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


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

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.


Saturday, June 1, 2013
2:00pm – 5:30pm

Silver Lake Library
2411 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 913-7451

2:00pm LA Premiere of Marilou Diaz-Abaya: Filmmaker on a Voyage. 
A documentary by Mona Lisa Yuchengco.
4:00pm Booklaunching of Bittermelons and Mimosas:
A Philippine Memoir by Nieves Catahan Villamin.

Free and Open to the public. Handicap accessible.
RSVP Requested (310) 514-9139. <

imageMarilou Diaz-Abaya: Filmmaker on a Voyage
was shown in San Francisco during the 2013 CAAMFest
(formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival). From the CAAMFest announcement:
“A documentary about the late filmmaker who is probably
the Philippines’ greatest female director, lovingly made by Mona Lisa Yuchengco, a student and former sister-in-law of Diaz-Abaya, who died of cancer in October (2012) at age 57. Diaz-Abaya was a groundbreaker – her 1980 film Brutal was the first Philippine film to deal seriously with rape, a drama that was a box office breakout in a region traditionally known for action films, silly comedies and soft-core porn.”

In the film, the multi-awarded director Diaz-Abaya, reminisces about her film career, her mentors in the industry and her renewed spirituality as she battles a life threatening illness. Her other films include Jose Rizal (1998) which starred Cesar Montano, Muro Ami(1999) and Bagong Buwan (2001).

imageYuchengco was the founder and former publisher of the nationally circulated, Filipinas Magazine, from 1992 to 2005. She continues to tell stories about the global Filipino community with the recently-launched website, Positively Her first documentary, 66 years, 2 months, 21 days…and still counting, was shown at the 2010 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. Marilou Diaz-Abaya: Filmmaker on a Voyage is her second documentary. A short Q&A with Yuchengco follows after the film showing.

imageNieves Catahan Villamin is the author of Bittermelons and Mimosas: A Philippine Memoir. Her memoir will inspire other Filipinos who strive for a piece of the American Dream. She is the letter N of the Eden in Eden Canyon Vineyards, said to be the first Filipino American owned-and-operated winery in the United States producing award-winning vintages. Villamin worked for fourteen years at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where she was the advisor of the Pilipino Cultural Exchange that sponsored student and faculty exchanges between the US and the Philippines. In recognition of her philanthropy, she received the Outstanding Woman of the Year award from Cal Poly in 2003.

As part of our Bookshop’s tradition, we honor our author/speaker after their event with a No Host Dinner. Venue to be announced. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP separately for this.


The event is sponsored by Philippine Expressions Bookshop as part of its continuing community outreach program to create more awareness for the Filipino presence in America.  It is also part of the celebrations to commemorate the 115th Philippine Independence from Spain (June 12, 1898 – June 12, 2013) and is co-sponsored by Silver Lake Library which is part of the Los Angeles Public Library system. “As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services and activities. Within 72 hours of the event, please contact Silver Lake Library 323-913-7451 should an accommodation be needed.”