Surviving Japanese Occupation as a Young Child

How do young children from ages 9 to their teens survive the trauma of war, in this case, the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines?

The six titles featured here are in the adult voices of these children and listen to them, as they share their horrifying experiences and how they manage to survive the emotional trauma that have touched their souls, experiences that will never be forgotten. These children have been robbed of their childhood, and I know how that feels because I also went through the same experience. Limited copies of these books are for sale at our bookshop and if you also went thru the experience in 194l-45, you will be able to relate to the feelings of these young people while running away from the enemy or being confined at the Internment Camp at Santo Tomas (UST). Email me <linda@philbooks.us> if interested

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Books for the Holidays

All you need to know about Pasko! The Philippine Christmas are in this coffee table book, with beautiful photos and illustrations. Keep a copy in your personal library for the generations to come because once the book is out of print, there will be no reprints possible. One of the authors, Reynaldo Gamboa Alejandro is now gone to another plane.

Two books for Christmas which are popular are also featured here:

I Know It’s Christmastime by Cristina Aguila Llorente Drost and with illustrations by Willi Red Buhay. It introduces the child to what Christmas is like in the Philippines.

12 Kuwentong Pamasko ni Rene O. Villanueva; Inilarawan ni Mary M. Tobias is a collection of Christmas stories but written only in Filipino. BTW author Rene O. Villanueva has now passed away.

These two children’s titles will make ideal stocking stuffers for Christmas. Email: linda@philbooks.us if interested.

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Young Children’s History Books

How do you teach Philippine history to young children? Here
are four titles worth looking into. Written in both English and
Filipino, they bring history to the level of children, with lovely
illustrations in full color, and in story form. Available in hardcover and being sold as a set, Augie Rivera is the author of all four
books and illustrations were done by different young artists:

Si Diwayen, Noong Bago Dumating and mga Espanyol: Diwayen Before the Spanish Came. Artwork by Paolo Lim.

Si Segunda, Noong Panahon ng Mga Espanyol: Segunda during the Spanish Occupation. Artwork by Pepper Roxas

Si Juanito, Noong Panahon ng Mga Amerikano: Juanito, During
the American Occupaton. Artwork by Jose Miguel Tejido

Si Jhun-Jhun, Noong Bago Ideklara Ang Batas Militar: Jhun-Jhun, Before Martial Law. Artwork by Brian Vallesteros.

Email <linda@philbooks.us> if interested.

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Merry Christmas!!

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Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift. Jesus is Here!
 
We wish you All the Blessings of Christmas,
Peace and Good Health for the New Year!
 
Robert Little Jr. and Linda Nietes-Little

Author Albert J. Mortiz

Albert Mortiz, author of Discover the Philippines Cookbook will be at our bookshop tomorrow, Dec 20 for a Meet and Greet event. Albert was born in Calamba, Laguna and
his Mom is Concepcion de Jesus Mortiz who belongs to the Quintero clan. One of the Quinteros was married to Soledad Rizal who was the youngest sister of Philippines’ National Hero, Jose P. Rizal. Albert’s first cousins include the Cailles and Llaneras of Calamba. In the photos, Albert posed with “Lolo Jose” who is dressed in the traditional black suit while in his thirties, and the small poster is also Lolo Jose while
he was 14 years old! Both standing posters grace the entrance of our
bookshop and are welcoming sights to Pinoys and Pinays who drop by. 

Posing with the nation’s most popular Lolo. Here is author Albert Mortiz posing with Lolo Jose. BTW, there is a book entitled LOLO JOSE: An Intimate and Illustrated Portrait of Jose Rizal by Asuncion Lopez Bantug, with a Preface by Nick Joaquin. The author was a grandniece and she wrote a moving, historical portrait of Philippines’ National Hero which is balanced, humane, warm, vivid, enlightening and well-written. Family stories came down to her through her father, Dr Leoncio Lopez-Rizal, and her grandmother, Narcisa Rizal, the sister of Lolo Jose. Only two copies are available at our bookshop and is subject to prior sale. If interested, email me soonest: linda@philbooks.us

Meet and Greet author Albert J. Mortiz

mortiz-legal_v2If you will be unable to come, you can order by phone (310) 514-9139 or (310) 548-8148 an autographed copy of the book: Discover the Philippines Cookbook. Or email: linda@philbooks.us

This Meet and Greet event is part of the ongoing community outreach program of Philippine Expresssions Bookshop. Established in 1984, the bookshop is dedicated to Filipinos in America and in the diaspora who
are in search of their roots. Visit us on facebook, Friends of Philippine Expressions Bookshop. Also visit our site, http://philbooks.us/ and for more info, email linda@philbooks.us or call 310-514-9139 or leave a voice
mail at 310-548-8148.

Do drop by if your schedule allows it. Hope to see you.

Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor on December 10, 2016

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Part of the crowd that attended the Meet and Greet event.

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With Dennis and Sylvia Benko of the Palos Verdes Rotary Club.

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Jay Wertz with Gil Mislang who did the research for WWII Comix: Pearl Harbor & Day of Infamy.

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Original artworks depicting scenes from WWll, done in watercolor by Cota Yabut, a Bay Area artist. Linda holding artwork depicting the entrance of American troops at UST to liberate the Santo Tomas Internment Camp. Robert holds the artwork depicting the Filipino prisoners at Fort Santiago. Two other works depict (1) the Japanese atrocities and massacres of Filipino civilians and (2) Death March.

Original artworks depicting scenes from WWll, done in watercolor by Cota Yabut, a Bay Area artist. Linda holding artwork depicting the entrance of American troops at UST to liberate the Santo Tomas Internment Camp. Robert holds the artwork depicting the Filipino prisoners at Fort Santiago. Two other works depict (1) the Japanese atrocities and massacres of Filipino civilians and (2) Death March.

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An electronic Nativity scene and copies of PASKO: The Philippine Christmas by Reynaldo Gamboa Alejandro and Marla Yotoko Chorengel. If you want to know more about how Christmas is being celebrated in the Philippines plus all other trivia about this important Christian event, this is the book for you. Published in 1998, few copies are still available and are now collector’s items.

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The gentleman on the right side is Gil Mislang who did the research on WWll Comix: Pearl Harbor and the Day of Infamy. In comix form, first class paper and in full color, this edition is the first in the series and it makes history come alive to the level of young people, esp. from ages 10 and up. If interested, contact: linda@philbooks.us

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Jay autographs his book for Luz Bag-aw of Long Beach.

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The posters of Jose Rizal & the young Rizal at age 14 greets all guests who visit the bookshop

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