Friday, May 28, 2010

Cebu Carnival Queens, Philippines



This site has information about Philippine Carnival Queens. It includes my mother, Concepcion Cuenco, Cebu Carnival Petit Queen 1931.


http://manilacarnivals.blogspot.com/2010/05/115cebu-carnival-queens-1914-1931-part.html

And here's part II of Philippine Carnival Queens.
http://networkedblogs.com/4kECg

Thursday, May 6, 2010

"MIGUEL SYJUCO IN CONVERSATION WITH CECILIA BRAINARD






Photos taken at the LA Library Foundation ALOUD program, "Miguel Syjuco (Ilustrado) in Conversation with Novelist Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
Group of 3, l-r: Prosy Dela Cruz, Cecilia Brainard, Ming Menez Coben

CLICK HERE FOR AN EXCERPT OF THE SYJUCO-BRAINARD CONVERSATION http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNvmiG6vzoM

Sunday, May 2, 2010

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL REVIEW GROWING UP FILIPINO II


SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL BOOK REVIEW 5/1/2010 (Grades 5 & Up):

BRAINARD, Cecilia Manguerra, ed. Growing Up Filipino II: More Stories for Young Adults. 254p. PALH. 2010. Tr $29.95. ISBN 978-0-9719458-2-1; pap. $21.95. ISBN 978-0-9719458-3-8. LC 2002104406.

Gr 9 Up—This collection of 27 short stories, the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Growing Up Filipino (PALH, 2003), reflects the impact of post-9/11 wartime sensibilities among Filipino writers living in the Philippines, the United States, and Canada. Although similar topics of family, memoir, and coming-of-age thread through both collections, the pieces are not grouped by theme, but nevertheless weave a constantly shifting tapestry of Filipino identity. The challenges and conflicts of unique ancestry and struggles for identity provide a rich background for modern urban realism. The brittle memoirs reflected in "Here in the States," "Nurse Rita," and "Hammer Lounge"; original legend in "A Season of 10,000 Noses"; and breathtaking tragedy in "How My Mother Flew," among others, are compelling reading. Some selections have terse, spare language; others are almost commonplace in their apparent simplicity; all capture moments and nuances of the modern Filipino experience that will envelop readers. Brainard has again selected powerful, evocative stories of family: of promises and disappointment, failure and resentment, tenacious and all-consuming love, anxiety and transcendent hope. There is plenty here to stimulate discussion and encourage an appreciation of Filipino writing and culture. This anthology is a worthy successor to the first volume and has appeal to an audience beyond high school literature courses.—Roxanne Myers Spencer, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green

Source: http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6727442.html?industryid=47067