Give A Book This Christmas!


Celebrate Christmas with a gift that keeps giving, even to the next generation that follows.

Give a Book for Christmas, not just any book but a Filipiniana book that embodies the thoughts, words and aspirations of the Filipino people. Fortunes come and go but the culture of a people stays as long as the people live. But culture must be nurtured among the young so that it is passed on to the next generation. And when memory fails, there is nothing like Philippine booksstack_of_books 25% that document all the cultural treasures of a people to bring back the customs and traditions that enrich the Filipino.

In our 28 years of serving the Filipino Community in the US, this is the first time that we are offering a special Christmas sale of select items suitable as gifts for your loved ones. We take pride especially in the children’s titles that we have chosen as

Since the sale is only until December 15, please shop early so that you will receive your order on time for Christmas.

Maligayang Pasko at Masaganang Bagong Taon!

Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!


Barefoot in Fire
Barbara-Ann Gamboa Lewis

A World War ll childhood. Softcover (Sc)

List Price:$ 15.00
Now $11.25          CODE: TA-1
*Sales Tax: $0.98  plus **shipping


Filipino Celebrations: A Treasury of Feasts and Festivals
Liana Romulo (Author), Corazon Dandan-Albano (Illustrator)

Hardbound (HB)

List Price:$ 16.95
Now $12.71          CODE: TU-1
*Sales Tax: $1.11  plus **shipping


Kneeling Carabao and Dancing Giants: Celebrating Filipino Festivals
Rena Krasno (Author). Illustrated by Ileana C. Lee

Hardbound (HB)

List Price:$19.95
Now $14.96          CODE: PE-3          
*Sales Tax: $1.31  plus **shipping

lakas makibaka

Lakas and the Makibaka Hotel
Anthony D. Robles (Author). Illustrations by Carl Angel

A bilingual Filipino American story. (HB)

List Price:$16.95
Now $12.71         CODE: PE-4                  
*Sales Tax: $1.11  plus **shipping

lakas manilatown

Lakas and the Manilatown Fish
Anthony D. Robles (Author). Illustrations by Carl Angel

A bilingual Filipino American story. (HB)

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The Monkey and the Turtle: A Philippine Folk Tale
Jose P. Rizal

The Philippine National Hero sketched this old Philippine folk tale on to a guest book belonging to Paz Pardo de Tavera in Paris in 1885.
The English text in this book is his own. (Sc)

List Price:$11.95
Now $8.95           CODE: TA-6
*Sales Tax: $$0.78  plus **shipping


Tagalog for Kids Flash Cards Kit 
Imelda Fines Gasmen

A fun and kid-friendly introduction to Tagalog! 64 flash cards, audio CD, wall chart and learning guide

List Price:$19.95
Now $14.95          CODE: TU-7
*Sales Tax: $1.31  plus **shipping


More Tagalog for Kids Flash Cards Kit
Imelda Fines Gasmen

Teaches 64 basic Tagalog words and their uses. Audio CD, wall chart and learning guide.

List Price:$19.95
Now $14.95          CODE: TU-8
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Kinilaw: A Philippine Cuisine for Freshness
Edilberto N. Alegre

(sc.) This is an out of print title and now a collector’s item.

List Price:$35.00
Now $26.25          CODE: PE-1
*Sales Tax: $2.30  plus **shipping


Tikim: Essays on Philippine Food and Culture
Doreen Fernandez (1994)

(Sc) This is an out of print title and now a collector’s item.

List Price:$39.95
Now $29.96          CODE: PE-2
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COFFEE TABLE BOOKS – fully illustrated and in hardcover.

25 Tropical Houses in the Philippines
Elizabeth V. Reyes and A. Chester Ong

Hardbound (HB)

List Price:$45.00
Now $33.75          CODE: TU-13
*Sales Tax: $2.95  plus **shipping


Exciting Philippines: A Visual Journey
Elizabeth V. Reyes. Photographs by Emil V. Davocol et al.

Hardbound (HB)

List Price:$16.95
Now $12.71          CODE: TU-14          
*Sales Tax: $1.11  plus **shipping


Philippine Christmas Art & Form
Reynaldo Gamboa Alejandro and Marla Yotoko Chorengel

Hardbound (HB)

List Price:$75.00
Now $56.25          CODE: PE-7
*Sales Tax: $4.92  plus **shipping


Philippines: Islands of Enchantment
Alfred A. Yuson. Photographs by George Tapan

Hardbound (HB)

List Price:$19.95
Now $14.96          CODE: TU-15
*Sales Tax: $1.31  plus **shipping

sinaunang habi

Sinaunang Habi: Philippine Ancestral Weave
Marian Pastor Roces. Photographs by Dick Baldovino and Wig Tysmans

Hardbound (HB)

List Price:$65.95
Now $49.46          CODE: PE-8
*Sales Tax: $4.33  plus **shipping


The Tropical House: Cutting Edge Design in the Philippines
Elizabeth Reyes (Author), Luca Invernizzi Tettoni (Photographer)

Hardbound (HB)

List Price:$39.95
Now $29.96          CODE: TU-16
*Sales Tax: $2.62  plus **shipping


Tropical Gardens of The Philippines
Lily Gamboa O’Boyle and Elizabeth Reyes

Hardbound (HB)

List Price:$44.95
Now $33.71          CODE: TU-17
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Complete Sinawali: Filipino Double-Weapon Fighting
Reynaldo S. Galang

Softcover (Sc)

List Price:$16.95
Now $12.71          CODE: TU-18
*Sales Tax: $1.11  plus **shipping


The Secrets of Cabales Serrada Escrima
Mark V. Wiley

Softcover (Sc) Expanded edition

List Price:$16.95
Now $12.71         CODE: TU – 19 
*Sales Tax:$1.11  plus **shipping


The Secrets of Kalis Ilustrisimo: The Filipino Fighting Art Explained

Antonio Diego and Christopher Ricketts

Softcover (Sc)

List Price:$24.95
Now $18.71          CODE: TU – 20
*Sales Tax: $1.64  plus **shipping


Growing Up Filipino: Stories for Young Adults
Edited by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard with contributions from 29 authors

Softcover (Sc)

List Price:$21.95
Now $16.46          CODE: PA-1
*Sales Tax: $1.44  plus **shipping


Growing Up Filipino II: More Stories for Young Adults
<em>Edited by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard with contributions from 27 authors

Softcover (Sc)

List Price:$21.95
Now $16.46          CODE: PA-2
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Magdalena: A Novel
Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

An interesting depiction of Philippine society before and during World War II.

List Price:$18.95
Now $14.21          CODE: PE-9
*Sales Tax: $1.24  plus **shipping


Savage Stage:Plays By Ma-Yi Theater Company 
Joi Barrios-Leblanc, Lonnie Carter et al.

Softcover (Sc)

List Price:$25.00
Now $18.75          CODE: PE-10         
*Sales Tax: $1.64  plus **shipping


Stage Presence: Conversations with Filipino American Performing Artists
Theodore S. Gonzalves

Softcover (Sc)

List Price:$ 27.95
Now $20.96          CODE: PE -11
*Sales Tax: $1.83  plus **shipping


The Day the Dancers Stayed: Performing in the Filipino/American Diaspora
Theodore S. Gonzalves


List Price:$28.95
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*Sales Tax: $1.90  plus **shipping

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*8.75% sales tax applies only to CA residents.

**Shipping Cost: $5.00 for the first book; add $3.95 for the second book and $1.00 for each subsequent title. FREE Shipping on all orders over $50 for US Domestic customers.

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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: 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: 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!

American Son: A Novel

 List Price:$14.95  NOW  $11.21

 *Sales Tax: $0.98   plus **shipping  


Angelica’s Daughters

List Price: $18.95 NOW$14.21 

*Sales Tax $1.24 plus **shipping


Autobiography of a Stranger

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*Sales Tax: $0.82   plus **shipping


Carlos Villa & the Integrity of Spaces

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*Sales Tax: $2.63   plus **shipping


Come, Let’s Speak Tagalog

List Price: Hardcover $39.95 NOW$ 29.96

*Sales Tax: $2.62   plus **shipping

Paperback $24.95 NOW$18.71

*Sales Tax: $1.64   plus **shipping


Drama Queen

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Filipino American Experience: The Making of a Historical Monument

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Filipinos in Carson and South Bay

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*Sales Tax: $1.44   plus **shipping


Filipinos in Hawaii

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Filipinos in Hollywood

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Filipinos in Ventura County

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Filipinos of Greater Philadelphia

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Global Filipino Cuisine

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Gun Dealer’s Daughter

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Illicit Flirtations

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In Her Mother’s Image

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Iron Lotus

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*Sales Tax: $1.18   plus **shipping


Leaves from the Silverlake Barrio

List Price:$15.00 NOW$11.25

*Sales Tax: $0.98   plus **shipping


Los Angeles’ Historic Filipinotown

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*Sales Tax: $1.44   plus **shipping


Magnificat: Mama Mary’s Pilgrim Sites

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*Sales Tax: $1.15   plus **shipping


My Filipino Connection: The Philippines in Hollywood

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*Sales Tax $1.31 plus **shipping

Out of Cebu

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*Sales Tax: $1.24   plus **shipping


Pinoy in America

List Price: $12.99 NOW $9.74

*Sales Tax $0.85 plus **shipping


Seeking Thirst

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Straightjacket Sensualities

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*Sales Tax: $1.51   plus **shipping


Tagalog-English/English-Tagalog Dictionary by Maria Gracia Tan Llenado and Carl R. Galvez Rubino

List Price:$29.95 NOW$22.46

*Sales Tax: $1.97   plus **shipping


Tagalog for Beginners: An Introduction to Filipino, the National Language of the Philippines [Paperback] Joi Barrios

List Price:$19.95 NOW$14.96

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Talking to the Moon

List Price:$14.95 NOW$11.21

*Sales Tax: $0.98   plus **shipping


The Deliverer

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*Sales Tax: $0.92   plus **shipping


The Hypersexuality of Race

List Price:$25.95 NOW$19.46

*Sales Tax: $1.70   plus **shipping


Tropic Born, War Torn

List Price:$15.95 NOW$11.96

*Sales Tax: $1.05   plus **shipping


Vigan and Other Stories

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*Sales Tax $1.24 plus **shipping


Waiting for General MacArthur

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*Sales Tax: $1.05   plus **shipping


When the de la Cruz Family Danced

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Abadeha: The Philippine Cinderella by Myrna J. De La Paz and Youshan Tang

List Price:$17.95 NOW$13.46

*Sales Tax: $1.18   plus **shipping


Cora Cooks Pancit by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore and Kristi Valiant

List Price:$17.95 NOW$13.46

*Sales Tax: $1.18   plus **shipping


Filipino Children’s Favorite Stories by Liana Elena Romulo and Joanne de Leon

List Price:$18.95 NOW$14.21

*Sales Tax: $1.24   plus **shipping


Filipino Friends by Liana Romulo and Corazon Dandan-Albano

List Price:$15.95 NOW$11.96

*Sales Tax: $1.05   plus **shipping


I am Flippish! by Leslie V. Ryan

List Price:$11.95 NOW$8.96

*Sales Tax: $0.78   plus **shipping


My First Book of Tagalog Words by Liana Romulo and Jaime Laurel

List Price:$12.95 NOW$9.71

*Sales Tax: $0.85   plus **shipping


Pan de Sal Saves the Day by Norma Chikiamco, Norma Olizon-Chikiamco, Mark Ramsel N. Salvatus III and Mark Salvatus

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Tuko and the Birds by Shirley Climo and Francisco Mora

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A Taste of the Philippines by Ghillie Basan and Vilma Laus

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Authentic Recipes from the Philippines by Reynaldo G. Alejandro and Luca Invernizzi Tettoni

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Discover the Philippines Cookbook by Albert J. Mortiz

List Price:$12.95 NOW$9.71

*Sales Tax: $0.85   plus **shipping


Filipino Cuisine 

by Dr. Gerry G. Gelle and Michael O’Shaughnessy

List Price:$29.95 NOW$22.46

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Filipino Homestyle Dishes by Norma Olizon-Chikiamco

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The Filipino-American Kitchen by Jennifer M. Aranas, Brian Briggs and Michael Lande

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The Filipino Cookbook by Miki Garcia and Luca Invernizzi Tettoni

List Price:$18.95 NOW$14.21

*Sales Tax: $1.24   plus **shipping


The Philippine Cookbook by Reynaldo G. Alejandro

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*Sales Tax: $1.25   plus **shipping


*8.75% sales tax applies only to CA residents

**Shipping Cost: $5.00 for the first book; add $3.95 for the second book and  $1.00 for each subsequent title.

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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

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.


 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.


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.