Thursday, August 15, 2019

Japan: A Thoughtful Travelogue by Cecilia Brainard

Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, author of the war novel, WHEN THE RAINBOW GODDESS WEPT, writes a travel article entitled, "Japan: A Thoughtful Travelogue" published by Positively Filipino .

WHEN THE RAINBOW GODDESS WEPT ( is the story of the coming of age of a young girl in the Philippines during World War Two. The internationally acclaimed book is published in the US by the University of Michigan Pres, and in the Philippines by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House.

Her visit to Japan prompts her to consider the events of World War Two in the Pacific. She starts her travel article as follows:

"My Filipino friends have raved about their trips to Japan. Availing of Philippine Airlines’ or Cebu Pacific’s discounted fares, they use Osaka as their base from which to visit other parts of the country. Even though they assured me that Japan is tourist-friendly, I was never tempted to visit it until my husband declared he wanted to go there. Recently he booked a nine-day tour starting in Osaka, on to Koyasan, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Hakone, and ending in Tokyo.

I went, somewhat reluctantly. My parents had been in the guerrilla movement in the Philippines during World War II and had told me countless stories of Japanese atrocities and the sufferings of the Filipinos during that war. In fact, my first novel, When the Rainbow Goddess Wept, integrates many of my parents’ stories of survival in Mindanao. (please continue reading in Positively Filipino)



Koyasan Ekoin Temple

lodging at Ekoin Temple

Okunoin Cemetery in Koyasan

Cecilia pretending she is Lady Kaeda at Hiroshima Castle

Tags: travel, Japan, Asia, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, World War Two, WWII, World War Two, Pacific War.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Bamboo Reed Paintings by Cecilia Brainard

Fuente Osmena Park, Cebu, Philippines (copyright by Cecilia Brainard)

I've been experimenting some more with bamboo reed painting.  I also use barbecue stick for finer work. I like the energy, the unruly and wild feeling of reed painting. 

Here are two reed paintings based on my memories of my birth city, Cebu, Philippines. 

Kiosk of Magellan's Cross, Cebu, Philippines (copyright by Cecilia Brainard)

Tags: art, reed painting, sketching, drawing, bamboo painting, bamboo drawing, cebu, Philippines

Friday, August 9, 2019

Interview of Cecilia Manguerra Brainard by Media and Researchers

Following are some Interviews by the media and by researchers of Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

Rappler Interview of Cecilia Brainard, 2019, l-r: Lilibeth Frondoso, Cecilia Brainard, Miraim Grace Go


Interview by Shiela Mae P. Abas
Interview by Christopher Abadilla, University of the Philippines, Cebu
Interview by Allison’s Book Bag
Interview by Libay Linsangan Cantor in Bookwatch, NBDB Philippines
Interview by Dana Hubler, Poets & Writers Magazine
Interview by Jihan Ferrer of De La Salle University Integrated School
Interview by Leila Magtales of De La Salle University Integrated School
Interview by Samantha Parker of De La Salle University Integrated School
Interview (live) by Rappler's Miriam Grace Go on "Writing About Her Two Homes"
Interview (podcast) by Rappler's Miriam Grace Go on Love of Country: "Can a Patriot Love Two Countries?"
Interview about Creative Writing
Interview “Good and Bad Reasons for Being a Writer”
Interview “Woman with Horns” and Different Facets of the Filipino Woman

Interviews on YouTube

Jeepney Books Interviews Cecilia Brainard
Cecilia Brainard Gives Advice to Beginning Writers
Bobit Avila Interviews Cecilia Brainard, Part 1
Bobit Avila Interviews Cecilia Brainard, Part 2
Bobit Avila Interviews Cecilia Brainard, Part 3
“As Cute as a Filipino on a Saturday Night” by G. Tongi for Kababayan Today, 2017
Interview by Cecilia Brainard by Janelle So for Kababayan Today, 2011
Interview of Cecilia Brainard by Janelle So for Kababayan Today, 2013
Interview of Cecilia Brainard by Rappler's Miriam Grace Go, on writing about her two homes, 2019

Tags: Tags: Research, studies, media, #CeciliaBrainard

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Cecilia Brainard at Philippine Expressions, Masskara Festival

Cecilia with Dar Santos Family

 Linda Nietes of Philippine Expressions invited me to sign my books at the Masskara Festival on Sunday, August 4, 2019 in Long Beach. I It was great seeing Linda and her husband Robert again. I was also delighted to see Marilu Morris, Cedric, Ernie Delfin, Eric Lachica. I was happy to meet the Dar Santos Family, all members of whom read and bought Filipiniana books. Here are some pictures courtesy of MariLu Morris and Lisa Pimentel Dar Santos.

Tags: book signing, Philippine Expressions, festival

Monday, August 5, 2019

Japan Tour: Koyasan

Koyasan, Japan

 The mountaintop place of Koyasan with its ancient cedar groves and Buddhist temples felt other-worldly and mystical. Koyasan, a UNESCO site, preserves Shingon Buddhism, a sect began in 805 by Kobo Daishi. The town only has Buddhist temples for housing, and we stayed at Ekoin Temple, where we slept on tatami mats, ate vegan food prepared by the monks, and witnessed their meditation, chanting, and a morning prayer ritual that involved burning wooden sticks with petitions. We had a wonderful walk through the Okunoin cemetery with graves and mausoleums of shoguns and emperors. This ancient cemetery also had many small stone statues tucked here and there, near imposing grave markers and enormous cedar tree roots. The figures had knitted head coverings and red aprons; these small Buddha figures represented dead babies and indicated that infant mortality was high and that their families grieved for their dead babies.  

Japan Tour: Osaka

I'm sharing pictures taken at our recent visit to Japan. 
These were taken in Osaka, which was the starting point of our tour.