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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3 comments on “PINAY GATHERING

  1. carnationzky says:

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

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

  3. maximo p fabella says:

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

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