Friday, May 27, 2022

Mississippi Cruise - Vicksburg #6

 


 

More on our Mississippi  River Cruise on the #AmericanQueen .

From Natchez, we steamed on to Vicksburg, a city in western Mississippi. The place was the site of a key Civil War battle.  Vicksburg is situated on an elevated land above the Mississippi. Because it was strategically important during the Civil War, it was attacked by the Union Army. After a 47-day punishing seige (May 18-July 4, 1863) where residents had to resort to eating horses, Vicksburg surrendered.  

We visited the Vicksburg National Cemetery, which commemorates the battle of Vicksburg. The Union had 75,000 soldiers in the battle; while the Confederates had 34,000.  The estimated casualties were 37,273 (4,910 Union and 32,363 Confederates). 

We have visited other battle sites such as Gettysburg and Shiloh, and thinking of those who died always breaks my heart.

I'm sharing some pictures taken at the National Cemetery.  The exhibit included the USS Cairo, an iron-clad war ship that was raised from the river. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Mississippi Cruise - Natchez 5

 

More on the Mississippi River Cruise I took recently:

From Pointe Coupee, we went to  the city of Natchez, which is famous for its antebellum mansions and the unfinished Longwood mansion. I found the place charming and beautiful.

Named after the Native Americans who lived there. Natchez sits on a bluff overlooking the river. The French settled there in 1716, and at first they got along with the Native Americans, but that relationship soured with both sides massacring each other. The territory went to the Spanish, and then to the Americans. Because it did not have strategic importance, it was relatively untouched during the American Civil War, which is why the mansions remain. 

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Mississippi River Cruise - Pointe Coupee - 4

 


After Nottaway, our next stop of our Mississippi River Cruise was Pointe Coupee, Louisiana, which was surrounded by major rivers on three sides. It's a resort but pleasantly not crowded. We were told that when they have their Mardigras carnival, the place is packed. 

Mississippi River Cruise - New Orleans 3

 


Here are pictures taken at the French Quarter of New Orleans before we started our Mississippi River Cruise.

 

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Mississippi River Cruise - Nottaway 2

 

I continue blogging about our recent Mississippi River Cruise.

Here are some facts about the Mississippi River. The Mississippi is 2,340 miles long, the longest river of North America; it starts at Lake Itasca in Minnesota and ends in the Gulf Stream. If the length of Missouri is added to the Mississippi's main stem, the river would be the fourth longest river, after the Amazon, and Yangtze.  If the Missouri and Ohio rivers are added, it would be the third longest in the world. 

Our cruise started in New Orleans, Louisiana and ended in Memphis Tennessee.


From New Orleans, we sailed to Nottaway, Louisiana where we visited the Nottaway antebellum mansion, said to be the largest extant antebellum plantation house in the South. This had been home to the Randoph and later the Landry families, and had witnessed Civil War days.




 

Friday, May 13, 2022

Mississippi River Cruise on the American Queen - 1

 



We took a Mississippi River Cruise recently with stops at New Orleans, Nottoway, Pointe Coupee, Natchez, Vicksburg, Greenville, and ending in Memphis.


Our ship, the American Queen, was a steam paddle boat patterned after the 19th century paddle ships. It had a Victorian feel throughout the ship. I especially loved the library and the sitting room for the men and women, with old books and decor. The ship moved at around 7 miles per hour, perhaps the same speed Mark Twain's ship did. I read his Life on the Mississippi River during the cruise.

Entertainment was good, although it seemed geared to a much older crowd. However, the blues, jazz, and string performances were terrific.

Here's the first set of photos showing the paddle boat, men's smoking room ( with the ignored sign of Men Only), Lincoln Theater, and the Engine room. (The boat was powered by diesel fuel, no longer coal as in Twain's days.)

And there's a shot of our pleasant dinner companions, and another of the Mississippi. 
Stay tuned!

 

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Cecilia Brainard Talk - Philippine Consulate Jeddah, Saudi Arabia #NationalLiteratureMonth


 


The Philippine Consulate General of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia celebrated National Literature Month in April 2022. The Speakers on April 25, 2022 were Cecilia Manguerra Brainard and Dr. Christine Godinez-Ortega.

The FB link to the complete talk follows. Cecilia is in the second half of the video.

https://fb.watch/cCTBysiMMM/ .

You may also watch Cecilia Brainard's Talk on YouTube: 

Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, author and editor of over twenty books, talks about her roots that inspired much of her writing. As a writing teacher for many years, she shares practical creative writing tips that can be helpful to teachers and aspiring writers. She covers topics such as character and character development, conflict, dialogue, setting, and more. She also gives shares online resources for ebooks and information about Fake News and she talks about the importance of critical thinking.

Here is Part 1 of Brainard's talk "Writing Your Own Stories." - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eqg1nTtJnMM  

Here is Part 2 of Brainard's talk "Writing Your Own Stories" - 

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

Here is Part 3 of Brainard's Talk "Writing Your Own Stories" - 

 https://youtu.be/RlCx1fFpt2U

Tags: Philippine literature, Filipino literature, Filipino authors, Filipino writers

Thursday, April 21, 2022

My Father, Mariano Flores Manguerra

 


I'm sharing pictures of my father, MARIANO FLORES MANGUERRA. My father was from Laguna, and he taught for many years as a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of the Philippines. When World War Two broke out, he brought his family (Concepcion Cuenco Manguerra, my mother, and their two young children) to Mindanao where he joined the guerrilla movement. After the war, and because Manila was almost totally destroyed, my parents settled in Cebu. He was a district engineer and a private contractor.
There were many things I do not know about my father because he died when I was young, and one of this was this: in 1947, he had been Acting Mayor of Cebu.
The article by Clarence Paul Oaminal, published in the Freeman, 12/19/16 has more information.

 https://www.philstar.com/the-freeman/opinion/2016/12/19/1654874/engr-mariano-f-manguerra-cebu-city-acting-mayor


The group photo with Papa (seated, 4th from left) shows him with members of the Tau Alpha fraternity of UP Engineering, which lists him as "Adviser." I always understood he co-founded this fraternity, and even now, Tau Alpha members remember him.
The solo photo of him was when he was a young man.
When he was in his early twenties, he went to Valparaiso University in Indiana to study civil engineering.

Tags: Cebu politics, Cebu society, Cebu personalities, Laguna personalities 

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

My Maternal Grandmother, Filomena Alesna Cuenco

 

 

Here is an old photo of my maternal grandmother, Filomena Alesna Cuenco, with her grandsons l-r: Ramon and Tony Cuenco. This was taken in 1938.
Filomena Alesna Cuenco from Carcar was born May 1, 1882. Her parent were: Evaristo Barcenilla Alesna and Cresencia Ynosencia Sanchez Villarosa. Her parents died when she was young and she and her 2 sisters were raised by 2 old maid aunts. Her older sister Placida married Mateo Noel; her younger sister Josefa married Isabelo Montesclaros; Filomena married Mariano Jesus Cuenco. They had 8 children (6 survived to adulthood: Manuel, Lourdes, Concepcion (my mother), Carmen, Consuelo, Teresita. Filomena had a stroke and died during wartime (WWII).
The boys in the picture are sons of Manuel and Milagros Cuenco. Tony Cuenco served as a council member for the 2nd District of Cebu City. Unfortunately he passed away last June 2020 due to effects of Covid 19.
I love these old pictures, not only for the faces of the people but also for the details, like the grandfather clock in the back, and my grandmother's gown, jewelry, the children's clothes too - look at the little strappy sandals. I find these very charming.


Tags: old photographs, antique photographs, Cebu politics, Cebu society, Cuenco Family

Friday, April 15, 2022

4-year old Vikram's Vichelin Star Restaurant Reviews - Lazy Daisy Cafe, Santa Monica

 


Vikram's Vicheln Star Restaurant Reviews
Vikram rates the following

LAZY DAISY CAFE, Santa Monica  * * * * * (Five Stars)
2300 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Vik's faves are: Lemonade, Crispy Waffle with Strawberries, Bacon
Note: Vik's Dad likes Eggs Benedict.




Read also Vikram's Other Vichelin Reviews: 

Lazy Daisy Cafe, Santa Monica  

Fritto Misto 

La Cabana Venice Mexican Restaurant

The Palace Seafood & Dim Sum


Tags: food, drink, restaurant reviews, kid food reviews

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Old Historic Cebu Photo - Elpidio Quirino, Mariano J. Cuenco, Manuel Cuenco

 

 I have old family photos given to me by relatives. These are interesting as they include the Sixth president of the Philippines, Elpidio Quirino. My maternal grandfather Mariano Jesus Cuenco was Senate President at the time; and my uncle Manuel Cuenco was Governor or Cebu. 

From my baul: 1950 Photos of President Elpidio Quirino with my grandfather Senate President Mariano J. Cuenco and uncle Governor Manuel Cuenco. Quirino has the 6th president of the Philippines.

 

Top photo: l-r: 3rd person from left, smiling, Mariano J. Cuenco, Elpidio Quirino, Manuel Cuenco. Bottom photo: l-r: I can only identify the gentlemen in white suits, and they are Mariano J. Cuenco, Elpidio Quirino, and Manuel Cuenco.


 




 Tags: Cebu history, Cebu politics, Cebuano, Cebu society

Monday, March 28, 2022

4-year old Vikram's Vichelin Star Restaurant Reviews - Fritto Misto

 


Vikram's Vichelin Star Restaurant Reviews

Vikram rates the following


Fritto Misto * * * * * (Five Stars)

620 Santa Monica Blvd. Ste A

Santa Monica, CA 90401

Vikram's faves are: lime soda, chicken "pillows" ravioli, fried calamari.


Read also Vikram's Other Vichelin Reviews:

Lazy Daisy Cafe, Santa Monica  

Fritto Misto 

La Cabana Venice Mexican Restaurant

The Palace Seafood & Dim Sum


Tags: food, drink, restaurant reviews, kid food reviews




Saturday, March 26, 2022

Book Review of Seven Stories from Seven Sisters, Children's Filipino Folklore


Thanks to Dr. Herminia Menez Coben Herminia Coben who gave me a copy of this review of the children's book, Seven Stories from Sisters, a project of PAWWA (Philippine American Women Writers and Artists), a group I cofounded. The book was published a while back. PALH may have a few copies left, so email palhbooks@gmail.com if interested.
From Wikipedia: "Philippine American Women Writers and Artists also known as PAWWA was founded in 1991 by a group of seven Filipina writers in Southern California.[1] It was the first such support group for Filipina women writers. Aside from supporting one another, the group wanted to help other Filipina writers and artists, as well as to provide community service. PAWWA encouraged the creation of PAWWA-North, headed by Ceres Alabado in the Bay Area, California.
PAWWA's founding members are: Valorie Slaughter Bejarano, Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, Mariquita Athena Davison, Fe Panalingan Koons, Susan N. Montepio, Cecile Caguingin Ochoa, and Nentuzka C. Villamar.
For six years, PAWWA received the highly competitive Multicultural Entry Grant from the California Arts Council (CAC). PAWWA used that funding to help publish a newsletter and books: Seven Stories from Seven Sisters: A Collection of Philippine Folktales (1992); The Beginning and Other Asian Folktales (1995);A Directory of Philippine American Women Writers and Artists; and Journey of 100 Years: Reflections on the Centennial of Philippine Independence (1999)."



Thanks to Dr. Herminia Menez Coben Herminia Coben who gave me a copy of this review of the children's book, Seven Stories from Sisters, a project of PAWWA (Philippine American Women Writers and Artists), a group I cofounded. The book was published a while back. PALH may have a few copies left, so email palhbooks@gmail.com if interested.
From Wikipedia: "Philippine American Women Writers and Artists also known as PAWWA was founded in 1991 by a group of seven Filipina writers in Southern California.[1] It was the first such support group for Filipina women writers. Aside from supporting one another, the group wanted to help other Filipina writers and artists, as well as to provide community service. PAWWA encouraged the creation of PAWWA-North, headed by Ceres Alabado in the Bay Area, California.
PAWWA's founding members are: Valorie Slaughter Bejarano, Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, Mariquita Athena Davison, Fe Panalingan Koons, Susan N. Montepio, Cecile Caguingin Ochoa, and Nentuzka C. Villamar.
For six years, PAWWA received the highly competitive Multicultural Entry Grant from the California Arts Council (CAC). PAWWA used that funding to help publish a newsletter and books: Seven Stories from Seven Sisters: A Collection of Philippine Folktales (1992); The Beginning and Other Asian Folktales (1995);A Directory of Philippine American Women Writers and Artists; and Journey of 100 Years: Reflections on the Centennial of Philippine Independence (1999)."

Tags: Filipino children's book, Filipino folktales, Filipino folklore

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Cecilia Brainard On YouTube Palhbooks

 


Most of Cecilia Brainard's virtual lectures are archived on YouTube Palhbooks or click here https://youtube.com/user/palhbooks

 

Her lectures/talks include:
Ubec: Cebu Reimagined, a talk for the Cebuano Studies Center - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MN0wzeF_j9I&t=17s
Cecilia Brainard's Talk for the University of Santo Tomas CCWLS - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4Y0aSYxs3Q&t=1808s
Literature as a Coping Strategy Part 1, Cecilia Brainard's Talk delivered at the International Conference on Literature Education (LEAP ICLE2021) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RlL7scSJfg&t=3s
Literature as a Copying Strategy Part 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH2Gl4b5R_I&t=2s
Literature as a Copying Strategy Part 3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RlL7scSJfg&t=3s
Reimagining Cebu, a talk by Cecilia Brainard for the Cebu Technological University 2021 Library Congress - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wha67crdVH8&t=533s
Filipino & Fil-Am Women Writers - Philippine Embassy in the US Event - Panel Discussion with: Aileen Cassinetto, Cecilia Brainard, Migs Bravo Dutt, Luisa A. Igloria, and Gayle Romasanta - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eQNIenrhXc&t=2481s

 

Cecilia Brainard has more talks and readings in You Tube Palhbooks, go to videos.

Tags: Filipino author, Filipino American writer, Philippine literature, FilAm writer 

 

Cecilia Brainard Remembers Filipino Filam Author Bienvenido N. Santos - You Lovely People Conference

 

Bienvenido N. Santos & Cecilia Brainard, circa 1996

Cecilia Brainard remembers noted Filipino Filam author Bienvenido N. Santos at the "You Lovely People: An Online Conference" on March 22, 2022, sponsored by the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center and the Department of Literature at De La Salle University, Manila.

The Conference went on for 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. Cecilia's 10 minute talk was part of the Closing Program: Remembering Bienvenido N. Santos, along with Dr. Raymond Tan, Brother Bernard Oca, Dr. Dinah Roma, Readings by Mark Adrian Ho, Timothy Montes, and Response from Dr. Tomas N. Santos on behalf of the Santos Family.


 Tags: Filipino authors, Filipino novelists, Filipino writers, Filipino books, Filipino American books, Filipino American writers, FilAm novelists

Monday, March 21, 2022

4-year old Vikram's Vichelin Star Restaurant Reviews - La Cabana Venice Mexican Restaurant

 


Vikram's Vichelin Star Restaurant Reviews

Vikram rates the following: 


La Cabana Mexican Restaurant - * * * * * (Five Stars)

738 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Vikram's faves are: the limonada, the bacon spinach quesadilla, and the candy at the end of the meal.



 Read also Vikram's Other Vichelin Reviews:

 Lazy Daisy Cafe, Santa Monica  

Fritto Misto 

La Cabana Venice Mexican Restaurant

The Palace Seafood & Dim Sum


 Tags: food, drink, restaurant reviews, kid food reviews

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Author Cecilia Brainard Virtual Lectures & Readings in You Tube Palhbooks

 


Many of Cecilia Manguerra Brainard's virtual lectures and literary readings can be found in YouTube Palhbooks or click here

https://www.youtube.com/user/palhbooks/videos 

Her lectures/talks include:

Ubec: Cebu Reimagined, a talk for the Cebuano Studies Center - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MN0wzeF_j9I&t=17s

Cecilia Brainard's Talk for the University of Santo Tomas CCWLS - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4Y0aSYxs3Q&t=1808s

Literature as a Coping Strategy Part 1, Cecilia Brainard's Talk delivered at the International Conference on Literature Education (LEAP ICLE2021) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RlL7scSJfg&t=3s 

Literature as a Copying Strategy Part 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH2Gl4b5R_I&t=2s 

Literature as a Copying Strategy Part 3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RlL7scSJfg&t=3s

Reimagining Cebu, a talk by Cecilia Brainard for the Cebu Technological University 2021 Library Congress - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wha67crdVH8&t=533s  

Filipino & Fil-Am Women Writers - Philippine Embassy in the US Event - Panel Discussion with: Aileen Cassinetto, Cecilia Brainard, Migs Bravo Dutt, Luisa A. Igloria, and Gayle Romasanta - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eQNIenrhXc&t=2481s 

Cecilia Brainard has more talks and readings in You Tube Palhbooks, go to videos.

 

Tags: Philippine literature, Philippine American writers, Filipino American readings, Filipino American writers, Filipino American literary

Monday, March 7, 2022

World War Two Hero Cebu: Federico A. Reyes

 



There are many Filipino heroes of World War Two in the Philippines. Among them was Captain Federico Arias Reyes who was married to my mother's sister Consuelo Cuenco.  They lived in Cebu City.

Capt Reyes was born in Meycawayan, Bulacan on July 3, 1913; he died on June 10, 2011. He graduated from Mapua Institute of Technology in 1937 with a Civil Engineering degree. His parents were Pedro Reyes and Florentina Arias. His siblings were: Francisco, Hermogenes, Andrea and Irenea. Federico and Consuelo Reyes had three children: Teresita, Federico, and Florentino.

Sunday, March 6, 2022

4-year old Vikram's Vichelin Star Restaurant Reviews - The Palace Seafood & Dim Sum

 



Introducing Vikram's Vichelin Star Restaurant Reviews. 

Four-year old Vikram rates restaurants that he has visited.

 

The Palace Seafood & Dim Sum Restaurant - * * * * *  (Five Stars)

11701 Wilshire Blvd, LA, CA 90025


 

Vikram says, "Great service, food, and lemonade. Their siomai is my favorite."


Read also Vikram's Other Vichelin Reviews:

 Lazy Daisy Cafe, Santa Monica  

Fritto Misto 

La Cabana Venice Mexican Restaurant

The Palace Seafood & Dim Sum


Tags: food, drink, restaurant reviews, kid food reviews

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Historic Antique Photograph Philippine Cuenco Family

 

 


For the first time I deciphered the writing on this old photo that I got from my aunt, Lourdes Cuenco. It's quite an interesting photo that includes a historic figure, Mariano Sevilla who had been part of the Revolution against Spain. His companion revolutionaries were killed by the Spaniards; fortunately for Sevilla, he was exiled. Read on.
1895 historic picture of the Cuenco Family. The photo references the Philippine hero Father Jose Burgos of the famous trio of hero-martyrs GomBurZa who were executed by the Spaniards in 1897 following the Cavite Mutiny. Father Mariano Sevilla (shown in the picture) had been exiled after the 1872 Cavite Mutiny.
The caption is in Spanish; I'll try to translate: Historic Photograph taken in Manila in the year 1895 for the Fotografia Pantierra. From left to right: sitting, Dona Remedios Diosomito Cuenco, mother of Archbishop Cuenco, Senator Cuenco, and Congressman Cuenco; Standing: Jose Ma. Cuenco, 10 years old, student at the Colegio de la Sagrada, Head Dr. Mariano Sevilla, companion of Father Jose Burgos; Standing Mariano Jesus Cuenco, 8 years old; center standing Jaime Cuenco, 7 years old (died); girl Dolores Cuenco, (1 year old).
My paternal grandfather was Mariano Jesus Cuenco. Remedios Diosomito Cuenco, here shown, was my great-grandmother.

photo copyright 2022 cecilia brainard

#philippinehistory #filipinohistory #Philippinerevolution #Gomburza 

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

UBEC: CEBU REIMAGINED Talk by Cecilia Brainard, Cebuano Studies Center & YOUTUBE

 Cecilia Brainard's Talk: UBEC: CEBU REIMAGINED (Feb. 19, 2022) is streaming in the FB site of the Cebuano Studies Center:

Cecilia Brainard's Talk can also be viewed on YouTube:

The complete 1 hour 41 minute program with Introductions, talk, and Open Forum can be viewed here:   

https://youtu.be/MN0wzeF_j9I

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Following is the transcript of her talk. 

 UBEC: CEBU REIMAGINED

Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

Copyright 2022 by Cecilia M. Brainard

Thursday, February 17, 2022

"All Hail Cebu's Carnival Queens 1914-1941, Brainard in Positively Filipino


 Concepcion Alesna Cuenco, 1931 Cebu Carnival Queen (mother of author)

My article "All Hair Cebu's Carnival Queens 1914-1941" was published in Positively Filipino. Here is the link:

http://www.positivelyfilipino.com/magazine/all-hail-cebus-carnival-queens-1914-1941

"Six years after the Philippine Carnival took off in Manila, Cebu had its own regional Cebu Carnival or Cebu Petit Carnival. Cebu Carnivals ran from 1914 through 1941.

The Carnival festivities included commercial and industrial exhibits, and entertainment such as circus, ferris wheel and other rides, parades, vaudeville shows, balls, performances, and Carnival Queen events.

It was the Carnival Queen element however that grabbed people’s imagination and which is still remembered. The Carnival Queens evoked glamour, opulence, and they had a mystique that stayed with them all their lives. These Queens were treated with deference accorded to politicians and other dignitaries. My mother, Concepion Alesna Cuenco, who was Cebu’s Carnival Queen of 1931, had articles written about her carnival days even when she was in her 80s.

The candidates for Carnival Queen were nominated by newspapers, institutions, or districts; judging was done by either ballot system or by judges. They were chosen for their good-looks, proper breeding, accomplishments; most, if not all, came from influential and wealthy Cebu families... Continue reading in PF link. 

 

Angeles Noel, 1935 Cebu Carnival Queen 

Read more

Cecilia Manguerra Brainard Official Website: 

https://ceciliabrainard.com  

Tags: #Manilacarnival #Philippinecarnival #cebucarnival #MissCebu Cebu beauty queens, Carnival queens of Cebu 


Monday, February 14, 2022

World War Two Hero Cebu -- Alfonso Escaño Corominas Sr.

 

Alfonso E. Corominas with his son Alfonso Jr. 

WORLD WAR TWO HERO - Alfonso Escaño Corominas, Sr. 

Another World War Two hero from Cebu is Alfonso Escaño Corominas, Sr., who, with his two brothers (Manuel and Eduardo), was executed  by the Japanese.

Alfonso was the son of  Jose Corominas and Paz Escaño. He married Flora Abellana North and they had six children, including Assemblyman Alfonso Corominas Jr. (Baby).

 Alfonso's granddaughter, Maritoni Corominas, who used to discuss the war and what happened to Alfonso Sr. to her grandmother Flora and father Victor North Corominas, shares this account:

 Alfonso secretly supported the guerrillas by providing them with food, medicine, and other supplies. A Japanese collaborator pointed Alfonso out to the Japanese. Aware that he had been betrayed, Alfonso brought his family to the mountain area in San Fernando, Cebu. The Japanese went to the home of the parents of Alfonso. Fearing for the lives of his parents, Alfonso gave himself up. The Japanese imprisoned him at the Cebu Normal School, which was the Kempetai Headquarters. He was imprisoned with two or three other men. His siblings would bring him food, but they later learned the Japanese had starved him. 

During this time the Americans had started bombing Cebu and during a bombing, part of Alfonso's prison cell was destroyed. Other prisoners managed to escape but Alfonso did not leave for who fear of his parents' lives. 

The Japanese took him and another prisoner to an area near Miller Hospital where they had to dig their own graves. They were shot and buried there. Alfonso was martyred on August. 11, 1944. 

After the bombing, Flora (his wife) looked for his body. It took her two years of searching until she found the driver of the vehicle that had brought the prisoners to their execution site. Flora was able to identify his remains from a ring and his bone structure. He was interred at the old San Nicolas Church on T. Padilla St. in Cebu.  

https://www.philstar.com/the-freeman/opinion/2016/08/03/1609531/assemblyman-alfonso-baby-n-corominas-jr

Flora North Corominas, wife of Alfonso

Photos of Alfonso Carominas Sr. holding Alfonso Jr. and Flora North are courtesy of  Julius Anthony Corominas

Read more

 World War Two Heroes in Cebu Philippines

Capt. Federico Arias Reyes 

 https://cbrainard.blogspot.com/2022/03/world-war-two-hero-cebu-federico-reyes.html 

Alfonso Escaño Corominas, Sr.

https://cbrainard.blogspot.com/2022/02/world-war-two-hero-alfonso-escano.html

Dr. Colonel Emilio Veloso Osmeña

https://cbrainard.blogspot.com/2022/02/world-war-two-in-cebu-dr-col-emilio.html 

Conrado Colina Tudtud

https://cbrainard.blogspot.com/2022/02/world-war-two-in-cebu-conrado-colina.html

James M. Cushing

https://cbrainard.blogspot.com/2022/02/world-war-two-in-cebu-james-m-cushing.html

 Herbert Zipper

 https://cbrainard.blogspot.com/2022/01/remembering-dr-herbert-zipper-world-war.html 

 Cecilia Manguerra Brainard Official Website: 

https://ceciliabrainard.com  

 tags: #Philippines #pacificwar #WWII #Worldwartwo #Philippinewar #Cebuwar