Thursday, September 23, 2021

Book Review of CECILIA BRAINARD'S NOVEL, THE NEWSPAPER WIDOW by Angeles de Leon

 


BOOK REVIEW of The Newspaper Widow a Novel by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

PALH 2021 & University of Santo Tomas Publishing House 2017

By ANGELES DE LEON

Starting out as a riveting murder mystery, it took me along as it branched, twisted & turned along the way, it deepened into the story of a friendship between 2 women, of differing personalities from different cultures (one a Frenchwoman, the other a Chinese-Spanish-Native hybrid) as they mourned their lost loves, and struggled to survive in the clash of the early 1900’s American Colonial Period. The customs, costumes, society, and details of those times gone by, ring true; they evoke tales of my own grandma. The characters are recognizable- - reminiscent of some folks I have met in the Visayan society of my day. Ubec, (Cebu named backwards) a southern Philippine island, is painted with the atmosphere redolent of the tropical islands where I grew up.

 

For copies of the book:

In the US check out Amazon, Barnes & Noble and others; in the Philippines check out Lazada and Shopee

tags: Philippine novels, Filipino novels, Filipino books, Filipino mystery, Filipino murder mystery, Philippine literature books,  Filipino detective novels 


Friday, September 17, 2021

Inquirer Article re NINE FILIPINOS & FILAM AUTHORS READ OCT 9

 

Article re:

NINE FILIPINO AND FILAM AUTHORS TO READ FROM THEIR NEW BOOKS, Oct. 9, 5 p.m. (California time).

Featuring: Gina Apostol; Jhoanna Lynn Cruz; George Gonzaga Deoso; Caroline Sy Hau; Mae Respicio; Randy Ribay; Brian Ascalon Roley; Ricco Siasoco; Lara Stapleton.

Register via Zoom: https://bit.ly/FilAmHist10-9-21

OR

San Francisco Public Library, Events: https://sfpl.org/events/2021/10/09/author-hot-press-filipino-and-filam-literary-reading. 

https://usa.inquirer.net/81760/nine-filipino-and-fil-am-authors-to-read-from-their-new-books-oct-9


Tags: #Filipinoauthors #Filipinobooks  Philippineliterature #HOTP #literaryreading #poetryreading 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Register for HOTP Literary Reading by 9 Filipino & FilAm Authors


INVITATION to a Virtual Literary Reading by Nine Filipino & FilAm Authors, Saturday, October 9, 2021, 5-6:30 p.m. (California Time), San Francisco Public Library/ Events (sfpl.org).

 

READERS: Gina Apostol, Jhoanna Lynn Cruz, George Gonzaga Deoso, Caroline Sy Hau, Mae Respicio, Randy Ribay, Brian Ascalon Roley, Ricco Siasoco, and Lara Stapleton.

 


OR

 

You can also view the event here:


Read also:

Press Release of  2021 HOTP Literary Reading  - https://cbrainard.blogspot.com/2021/08/press-release-2021-hot-off-press.html


Tags: #filipinoauthors #filipinobooks #filamauthors #HOTP #Philippineliterature #poetryreading 

 

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Memories & Sketches #2 by Cecilia Brainard - Talisay

 



I continue my blogging about my memories with sketches ... and also old photos. Copyright 2021 by Cecilia Brainard

TALISAY
Cecilia Brainard

My father had been an engineering professor at the University of the Philippines in Manila. He and my mother lived in a big house on Georgia Street, in the Malate District. There they had their first two children -- my oldest sister and brother. When World War II broke out, my father entrusted the Manila house to his nephew Nanding. He brought his family by boat to Mindanao, and there he worked for the guerrilla movement — I have fictionalized some of their war stories into my first novel, When the Rainbow Goddess Wept (aka Song of Yvonne).

There they stayed for four years. My other sister was born “behind some bushes” while a Japanese patrol walked by. My mother lost a baby boy there, a miscarriage. My father would disappear for days without my mother knowing where he went, only to discover later on that he had traveled with the Americans to Australia or some other place.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Remembering Jaime Picornell by Cecilia Brainard

 

 


Cecilia Brainard Remembers Jaime Picornell who passed away last August 16, 2021

Published in Positively Filipino

 https://www.positivelyfilipino.com/magazine/the-jolly-spaniard-of-cebu

The Jolly Spaniard of Cebu

Cecilia Manguerra Brainard


Cebu in the 1950s and 1960s had small-town ways. The city was not as sprawling or as heavily populated as it is now. Families knew one another. Everyone knew the Picornell family. They were a holdover from the Spanish era, pure Spanish in blood, though they had assimilated Cebuano ways.


Jaime became close to our family in the mid-1960s. He became a good friend of my brother and his wife. When my sister Ana and cousin Chickie returned from their post-graduate studies in Spain, Jaime became close to them. He also became a friend of my mother. So, it happened that when I was in Cebu for my school holidays (I attended college in Manila), I got to know Jaime better.


He used to come around for merienda or dinner, and while we sat around the table, my mother would say, “Jaime-Jaime, tell us about …” And Jaime would start telling stories about the personalities of Cebu, sending us into hysterical laughter at his animated lively stories. Jaime was a great storyteller; he knew how to zero on in people’s quirks and turn them into funny anecdotes. We laughed but knew we had our own peculiarities and that we were all part of the fabric of Cebu. - please continue reading in Positively Filipino

 

 

 

Tags: Cebu Society, Cebu Philippines, Cebu culture, Cebu history, Spanish Filipinos