Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Just Like My Lola Wore - My Creole Criolla Hoop Earrings

 



My mother used to have antique criola hoop earrings with diamonds, which she got from her grandmother. They wore these with their other tambourin jewelry.
 
I had small-sized criolla earrings but always wanted something bigger. I had my daughter-in-law, Stephanie create a bigger one, and I just got the earrings yesterday. They are beautiful and well-done. These are great reproductions of the antique earrings my mother-grandmother had. Stephanie captured the fine filigree work next to the stones.


Here are some pictures. (Yes, that's me, hiding but showing off my new earrings!)

Stephanie from Jewel Eternal made affordable versions of the Criolla hoop earrings she made for me, a set as low as $300. If you prefer, you can order the earrings in gold or platinum and with real stones. Just let her know. Stephanie Lee from Jewel Eternal created affordable versions of these earrings, as low as $300. You can order it in gold or platinum and with genuine stones if you wish.  Email her at: <custom@jeweleternal.com>






tags: jewelry, earrings, creole earrings, criolla earrings, tambourin jewelry, Spanish-colonial jewelry 



Monday, August 8, 2022

Downtown Cebu Office spaces RENTALS LOWERED

 

FOR RENT: 4 Units in the Dona Filomena Bldg excellently located in the heart of downtown Cebu, on Zulueta Street, near Logarta, in Barangay Tinago, Cebu City. (This is adjacent to the Parian.)

 

It is near the City Hall, and has easy transportation to all parts of Cebu City. It is near CTU, COA, Catheral, Santo Nino Basilica, as well as the 1730 Jesuit House, the Yap-Sandiego House, Casa Gorordo Museum, and Fort San Pedro, among others.

 

Available units;  NOTE RENTALS LOWERED as of 8/8/22

 

2 units, 25 sq. meters each at P8,500 per unit.

 

2 units, 60 sq. meters each at P16,500 per unit.

 

Secure and gated with parking. Best for law firms, accounting firms, dental clinics. Will consider the space as combination office/residence to manager.

 

To view or for more information, PM or call 0917-770-6966.

 


 Tags: #ForRentCebu #CebuCityofficerentals For Rent Apartment office units spaces downtown Cebu City 

 


Sunday, August 7, 2022

Time to Prepare for Baking Fruitcake for the Holidays

 

TIME TO PREPARE FOR BAKING FRUITCAKE for the #Christmas holidays

My friend Richard Little reminded me to get started on my fruit cake. You need to soak the fruit and nuts in brandy or rum before baking; and then you need to soak the cake with brandy or rum as well. I just ordered fruit and peel mix, and I'll be buying nuts shortly. I'll be baking in September so my dark fruitcake will be ready in November and December. The pictures show my recipe for dark fruitcake, and last year's photo of a batch I baked.


 tags: holiday baking, Christmas preparations, Holiday baking 

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Book Review of Cecilia Brainard's Selected Short Stories

 

BOOK REVIEW:

Selected Short Stories by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

Published by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House (2021; available at Lazada & Shopee

and PALH (2021); available at Amazon 

Review by Jenny Ortuoste

From "Short Stories to Lull You on Rainy Days" (Manila Standard, Lifestyle , 7/30/22)

 https://manilastandard.net/lifestyle/314247900/short-stories-to-lull-you-on-rainy-days.html


In these stories written and published over several decades, Brainard, a native of Cebu who migrated to the U.S. over half a century ago, explores her life experiences as a Filipino and Filipino American, as well as the entangled history of both countries.

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Cebu City Office Spaces for Rent - Downtown Cebu Rentals



FOR RENT: 4 Units in the Dona Filomena Bldg excellently located in the heart of downtown Cebu, on Zulueta Street, near Logarta, in Barangay Tinago, Cebu City. (This is adjacent to the Parian.)

 

It is near the City Hall, and has easy transportation to all parts of Cebu City. It is near CTU, COA, Catheral, Santo Nino Basilica, as well as the 1730 Jesuit House, the Yap-Sandiego House, Casa Gorordo Museum, and Fort San Pedro, among others.

 

Available units;  NOTE RENTALS LOWERED as of 8/8/22

 

2 units, 25 sq. meters each at P8,500 per unit.

 

2 units, 60 sq. meters each at P16,500 per unit.

 

Secure and gated with parking. Best for law firms, accounting firms, dental clinics. Will consider the space as combination office/residence to manager.

 

To view or for more information, PM or call 0917-770-6966.

 


 


Tags: Cebu rentals, Cebu for rent, Cebu office space, Cebu office rentals 

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Guest Blogger: Lynley Ocampo: Mama Mary Answered My Prayer

 



SEVERAL YEARS AGO, I collected and edited a Catholic religious book, MAGNIFICAT: MAMA MARY'S PILGRIM SITES which gathers 24 people's accounts of Marian sites wherein they found comfort, solace, and sometimes miracles. The pilgrim sites include familiar shrines in Lourdes, Vailankanni, Guadalupe, Fatima, Ephesus, as well as lesser known ones including several in the Philippines (Antipolo, Manaoag, Odlot, Caysasya and more). 

The book was issued an Imprimatur by Archbishop Antonio G. Tagle D.D. of Manila. 

I was thrilled to hear back from a contributor, Atty. Lynley Ocampo, a lawyer from Cebu City, who emailed me to say her prayer has been answered with the help of Mary:

"I am happy to announce that my family and I have moved to our new home in ____. This was an answered prayer -- as I mentioned in MAGNIFICAT .. more than two years in the making. We moved in last 12 June, significantly as if to declare our independence from abusive and oppressive landlords/landowners. Bittersweet, as we’ve spent almost 80 years - beginning with my grandmother, mother, down to the more recent generation - in our old place."  

She included two photos of their beautiful pristine and airy home and said, "Our new home."

I am sharing the original article Lynley Ocampo wrote for the book, MAGNIFICAT: MAMA MARY'S PILGRIM SITES, wherein she attests to religious changes in her after visiting our Lady of Odlot in the Philippines. Please read the excerpt with her writeup:

Friday, June 10, 2022

Gemino H. Abad, Philippine National Artist for Literature from Cebu

 

Cebuano Gemino H. Abad has just been named Philippine National Artist for Literature. Congratulations to Jimmy Abad!
He joins another Cebuano, Resil Mojares, who was named National Artist for Literature in 2018.
Top photo shows Jimmy Abad flanked by Cebuanas at a book festival l-r: Rose Villa Poblete, Marina Hamoy, Gemino H. Abad, Cecilia Brainard, Lorna Lardizabal Dietz.
Lower photo was taken in 2013 in Cebu during the visit of another National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose, l-r: Seated l-r: Resil Mojares, F. Sionil Jose, Tessie Jose: Standing l-r: Hope Yu, Cecilia Brainard, Marlinda Tan, Jobers Bersales, Erma Cuizon, Hendri Go.

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



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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Certificates of Appreciation for Cecilia Brainard

 I did a number of lectures in 2021 and 2022, and here are some of the Certificate of Appreciations I received. Many thanks to these institutions: The University of San Carlos Cebuano Studies Center, The Philippine Consulate of Jeddah, the Philippine Embassy in the US, the Literature Educators Association of the Philippines, Inc.

I did more talks but because of the pandemic these Certificates have been sent via email; I can't find the others. 

Most of the lectures I did are in YouTube, search for Cecilia Brainard.








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

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