LA Times Festival of Books 2013


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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



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:/// 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 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: For maps and direction to USC Campus, visit

Meet and Greet the Authors


Mark Your Calendars


April 19, 2013  Pre-Event

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April 20-21, 2013


Stay tuned for details…

Christmas SALE Starts Today

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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)

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

Hardbound (HB)

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

Hardbound (HB)

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lakas makibaka

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

A bilingual Filipino American story. (HB)

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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)

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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)

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

Hardbound (HB)

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

Hardbound (HB)

List Price:$75.00
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Philippines: Islands of Enchantment
Alfred A. Yuson. Photographs by George Tapan

Hardbound (HB)

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sinaunang habi

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

Hardbound (HB)

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

Hardbound (HB)

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

Hardbound (HB)

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Complete Sinawali: Filipino Double-Weapon Fighting
Reynaldo S. Galang

Softcover (Sc)

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The Secrets of Cabales Serrada Escrima
Mark V. Wiley

Softcover (Sc) Expanded edition

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The Secrets of Kalis Ilustrisimo: The Filipino Fighting Art Explained

Antonio Diego and Christopher Ricketts

Softcover (Sc)

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

Softcover (Sc)

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

Softcover (Sc)

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Magdalena: A Novel
Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

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

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

Softcover (Sc)

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

Softcover (Sc)

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


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Small Business Saturday is on Nov. 24, 2012 – Shop Small!


Philippine Expressions Bookshop is happy to participate in Small Business Saturday, November 24, 2012. Shop Small on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and support small, locally-owned and operated businesses.

We will offer a 20% discount on titles that will be listed on Friday, November 23rd. Please visit us again on Saturday, November 24th.