Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Early Writings of Cecilia Brainard - Diary of Cecilia #literature #Philippines


These are the journal notebooks I wrote in when I was in high school and college (and beyond). I edited them into the book, Cecilia's Diary: 1962-1969 (Anvil 2003). I've included a news account from Philippine Star about the book - read below.




Catholic school girl’s diary is vivid account (Philippine Star, May 19, 2003)

 Anvil Publishing releases another book by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, internationally celebrated and award-winning author and editor.  Cecilia’s Diary: 1962-1969, is a faithful record of Brainard’s days as a young colegiala.  It is refreshing and funny, replete with references to a religious upbringing and a privileged lifestyle.  Reading a diary may seem like voyeurism, but the inner thoughts of Catholic girls make for an interesting study on teen angst.

On dating, the young Cecilia writes “Jun said I’m much prettier than Priscilla and more intelligent too. I asked him what he thought of a girl who’s intelligent but not pretty.  He said it takes an intelligent boy to fall for an intelligent girl.

“I think that I’ll marry (if I marry) an engineer or businessman.  …It would be perfect, if I become an industrial engineer. …Help me, dear God. I’ll always remember the small but important things Sister Miguela told us: always be neat, learn how to cook, save money, how to work, how to sacrifice.  Real love is self-sacrifice.  I wonder if I shall learn to sacrifice to someone.

“Oh dear God, whoever, wherever my future husband is, please protect him. Keep him pure, holy, and good. May we meet each other properly, and may everything turn out fine. Help him, dear God.  Thank you.”

Cecilia’s Diary inspires a comparison of the different generations of Filipinas.  Regardless of time, the book is a vivid account of growing up, to which all young Filipinas can identify with.  It can also serve as a valuable reference to high school students who are keen on starting their own journals.
As Cecilia aptly puts it “Age is a state of mind.  The more one thinks of what was, the older he is.  The young are the ones who think of tomorrow.”

Copies of Cecilia’s Diary from are available at all National Bookstore and Powerbooks branches.   A special student edition is available for adoption in the high school level.  For inquiries, please call Anvil Publishing at 6719235/6711899.

Cecilia's Diary is available in Kindle - click on link


Tags: #goodreads #Philippineliterature #philippines #librarygirl #pinoyreads #fiction #shortstories #Cebu #Manila 
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Cecilia Brainard Upcoming Literary Events, #Reading, #Writing Workshops





Cecilia Manguerra Brainard's Upcoming Literary Events - 2018:



Saturday, January 20, 2-4 p.m. -  "Afternoon of PAAWWW (Pacific Asian American Women Writers-West)"
Nisei Veteran's Memorial Hall, 1964 W. 162nd Street, Gardena, CA 90247
1-310-324-6611; info @jci-gardena.org


Friday, January 26, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. - "The Narrative Voice: A Seminar-Workshop" at the Cebu Normal University, Tandang Sora Hall, Cebu, Philippines




Monday, February 5, 1-2 p.m. - "Journey as a Woman Writer" Little Theater, Miriam College, Quezon City, Philippines


Thursday, April 26,  8 p.m.- Featured Performer of Paris Lit Up Open Mic Reading, Culture Rapide, 103 rue Julien Lacroix, 75020 Paris, France

I'll be posting future literary events in this page, so check back. Thank you.


Tags:  #openmic #literature #Philippines #writer #novelist #Cebu #Paris #California #SpokenWord #author

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Short Story by Cecilia Brainard about the Dog "Romeo" ๐Ÿถ #literature #Philippines




I'm sharing my short story about a dog, a mother, and #Philippine life in #Manila during the #Marcos Dictatorship. This is part of my short story collection, Vigan and Other Stories (Anvil, 2012). The collection is available from Anvil.com and Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004EEOIVK. ~ #CeciliaBrainard ๐ŸŒด

ROMEO ๐Ÿ•
by
Cecilia Manguerra Brainard 
It’s Sunday evening and my mother has just returned from the 5:30 Mass at Malate Church. In the past, after Mass she and I would have walked to the Chinese restaurant on Remedios Street where we sat on the table against the mirror, away from the crowded doorway. Mama would have ordered fried rice, sweet and sour pork, pancit, and a crab and lobster dish swimming in white sauce. While we ate, she would ramble on about the Indonesian tenant in the house in Bel Air complaining about a roof leak, or her court case with her uncle, or she would complain about my brother and sisters needing money from her. While she talked I would daydream about going away after graduation, to America or Europe. 

๐ŸŒžKnitting To Relax #crafts


I picked up #knitting again. It's a great way for a #writer to relax. ๐Ÿ“š

This scarf is a simple K3, P3. When I get the hang of it, I'll do popcorn and more complicated designs. ~ ๐Ÿฅ€#CeciliaBrainard


Friday, January 5, 2018

๐ŸˆCats Planning Escape #catpics #ceciliabrainard




๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐ŸพChe and Tesla planning an escape but getting sidetracked by #CeciliaBrainard 's novels: ๐Ÿ“–When the Rainbow Goddesses Wept, Magdalena, The Newspaper Widow.

Check out: #Amazon #Philippine Expressions # SolidaridadBookshop #MtCloudBookstore #palhbooks.com




Thursday, January 4, 2018

Mactan, Fifty Years Ago and Now, by #ceciliabrainard #VietnamWar





"The American servicemen overran Mactan and Cebu for a few years. Before the Vietnam War ended in April 1975, the huge number of Americans in Mactan and Cebu petered out. Eventually, the Mactan Air Base was turned over to the Philippine Air Force. The honky-tonk bars and colorful girls vanished along with the young men who had walked the streets – my streets -- of Mactan and Cebu. Now, 50 years later, the memory of the American Air Base and the Americans in Mactan has grown dim and distant, like ghosts, almost forgotten." 

๐Ÿ“š~ Cecilia Brainard


From “Mactan, Fifty Years Ago and Now”
Read the whole article at:

http://www.positivelyfilipino.com/…/mactan-50-years-ago-and…
&
http://cbrainard.blogspot.com/…/mactan-50-years-ago-and-now…



Tags: #ceciliabrainard  #Vietnam #war #Cebu #Philippines #military #goodread

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A Line from The Newspaper Widow by Cecilia Brainard #novel #murdermystery


This is a line from my #novel, The Newspaper Widow, published by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House. This #literary #murdermystery is available from Solidaridad Bookshop, Mt. Cloud Bookshop, #PhilippineExpressions, Palhbooks.comAmazon.com #books #murder #bookworm#librarygirl #librarylife #historical #crimefiction #widow


FOREWORD Review:
The Newspaper Widow, a novel by
Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

published by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, and distributed in the US by Philippine American Literary House, it is available from Amazon.com
Softcover $18.95 (238pp)
978-971-506811-6

While at first glance The Newspaper Widow seems like a standard historical mystery, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Cecilia Manguerra Brainard’s novel is full and complex, overflowing with textured, fully realized characters who drive the Read also
Ines Maceda, the “newspaper widow,” aims to clear her son’s name. He has been accused of murdering a priest. In addition, Ines grieves for her deceased husband and combats the lingering trauma of earlier miscarriages. Her development is one of the shining elements of the novel—she feels tangible, rooted in the story and the setting.
The Newspaper Widow offers a nuanced glance into Filipino society circa 1908. It is a world rich with history, myth, and ritual; descriptions pulse with life, providing crucial insights into aspects of Filipino culture and world colonial history, such as encounters with the “Island of the Living Dead,” sectioned off to contain those inflicted with leprosy, and once the world’s largest leper colony.
While on the surface the book is a crime story, the plot is actually layered and unique. One of the novel’s greatest strengths is how it raises interesting, complicated questions about morality and justice while Ines searches for the priest’s true killer: Is death ever an apt punishment for a crime? Is revenge moral, or even necessary?
Refreshingly, nothing is black and white.
For all of The Newspaper Widow’s greatness, sometimes there are too many layers to the plot, and the ending falls a bit flat in comparison to the rest of the narrative. But flaws are minor; overall, this is a solid, satisfying work of literature.
Cecilia Manguerra Brainard displays masterful storytelling skill in The Newspaper Widow, a unique, memorable mystery.




Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year - #2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I'm wishing everyone peace, joy, and good health this 2018 and always!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

"Christmas Eve, 1908", Fiction by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard #literature #Philippines





Christmas Eve, 1908
Excerpt from The Newspaper Widow, novel by
The Newspaper Widow is published by University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2017
Available from Amazon


Time had taken on a rubber quality, stretching here and there, never fixed despite the insistent tick-tocking of the Grandfather clock in their living room. Jose had lost all notion of what day or time it was, and he slept and awoke at strange hours. It was Fernanda who announced that they should “join the world.” Earlier that day she had taken out her pearl jewelry and gold hair comb and she had put on a black satin skirt and blouse of gossamer fabric. He was surprised by this, her vanity, her declaration that she was ready to relinquish her mourning. For over four months, Jose and Fernanda had shared a cocoon of darkness and dread, confining themselves to their house, avoiding people, even his parents, sending out their servant, their sole umbilical cord to the world. During that time, they said very little to each other, but they shared a bond that was to some degree like a balm.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Guest Blogger: Smoothies and More by Bing V. Jacala #health #Maryknoll



Inspired by a recent college reunion, Barbara (Bing V.) Jacala) decided to share the wisdom gained by her classmates in an ongoing column, "The Sage Women We Have Become: Conversations of College Chums Who Met 50 Years After Graduation." 

As my Guest Blogger, she will share health and beauty tips, as well as favorite recipes of these "sage women." Her first entry is "Smoothies And More."

Bing graduated from Maryknoll College, Philippines in 1968. She was an advertising copywriter, a training officer at the Philippine National Media Center, and a Colombo Plan scholar to the United Kingdom. She resided on Guam for 40 years where she held many positions including features editor, chief of staff in the Guam legislature, and adult education program manager.

Thanks Bing! ~ Cecilia



THE SAGE WOMEN WE HAVE BECOME
Conversations of College Chums Who Met 50 Years After Graduation


by Bing V. Jacala

We were sheltered but in Maryknoll our minds were liberated. We read widely and discussed assertively. This is what we found again in each other when we met 50 years after graduation. In reuniting for a week of renewal we discovered that when we stepped into the outside world, our attempts at conquering the world all began with self development and preservation. Here we share a glimpse into our journey.

Group photo of the Maryknollers who met in Toronto (Bing is front, second from the left)

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Brainard Christmas Family Pictures


I'm sharing a collage of past Christmas photos of the Brainard family and a recent picture taken of
Cecilia and Lauren enjoying the fake snow after the Christmas Concert in San Pedro, California.

Merry Christmas!


Tags: #Christmas #family #pictures

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Pictures: Maryknoll College Classmates Christmas Lunch



Tina and Andy Heiter, who are veritable Snow Birds, have left the cold winter of Switzerland for their home in Southern California. This was a good excuse to have them and some other classmates over for lunch. These women had attended the Maryknoll College mini-reunion in Toronto where some serious bonding occurred. We were delighted to see one another again and also happy that the "men in our lives" got along very well.

The women group pictures show seated l-r: Bing Velasco Jacala and Maria Ciocon; standing l-r: Cecilia Brainard, Rose Cua Go, and Tina Borja Heiter.  I'm sharing other pictures.  Enjoy!


L-R: Lauren, Sim, Andy, Jack, Herm

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Mactan, 50 Years Ago And Now, article in Positviely Filipino by Cecilia Brainard #VietnamWar #Philippines


Mactan, 50 Years Ago And Now
By Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
Published in Positively Filipino, September 27, 2017 (Click here to read PF)

http://www.positivelyfilipino.com/magazine/mactan-50-years-ago-and-now



When I was a child and living in Cebu, the Island of Mactan was a dry, unremarkable place that we visited only once in a while. Despite being only 8 miles away from Cebu, Mactan seemed cut off by a deep channel. Before bridges were built, we had to take a ferry to get across, and it was a major expedition to picnic there on beaches that had jellyfish and spiny sea urchins. We children preferred the Cebu beaches in Talisay or Liloan where we would swim, go clamming and eat lechon, atsara, puso (rice in woven packets), and my favorite consilva or caramelized sliced plantains. The beaches of Mactan did not offer such a variety of local delicacies.

Books by Filipino American for Gift Giving by Cecilia Brainard #Literature




Books by Filipino Americans for Gift Giving
By Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
Published in Positively Filipino, Decemter 13, 2017 (Click here to read PF)

http://www.positivelyfilipino.com/magazine/books-by-filipino-americans-for-gift-giving

Let’s face it -- most Christmas gifts are set aside after December 25. The clothes, purses, and knick-knacks are put away and sometimes forgotten or, worse still, set aside as white elephant gifts.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Brainard Christmas Pictures Through the Years

Thursday, December 7, 2017

World War Two Novel: When the Rainbow Goddess Wept by Cecilia Brainard




Today, December 7, is the 76th Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which started World War II in the Pacific in 1941.

I wrote about the coming of age of a young girl during World War Two in the Philippines. When the Rainbow Goddess Wept first came out as Song of Yvonne in the Philippines, but Dutton/Penguin picked it up in the US. Later the University of Michigan Press published it as well. This novel has been in print since 1991. It is the most circulated of my books.  

 Here are some reviews of the book. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

From Cebu to Ubec: Inspiration for The Newspaper Widow, novel by Cecilia Brainard



I enjoy movies like Shakespeare in Love and The Man Who Invented Christmas.  The first one is a fictional romantic comedy about Shakespeare infatuated with Viola de Lesseps during the time he was working on Romeo and Juliet. The Man Who Invented Christmas relates how Charles Dickens came to write the novella, A Christmas Carol.

These movies amuse me because it's true that some writers will take bits and pieces and weave these into their stories. The facial expression that the movie-Charles Dickens gets when a name or event strikes him as "material", reminds me of when something hits me too, and my creative self recognizes this as important in my work, and I feel as if I'm in twilight zone.

In some cases, these bits of inspiration are a throw-away statement or anecdote overheard, or some bit of information that the author read, or a name that strikes his/her fancy, a bit of truth, a bit of fantasy, a memory, some imaginings.  Even the author hardly knows just where exactly the characters, or scenes, or details from his/her creation came from -- not with precision, because the creative mind whips around here and there collecting material and tailoring these until the end product is new.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Interview of Cecilia Brainard by Leila Magtules #DLSU #Philippines #literature



When I have the time I do my best to help students and teachers. Recently some senior high school students from De La Salle University Integrated School interviewed me for a research project.  

Today I'm sharing the interview by Leila Magtules, whose adviser is Mr. Engelbert C. Talunton.


The photo shows l-r: Samantha Parker, Leila Magtules, and Jihan Ferrer

 ~ Cecilia Brainard


RESEARCH BACKGROUND
Title of Research: The life of an Artist through a literary creative output
Researcher: Leila Mae L. Magtules
Institution: De La Salle University Integrated School

DATA GATHERING INFORMATION
Informant: Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
Background of the informant: Bio: Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is the author and editor of 20 books. Please visit her website at http://www.ceciliabrainard for her bio.




Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Book Review of Cecilia Brainard's novel, The Newspaper Widow, by FOREWORD #mystery #Philippines



I'm happy to share an advanced review of my novel by FOREWORD Review (Jan. 15, 2018)
The Newspaper Widow, a novel by
Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

published by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, and distributed in the US by Philippine American Literary House, i
t is available from Amazon.com
Softcover $18.95 (238pp)
978-971-506811-6

While at first glance The Newspaper Widow seems like a standard historical mystery, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Cecilia Manguerra Brainard’s novel is full and complex, overflowing with textured, fully realized characters who drive the story on every page.
Ines Maceda, the “newspaper widow,” aims to clear her son’s name. He has been accused of murdering a priest. In addition, Ines grieves for her deceased husband and combats the lingering trauma of earlier miscarriages. Her development is one of the shining elements of the novel—she feels tangible, rooted in the story and the setting.
The Newspaper Widow offers a nuanced glance into Filipino society circa 1908. It is a world rich with history, myth, and ritual; descriptions pulse with life, providing crucial insights into aspects of Filipino culture and world colonial history, such as encounters with the “Island of the Living Dead,” sectioned off to contain those inflicted with leprosy, and once the world’s largest leper colony.
While on the surface the book is a crime story, the plot is actually layered and unique. One of the novel’s greatest strengths is how it raises interesting, complicated questions about morality and justice while Ines searches for the priest’s true killer: Is death ever an apt punishment for a crime? Is revenge moral, or even necessary?
Refreshingly, nothing is black and white.
For all of The Newspaper Widow’s greatness, sometimes there are too many layers to the plot, and the ending falls a bit flat in comparison to the rest of the narrative. But flaws are minor; overall, this is a solid, satisfying work of literature.
Cecilia Manguerra Brainard displays masterful storytelling skill in The Newspaper Widow, a unique, memorable mystery.

MYA ALEXICE (January/February 2018)
FOREWORD

Book Trailer of The Newspaper Widow on YouTube
https://youtu.be/cNe8rS3dAXU

Tags: #book #novel #Cebu #literature #writer #Filipino

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Interview of Cecilia Manguerra Brainard by Samantha Parker #DLSU #Philippines



When I have the time I do my best to help students and teachers. Recently some senior high school students from De La Salle University Integrated School interviewed me for a research project.  

Today I'm sharing the interview by Samantha Servino Parker, whose adviser is Mr. Engelbert C. Talunton.


The photo shows l-r: Samantha Parker, Leila Magtules, and Jihan Ferrer

 ~ Cecilia Brainard



INTERVIEW QUESTIONS FOR CECILIA MANGUERRA BRAINARD 

OPENING BY SAMANTHA SERVINO PARKER
-          I will be writing a novel on Autism Spectrum Disorder and I would like to request for your honest answers to all questions. 




I. Basic Information
1.      Novelist’s Experience

Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is the author of 10 books, editor of 4 books, co-edited 6 books, collaborated on one novel.







Monday, November 27, 2017

Interview of Cecilia Brainard by Jihan Ferrer #DLSU #Philippines #literature



When I have the time I do my best to help students and teachers. Recently some senior high school students from De La Salle University Integrated School interviewed me for a research project.  

Today I'm sharing the interview by Jihan Marie Claire G. Ferrer, whose adviser is Mr. Engelbert C. Talunton. 

The photo shows l-r: Samantha Parker, Leila Magtules, and Jihan Ferrer.

~ Cecilia Brainard


INTERVIEW QUESTIONS FOR CECILIA MANGUERRA BRAINARD

OPENING
A.    Good day! What is your name?
Thanks for the interview. My name is Cecilia Manguerra Brainard.
B.     What is your profession?
Writer, Editor and Publisher
C.     How long have you been under the said profession?
My first book, Woman with Horns and Other Stories, was published in 1987 so I’ve been doing literary work for over 30 years.
a.  What are some of your best known works?
When the Rainbow Goddess Wept, The Newspaper Widow, Magdalena, and Woman With Horns and Other Stories (Please visit http://www.ceciliabrainard.com for my other titles.)




I. Clarification of Information
A.    Kindly elaborate on the different voices that can be used for narration?
The elements “voice” and “point of view” have different definitions. Point of view is defined in the question below. Voice is more difficult to define. Each writer has his or her own writing voice, which involves subject matter, handling of that subject matter, the themes he/she like to explore, as well as the style of writing. Each writer will have his/her own writing voice. But each written work will have it’s own voice as well, determined primarily by the demands of the work.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Greely Expedition: David L. Brainard's Books



The visit to the Explorers Club headquarters in New York made me more interested in my husband's relative, David L. Brainard, one of six survivors of the Greely Expedition of 1881-1884.
Brainard had co-founded the Explorers Club and is quite famous in the exploration-scientific world.



I decided to buy David Brainard's two books, the 1929 The Outpost of the Lost (Bobbs-Merrill Company), which includes the last part of  Brainard's journals of the ill-fated expedition.  Six Came Back also published by Bobbs-Merrill in 1940 includes all journal entries from the beginning until the end of the Greely Expedition.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

#NewYork Restaurant: Pictures Katz Delicatessen Brief Review




We went to Katz Delicatessen in New York because it's supposedly world-famous.

It was incredibly crowded and the food wasn't that great. They have this crazy system of handing out numbers to people, then collecting them after you've paid.  A member of our party didn't have a number, which caused quite a stir. For a rare moment my husband lost his temper and yelled, "What the h--- does it matter!"

Sunday, November 19, 2017

New York: Video The Rockettes at the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City