Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Solution Quality Problem: PowerPoint Converted Video to YouTube

Solution to Poor Quality Problem: PowerPoint Converted Video to YouTube

I was working on a book trailer using PowerPoint, which I converted into a video and uploaded to YouTube.  The video, which was fine on my computer, was flickering and jumpy when viewed on YouTube. The images seemed to overlap and stutter.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

THE NEWSPAPER WIDOW, Novel by Cecilia Brainard / BOOK TRAILER on YouTube

THE NEWSPAPER WIDOW novel by Cecilia Brainard / Book Trailer on YouTube


Cecilia Manguerra Brainard's poetic new novel, The Newspaper Widow, is set in the Philippines in 1909 during the early years of the United State's colonial empire in Asia. Brainard combines compelling characters with an intriguing mystery and page-turning literary suspense. What begins as a murder mystery transforms into something greater along the way as love, loyalty, and friendship are tested and refined.

Tags; literature, fiction, novel, mystery, murder, Philippines, Asian, book, story, history, Philippine-American, Spanish-American

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Guest Blogger: Carol Ojeda-Kimbrough "The Many Uses of Malunggay" #health

Carol Ojeda-Kimbrough shares with us with an article about Malunggay or Moringa. 

Extending Malunggay Shelf Life by Dehydrating/Drying

In the US, Filipinos have access to fresh malunggay leaves from their backyards, Filipino/Asian groceries, or farmers markets.  But in the winter, malunggay is not readily available or if you can find it in at Seafood City, it is prohibitively expensive.   Often we have to wait until the following spring or use substitutes such as spinach when cooking tinola or ginisang munggo.   Here is one way to extend the shelf life of malunggay – by drying the leaves and storing them for future use.   I do this with the bounty of summer and in the winter months, I have a steady supply of malunggay when I need them, especially to make hot Tinola soup. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

HOT OFF THE PRESS Literary Readings in San Francisco, CA On October 7, 8, 2017

I'll be moderating the HOT OFF THE PRESS literary readings on Saturday October 7 and Sunday October 8, 2017 as part of the Fourth Filipino American International Book Festival in San Francisco, California.

These literary readings showcase new publications by Filipino and Filipino American authors. Past Readings have included authors such as Aimee Suzara, Barbara Jane Reyes, Lisa Suguitan Melnich, Luis Francia, Eileen Tabios, Tony Robles, Rafe Bartholomew, Karen Llagas, and many others. Here are pictures of the authors in the 2015 HOT OFF THE PRESS literary Reading.

I'll be posting the lineup of this year's readers in another post.

If you are Filipino or Filipino American and have a recently published book and wish to participate in the Readings, please contact me directly at palh@aol.com.

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The First Filipino American International Book Festival
Fiction by Filipinos in America
Tags: literature, books, Philippines, Philippine American, Filipino American, literary reading, FilAm, festival, FilAm Book Festival


Monday, August 7, 2017

#Grandchildren Opening a Package with Sparkly, Gaudy Shoes and Sandals!

Here's a short video of my grandkids opening up a package with shoes and sandals. I got these from the Philippines -- sparkly, gaudy, with a lot of bling! If I were a kid, I'd like these. Unfortunately, the older one's sandals are too small, and the little one's shoes are too big. I have to get their sizes before I start buying stuff.


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Thursday, August 3, 2017

#Publishing Short Books and Articles Are Popular

Image courtesy of St. Louise Public Library

Short Books and Articles Are Popular
Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

            For several years now I’ve noticed that writers have been having a more difficult time getting their works published.  Published friends and I have shopped our work around and discovered that publishing houses, even small presses, strongly favor commercial works.  (It’s always been this way, but it’s worse now.)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Literature: Cecilia Manguerra Brainard Novels Available in Amazon

Cecilia Manguerra Brainard's three novels are available from Amazon:


In this novel, Brainard blends a series of multiple perspectives to create a polyphony of voices that enacts Philippine society before and during the Second World War. The narrative is a nuanced vision of the workings of culture, social class, obligation and the Filipino personality.
Rocio G. Davis, author of Transcultural Reinventions: Asian American and Asian Canadian Short Story Cycles


Cecilia Manguerra Brainard's poetic new novel, The Newspaper Widow, is set in the Philippines in 1909 during the early years of the United State's colonial empire in Asia. Brainard combines compelling characters with an intriguing mystery and page-turning literary suspense. What begins as a murder mystery transforms into something greater along the way as love, loyalty, and friendship are tested and refined.


This highly-acclaimed novel, set in mythical Ubec, Philippines during World War II, is a lyrical portrayal of a girl's blossoming into young womanhood. Publishers Weekly notes that "the strengthening of the national spirit; the loss of innocence in two generations -- these themes are explored by the author... with persuasive conviction and stark realism. 

Tags: literature, Philippines, Cebu, novels, book, writer, fiction, story, war, historical

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These writings by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard are available in Amazon's Kindle

Literature: Cecilia Manguerra Brainard Books in Kindle Amazon

These writings of Cecilia Manguerra Brainard are available in Amazon's Kindle:


The story "Winning Hearts and Minds (1967)" is set during the height of the Vietnam War. An American Colonel stationed in Ubec, Philippines, reflects on US involvement in Asia and Asia's poverty despite its great potential. His encounter with a Filipina bar-girl who years for a better life for her son allows him to see Asia and Asians in a deeper way.

 "Winning Hearts and Minds (1967)" is part of the novel, Magdalena (UST Publishing House), also available in Kindle form.


The short story "Woman with Horns" by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is about a broken American doctor and a wild woman, the widow Agustina, and how the former learns to live life to the fullest once again. It is set in mythical Ubec, Philippines in 1903 during the American occupation of the Philippines. This beloved story is used in many classrooms in the Philippines. This story is part of the collection, Woman with Horns and Other Stories, by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard.


The short story "Flip Gothic" by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is about an incorrigible Philippine American Goth in New York who is sent to the Philippines to spend time with her grandmother and her parents' culture. In Ubec, Philippines, she develops an understanding of her roots and identity and a love not only for her own self but of animals and others.


Woman With Horns and Other Stories is the first short story collection by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard. Called "a welcome addition to Filipiniana" by the Manila Times, the stories draw from historical and contemporary sources. Many of these stories set in mythical Ubec, Philippines, explore the clash of Philippine culture with foreign influences that reached the archipelago during different historical periods.


Magdalena is a powerful novel about the lasting effects war has on people’s lives. Playing with time and point of view, multi-award author, Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, explores the loves and secrets of three generations of women in the Philippines from the time of the Philippine American War, World War II, and Vietnam War. 


Magnificat: Mama Mary's Pilgrim Sites collects 24 Marian devotees' accounts of their experiences in Marian pilgrim sites. The sites are found in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, India, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, the United States, and there are eight pilgrim sites in the Philippines. The book includes short writeups of other international pilgrim sites and some Catholic prayers. Archbishop Tagle of Manila has issued an Imprimatur for the book, Magnificat: Mama Mary's Pilgrim Sites.


Fundamentals of Creative Writing is a powerful resource to encourage students and/or aspiring writers to strive for excellence in their writing skills. Not only does it guide readers through the basics of setting, scene, character, conflict, dialogue, plot, point of view, voice, style, theme and tone but it also provides useful activities that challenges the writer to get their creative juices flowing.
Brainard's treatments of writerly voice and left brain/right brain theory as it connects to writing are among the best available in today's writing textbooks. Her story examples cover a variety of story types, techniques, points of view, and historical as well as contemporary topics and themes. This book will indeed help writing students write strong stories and improve their craft.


Cecilia’s Diary: 1962-1969, is a faithful record of Brainard’s days as a young colegiala in the Philippines. It is refreshing and funny, replete with references to a religious upbringing and a privileged lifestyle. The diary is a look back at a special decade, the 60s. That was a time when young girls wore party dresses made of breathless organdy that went with “flowers, ribbons, pearls, diamonds”. Jack Kennedy was assassinated, Chubby Checker came, interesting Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in town, Birdman of Alcatraz was shown, guileless children played jackstones, the Vietnam War was stepped up.”


Growing Up Filipino II: More Stories for Young Adults is the second volume of the Growing Up Filipino series by PALH. In this collection of 27 short stories, Filipino and Filipino American writers explore the universal challenges and experiences of Filipino teens after the historic events of 9/11. The modern demands do not hinder Filipino youth from dealing with the universal concerns of growing up: family, friends, love, home, budding sexuality, leaving home. The delightful stories are written by well known as well as emerging writers. While the target audience of this fine anthology is young adults, the stories can be enjoyed by adult readers as well. 


Out of Cebu collects 28 essays by award-winning author, Cecilia Manguerra Brainard. Many of the essays are about Cebu, Philippines: its history, the places to see in this southern Philippine city, her experiences growing there, and colorful accounts about her mother's family, the Cuencos, a powerful political family in Cebu and the Philippines. There are also travel and food essays, all told from Brainard's unique point of view of a Cebu-born writer now living in the United States.


This highly-acclaimed novel, set in mythical Ubec, Philippines during World War II, is a lyrical portrayal of a girl's blossoming into young womanhood. Publishers Weekly notes that "the strengthening of the national spirit; the loss of innocence in two generations -- these themes are explored by the author... with persuasive conviction and stark realism. 


Acapulco at Sunset and Other Stories is Cecilia Manguerra Brainard's second short story collection. The seventeen enchanting Filipino short stories are grouped into four categories: Long Ago Tales, Stories from the '60s and '70s, Stories from the '90s, and American Tales.The author, a Cebuana residing in Southern California, hopes readers will "learn something...about Filipinos or about mankind in general." Adding to her cast of Filipino characters in Philippine settings during the twentieth century, Brainard includes other nationals, Mexican and American settings, and the eighteenth century to communicate universal and timeless truths…Brainard's treatment of Filipinos and cultural assumptions and social practices regarding men and women, marriage, and social roles and relationships across the life cycle is insightful.


Growing Up Filipino: Stories for Young Adults is the highly-acclaimed collection of stories about the experience of growing up Filipino. Emerging and established award-winning writers are the authors of this fine collection of 29 stories about what it means to be young and Filipino in the Philippines and in the United States. Filipinos in America are now the second largest in the umbrella group of Asian Americans, yet there is a scarcity of books by and for Filipinos. This impressive array captures the complexities of both the Filipino culture and history and the realities of the lives of young adults no matter what their ethnic affiliation. Each story is assigned to one of five universal themes: family, angst, friendship, love, and home. Each story is introduced by a thumbnail sketch of the author and a paragraph or two about some element of Filipino culture or history that is relevant to the story. Authors include those born and continuing to live in the Philippine, emigres, and American-born Filipinos. 

BOOKLIST says, "The stories are delightful!" while SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL says, "These 29 short stories offer a highly textured portrait of Filipino youth and an excellent sampling of creative writing."


In this, her third collection of short stories, Cecilia Manguerra Brainard shows an uncanny talent for speaking in varied voices that bridge time and place: she is at home in Vigan, the mythical Ubec (Cebu), Sagada, Manila, Cusco, Peru, Calcutta, Chartres, California, bringing each location alive with loving detail. She speaks as a school girl, an older woman, a love-struck boy, a stolen child, an underground revolutionary. She writes of her own family and childhood with love and sadness and a deep sense of humanity. The book collects 20 stories by the award-winning author.


Fiction by Filipinos in America is a highly acclaimed collection of stories by established and emerging Filipino and Filipino American writers. World Literature Today says, "(Editor) Manguerra Brainard's selection is a delight. Some of the stories are masterly, especially those written by such reliables as Carlos Bulosan, Linda Ty-Casper, N.V.M. Gonzalez, and Alberto S. Florentino. None is less than highly competent, and all are worth reading. Manguerra Brainard has done an excellent job of mixing critical judgement and personal taste."

Tags: Philippine, Philippines, literature, Cebu, Visayan, fiction, book, writer, stories, short stories

Sunday, July 30, 2017

#Cebu Cecilia Brainard TV Interview by Valeriano Avila Airs Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

The interview that Valeriano Avila did of me in Cebu, Philippines, for his program
"Straight from the Sky" will be shown on Channel 53 at 8 p.m. on Monday and at 9 p.m. on MyTV's Channel 30.  The interview will be replayed on Wednesday at 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Fridays.

Many thanks to Valeriano Avila for the interview!

#Cebu  #CebuLitFest #Philippines literature, writer, novelist, Cebuana, author, TV, Sugbo, Bisaya, Visayan

Friday, July 28, 2017

#CebuLitFest Krikri Garcia-Kekert Article re Cecilia Brainard's novel The Newspaper Widow

Many thanks for the article in Sunstar Cebu by Krikri Garcia-Kekert about the book launch of Cecilia Manguerra Brainard's novel, The Newspaper Widow.  The event was sponsored by #CebuLitFest

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

#PhilippineLiterature Cecilia Brainard's Signed Novels Available from PALH (Philippine American Literary House)

PALH (Philippine American Literary House) now has copies of Cecilia Brainard's new novel, The Newspaper Widow. For a limited time, signed copies of The Newspaper Widow, are available from PALH for $15.95/each, and US shipping is $4.95 per book. 

Also for a limited time, signed copies of Cecilia Brainard's three novels: When the Rainbow Goddess Wept (Univ. of Michigan Press, softcover), Magdalena (UST Publishihg House, softcover), and The Newspaper Widow (UST Publishing House, softcover) are available from PALH. The packet of three costs $40 plus US shipping of $6.50.

Send Check or Money Order to PALH, PO Box 5099, Santa Monica, CA 90409.

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#Cebu Sunstar Article by Nelia Neri Re Book Launch of Novel by Cecilia Brainard

Saturday, July 8, 2017

#PhilippineLiterature Pictures Book Launch Cecilia Brainard Novel #CebuLitFest

Here are some pictures taken at the Book Lauch of The Newspaper Widow, novel by Cecilia Brainard, at the Activity Center, Ayala, Cebu, on July 8, 2017, 5 p.m. Thanks to Hendri Go and #CebuLitFest for hosting the event.

I'll be adding pictures to this blog entry, so please check back.

l-r: Julius Neri, Chinggay Utzurrum, Cecilia Brainard, Nelia Garcia Neri

l-r: Cookie Neuman, Chinggay Utzurrum, Louella Alix, Louie Nacorda, Cecilia Brainard, Teresita Manguerra, Kingsley Benedict Sole Medalla, Angelina Labucay Escano

Ruel Gaviola and Cecilia Brainard

Michelle Gaviola

Ruel Gaviola

Cris Evert Lato Ruffolo

Cecilia interviewed by Cris Evert

Cecilia Brainard, Chona Bernad, Merlie

Collage top l-r: Malou, Dr.Rey Caturza, Ma.Victoria Beltran, Hendri Go;
bottom l-r: Ma. Victoria Beltran, Cecilia Brainard, Malou

l-r: Louella Alix and Cecilia Brainard

l-r: Nandy Po and Louie Nacorda

l-r: Louie Nacorda, Terry Manguerra, Marilou Chiongbian

Madrilena de la Cerna and Cecilia

 l-r: Terry Manguerra, Chinggay Utzurrum, Garrison Lowell Rousseau, Chona Bernad, Cecilia Brainard, Lyn Ocampo
l-r: Cecilia, Lyn Ocampo, Danton Remoto

l-r: Chinggay Utzurrum, Chona Bernad, Christy Manguerra, Cecilia Brainard, Aya Manguerra, Terry Manguerra

Tags: #PhilippineLiterature  books, writer, Philippines, Cebu, novel, fiction