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.
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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 …

2013 Featured Authors and Their Books

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     ALMIRA ASTUDILLO GILES
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.
     MARVIN GAPULTOS
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.
     CECILIA MANGUERRA BRAINARD
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
     GIOVANNI ORTEGA
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 SEVILLA HARU
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 STICKMON
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.
     CRISELDA YABES
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 A. YAGYAGAN
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.

LA Times Festival of Books 2013

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BOOK SIGNING SCHEDULE

Saturday, April 20

12:00 noon -1:00 pm

Marvin Gapultos,The Adobo Road Book, $19.95
Janet Stickmon, Midnight Peaches, Two O’Clock Patience, $15.00 and
Crushing Soft Rubies: A Memoir-this title is being revised and new edition is still not available momentarily.

Criselda Yabes, Peace Warriors. Written in the context of the present situation in Mindanao. $19.95; Sarena’s Story: The Loss of a Kingdom. Based on the Sultanate of Sulu. $15.00; The Boys from the Barracks: The Philippine Military After EDSA $25.00; Below the Crying Mountain, an award-winning novel on the Mindanao conflict $17.95; Our Rights, Our Victories: Landmark Cases in the Supreme Court, co-authored with Marites Danguilan Vitug. $19.95
Steven A. Yagyagan, Haikus for Life: Live, Love and Love with Passion Vol. 1, $16.50 and
The Divine Mercy:An Amazing Journey co-authored with Joshua Moreno. $15.00

 1:00 pm -2:00 pm

Marvin Gapultos
Myrna Mulhern, Abadeha: The Philippine Cinderella $17.95
Janet Stickmon
Steven A. Yagyagan

 2:00 pm -3:00 pm

Myrna Mulhern
Janet Stickmon
Criselda Yabes
Steven A. Yagyagan

 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Marvin Gapultos 
Myrna Mulhern
Criselda Yabes
Steven A. Yagyagan

Sunday, April 21

12:00 nn -1:00 pm

Giovanni Ortega, Leaves from the Silvelake Barrio $15.00
Albert Mortiz, Discover the Philippines Cookbook $12.95
Leslie Ryan, I am Flippish!A juvenile book regarding a Filipino-Irish kid. $11.95
Sumi Sevilla Haru, Iron Lotus: Memoirs of a Filipina activist in Hollywood $20.00

 1:00 pm -2:00 pm

Carina Monica Montoya,(also known as Carina Forsythe) Los Angeles’ Historic Filipinotown (Images of America Series) $21.99; Filipinos in Hollywood (Images of America Series) $19.99; Santa Maria Valley (Images of America Series) co-authored by the Santa Maria Valley Historical Society $21.99; Let’s Cook Adobo, a juvenile cookbook $11.00
Giovanni Ortega
Albert Mortiz
Leslie Ryan
Sumi Sevilla Haru

 2:00 pm -3:00 pm

Carina Monica Montoya
Giovanni Ortega
Albert Mortiz
Leslie Ryan
Sumi Sevilla Haru

 3:00 pm -4:00pm

Giovanni Ortega
Albert Mortiz
Leslie Ryan
Sumi Sevilla Haru

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

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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/

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Get 25% Off the Listed Price on Small Business Saturday

Philippine Expressions Bookshop is participating for the first time in Small Business Saturday on November 24, 2012. Shop Small on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and support small, locally-owned and operated businesses. Philippine Expressions Bookshop is not only a small business but it is also a minority-and-woman-owned entrepreneural business. It has served the Filipino-American community for the last 28 years and has helped put Philippine writings and Filipino American authors on the literary map in the United States. Your support will be deeply appreciated!

We offer a 25% discount on the following titles being listed here. We have introduced to the Fil Am community many of the authors of these titles thru various literary soirees and you can read details about the authors and their books in this blog. The 25% discount is good only for one day and will be invoiced only on Saturday, November 24. We will not allow any EXTENSION. We offer free shipping for net orders over $50.00. Otherwise, shipping plus 8.75% sales tax will be added.

However, you can place your order NOW, especially if you intend to pay by credit card or mail a check. To pay by credit card, please call (310) 514-9139 or email: linda@philippineexpressionsbookshop.com and leave your telephone number. If we miss your call, we will return your call as soon as possible. For your convenience, please advise the best time to call you back. On Saturday, we will accept phone orders only if payment will be by credit card. If you wish to pay by check, order NOW so that your check arrives by Saturday. Any mail not postmarked November 24, 2012 will not qualify for the discount. We will not allow any EXCEPTION.

All online orders to be placed on Saturday must be paid only thru PayPal. Pay to: linda_nietes@sbcglobal.net. If you do not have a PayPal account, consider opening one right now. Just google PayPal and follow their instructions. Or, consider placing your order now and pay by check or by credit card as instructed above.

Thank you. Maraming salamat po!

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Twenty Fil Am Authors to Sign at Launching of the Philippine Heritage Collection

Echo Park Public Library
1410 W Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Saturday, October 27, 2012
11:00am – 3:00pm

Thirty-five Filipino American authors residing in Southern California were sent invitations for the launching of the Philippine Heritage Collection at Echo Park Public Library.The Open House which is open to the public will be held from 11:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday. Linda Nietes, owner of Philippine Expressions Bookshop, a mail order bookshop located in Rancho Palos Verdes, (310) 514-9139 http://philippineexpressionsbookshop.wordpress.com will be on hand with books for purchase or for donation to the collection. Donations from authors and the community are encouraged in order to support the Filipino Heritage Collection project of the Library.

The Southern California authors who will speak and sign their books are:

*Noel Alumit was born in Baguio City, The Philippines, then raised in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from the University of Southern California, studied playwriting at the David Henry Hwang Writers Institute at East West Players. He received an Emerging Voices Fellowship from PEN Center USA West and a Community Access Scholarship to UCLA’s Writers Extension, studying fiction and the personal essay form.

For his first novel Letters to Montgomery Clift, Noel Alumit received many awards including the Stonewall Book Award (American Library Association), Violet Quill Award (Insight Out Books), the Global Filipino Literary Award (Our Own Voice), and the Gold Seal (ForeWord Magazine). He was nominated for others including the PEN Center USA West Literary award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Asian American Literary Award.

His second novel Talking to the Moon received kind support from literary figures like James Ellroy (LA Confidential, the Black Dahlia) and Susan Straight (National Book Award Nominee). Noel Alumit and his novel was chosen as “LA Weekly’s Pick of the Week.” Talking to the Moon went on to become a Los Angeles Times Bestseller.

*Lorna Dumapias, author of Filipino American Experience: The Making of a Historic Cultural Monument,  graduated from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, School of Mass Communications, with graduate studies done at Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. She is the program director of the Filipino Christian Church Museum in LA.

*Sumi Sevilla Haru will share her experiences in her successful Hollywood career. From humble beginnings in her Colorado home to world traveled actor, union leader, and civil rights activist, Sumi Sevilla Haru has led a varied and interesting life. 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.

It wasn’t all glamour or without her fair share of blood, sweat, and tears, but Sumi opened the door 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.

*Lorenzo Paran III, author, Pinoy in America: The stateside life in the time of Barack Obama, Facebook and Pacquiao -mania and all about life in America. For more info on the author, visit his website called Pinoy in America which is a review of Filipino-American arts and culture.

*Leslie V. Ryan, author, I am Flippish, a book for juveniles, which tells a story about mixed parentage, and in this case, pride in being Filipino and Irish. Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in the Philippines and Papua New Guinea, she graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies and Japanese Language. Her love for books began when she first started reading at the age of four, and that passion for reading books has now turned into a newfound love of writing them. With her first published work of “I am Flippish!” Leslie taps into her personal life to help children explore diversity, family and where we really came from – celebrating just how wonderful it is to be different!

*Juanita Santos Nacu, author of Storytelling. Project heart to heart: A Means to Bridge Generational Gap in post-1965 Filipino Immigrant families, has a degree in Nursing from the University of the Philippines Diliman and a MA in Pastoral Care and Counseling from the Institute of Christian Ministries, University of San Diego, She co-founded the Filipino American Institute of America/FAMILIA under the Diocese of San Diego and has designed and coordinated the annual Filipino Catholic Conferences and Youth Retreats. The 1993-1998 Fellowship from the University of San Diego School of Education helped her obtain her degree in Doctor of Education in Leadership Studies. While at the University of San Diego, she founded the Project Heart to Heart and co-founded the USD Filipino Ugnayan Student Organization. Project Heart to Heart eventually became a non-profit as a community-based gathering of different generations for sharing life experiences stories to bridge generational and cultural gap. In 2006, she received the 2006 Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award from the School of Leadership and Education Science, University of San Diego.

*Carlene Sobrino Bonnivierauthor of Seeking Thirst, a novel with an Echo Park setting, was conceived in Baguio City, the Philippines, and born in Los Angeles, California. She has taught writing for many years, and has traveled extensively throughout Asia as a journalist. Among her works are the novella Seeking Thirst (Firstfruits, 2003) and the novel Autobiography of a Stranger (1990).

*Zosimo Quibilan is the author of “Pagluwas” (trans: Going to the City) which won the Philippine National Book Award in 2006 and the prestigious Madrigal Gonzales Best First Book Award in 2008. It was published by the University of the Philippines Press in 2006 and available in the UCLA library and the LA and San Francisco Public Libraries, among others. He is involved in a poetry project which has a collective title, “Mito.”

The poems are about the myth-like experience of a Filipino American immigrant in present-day Los Angeles. These are English poems with titles after a Philippine mythological creature like tikbalang, kapre, aswsang, etc.

*Percival Campoamor Cruz, will read from his book, The Drama Queen and a two-minute story entitled My Way, about an ex-jeepney driver who became an American Idol contestant. He was influenced by his father, Alberto Segismundo Cruz, who was one of the Philippine’s top short story writers. The works of Alberto and his famous contemporaries like Amado V. Hernandez, Fausto J. Galauran, Gervasio Santiago, and Inigo Ed. Regalado, graced the pages of then national pastimes Liwayway, Bulaklak, Aliwan, Kislap.
Percival’s short stories relive the tradition of story-telling as a form of entertainment and a way to portray what is good and evil in society. They provide Filipino immigrants and overseas workers a glimpse into what makes a Filipino a Filipino. They are mostly written in Tagalog prose, the better to showcase the native language, and its nuances. Children of overseas Filipinos, by way of the stories, can acquaint themselves with the language, culture, past and current life in homeland Philippines.

Because the event is in celebration of Filipino American History Month, the themes of the authors’ talks and readings were chosen to fit the occasion. Other Fil Am authors who are expected to sign their books are:

*Nenita (Tita) Pambid Domingo, author of Come On, Let’s Speak Tagalog, is the head of the Filipino Program in the South and Southeast Asian Languages and Cultures Program at the University of California at Los Angeles and a lecturer in the Asian Languages and Cultures Department. She lives in Los Angeles.

*Marc Lawrence, is married to a Filipina, a martial arts teacher and author of a primer, The Basics of Filipino Martial Arts;

 

 

DiscovPhilCookBk*Albert J.Mortiz, author of Discover the Philippines Cookbook,  is a world traveler, a lover of books and good food. His cookbook has a Spanish edition called Descrubre La Cocina Haute de Las Filipinas.

*Ruben V. Nepales, author of My Filipino Connection: The Philippines in Hollywood,  was a finalist in the 2011 National Entertainment Journalism Awards, a prestigious U.S.-wide competition presented by the Los Angeles Press Club. He won third prize, best columnist in the international journalism category, at the 54th Southern California Journalism Awards, which is one of the oldest and largest journalism competitions in the U.S.

*Giovanni Ortega, author of Leaves from the Silverlake Barrio, is a Poet and Playwright and contributor for the Writers Workshop, The Undeniables: www.theundeniables.org/ giovanniortega . He was recently asked by the PEN Center to read from his works in Philippines is in the Heart. His own blog ismogpogandaluz.blogspot.com.

Leaves from the Silverlake Barrio is his first book, a collection of prose and poetry from characters who meet and who don’t meet.

*Arturo R. Garcia, author of Unrecognized American Veterans: Memory, History and Equity for Filipino WWll Veterans, was born and raised in the Philippines where he was an active student leader and community organizer. He migrated to the US in 1997 and started as a community organizer for People’s CORE. He helped organize Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) as a campaign for People’s CORE from 1998 and became the National Coordinator of JFAV in November 2008 to the present.

*Frank Tinio Lopez, author of Gallant Warriors from the Sea: The Philippine Marine Corps Today. An Excellent Introduction to the Philippine Marinesbecause there is not much known about this branch of the military. The book is very compact and is only 40 pages. It is a good primer on the colorful history of Philippine Marines, complete with photographs. Author’s narrative style makes this book an interesting read. The author is from Oxnard, CA and has photography as his hobby.

*Carina Monica Montoya, author of Los Angeles’s Historic Filipinotown as well as Filipinos in Hollywood. Carina Monica Montoya, also known as Carina Forsythe, likewise wrote a juvenile storybook called Let’s Cook Adobo;

*Eliseo Art Silva, author of Filipinos of Greater Philadelphia. More details about the author are available in the event, Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture.

*Linda Nietes-Little will sign as a contributor to the book, The Magnificat: Mama Mary’s Pilgrim Sites. The Editor, Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is out of town. The Magnificat has over twenty contributors who have shared their personal experiences of healing of mind, body and spirit after their pilgrimages to sites dedicated to the Blessed Mother in Lourdes, France; Fatima in Portugal; Our Lady of Vailankanni by the Bay of Bengal in India; the Black Madonna in Poland; Our Lady of Medjugorie in Bosnia-Herzegovina; Shrine of Saint Maryam in Keren, Eritrea; The Maryam Monastery in Ethiopia; Shrine of the Miraculous Medal at Rue du Bac in Paris, France; Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico; Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar in Zaragoza, Spain; the House of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus, Turkey; Shrine of Maria Lanakila in Honolulu; Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wisconsin, as well as over eight other Marian pilgrim sites in the Philippines such as in Antipolo and Our Lady of Peñafrancia in Bicol; Shrine of our Lady of the Abandoned in Santa Ana, Manila; Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Sukat, Muntinlupa, Metro Manila; Shrine of Our Lady of Manaoag in Pangasinan; Immaculate Concepcion Church in Labac and Basilica of St Martin of Tours in Taal, Batangas; Shrine of Our Lady of Remedios in Odlot, Cebu and lastly, Schoenstatt Shrine in Lawaan, Talisay, Cebu.

Come and support this project that was initiated by Echo Park Library. It is a wonderful way to build the Filipino American community in Los Angeles as well as help support Filipino American authors residing in Southern California. It is also part of the continuing outreach program of Philippine Expressions Bookshop which it started in 1984. The Bookshop has served the community quietly for the last twenty-eight years, trying to build a literary community not only in Los Angeles but within the larger Filipino American community all over the United States.

2012 Authors Night

To Celebrate the Printed and Spoken Words

and to launch ten new works by Filipino American Authors

Ofelia V. Dirige & Aurora S. Cudal, Rachelle Cruz, Cecilia Gaerlan,
Theodore S. Gonzalves, Greceila Jota, Paulino Lim, Jr., Carina Monica Montoya,
Donna Miscolta, Ruben Nepales, Quirico S. Samonte and Susan Vance, guest author

Friday, April 20, 2012    6:00pm – 9:00pm
Community Hall, Asian Pacific American Legal Center
1145 Wilshire Boulevard, corner Lucas Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Free and Open to the Public. RSVP is requested. (310) 514-9139

linda@philippineexpressionsbookshop.com

Free parking available at the rooftop of APALC building after 5:30pm. There is also street parking; additional parking for a fee is available at Good Samaritan parking structure next to the APALC building. Entrances to both APALC and GS parking are on Lucas.

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 Special Thanks


To  Asian Pacific American Legal Center and most especially to our host for the evening, Atty. Carmina OcampoMaraming salamat for your nurturing and generosity of spirit towards to our Bookshop and to the whole Filipino American community in Los Angeles! You are a role model for our young people and we are blessed to have someone like you in the community.


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Authors and their Books

The following authors will talk and read from their book (s). There will be booksigning sessions during Authors Night and at our Booth # 024 during the LA Times Festival of Books at USC Campus, April 21-22. Please refer to Booksigning Schedule posted in this blog. Do come and join us to Meet and Greet our Fil Am Authors. Your presence means support for their creative talents and it will be a source of inspiration to them.


Ofelia V. Dirige and Aurora S. Cudal
are co-authors of Global Filipino Cuisine: Healthy Recipes. This is a revised edition of their 2009 book which was published with the late Dr Riz A. Oades. It now contains 100 modified choices complete with nutrient analysis, and the book is the authors’ contribution to healthy eating in the Filipino American community.

Rachelle Cruz is from Hayward, California.  Her chapbook, Self-Portrait as Rumor and Blood was recently published by Dancing Girl Press.  Her work has appeared in Muzzle Magazine, Splinter Generation, KCET’s Departures Series, Inlandia: A Literary Journey, among others.  She hosts “The Blood-Jet Writing Hour” Radio Show on Blog Talk Radio. An Emerging Voices Fellow, a Kundiman Fellow and a VONA writer, she lives and writes in Riverside, California.

Cecilia Ilano Gaerlan is a multi-awarded Bay Area playwright and author of several plays on a wide variety of topics. In Her Mother’s Image is her debut novel. A long-awaited journey back to the land of her birth unleashed the floodgates of Chiquita’s painful childhood memories of World War II in the Philippines. The book has been adopted for a screenplay.

Theodore S. Gonzalves, Ph. D. is an Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland in Baltimore County. His two latest books are The Filipinos in Hawaii (part of the Series on Images of America and co-authored with Roderick N. Labrador)  which captures in black and white the history of Filipinos in the islands and how they became “Hawayanos” over time, and Carlos Villa and the Integrity of Spaces which is a definitive work on the artist, educator, curator and author. This book ensures Villa’s rightful place in the art and cultural history of America. His other books include Stage Presence: Conversations with Filipino American Performing Artists  and The Day the Dancers Stayed: Performing in the Filipino/American Diaspora .

 Greceila Jota. Popularly known as Grace, she holds a masters degree in Education and a Diploma in Theology. Along with her husband of thirty-one years, she is a Bible Study leader. Her book, The Deliverer is her first novel. It  is about love, materialism, and challenges faced by unbelievers, rich and famous. It exposed a love triangle between Dun Rosenberg, a prominent Jew turned atheist, and his son, Alex. Both fell in love with Phyllis, who was engaged to be married to Brad Dennison, a church minister. Tragedy came, but once we allow deliverance to begin, we never know where it will end. Author lives in Sydney, Australia.  

 Paulino Lim, Jr was chairman of the English Department of CSU-Long Beach where he taught for several years. Now retired, he writes fiction as a hobby and his latest novel is Death of the English Zen Professor. A British professor at an American university is found dead on a meditation cushion in his office by Neil Saguisag, the Filipino chairman of the English Department. The novel takes the point of view of Neil as it “investigates” a murder, divorce, and postcolonial education. His other books include four novels: Tiger Orchid on Mount Mayon; Sparrows Don’t Sing in the Philippines; Requiem for a Rebel Priest; Ka Gaby, Nom de Guerre; two short story collections, Passion Summer and Other Stories, and Curacao Cure and Other Stories, and Menage Filipinescas: a Play in Three Acts.

Carina Monica Montoya. Her latest book is Santa Maria Valley (part of the series, Images of America) which she co-authored with the Santa Maria Valley Historical Society. The book has made mention of the Filipino farm workers who have worked on the rich agricultural fields of this Valley. Also known as Carina Forsythe, her other books include Los Angeles’ Historic Filipinotown; Filipinos in Hollywood and a juvenile cookbook, Let’s Cook Adobo!

Donna Miscolta has received many awards and her fiction has appeared in literary journals. Her short story collection Natalie Wood’s Fake Puerto Rican Accent was a finalist for the 2010 Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction. Her debut novel, When the De la Cruz Family Danced is an all-familiar story of how immigrants carry the heavy burdens of family life in America, welding the past into the present. You will love the journey of the De la Cruz family.

Ruben Nepales’ “deftly-written stories of Filipino-American personalities, The Philippines in Hollywood showcase his masterful craft of writing. It comes from his persistent, disciplined, dogged hard work of interviews and honed by his writing experience of more than three decades. This book takes you on a global journey with these mostly Filipino-American talents that include an executive chef in the White House. In his pieces, Ruben reveals their gentle spirits which mirror his generosity of spirit as well.” – Prosy Abarquez-Delacruz, J.D. Columnist, Asian Journal Press and writer, Balikbayan Magazine – 

Quirico S. Samonte. He is a Professor Emeritus, Eastern Michigan University, and  a graduate of the University of the Philippines and the University of Michigan.  His book of fiction, Panagani means harvest time in Ilocano. It is about ordinary people who try to make sense of their fears and frustrations, bound to injustices committed by rich agrarian landlords and the corrupt political system that exists. Since many Filipinos today still suffer the same fate, this is almost the story of Filipinos living in the countrysides. His other books  include At the Table with the Family, and Not at the Table, Please! Both books of narratives about growing up in the Philippines are entertaining, and were illustrated by his wife, Judy.

 Susan Vance.  Tropic Born War Torn: Untold Tales of WWII in the Philippines as retold by Susan Vance. This is the story of her mother,  Gloria Haube whose family was living in the Philippines when war broke out in 1941. A story of romance, gold-mining ventures, and idyllic lifestyles torn asunder by the Japanese invasion of the Philippines. Near war’s end they followed indigenous Igorots into remote mountains to seek refuge from American bombs, living on sweet potatoes until their harrowing escape from retreating Japanese troops. As a journalist, Susan Vance developed an active interest in documenting history.

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