8:00 AM Starting Point/Ending : The Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA), 1740 W. Temple St. /Burlington Los Angeles.

How to participate:

(1)FACLA will display the motiff of the Philippine Mayflower Festival or the Santacruzan. Therefore we call on all who are interested to join as “Sagalas” to enlist and contact FACLA and be one of the “ sagalas “ or “ consortes during the parade. Interested participants/ organizations may please contact Bernie or Art P. Garcia or the FACLA office ( 213-484-1527). The deadline for participants will only be up to May 30, 2012.
(2) Participating Organization can join and contact FACLA and be in the FACLA and the HFNC contingent. The deadline for participation is also May 30, 2013.
(3) All those who want to donate and help in the preparations can contact the Kalayaan 2013 Logistics Committee headed by FACLA c/o Art P. Garcia at (213) 484-1527 or email at pilipinokami76@yahoo,com For more information please contact FACLA at (213)484-1527 or email us newfacla@yahoo or visit our facebook/newfacla.

FACLA 1740 West Temple St., Los Angeles, California 90064
For View Map and Directions, refer to the EVENTS page posted in facebook.

Marilou Diaz-Abaya in her last hours high on a ‘starry, starry night…’

By Marinel R. Cruz
Philippine Daily Inquirer
October 10, 2012 | 12:55 am

Review-32_File-191_Marilou_smallMarilou Diaz-Abaya
“Starry, starry night…”

Actor Cesar Montano sang Don McLean’s “Vincent” softly to his dear friend, filmmaker Marilou Diaz-Abaya, as she lay on her deathbed early evening on Monday.

“I cried so hard, I had a hard time finishing,” Montano told the Inquirer by phone yesterday. “The song is an ode to (19th-century Dutch artist) Vincent van Gogh and was our favorite—she was a painter, like me.”
Montano was one of a few friends that Abaya had asked to be around in her last hours. She succumbed to breast cancer at 6:30 p.m., at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Global City, Taguig.

Abaya was already “heavily sedated” when he arrived at 10 that morning, Montano said; yet she was able to mouth “I love you” to him and his wife, actress Sunshine Cruz.

The actor recounted: “I told her, ‘Dito lang kami (We’ll be close by).’ She could only make feeble gestures by then. I sang worship songs to her the entire day. When I started singing ‘Vincent,’ she made this abrupt movement that surprised all of us. I think she wanted to sing it with me.” Among those present in the hospital suite were Abaya’s sons, Marc and David, filmmaker Olivia Lamasan, and ABS-CBN executives Malou Santos and Enrico Santos.

Montano added: “It was painful to see her go. I held her hand; David held the other.”

The award-winning director was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2007. Her health improved in 2008, but the cancer returned the following year. It went into remission again in 2010 and recurred in 2011.

Abaya’s son Marc told the Philippine Daily Inquirer last month, “It’s stage 4 now, but she’s fighting.”

In a TV interview shortly after his mother passed on, Marc said, “She was ready; it was up to us, the family, to be ready, too—to be there [and] give her love in the final moments.”

Ate Vi’s ‘mom’

Actress and Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos, who first worked with Abaya in the controversial sex-thriller, “Baby Tsina,” last saw the director at the wake of actor Johnny Delgado, who also died of cancer, in 2009.

Marilou-Diaz-Abaya-coaches-Jiro-Manio-on-the-set-of-Bagong-Buwan.Santos recalled: “Direk Marilou was already sick then, but she told me, ‘Kaya ko ‘to (I can handle this)!’ Her face never showed she was in pain. She was just very excited about the movie she was working on, a tribute to Our Lady of Peñafrancia.” The movie, “Ikaw Ang Pag-Ibig” was Abaya’s last. It was released in 2011, distributed by Star Cinema. The actress said she had lost someone she considered “a mother” with Abaya’s passing.

For Montano, Abaya was a “personal adviser—my mentor, my most trusted director.” Abaya directed him in the landmark films “Jose Rizal” (1998), “Muro Ami” (1999) and “Bagong Buwan” (2001).

The actor related: “She called me Pepe—from my role in ‘Rizal.’ As a filmmaker, she was very learned and highly technical—and very organized, especially during pre-production. She was very thorough.”

For “Muro Ami,” Montano said Abaya “challenged” him to get in shape in just three months. “She made me practice deep-sea diving even with heavy rains that resulted in zero visibility. She explained that if I prevailed in the worse conditions, actual filming would be a piece of cake.”

But he was happy that his friend had “died filled with so much love for everyone in her life. I’m lucky to have met and shared fond memories with her.”

Deathbed promise

A few months ago, in an interview with broadcast journalist Jessica Soho, Abaya spoke of realizations resulting from her affliction: “We tend to take love for granted. We don’t show it enough. It’s because we don’t have enough time. What cancer has given me is time… to think about my mortality and what my life is worth and what I can still make of it.”

Award-winning writer Ricky Lee said he made a deathbed promise to Abaya that he would finish the book they had been working on for months. “It’s a double memoir,” he said, “about our life and work during the ’80s.”

Lee said Abaya was still working on several scripts, but that when she was already too weak to write, she turned over a few to him. One of these, Lee said, was a bio pic of painter Juan Luna; another is about Maria Rosa Henson, the first Filipino woman to tell her story as a comfort woman in World War II.

“Another script in progress is ‘One Last Cigarette Before I Go,’” said Lee. “It’s Marilou’s line—she would always say that after a long brainstorming session. The story is of a dying man who tries to set things right, make amends.”

Art and good food

Santos said she used to hang out at Abaya’s house in Quezon City. “She liked showing me her paintings. She served good food. I would stay there for hours.” In the end, Santos said, though they seldom communicated,

“I was constantly updated by colleagues of her condition. I know how hard she fought [but] at least she’s resting now.”

FilmmakerOnAVoyageMontano related that, among his friends, it was Abaya who grieved the most when his son Angelo committed suicide in March 2010. “Angelo was her baby. They were scuba diving buddies. She attended to everything during Angelo’s wake and burial. She told me to stay composed and not break down in public, for my family’s sake.”

During that last interview with Soho, Abaya also said: “There’s really no death. We’re just in transition from one stage to another. [These days] when I wake up in the morning, I [feel] that the Lord had nudged me. Maybe there are a few more things that he wants me to do.”

Abaya’s remains will lie at the Ateneo Chapel (Gonzaga building) in Quezon City until Friday. Masses will be celebrated everyday at 6:55 a.m., 12 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. She will be laid to rest on Saturday at Loyola Memorial Park in Parañaque City.


Saturday, June 1, 2013
2:00pm – 5:30pm

Silver Lake Library
2411 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 913-7451

2:00pm LA Premiere of Marilou Diaz-Abaya: Filmmaker on a Voyage. 
A documentary by Mona Lisa Yuchengco.
4:00pm Booklaunching of Bittermelons and Mimosas:
A Philippine Memoir by Nieves Catahan Villamin.

Free and Open to the public. Handicap accessible.
RSVP Requested (310) 514-9139. <linda@philippineexpressionsbookshop.com

imageMarilou Diaz-Abaya: Filmmaker on a Voyage
was shown in San Francisco during the 2013 CAAMFest
(formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival). From the CAAMFest announcement:
“A documentary about the late filmmaker who is probably
the Philippines’ greatest female director, lovingly made by Mona Lisa Yuchengco, a student and former sister-in-law of Diaz-Abaya, who died of cancer in October (2012) at age 57. Diaz-Abaya was a groundbreaker – her 1980 film Brutal was the first Philippine film to deal seriously with rape, a drama that was a box office breakout in a region traditionally known for action films, silly comedies and soft-core porn.”

In the film, the multi-awarded director Diaz-Abaya, reminisces about her film career, her mentors in the industry and her renewed spirituality as she battles a life threatening illness. Her other films include Jose Rizal (1998) which starred Cesar Montano, Muro Ami(1999) and Bagong Buwan (2001).

imageYuchengco was the founder and former publisher of the nationally circulated, Filipinas Magazine, from 1992 to 2005. She continues to tell stories about the global Filipino community with the recently-launched website, Positively Filipino.com. Her first documentary, 66 years, 2 months, 21 days…and still counting, was shown at the 2010 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. Marilou Diaz-Abaya: Filmmaker on a Voyage is her second documentary. A short Q&A with Yuchengco follows after the film showing.

imageNieves Catahan Villamin is the author of Bittermelons and Mimosas: A Philippine Memoir. Her memoir will inspire other Filipinos who strive for a piece of the American Dream. She is the letter N of the Eden in Eden Canyon Vineyards, said to be the first Filipino American owned-and-operated winery in the United States producing award-winning vintages. Villamin worked for fourteen years at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where she was the advisor of the Pilipino Cultural Exchange that sponsored student and faculty exchanges between the US and the Philippines. In recognition of her philanthropy, she received the Outstanding Woman of the Year award from Cal Poly in 2003.

As part of our Bookshop’s tradition, we honor our author/speaker after their event with a No Host Dinner. Venue to be announced. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP separately for this.


The event is sponsored by Philippine Expressions Bookshop as part of its continuing community outreach program to create more awareness for the Filipino presence in America.  It is also part of the celebrations to commemorate the 115th Philippine Independence from Spain (June 12, 1898 – June 12, 2013) and is co-sponsored by Silver Lake Library which is part of the Los Angeles Public Library system. “As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services and activities. Within 72 hours of the event, please contact Silver Lake Library 323-913-7451 should an accommodation be needed.” www.lapl.org

2013 Featured Authors and Their Books


almiranewAlmira Astudillo Giles is an award-winning writer of fiction and nonfiction whose writing focuses mostly on her Filipino heritage.firebeneath Born and raised in the Philippines, she came to the U.S. to study, completing a PhD and two masters degrees from Michigan State University. Her picture book, Willie Wins, is the most widely circulated Filipino American book for children in the U.S. She has also published poetry, essays, short stories, and plays. She has been invited to speak at many venues around the country, including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.Last December, she was conferred the Pamana ng Pilipino Presidential Award for Individuals by Pres. Benigno Aquino III at a Commission on Filipinos Overseas ceremony in Malacañang Palace.The Fire Beneath: Tales of Gold is her first novel which was inspired by the true discovery of the largest collection of gold treasures in the Philippines. In 1981, a bulldozer operator found gold artifacts while working in an irrigation project in Surigao. Most of these treasures are now on permanent display in the Ayala Museum in the Philippines.
Also written by Almira Astudillo Giles
Willie-Wins Willie Wins
Illustrated in full colors by Fil Am artist Carl Angel
Only softcover editions are available now.
The first book published by Almira Gilles. 2001
A tender but vital tribute to a father’s love and a son’s faith. Willie, a young Filipino boy, must bring a bank to class for saving the play money his teacher will be handing out for extra work. His father gives him an alkansiya—coconut shell bank from the Philippines—but Willie worries that Stan, the class bad boy, will give him grief about it. Can you guess how this story ends? BTW, this is the most popular Filiipino American book for kids.
MGBorn and raised in Los Angeles, California, Marvin Gapultos is a first-generation Filipino American and author of the celebrated food blog Burnt Adobo-Road-Cookbook-CoverLumpia whose pioneering efforts and singular passion in promoting the food of the Philippines has made him one of the country’s leading voices on Filipino cuisine.With his unique approach to Filipino cooking, Marvin gained both loyal following and critical acclaim from a worldwide audience, which made him the first Filipino American food blogger to truly champion and showcase Filipino cuisine. He opened The Manila Machine–Los Angeles’ first gourmet Filipino food truck, completely owned and operated by food bloggers.His first cookbook, The Adobo Road Cookbook: A Filipino Food Journey, provides easy-to-follow, tried and true recipes that serve as a guide to the pleasures of Filipino cooking. The nearly 100 recipes in these pages pave a culinary road trip that transports home cooks to the roadside food stalls, bars and home kitchens of the Philippines, to the hungry streets of L.A., and even into the sage kitchen’s of Marvin’s own grandmother, mother and aunties.
ceciliambrainardCecilia Manguerra Brainard, is a multi-awarded author and editor who works as a free lance writer and teaches creative writing at the WritersMagnificat: Mama Mary's Pilgrim Sites Program at UCLA-Extension. Some of her noted works include Out of Cebu: Essays and Personal Prose, Magdalena, Vigan and Other Stories and the internationally acclaimed novel When the Rainbow Goddess Wept among others. She also edited five books and co-edited six books among which are Growing Up Filipino I and II, Ala Carte: Food and Fiction, Behind the Walls: Life of Convent Girls, Cecilia’s Diary,1962-1969 and Finding God: True Stories of Spiritual Encounters. Cecilia has also written a novel with four other women entitled, Angelica’s Daughters, a Dugtungan Novel.Her latest book, Magnificat: Mama Mary’s Pilgrim Sites is a collection of essays which are profoundly Marian and beautifully written as personal experiences by 24 contributors. It features fifteen Marian pilgrim sites around the world and nine sites in the Philippines. “This book assembles a tableau of witnesses to how a visit with Mary can turn into a life-changing introduction to her Son” – Dionisio M. Miranda, SVD., President, University of San Carlos, Cebu, Philippines. Leopoldo C. Jaucian, SVD., DD., Bishop of Bangued, Philippines, writes “To our fellow devotees and would-be devotees of the Blessed Virgin Mary, you will surely fall in love with Magnificat: Mama Mary’s Pilgrim Sites and love our Blessed Mother even more.” This inspirational book carries the Imprimatur of His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Tagle, D.D., Archbishop of Manila.
Other Titles Written by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
giovanniortegaGiovanni Ortega has been working around the country as a playright, director and performer for the last ten years. silverlakeMost recently, he originated the role of Tumao in Aswang, an opera by acclaimed composer Florante Aguilar, in San Francisco. He also recently choreographed the musical adaptation of Velina Hasu Houston’s award winning play Tea for East West Players in Los Angeles while, simultaneously, his play Allos, the story of Carlos Bulosan was produced in Chicago by CIRCA Pintig Theater Company.His book Leaves from the Silverlake Barrio is a collection of short fiction and poetry that deals with the human existence seen from the viewpoints of different characters who come from varying environments, that share a certain sense of grief, isolation and hope. Based on the experience of losing a mentor, Leaves is what came out of a year long grieving process for the author who used writing as a means to immortalize someone who passed away. He says: “This book was initially a concept to somehow immortalize one of my mentors, Peter Corpus. He embodied a larger than life view of how to live, and was always willing to take time to teach others what he has learned. He remains the hardest working person I have encountered but most of all, the most caring as well.”
sumi-haruFrom humble beginnings in her Colorado home, Sumi Sevilla Haru has worked her way to become a world traveled actor, union leader, and civilironlotus rights activist. Some of her titles have included Screen Actors Guild officer; radio programmer; television producer/host at KTLA-TV; writer, creator, and executive producer for Iron Lotus Productions.Having led a varied and interesting life, Sumi sums it all in her memoir, Iron Lotus. In this debut book, she shares her trials and triumphs as she paved the road for women of color to enjoy success of their own making in the entertainment industry and corporate world.Honest, open, and frank, Sumi’s memoirs will educate as much as entertain, with her wit and wisdom showing on every page.
janet stickmonJanet C. Mendoza Stickmon, whose work has influenced thousands of adults and adolescents for the last seventeen years, is a teacher, writer, andmidnightpeaches performer. Stickmon has taught ethnic studies, social justice, history of Christianity, spoken word and algebra at Salesian High School in Richmond, CA for several years. She is currently a professor of Humanities at Napa Valley College and is the founder and facilitator of Broken Shackle Developmental Training—a program that promotes the use of healing techniques to help reduce the effects of internalized racism. Her memoir, Crushing Soft Rubies, has been used as a course textbook at U.C. Berkeley, San Francisco State University, Santa Rosa Junior College and Gavilan College. She is also a spoken word artist who has performed at several venues across the country. Through her literature and performances, she explores issues of love, motherhood, resilience, ancestral connection, and joy.Her latest book, Midnight Peaches, Two O’Clock Patience is a collection of essays, poems, and short stories. It invites the reader to bear witness to how women touch others and the ways they want to be touched. Janet reminds us that patience and a listening ear can inspire a woman’s creative power to overflow without warning.
Also written by Janet Stickmon
 crushingsoftrubiescoverCrushing Soft Rubies: A Memoir-this title is being revised and new edition is still not available momentarily.
criseldayabesCriselda Yabes is a seasoned journalist and award-winning writer. She graduated from the University of the Philippines and has worked as an Peace-Warriosinternational correspondent covering political events that saw insurgencies, rebellion, and coup d’etats in the Philippines as well as war and crises across the globe. While she was born in Quezon City, she spent her growing up years in Zamboanga and thus developed an affection for the Muslim Region which is a favorite subject for her literary pieces.Her most recent book on literary journalism regarding military affairs in Muslim Mindanao Region, Peace Warriors, won the National Book Award for non-fiction in 2012. It gives an account of the armed forces in the Muslim Mindanao region where the struggle to find peace is taking place to end one of the country’s longest-running insurgencies. This was written ten years after her first book, the well-acclaimed, The Boys from the Barracks which chronicles events of several attempted coups soon after Ferdinand Marcos was deposed as dictator of the Philippines.Sarena's StoryIn 2008, two of her books won the University of the Philippines Centennial Literary Prize: for creative non-fiction, Sarena’s Story: The Loss of a Kingdom, a story on the fall of the Sulu Sultanate and for fiction, Below the Crying Mountain, a weave of love stories with a backdrop on the Muslim secessionist uprising in the 1970s. The latter was long-listed for the 2010 Man Asian Literary Prize.She also wrote Our Rights, Our Victories: Landmark Cases in the Supreme Court, in collaboration with Marites Danguilan Vitug.Her other books that are now out of print are Jalan Jalan, a travel narrative through the backwaters of Mindanao province and Borneo that were under an economic reconstruction plan known as East ASEAN Growth Area; Letters from Pala’wan, which follows an anthropological team searching for ancient pre-Hispanic script on an island known as the Philippines’ last frontier and a former Spanish penal colony and A Journey of Scars, a personal reflection on life and love during her European sojourn, which was short-listed by the Philippine National Book Award.She currently works as a free lance writer and is a Diana Bennett Fellow, at the Black Mountain Institute of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for 2012-2013.
Also written by Criselda Yabes
Steven YagyaganSteven A. Yagyagan, born and reared on a sugar plantation in Waialua, Hawai’i, has been working on his books for the last 20 years. His firstHaikus_For_Life_Cover_for_Kindle book, Haikus of Life: Live, Love and Laugh With Passion is the result of his reacquaintance with the sights, sounds, smells, texture and in sometimes tastes of Nature’s Beauty when he started running again after a three-year hiatus. He started to form haiku poems which flowed naturally in his mind and heart.The Divine Mercy: An Amazing Journey was inspired by events in the life of Antonio Campanano, Jr. who has shared his journal which narrates how his divinemercyDivine Mercy experience solidified his faith in God and tells how God teaches him about Joy, Peace, Love, Forgiveness and Trust by experiencing the highs and lows of life. A deeply spiritual person, he also enjoys writing music, playing music with his friends in their band, Da 2nd Wind Band. He relishes living every moment of his life to the fullest with his wife, children and closest friends. Otherwise, he is a very private person. It is in his private moments that he collects his thoughts of the day and expresses them in poetry and in song.

Fil Am Authors Celebrate Authors Night and the LA Times Festival of Books

authorsnight (2)Rancho Palos Verdes, CA– To celebrate the Printed and Spoken Words, Philippine Expressions Bookshop will host its annual Filipino American Authors Night and present eight authors and their new works to the community. Traditionally, Authors Night is held on the eve of the LA Times Festival of Books when authors gather in Los Angeles for the Festival. This year, Authors Night will be held on Friday, April 19 from 5:30pm – 9:00pm at the Community Hall of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) which is located at 1145 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles. The building is on the corner of Lucas Street and Wilshire, next to the Good Samaritan Hospital. Visit http:///www.apalc.org/for the map site. The venue host is Carmina Ocampo, a Fil Am lawyer connected with APALC. The event is free and open to the public but RSVP is requested. Call Linda Nietes at (310) 514-9139 or email linda@philippineexpressionsbookshop.com. Street parking is available or at Athena Parking for $6.00 located at 634 Lucas Street.

Featured Authors at this year’s event include two out-of-state women authors: Almira Astudillo Gilles of Chicago and Criselda Yabes, a journalist from Manila. The rest of the authors are from Northern and Southern California: Janet Stickmon of Napa Valley, Steven Yagyagan of San Diego, Santa Monica author Cecilia Manguerra Brainard and debut authors Marvin Gapultos, Giovanni Ortega and Sumi Sevilla Haru who are presenting their first books. The authors will talk, read and sign their books. 

booksigningEvery year, the small literary community within the big Filipino American community of Southern CA awaits the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books which is now on its eighteenth year. Philippine Expressions Bookshop has participated in the Festival since 1997. The Bookshop started with just a couple of Fil Am authors and over the years, more and more works of Fil Am authors have been published. Except for Brainard and Gilles, six Featured Authors will also sign books during the Festival. They will be joined by four other authors: Carina Forsythe known in the writing world as Carina Monica Montoya, Albert J. Mortiz, Myrna Mulhern and Leslie Ryan. Details about them and their books are in the bookshop’s blog Archive in March, September and October 2012 .

Owner Linda Nietes of Rancho Palos Verdes is “glad to be part of the cultural scene of the City of Los Angeles all these lindanietesyears. She is also happy that she has helped create more awareness for the Filipino literary traditions in America.” Philippine Expressions, her specialty bookshop was established in Los Angeles in 1984 in order to provide a home for Philippine writings in America. It is the first of its kind in American soil and is dedicated to Filipino Americans and Filipinos in the diaspora who are in search of their roots. When martial law was declared in the Philippines in 1972 and Philippine writings were censored, Linda Nietes bravely opened Casalinda Bookshop, her first Filipiniana bookshop in San Antonio Plaza, Forbes Park, Makati. Her aim was to encourage Filipinos to write despite political censorship and to provide a home for Philippine writings during that period. After twelve years of giving support to Philippine writings and living in a repressive society under martial law, she left for the United States in 1984 and reopened her business as Philippine Expressions Bookshop in Westwood Village near UCLA. Two years later in 1986, dictator Ferdinand Marcos was deposed but Nietes decided to stay on. In 1997, she moved to Rancho Palos Verdes where her home-based mail order bookshop still operates. Counting the years when she opened her first bookshop, Nietes has been a bookseller and cultural activist for the last forty-one years, of which 29 years were on American soil. Before becoming a Philippine book specialist, she worked for the world’s biggest stock market brokerage firm in Hong Kong. When the company opened its Regional Office in Manila, she was transferred to Manila as the Operations Manager. When martial law was declared in the Philippines, she opted for an early retirement so that she could help her country in crisis. She found her niche in the book business. Looking back, “it has not been an easy journey but it was a mission that I undertook gladly,” Nietes added. She had been exposed to the ups and downs of the US stock market and in risk-taking, so she took everything in stride. Today, the book market all over the world is undergoing tremendous challenges due to new technologies and innovative methods of doing business. And this trailblazer looks forward to retirement soon.

She further added, “the Bookshop continues to seek the support of the community as we present new programs that make a difference in the cultural life of Filipinos in the diaspora. LATimes_BoothPlease support Filipino American authors as they try to find their place in the literary map of mainstream America! Inspire our authors with your presence and have a book autographed for your private library when you visit us at the Festival. Do come and bring your family and friends.” If you are unable to visit but would like to purchase autographed copies of their books, the Bookshop accepts orders. The booth of Philippine Expressions Bookshop
 is Booth # 033, located at Trousdale Parkway, along Exposition Boulevard
 at USC Campus, Los Angeles. For more details, visit the Festival’s website: http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/general-information/ For maps and direction to USC Campus, visit http://visit.usc.edu/maps-directions/