Sunday, March 18, 2018

Pinay Gathering 2018 at Philippine Expressions Bookshop #Literature

L-r: Linda Nietes, Tessie Jayme, Angela Narcisso Torres, Prosy Delacruz, Irene Suico-Soriano, Marianne Villanueva, and Cecilia Brainard

The 2018 Pinay Gathering at Philippine Expressions Bookshop featured Filipina writers and poets (in no particular order): Prosy Delacruz, Marianne Villanueva, Irene Suico-Soriano, Angela Narcisso-Torres, Tessie Jayme, and Cecilia Brainard.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Voice from the Past - Filipino Author Bienvenido N. Santos

I was happy to stumble upon this handwritten note from Filipino writer Bienvenido N. Santos to me dated May 22, 1988. Ben Santos was very supportive of my literary efforts. He was the one who introduced me to Gloria Rodriquez, publishing manager of New Day at the time, and Tita Glo published my first book, Woman With Horns and Other Stories.

Ben's note says: 

May 22, 1988, 
Dear Cecilia, Thank you for your autographed copy of your book. Now I can read the complete collection.
As a regular commuter between the RP and the U.S. every six months each year since 1981, promoting my books and teaching, I know what you mean when you say "I am tired." Consider, too, that I'm a 77-year old man.

But I keep busy, which to me is a way of survival. Manila is an exciting town to visit. I was born there, but the place has changed, the people, too.

I missed you at the poetry reading in which I participated in L.A. April 9. I asked Linda where you were and she told me. Sorry, our paths didn't cross.

I'm leaving at the end of the month for the Wash/DC area to speak and to receive my work in progress. Wish me well as I do you. Thank you again. 
Regards to Lauren. 
Ben Santos.

From Wikipedia, here is a short bio of Ben: Bienvenido N. Santos (March 22, 1911 – January 7, 1996) was a Filipino-American fiction, poetry and nonfiction writer. He was born and raised in Tondo, Manila. His family roots are originally from Lubao, Pampanga, Philippines. He lived in the United States for many years where he is widely credited as a pioneering Asian-American writer.

l-r: Linda Nietes, P.C. Morantte, Cecilia Brainard, Bienvenido N. Santos

 #Philippine #literature #pinoylit #FilAm #novel #writer #Filipino #author #goodreads #librarians'

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Fiction Short Story "Friday Evening at the Seashore" by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

I'm sharing a story that's part of my first short story collection, Woman With Horns and Other Stories.  The collection is available in Kindle form ~ Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

 by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
            Padre Zobel locked the rectory and, leaving the center of town, headed toward the seashore. He was a young Spaniard from the coastal village of Mojacar and he felt a special bond with the sea. It made his soul echo; it was home.

Monday, March 12, 2018

The Narrative Voice by Cecilia Brainard at Cebu Normal University, January 26, 2018

I gave this talk last January 26, 2018 at the Cebu Normal University. ~ Cecilia Manguerra Brainard 


The Narrative Voice:
Talk Given at the Seminar-Workshop, Cebu Normal University, January 26, 2018
By Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
“Voice” was one of the elements of creative writing that I had to understand before I could make serious headway with my writing.  I was confronted with the issue of “voice” when I was a writing student at the Writers’ Program of UCLA Extension. I had taken Fiction Writing I, and got an A for that class, after which I signed up for Fiction Writing II. 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

What to Do with Fake Facebook Accounts #social media #hackers

What to Do with Fake Facebook Accounts

Recently I've had to deal with fake Facebook Accounts in my name.  The experience of seeing someone else using your identity is disconcerting, but this has happened to me before and I knew what to do.

Before getting into how to remove the fake account, let me tell you how to find these fake Facebook Accounts. It's very simple: search your own name in Facebook.  There you will find the impersonators (if there are any). Sometimes the account will not have a profile picture; sometimes, the account will have your picture; sometimes, the account will have your name but some other picture.

What you need to do is go to the fake account - click on the name, and you will be brought to the profile page.  On the big picture above, on the righthand side, you will see: "Following, Message, then three dots. Click on the three dots. You will find a menu, choose "Report." Next, click "Report this profile."  Continue. You will be asked "What's going on?" Click  "They're pretending to be me or someone I know." Continue. Choose "me."

Right away, you will receive notice that the account is being reviewed.  Later on, you will receive a message that the account has been removed.

As a precaution, I warn my FB friends about the fake account with the screen shot of the fake account. I advise them to check for any fake accounts with their names and teach them what to do if they should discover impersonators.

It's important for all of us to be vigilant and do our part to remove fake Facebook Accounts. Hackers, even possibly Russians using social media for propaganda, may be responsible for these fake accounts. For further information, please read the articles below, and note that fake accounts seem to be used for political purposes.

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Fake Russian Facebook Accounts Bought $100,000 in Political Ads
Facebook says it took down "tens of thousands of fake accounts before German Election

Tags: social media, #facebook #fakeaccounts #hackers #Russian

#Filipina Women Authors and Writing by Prosy Abarquez Delacruz, J.D.

Prosy Delacruz, one of the women writers featured in the forthcoming Pinay Gathering at Philippine Expressions Bookshop, wrote the following piece, which was published in Asian Journal.  The Pinay Gathering will be on Saturday, March 17, 2018, 3-6 p.m. at 479 W. Sixth Street, Suite 105, San Pedro, CA 90731, RSVP 1-310-514-9139

Women authors: Writing is the intersectional expression of their multidimensional stories
By Prosy Abarquez Delacruz, J.D.
Published: March 10, 2018 

Monday, March 5, 2018

INVITATION: Pinay Gathering, Philippine Expressions Bookshop, 3/17/18 3 p.m.

Philippine Expressions Bookshop
Invites you to a
Pinay Gathering
to honor Filipina American authors in celebration of Women's History Month

Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 3-6 p.m.
479 W. Sixth Street #105
San Pedro, CA 90731
RSVP 1-310-514-9139

Books Talks & Signings with: 
Cecilia Manguerra Brainard (The Newspaper Widow), 
Prosy Abarquez-DelaCruz (Even the Rainbow has a Body, Distinct Artistic Legacies), 
Marianne Villanueva (Mayor of the Roses),  
Irene Suico- Soriano (Primates from an Archipelago: Poems), 
Angela Narcisso-Torres (Blood Orange: Poems), and
Tessie Jayme (Black Clouds in Manila)


Tags: #Philippines #Filipino #Filipina #Pinoy #pinay #books #literature #goodreads #literaryreading #event #openmic #librarygirl #Filam #writers #authors #poets

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Philippines Graphic Book Review of MAGDALENA, novel by Cecilia Brainard

The Tremendous Power of Secrets: Cecilia Manguerra Brainard's 'Magdalena'

Review by Alma Anonas-Carpio, Literary Editor and Associate Editor of Philippines Graphic
The first call of a novel is to tell a story. Not just any story, mind you, but the story only the author of the novel can tell in his or her unique way. What the reader is led to expect is a bit of an escape into another time and world, perhaps a tentative acquaintance with the characters who populate the text.