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

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Angelica’s Daughters

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Autobiography of a Stranger

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Carlos Villa & the Integrity of Spaces

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Come, Let’s Speak Tagalog

List Price: Hardcover $39.95 NOW$ 29.96

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Paperback $24.95 NOW$18.71

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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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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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Leaves from the Silverlake Barrio

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Los Angeles’ Historic Filipinotown

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Magnificat: Mama Mary’s Pilgrim Sites

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My Filipino Connection: The Philippines in Hollywood

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Out of Cebu

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Pinoy in America

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Seeking Thirst

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Straightjacket Sensualities

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

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

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Talking to the Moon

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The Deliverer

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The Hypersexuality of Race

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Tropic Born, War Torn

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Vigan and Other Stories

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Waiting for General MacArthur

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When the de la Cruz Family Danced

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

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

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

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Filipino Friends by Liana Romulo and Corazon Dandan-Albano

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I am Flippish! by Leslie V. Ryan

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

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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

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Filipino Cuisine 

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

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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

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The Philippine Cookbook by Reynaldo G. Alejandro

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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.

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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 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: giovanniortega . He was recently asked by the PEN Center to read from his works in Philippines is in the Heart. His own blog

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.