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A Gift from the Magi…Christmas Sale Extended through January 6, 2013

magi3Due to popular request, our Christmas Sale has been extended from December 16 until January 6, the Feast of Three Kings, which traditionally is the day of gift-giving in Spain. The Philippines was under Spain for over three hundred years, and many of the Spanish customs and traditions such as this Feast have been Filipinized and gladly adapted by Filipinos. This makes Philippine Christmas, which starts unofficially after the Feast of All Saints’ Day on November 1 until January 6, a long season of feasting and merriment, of family gatherings and of gift-giving!

Orders received after December 15, Saturday can no longer be processed on time for Christmas. All orders received after December 15 but before December 20 will be processed for delivery by January 6.

Any order received after December 20 will be delivered only after January 12, 2013. So, if you are buying books to add to your Filipiniana collection, this will work for you; this is your chance to get the books you want at a good discount. For all other arrangements, please email or call her before December 20 at 310-514-9139.

We take this opportunity to thank our clients for their wonderful support of our Bookshop, especially of our literary programs which give new authors and their books the much-needed exposure. Maraming salamat po!

Maligayang Pasko!


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)

List Price:$16.95
Now $12.71          CODE: PE-5
*Sales Tax: $1.11  plus **shipping


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
*Sales Tax: $1.31  plus **shipping

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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
*Sales Tax: $2.62  plus **shipping

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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
*Sales Tax: $2.95  plus **shipping


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
*Sales Tax: $1.44  plus **shipping


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
Now $21.71          CODE: PE-25          
*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

List Price:$12.50  NOW $ 9.38

*Sales Tax: $0.82   plus **shipping


Carlos Villa & the Integrity of Spaces

List Price:$40.00 NOW $30.00

*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

List Price:$7.95 NOW$5.96

*Sales Tax: $0.52   plus **shipping


Filipino American Experience: The Making of a Historical Monument

List Price: $28.95 NOW $21.71

*Sales Tax: $1.90   plus **shipping


Filipinos in Carson and South Bay

List Price:$21.99 NOW$16.49

*Sales Tax: $1.44   plus **shipping


Filipinos in Hawaii

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*Sales Tax: $ 1.44  plus **shipping


Filipinos in Hollywood

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*Sales Tax: $1.31   plus **shipping


Filipinos in Ventura County

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*Sales Tax: $1.44   plus **shipping


Filipinos of Greater Philadelphia

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*Sales Tax: $1.44   plus **shipping


Global Filipino Cuisine

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*Sales Tax: $1.64   plus **shipping


Gun Dealer’s Daughter

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Illicit Flirtations

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*Sales Tax: $1.44   plus **shipping


In Her Mother’s Image

List Price:$9.99 NOW$7.49

*Sales Tax: $0.66   plus **shipping


Iron Lotus

List Price:$18.00 NOW$13.50

*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

List Price:$21.99 NOW$16.49

*Sales Tax: $1.44   plus **shipping


Magnificat: Mama Mary’s Pilgrim Sites

List Price:$17.50 NOW$13.13

*Sales Tax: $1.15   plus **shipping


My Filipino Connection: The Philippines in Hollywood

List Price:$20.00 NOW $15.00


*Sales Tax $1.31 plus **shipping

Out of Cebu

List Price:$18.95 NOW$14.21

*Sales Tax: $1.24   plus **shipping


Pinoy in America

List Price: $12.99 NOW $9.74

*Sales Tax $0.85 plus **shipping


Seeking Thirst

List Price:$16.50 NOW$12.38

*Sales Tax: $1.08   plus **shipping


Straightjacket Sensualities

List Price:$22.95 NOW$17.21

*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

*Sales Tax: $1.31   plus **shipping


Talking to the Moon

List Price:$14.95 NOW$11.21

*Sales Tax: $0.98   plus **shipping


The Deliverer

List Price:$13.95 NOW$10.46

*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

List Price:$16.95 NOW$12.71

*Sales Tax: $1.11   plus **shipping



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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*Sales Tax: $0.85   plus **shipping


Tuko and the Birds by Shirley Climo and Francisco Mora

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*Sales Tax: $1.11   plus **shipping



A Taste of the Philippines by Ghillie Basan and Vilma Laus

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*Sales Tax: $1.31   plus **shipping


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

List Price:$15.95 NOW$11.96

*Sales Tax: $1.05   plus **shipping


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

*Sales Tax: $1.97   plus **shipping


Filipino Homestyle Dishes by Norma Olizon-Chikiamco

List Price:$12.95 NOW$9.71

*Sales Tax: $0.85   plus **shipping


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

List Price:$24.95 NOW$18.71

*Sales Tax: $1.64   plus **shipping


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

List Price:$19.00 NOW$14.25

*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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A Celebration of Women’s History Month
Honoring Filipino American Women Authors

A chance to break bread  together, talk and bond with other Pinay Sisters in the community

Saturday, March 31, 2012       12:00 Noon
Pizza Per Tutti  owned by Pinay entrepreneur, Hilda Mauro
4143 Lankershim Boulevard cor Acqua Vista
Toluca Lake, CA 91602      Tel 818-760-8200

Join us and celebrate the publication of two new books by our featured authors who will speak and sign their books.

Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, author  of Out of Cebu: A Collection of Essays and Personal Prose. The book collects 28 essays about the author’s Cebuano ties and her pride of heritage, including colorful accounts about her mother’s family, the Cuencos, a prominent political family in Cebu. The book also includes writings about the author’s life and travels outside of Cebu.

She is the author of When the Rainbow Goddess Wept: A NovelMagdalena: A NovelAcapulco at Sunset and Other Stories; Philippine Woman in America; Woman with Horns and Other StoriesCecilia’s Diary, 1962-1968; and Fundamentals of Creative Writing. She has edited four anthologies: Growing Up Filipino, 1 & 2; Fiction by Filipinos in America; and Contemporary Fiction by Filipinos in America. With Edmundo Litton, she co-edited Journey of 100 Years: Reflections on the Centennial of the Philippine Independence. With Marily Orosa, she co-edited three anthologies: Behind the Walls: Life of Convent Girls; A La Carte: Food and Fiction; and Finding God: True Stories of Spiritual Encounters. With four other authors, she co-wrote Angelica’s Daughters, a Dugtungan Novel.

Ofelia V. Dirige and Aurora S. Cudal, co-authors of Global Filipino Cuisine: Healthy Recipes. First published in 2009 with the late Dr Riz A. Oades, this is a revised and expanded edition of 100 modified choices with nutrient analysis. This is a much-needed book for healthy eating in the community. Proceeds from sales of this title will cover programs and services of the FilAm Wellness Center/Kalusugan Community Services which is located at 1419 E 8th Street., National City, CA 91950. /

Other authors who will attend and will sign their books include:
Ludy Astraquillo Ongkeko, Forty Years of Writing in America 
Carina Monica Montoya
(aka Carina Forsythe), Los Angeles’s Historic Filipinotown; Filipinos in Hollywood and Let’s Cook Adobo!, a juvenile cookbook
 Roselyn Estepa Ibanez, co-author, Filipinos in Carson and the South Bay
Carlene Sobrino Bonnivier, Seeking Thirst: A Novel and Autobiography of a Stranger 
Myrna J. de la Paz, aka Myrna Mulhern, Abadeha: The Philippine Cinderella.
If you will be unable to attend but would like a signed copy of any of the books mentioned here, you can place your order with: or