FilAm Book Festival in San Francisco

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Booksigning at the Second FILBOOKFEST in San Francisco.

October 19-20, 2013
At the Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room
Author Book Signing throughout the day

Venue: San Francisco Main Library
Civic Civic Center, San Francisco, CA

Please support our authors with your presence. Many of them have written award-winning books. Come, meet and greet them and have a book autographed for your private library or for donation to your local library or school. If you will be unable to attend, we accept orders by phone for autographed copies. Tel 310-514-9139.

BOOKSIGNING SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2013

TABLE A
11:00am – 12:00noon

LUISA IGLORIA
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The Saints of Streets: Poems. 2013.
Juan Luna’s Revolver: Poems. 2009. Winner, 2009 Ernest Sandeen Prize.
Trill & Mordent: Poems. 2005.
Not Home, But Here: Writings from the Filipino Diaspora. Editor. 2003
Blood Sacrifice: Poems. 1998 National Book Award for Poetry, Philippines.
Encanto: Poems. 1994 National Book Award for Poetry, Philippines.
Cartography: Poems. 1993 National Book Award for Poetry, Philippines.

ALBERT J. MORTIZ
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Discover the Philippines Cookbook. 2012 reprint.
Descubre La Cocina Haute de Las Filipinas. 2012 reprint.
Beyond San Andreas: A Novel. 2010

MELINDA LUISA DE JESUS
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Pinay Power: Peminist Critical Theory. 2005. For reprint 2014.

12:00noon – 1:00pm

LENY MENDOZA STROBEL
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Back from the Crocodile’s Belly: Philippine Babaylan Studies and the Struggle for Indigenous Memory. Co-editor. 2013
Babaylan: Filipinos and the Call of the Indigenous. Editor. Reprint. 2013
A Book of Her Own: words and Images to Honor the Babaylan. 2005
Coming Full Circle: The Process of Decolonization Among Post-1965 Filipino Americans. 2005

GIOVANNI ORTEGA
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Leaves from the Silverlake Barrio. 2013. FPAC Pahayag’s 2013 Most Voted Writer. PEN Center USA’s Three Pinoy Writers.
ALLOS, The Story of Carlos Bulosan,
a one-act play commissioned by East West Players. 2010.
Produced by EW Player, 2011; Mezclao, 2012; CIRCA Pintig, 2012.

RICHIE QUIRINO

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Pinoy Jazz Traditions. 2004.
Mabuhay Jazz: Jazz in Postwar Philippines. 2008
Contemporary Jazz in the Philippines, 1970 to the Year 2010. 2011.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

M. EVELINA GALANG
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Angel de la Luna and the Fifth Glorious Mystery. 2013
Her Wild American Self: Short Stories. 1996
One Tribe. 2006. Winner, AAP Award for the Novel.
Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images, Editor. 2003.

BENJAMIN PIMENTEL
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How My Sons Lost Their Tagalog. 2013
Pareng Barack: Filipinos in Obama’s America. 2008
Mga Gerilya sa Powell Street.
Winner, 2007 National Book Award for Fiction, Philippines.
U.G. An Underground Tale.
The Journey of Edgar Jopson and the First Quarter Storm Generation. 2006

MARIVI SOLIVEN
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The Mango Bride. Winner, Palanca Award Grand Prize for the Novel. 2011.
Spooky Mo: Horror Stories. 2008.
Speak Up, Woman! Editor. 2004.
Suddenly Stateside. 2002
Philippine Fright. Stories for Young Readers. 1996

2:00pm – 3:00pm

LESLIE RYAN
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I Am Flippish, a juvenile book. 2012

CELINE PARRENAS SHIMIZU
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The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure. 2013
Straitjacket Sexualities:
Unbinding Asian American Manhoods in the Movies. 2012
Hypersexuality of Race:
Performing Asian/American
Women on Screen and Scene. 2007.
Winner, 2009 Best Book Prize in Cultural Studies
, Assoc. for Asian American Studies.

MELINDA L. DE JESUS
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Pinay Power: Peminist Critical Theory. 2005. For reprint 2014.

3:00pm – 4:00pm

DAWN BOHULANO MABALON
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Little Manila is In the Heart:
The Making of the Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California. 2013
Filipinos in Stockton. Co-editor. 2008

ANGELA NARCISO TORRES
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Blood Orange: Poems. 2013.
Grand Prize Winner for Poetry. Willow Books Literature Awards.

BENJAMIN PIMENTEL
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How My Sons Lost Their Tagalog. 2013
Pareng Barack: Filipinos in Obama’s America. 2008
Mga Gerilya sa Powell Street.
Winner, 2007 National Book Award for Fiction, Philippines.
U.G. An Underground Tale.
The Journey of Edgar Jopson and the First Quarter Storm Generation. 2006

4:00pm – 5:00pm

MARIANNE VILLANUEVA
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The Lost Language: Stories. 2009
Mayor of the Roces: Stories. 2005
Going Home to a Landscape. 2003
Ginseng and Other Tales from Manila. 1991. Nominee, Manila Circle Critics Award.

CECILIA MANGUERRA BRAINARD
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Magnificat: Mama Mary’s Pilgrim Sites . Editor. 2012
Out of Cebu: Essays and Personal Prose. 2012
Vigan and other Stories. 2011
Angelica’s Daughters, a Dugtungan Novel.Co-author. 2010.
Growing Up Filipino II: More Stories for Young Adults. 2010
Finding God: True Stories of Spiritual Encounters. Co-editor. 2009
Ala Carte Food and Fiction. Co-editor. 2007
Behind the Walls:Life of Convent Girls.Co-editor. 2005.
Growing Up Filipino: Stories for Young Adults. 2003
Cecilia’s Diary: 1962-1969. Memoir. 2003
Magdalena: A Novel. 2002
Journey of 100 Years:
Reflections on the Centennial of Philippine Independence. Co-editor. 1999.
When the Rainbow Goddess Wept: A Novel. 1999 reprint.
Contemporary Fiction by Filipinos in America. 1998
Acapulco at Sunset and other Stories. 1995
Fiction by Filipinos in America . 1993
Philippine Woman in America. 1991.
Woman with Horns and Other Stories. 1987. Limited copies available.

JON PINEDA
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Apology: A Novel. Winner, Milkweed National Fiction Prize. 2013
Sleep in Me: A Memoir. Winner, 2010 Holiday Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Program Selection and named one of the top memoirs of 2010 by Library Journal.
The Translator’s Diary: Poems. Winner, 2007 Green Rose Prize for Poetry from New Issues Press
Birthmark: Poems. First place winner in the 2003 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition Awards

TABLE B
4:00pm – 5:00pm

LYSLEY TENORIO
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Monstress: Stories. 2012

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2013

TABLE A
12:00noon – 1:00pm

LORENZO PARAN
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Pinoy in America: The Stateside Life in the Time of Barack Obama, Facebook and Pacquiao-mania. Essays. 2011.

E. R. ESCOBER
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The Facebook Nostradamus: A Novel. 2011
Givenchy Code: An Homage and a Parody. 2005
Not My Bowl for Rice: A Novel. 2002

1:00pm – 2:00pm

LESLIE RYAN
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I am Flippish, a juvenile book. 2012

PENELOPE FLORES
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The Philippine Jeepney: A Filipino Family Metaphor. 2008
Good Bye, Vientiane: Untold Stories of Filipinos in Laos. Editor.2005.

MARIVI SOLIVEN
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The Mango BrideWinner, Palanca Award Grand Prize for the Novel. 2011.
Spooky Mo: Horror Stories. 2008.
Speak Up, Woman! Editor. 2004.
Suddenly Stateside. 2002
Philippine Fright. Stories for Young Readers. 1996

2:00pm – 3:00pm

M. EVELINA GALANG
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Angel de la Luna and the Fifth Glorious Mystery. 2013
Her Wild American Self: Short Stories. 1996
One Tribe. 2006. Winner, AAP Award for the Novel.
Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images, Editor.

MARIANNE VILLANUEVA
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The Lost Language: Stories. 2009
Mayor of the Roces: Stories. 2005
Going Home to a Landscape. 2003
Ginseng and Other Tales from Manila. 1991. Nominee, Manila Circle Critics Award.

NIEVES CATAHAN VILLAMIN
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Bittermelons and Mimosas: A Philippine Memoir

3:00pm – 4:00pm

MARVIN GAPULTOS
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The Adobo Road Cookbook: A Filipino Food Journey-from Food Blog. To Food Truck. And Beyond. 2013.

CLAUDE TAYAG
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Kulinarya: A Guidebook to Philippine Cuisine. Co-author. 2008.
Food Tour: A Culinary Journal. 2007.
Linamnam: Eating One’s Way Around the Philippines. Co-author. 2012

ALBERT J. MORTIZ
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Discover the Philippines Cookbook. 2012 reprint.
Descubre La Cocina Haute de Las Filipinas. 2012 reprint.
Beyond San Andreas: A Novel. 2010

TABLE B
1:00pm – 2:00pm

ARACELI RESUS
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The Philippine Jeepney: A Filipino Family Metaphor. Co-author. 2008

2:00pm – 3:00pm

GIOVANNI ORTEGA

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Leaves from the Silverlake Barrio. 2013. FPAC Pahayag’s 2013 Most Voted Writer. PEN Center USA’s Three Pinoy Writers.
ALLOS, The Story of Carlos Bulosan,
a one-act play commissioned by East West Players. 2010.
Produced by EW Player, 2011; Mezclao, 2012; CIRCA Pintig, 2012.

NICK DE OCAMPO
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Film: American Influences on Philippine Cinema. 2011
Cine: Spanish Influences on Early Cinema in the Philippines. 2007.
Lost Films of Asia. 2006

3:00pm – 4:00pm

CECILIA MANGUERRA BRAINARD
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Magnificat: Mama Mary’s Pilgrim Sites . Editor. 2012
Out of Cebu: Essays and Personal Prose. 2012
Vigan and other Stories. 2011
Angelica’s Daughters, a Dugtungan Novel.Co-author. 2010.
Growing Up Filipino II: More Stories for Young Adults. 2010
Finding God: True Stories of Spiritual Encounters. Co-editor. 2009
Ala Carte Food and Fiction. Co-editor. 2007
Behind the Walls:Life of Convent Girls.Co-editor. 2005.
Growing Up Filipino: Stories for Young Adults. 2003
Cecilia’s Diary: 1962-1969. Memoir. 2003
Magdalena: A Novel. 2002
Journey of 100 Years:
Reflections on the Centennial of Philippine Independence. Co-editor. 1999.
When the Rainbow Goddess Wept: A Novel. 1999 reprint.
Contemporary Fiction by Filipinos in America. 1998
Acapulco at Sunset and other Stories. 1995
Fiction by Filipinos in America . 1993
Philippine Woman in America. 1991.
Woman with Horns and Other Stories. 1987. Limited copies available.

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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 …

Grand Parade in Historic Filipinotown of Los Angeles to Mark 115th Philippine Independence

Let us all joins hands and support the First Grand Philippine Independence Parade in Historic Filipinotown. Our Bookshop is participating in the exhibit of this inaugural event. There will be eight Fil Am authors and one American author, good friend of the Philippines, who will sign their books. Please come to Meet and Greet the authors . Support our Fil Am authors by getting an autographed copy of their books for your personal home library.

Saturday, June 8, 2013
8:30am – 4:00pm
Exhibit and Program Venue – Silverlake Medical Center,
1711 W Temple St., Historic Filipinotown

11:00 am – Start of program on stage
Entertainment on stage starts from 12:00noon to 3:00pm.

 Myrna de la Paz, author of Abadeha: The Philippine Cinderella
dela pazabadehaHardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Shens Books (March 1, 2001)
ISBN-10: 1885008171
ISBN-13: 978-1885008176
 Sumi Haru, author of Iron Lotus
sumi-haruironlotusPaperback: 188 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 9, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1479331538
ISBN-13: 978-1479331536
 Albert J. Mortiz, author of Discover the Philippines Cookbook
mortizdiscovphilcookbkPaperback: 152 pages
Publisher: Quixote Press (August 1, 2006)
ISBN-13: 9781571664525
 Giovanni Ortega, author of Leaves from the Silverlake Barrio
giovanniortegasilverlakePaperback: 109 pages
Publisher: The Undeniables (October, 2012)
ISBN: 978-0-9831169-1-2
 Ludy Ongkeko, author of Forty Years of Writing in America
ongkekoForty years of writing in america (4)Hardcover: 449 pages
Publisher: Jack Bacon & Company
ISBN-10: 0930083342
ISBN-13: 978-093008334
 Lorenzo Paran III, author of Pinoy in America
lorenzoparanPinoy-in-AmericaPaperback: 198 pages
Publisher: Pinoy in America (June 1, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0615483356
ISBN-13: 9780615483351
 Leslie Ryan, author of I am Flippish!
leslie-v-ryan-headshot-2012-1ianfilippishPaperback: 38 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing  (June 27, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1460930320
ISBN-13: 978-1460930328
 Jay Wertz, author of The Pacific Vol. 1: Pearl Harbor to Guadalcanal
WertzJaythe-paciifc-book-coverHardcover: 250 pages
Publisher: Weider History Publications
ISBN:

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The Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) and the PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL OF LOS ANGELES
PRESENTS:

The First ( 115th ) Philippine Independence Day Grand Parade in
Historic Filipinotown Los Angeles

Saturday, June 8 , 2013 starting at *8:00 AM Starting Point/Ending : The Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA), 1740 W. Temple St. /Burlington Los Angeles.

How to participate:

(1)FACLA will display the motiff of the Philippine Mayflower Festival or the Santacruzan. Therefore we call on all who are interested to join as “Sagalas” to enlist and contact FACLA and be one of the “ sagalas “ or “ consortes during the parade. Interested participants/ organizations may please contact Bernie or Art P. Garcia or the FACLA office ( 213-484-1527). The deadline for participants will only be up to May 30, 2012.
(2) Participating Organization can join and contact FACLA and be in the FACLA and the HFNC contingent. The deadline for participation is also May 30, 2013.
(3) All those who want to donate and help in the preparations can contact the Kalayaan 2013 Logistics Committee headed by FACLA c/o Art P. Garcia at (213) 484-1527 or email at pilipinokami76@yahoo,com For more information please contact FACLA at (213)484-1527 or email us newfacla@yahoo or visit our facebook/newfacla.

FACLA 1740 West Temple St., Los Angeles, California 90064
For View Map and Directions, refer to the EVENTS page posted in facebook.

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 https://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: http://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.