Monday, February 20, 2017

Brainard Kenya Safari Video



For a little break, watch this Kenya Safari video which we made last 2010.

It's still very cool.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTt_5vtZfVg


tags: safari, Kenya, Africa, vacation, holiday, wildlife

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Cebu theater: Kuhit by Students of Cebu Normal University

Some students of Cebu Normal University informed me of their theater project involving my short story "Flip Gothic."  Here is their publicity poster.

“Love is just a word until someone comes along to give it meaning.”  Watch Mindy turn Paolo Coelho’s  words into a conflict on stage as Cebu Normal University’s Drama Society and E-lite Society in cooperation with the English Studies and Other Languages Department, and the MUGNA Creative Writing Center  present  “KUHIT,” a deconstruction of Cecilia Manguerra-Brainard’s “Flip Gothic.”   February 27 and 28 at Tandang Sora Hall.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

#CebuLitFest: Book launch Cecilia Manguerra Brainard's Magdalena (update)

   
Top photos: l-r: Terry Manguerra, Maribel Paraz, Hendri Go, Cecilia Brainard, Danton Remoto, Cecilia Brainard

The book launch of the Philippine edition of my novel Magdalena at the Parkmall yesterday was wonderful. The event took place outdoors and we were blessed with pleasant cool weather.,  Hendri Go and other members of his Cebu Literary Festival had an elaborate setup of the stage -- they are professional theater folks. Hendri programmed the launch which included readings from Magdalena and the delayed (but forthcoming) The Newspaper Widow novel.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Cebu Literature: Book Launch of Cecilia Brainard's novel Magdalena



The Freeman, Sunstar, and Philippine Star ran stories about the book launch of Cecilia Manguerra Brainard's novel, Magdalena, on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at 5 p.m. at Park Mall, Mandaue Cebu, (near Choobi Choobi). There will be readings from Magdalena and Bainard's forthcoming novel, The Newspaper Widow. There will also be an Open Mic reading that evening.





See you there!


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Cebu Book Launch and Readings of Cecilia Brainard's Magdalena (novel)




Finally I have in my hands copies of my novel, Magdalena, (University of Santo Tomas publishing house, Email ustph.info@gmail.com or call 4061611, ask for Paul, Val, or Carlo).

CEBU Booklaunch and Readings from this and my forthcoming novel, The Newspaper Widow is on Saturday, 5 p.m., February 11, 2017, Park Mall central park (near Choobi Choobi) sponsored by Cebu Literary Festival. There will be musical presentations too. See you there!


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Note that the American edition of Magdalena is available from Amazon.com.

This is all for now. Wifi continues to be slow, but I'm able to post in Face Book, so do check "Cecilia Brainard" in FB.


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Manila Philippines: Friends and Chinese New Year of the Rooster




Dear Readers, here in Manila wifi is very slow and I can post brief updates of my Philippine visit in Facebook.  Please visit my FB site, thanks.

Today I'm able to post a couple of pictures with friends. The picture above show Guia Lim and me having dim sum at Chang Palace at Shangri-La hotel in Makati, to celebrate Chinese New Year. The picture below shows my high school frineds from St. Theresa's College (San Marcelino) having dinner at Tutti Belli also in Makati.



Stay tuned, dear Reeaders!

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Cebu Philippines: Book Launch of Cecilia Brainard's novel Magdalena




The Philippine edition of my novel, Magdalena, will be launched in Parkmall, Cebu City, Philippines, on February 11, 2017, at 5 p.m.

Friends have organized this literary event which includes Readings from my novels, Magdalena and The Newspaper Widow. There will also be an Open Mic Reading after the launch.

I hope some of you can make it.

Here's information about my novel, Magdalena. The following is based on the US edition. We're launching the Philippine edition published by UST press.
http://www.palhbooks.com/cbrainardmagdalena.htm

To order directly from UST press in Manila:

Latest release:
"Magdalena"
by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard 
160 pp.; Php 350.00
* For inquiries and orders, please email ustph.info@gmail.com, or call up 4061611 local 8424 and look for Paul, Val or Carlo.




Saturday, January 14, 2017

Manila in January

I'm visiting the Philippines right now. Sometimes Wi-Fi is really slow but I'm able to post in Facebook, so check my page there for updates.

These pictures were taken at the Manila Pen with Maryknoll friends Marily Orosa and Maribel Paras.

Stay tuned!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Indian Wedding Part 2: #AndrewLovesSwapna




Hello! This continues the Indian Wedding of Andrew and Swapna. To see other pictures of this Indian wedding, please visit this site.

This site has pictures taken on the actual wedding day, including the Hindu wedding ceremony.  Click on the picture to make it large.  There are very many of them, and I hope you enjoy them.



The actual wedding day started with the Baraat, the groom's wedding procession toward the wedding venue. Andrew rode a horse  and we made our way from the gate of the resort to the wedding venue. Usually it's the groom's relatives and party that join the procession, but in this one, Swapna's family helped us out with the dancing and singing. (They had great Bollywood moves!)


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Indian Wedding Part 1: #AndrewLovesSwapna









They had their Indian wedding last December, which was why we visited India.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Travel: Goa - Portuguese India




This continues my accounts about a recent trip to India. Please read these earlier blog entries:


From Shimla, we spent a night in Chandigarh, then caught a plane to Goa. It had been cold in Northern India, especially up in the hill stations, but now Goa was 80 degrees F with 60% humidity. This was weather that I understood. 

Friday, December 23, 2016

Travel India: Hill Stations Dharamsala and Shimla

This was taken at the Vice Regal Lodge in Shimla

This continues my account about our recent trip to India.  We arrived Delhi and traveled by car to Amritsar where we visited the Golden Sikh Temple and the India-Pakistan border.  Please visit this earlier blog entry about that.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Indian Wedding #AndrewlovesSwapna



Wifi is very slow, but please check back for pictures of #AndrewLovesSwapna  -- wedding pictures in India.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Travel Amritsar, Northern India: Golden Sikh Temple, India-Pakistan border



I'm in Northern India but wifi is slow and I'm unable to blog regularly. I am able to post in Facebook, so please check my FB account.  And please check back here in this blog for updates.  I'm on a great trip to India, visiting places such as Amritsar, Dharamshala, Shimla, Chandigarh, Goa, and Hyderabad.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Cebu Philippines: Old Picture Archbishop Jose Cuenco Carlock Monument

Archbishop Jose Maria Cuenco in the middle

Dear Readers,
I've been busy and have not been able to blog as often. Do visit my Facebook page because I've been posting update there about political developments in the Philippines and in the US.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Philippines: Visit with Maryknoll College Friends

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Maria Ciocon, Ollie Yujuico, and I drove to Palm Desert to visit "snowbirds" Tina and Andy Heiter who are visiting from Switzerland. The four of us women went to Maryknoll College and it was great fun to update one another of our lives and our friends' goings-on. We also admired the coffee table book that Andy Heiter made of some of Tina's art work, which were recently featured in a gallery in Switzerland.

The group picture above shows l-r: Maria Ciocon, Tina Heiter, Cecilia Brainard, and Ollie Yujuico.



Friday, November 25, 2016

Pictures: Thanksgiving 2016 - FamilyPictures


Here are some Thanksgiving pictures.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Philippines: Filipino Youth and the Parliament of the Streets


A  Filipino social media controversy erupted. It focused on the young students who protested the burial of the Dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Heroes Cemetery (Libingan Ng Mga Bayani).  

Last November 18, Marcos had been hurriedly and secretly buried even before legal proceedings had been exhausted by those opposing the burial.  Within the hour, and throughout the Philippines, students spontaneously took to the streets to protest. (Filipinos have coined a phrase -- "Parliament of the Streets" to refer to the resistance movement characterized by protests in the streets.)

The social media matter began when the trolls accused the youths of not knowing what they were doing, having been born after the Marcos Martial Law years. The trolls said the young people were used by grownups for political reasons, that these youths were brainwashed and forced to rally, that it was child abuse, etc. 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Philippines: Rogelio Braga Writes About Ferdinand Marcos and Dovie Beams



My Guest Blogger is Rogelio Braga, a Filipino playwright, essayist, and fiction writer. He is the author of the novel, Colon (Balangiga Press). He shares with us a satirical piece, written in Tagalog, about the love affair of Philippine Dictator Ferdinand Marcos and the American actress Dovie Beams back in 1968-1970.



Braga published this funny and outrageous piece in his Facebook site but the post was removed because "it doesn't follow the Facebook Community Standards." I invited Braga to post his work here as my Guest Blogger. Thanks to Rogelio Braga for being my Guest Blogger.

Here it is in Tagalog.
~~~

Maliit Ang Titi ni Marcos, Mga Bes, Kalokah! Help!
by Rogelio Braga


Bes, may chismax akong bongga sa hero mo!
Alam mo ba na maliit lang ang titi ni Marcos? Yes, ito ang isang bagay na ipinagkait sa atin ng nakaw na libing kahapon: nawalan tayo ng chance masilip kung umuumbok ba ang titi ni Marcos sa liit at malaman na rin natin kung totoo nga ang claim ni Dovie Beams. Maliit lang daw ito kaya chinuchupa na lang siya ni Dovie Beams in aide of KY Jelly maitawid lang ang kangkang for the night. Pero huwag ka teh magaling daw ang dila ni Marcos kasi kaya nitong bigyan ng multiple orgasm si Mareng Dovie. 50ish na noon si Kuya Hero at late 30s ang hitad.


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Philippines: 1966 Student Rally Against Ferdinand Marcos



The students in the Philippines are protesting the burial of the Dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Heroes Cemetery.  I can't believe that 50 years ago, I was a Maryknoll student who also participated in student rallies against the Marcos Dictatorship. Here are some pictures from my scrapbook. There are two anti-Marcos stickers, and there's a newspaper clipping of a student rally. I'm in the picture, bottom, right. The rally was on November 5, 1966.



"When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?"

~~
Tags: students, rally, protest, Marcos, dictatorship, burial, politics, Philippines, Philippines, Filipino

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This is all for now,
Cecilia




Thursday, November 17, 2016

Cover Studies and Prologue of Cecilia Brainard's Novel "Magdalena"


The University of Santo Tomas is publishing the Philippine edition of my novel, Magdalena. I'm sharing the cover studies for this book.  There were elements I liked in all three, but I finally chose the one with the human face -- above. The mood of this one is quiet and pensive and low-key, like the main character Magdalena.  I'm pasting below the beginning of this novel. You can find the American edition of  the novel, Magdalena, in Amazon.com




Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Fiction: The Syrian Doctor in Paris by Cecilia Brainard



My story, The Syrian Doctor in Paris, was published in The Philippine Graphic and received a Certificate of Recognition by the Nick Joaquin Literary Awards. I have read this piece in performance in Paris and in Jackson, Tennessee.

My deepest sympathies go to the Syrian people who have suffered long and hard. ~ Cecilia 

The Syrian Doctor in Paris
By Cecilia Manguerra Brainard 
Copyright 2014 by Cecilia Brainard, All Rights Reserved

May 9, 2014, the last rebels leave Homs

He lives in a flat near the Ile Saint Louis. Today, he’s up at four in the morning because he hardly slept and news feeds from Syria stream into the internet. His favorite sites are “The Syrian Revolution 2011” and the “Local Coordination Committees in Syria”, which give up-to-the-minute news in Syria. The sites will warn: “Artillery shelling and mortars and heavy machine guns aimed at the country districts of Daraa Al-Balad’s neighborhoods;” Or: “Explosive barrel bombs targeting the village Guenitarat in Aleppo.”

Monday, November 14, 2016

Writing Workshop: How to Create Compelling Characters by Cecilia Brainard



 This coming Saturday, November 19, 2016, 10 a.m.

Cecilia Manguerra Brainard will conduct a writing workshop on "How to Create Compelling Characters."

Characters are the central element in storytelling. For instance Atticus Finch and Scout are at the heart of the classic "To Kill a Mockingbird. But how does a writer create characters? How does she imbue them with life so much so that readers remember them as if they were living and breathing human beings? This mini-workshop will teach you how to create characters that are complex and compelling. You will learn how to flesh-out characters and try your hand at writing about these characters.

Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is the author and editor of nineteen books. She co-founded Philippine American Women Writers and Artists; she also founded Philippine American Literary House. Brainard's works include the World War II novel, When the Rainbow Goddess Wept, as well as Magdalena, and Woman with Horns and Other Stories. She edited several anthologies including Fiction by Filipinos in American, and two volumes of Growing Up Filipino I and II, books used by educators.

Please RSVP to roselgonzales@earthlink.net to save a seat. Please come a few minutes early to get coffee and breakfast. We start at 10.

The San Gabriel Valley Women Writers
Sat. Nov. 19, 10 a.m.
Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse
1010 Foothill Blvd.
La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011

Tags: writing, writers, character, workshop, San Gabriel Valley, women, fiction, creative

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This is all for now,
Cecilia


Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Pneumonia Shot That Sent Me to Urgent Care #Health #Vaccination


This article was also published by Positively Filipino, on November 29, 2016. Here's the link to Positively Filipino.

            Not too long ago, I had a severe reaction to pneumonia or pneumococcal vaccine and had to be rushed to Urgent Care.
            Before I launch into my story, let me explain that pneumococcal vaccine is given to prevent pneumococcal disease, an infection caused by bacteria. The vaccine may not provide protection from disease in every person. In fact, the John Hopkins Medicine site states that “It should be noted that vaccination does NOT reduce pneumonia. A meta-analysis shows no decrease in pneumonia incidence as a result of vaccination, however it has been shown to be about 60-70% effective in preventing invasive disease (meningitis, bacteremia).” The John Hopkins Medicine site also says, “By CDC guidelines, once vaccinated, you will likely never need a revaccination. However, this is still a controversial area.” 

Democrats: Sign Petitions to Stop Trump


If you're not happy that Hillary Clinton lost, here are three things you can do: sign petitions to stop Trump and write your Democrat legislators. Please read on.

Following are two Petitions to stop Trump from becoming president. They're slim chances but worth taking. Further these will call attention to the fact the Hillary Clinton won the Popular Vote and that Trump does not have the mandate of the American people.

Here are the Petitions:

1. The first one asks the Electoral college electors to make Hillary Clinton President on December 19.

https://www.change.org/p/electoral-college-electors-electoral-college-make-hillary-clinton-president-on-december-19?recruiter=8143109&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_page&utm_term=des-lg-share_petition-custom_msg


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Democrats: Write Letter of Support to Democrat Legislators



Following Hillary's loss, I wrote my Democrat legislators letters of support. 

I am pasting below the letter plus the links for the names and email addies of your legislators, if you should wish to do the same:

To Senators of your State –

To Representatives of your district –

 (Draft of Letter)
Following the unfortunate loss of Hillary Clinton, I decided to let you know that I am aware of the big fight ahead of you. I am particularly concerned that our Democratic institutions might erode under Trump’s presidency, and I urge you to protect our Democracy carefully and to stand firm against extreme Trump positions or proposals.  I and many others support you and other Democrats. 

 Many thanks for your hard work.

~~~
Tags: politics, US, Democrats, Trump, Clinton

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    This is all for now,
     Cecilia

Democrats: Letter of Support to Democrat Legislators



Following Hillary's loss, I wrote my Democrat legislators letters of support. 

I am pasting below the letter plus the links for the names and email addies of your legislators, if you should wish to do the same:

To Senators of your State –
http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

To Representatives of your district –
http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

 (Draft of Letter)

Following the unfortunate loss of Hillary Clinton, I decided to let you know that I am aware of the big fight ahead of you. I am particularly concerned that our Democratic institutions might erode under Trump’s presidency, and I urge you to protect our Democracy carefully and to stand firm against extreme Trump positions or proposals.  I and many others support you and other Democrats. 

 Many thanks for your hard work.

~~~
Tags: politics, US, Democrats, Trump, Clinton

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    This is all for now,
     Cecilia