Friday, September 30, 2022

Two Pictures with Vincent Van Gogh's Paintings

 

 

Posing with two paintings by Vincent Van Gogh. The photo above was taken at the Musee D'Orsay in Paris. It is a painting of Van Gogh's room at the hospital in Saint-Remy.  

The painting below -- Starry Starry Night -- was taken in MOMA in New York.  

Van Gogh believed that drawing was the "root of everything."


#Art #Drawing #sketching #vincent #writerswhosketch #writerswholoveart

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Favorite Photos of My Cats Che and Tesla


 Here are some pictures of my #cats Che and Tesla through the years. These two cats are brothers, whom we adopted around 11 years ago from their rescue Mom in Pasadena.  She was walking her dogs when they dogs caught the scent of a mother cat giving birth behind bushes.  The Rescue Mom rescued the mother cat and her kittens.  We adopted these two. Bless them, they make me laugh several times a day.

Check back I will be posting more.







Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Travel to Avalon, Catalina Island, California

 Catalina Island is an hour's boat-ride away but the place feels like some distant place in France or elsewhere.  Here are some family pictures from a recent visit:




Thursday, September 22, 2022

Thinking of Travel to Honfleur, Pelourinho, Ephesus

 Remembering ....

#Honfleur #France


#Ephesus #Turkey



#Pelourinho #SalvadorBrazil


tags: #Travel #tourist #Travelling



Tuesday, September 20, 2022

PRAISE for Linda Ty-Casper's book on Leonard Ralph Casper

 



PRAISE FOR:

WILL YOU HAPPEN, PAST THE SILENCE, THROUGH THE DARK?: Remembering Leonard Ralph Casper, by Linda Ty-Casper -Advance copies now available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. 

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Will You Happen, Past the Silence, Through the Dark: Remembering Leonard Ralph Casper is a treasure trove of charms and jewels for those like me who find Leonard Casper a bit of a cryptic, enigmatic figure. Linda Ty-Casper has done a great service by shedding light on Len’s memory, allowing us a voyeur’s look into a life dedicated to the magic and unease found in letters. ...I am sure this book will remain relevant for decades to come.” ~ Joel Pablo Salud, Author, Editor

Saturday, September 17, 2022

The Beginning and Other Asian Folktales in Ebook - PAWWA Book Project

 


I kept my promise! I made an Ebook of the second children's book of folk tales by PAWWA (Philippine American Women Writers and Artists): THE BEGINNING AND OTHER ASIAN FOLKTALES is now available from various Ebook vendors, including Kindle.


The Beginning and Other Asian Folktales is a collection of 18 folktales from Laos (Hmong), the Philippines, Japan, Vietnam, Sumatra, Bali, India, China, and Korea.


Thursday, September 15, 2022

Seven Stories from Seven Sisters: A Collection of Philippine Folktales - now in Ebook format







While sorting out the papers of the writers' group PAWWA (Philippine American Women Writers and Artists), I was looking at PAWWA's children's book projects and thought it was a shame that these charming books are now out-of-print. I decided to make ebook editions of the two books (PAWWA had entrusted the care of these books to me.)

The first one, now released and given new life is: SEVEN STORIES FROM SEVEN SISTERS: A COLLECTION OF PHILIPPINE FOLKTALES.


This book collects retellings of folk tales, legends, epic retellings, by the seven founding members of PAWWA -more info in this Wiki link (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_American_Women_Writers_and_Artists) .

There are seven beloved stories in the book that include: Seven Thousand Emeralds, The Legend of Mt. Makiling, A Secret in Makiling, The Mermaid and Kanag, The Legend of Siete Pecados, The Haunted Dakit Tree, and Bolak Sonday: The Woman Warrior. These retellings can be enjoyed by children and grownups alike. Folk tales from the Philippines and around the world are great educational tools.

 PRAISE:

"I hope that every school system in the United States will have a collection of folktales like SEVEN STORIES FROM SEVEN SISTERS to enrich their multicultural programs, reflecting the rich tapestry of our society," said Warren Furutani, then President of the Los Angeles Board of Education.

      

 


 tags: Philippine folktales, Filipino folktales, Filipino folklore, Filipino legends, Philippine myths, Filipino children's book



Saturday, September 10, 2022

Book Review for Linda Ty-Casper's Book: WILL YOU HAPPEN





Book review WILL YOU HAPPEN, PAST THE SILENCE, THROUGH THE DARK?: Remembering Leonard Ralph Casper (PALH, December 2022, ISBN: 978-1-953716200 - palhbooks.com) 
 Review published in SANTELMO: Liwanag Sa Dilim (#7, Sept. 21, 2022)



Will You Happen, Past the Silence, Through the Dark: A Life in Letters

By Joel Pablo Salud

To write an analysis “so candid as to seem uncaring”.

I’ve read that line in In Burning Ambush: Essays 1985-1990, my first and, regrettably, only introduction to the works of author Leonard Casper. I had stumbled on a copy in a secondhand section of a bookstore whose name I cannot now recall, for a price much too bargain-basement for its hidden gems.


Casper, it would be safe to say, was one of my earliest influences in writing the essay. It’s a station he continues to share with four other authors whose nonfiction prose have nourished me in the early years: Alfred “Krip” Yuson, Sylvia Mayuga, Rosario Garcellano, and National Artist for Literature Cirilo Bautista.

They are my core encouragements, my pentangular spurs to a career spun across close to 40 years. But it was Casper who has, to this day, remained but a mere shadow, until Cecilia Brainard (author of When the Rainbow Goddess Wept and The Newspaper Widow, among others) requested that I look into a manuscript Linda Ty-Casper has written on her husband, Len.

In the Preface, Linda Casper writes:

“This book is the Memoir that Len did not get to write. But the letters he wrote actually are his Memoir, evoking a life, the work that nurtured that life, the yearning for meaning that led to the creation of that essential self through his writings – plays, poems short stories, critical essays; through his planting trees and shrubs along the Sudbury River where we lived for over 60 years; through the carefully chosen trips to reconnect with memory and realize dreams. Len chose a life and a world in which to live it; became who he wanted to be.”


Will You Happen, Past the Silence, Through the Dark: Remembering Leonard Casper begins as any good memoir ought to start: a controlled snapshot of a moment in time, shaped in ways that only a seasoned storyteller can:


“First, in a box of old pictures, there was the photo I don’t recall seeing: Len against a field, dated 1952. It could not have been taken in the Philippines, since he came in 1953, a month after Nanay, Gabriela Paez Viardo, my grandmother died, so they never met. They would have liked each other. Nanay told stories of the revolution against Spain, the war with the Americans; saying, ‘Someone should write these stories.’”


My being lured into the story was instantaneous. All it took was a sense of mystery, of a time and a photograph less likely to have any value to the reader save for its undying historicity. Talk of revolution, of war, of the colonials, of grandmothers holding long-kept secrets, were always a matter of great expectations to me story-wise. It reminded me of a memoir penned by my Latin American favorites, Gabriel García Márquez, in particular, whose little more than personal accounts of his life seeded much of his fiction.


Linda Ty Casper’s inclusion of the correspondences by Leonard Casper was everything but a dry recollection of now irrelevant thoughts. In fact, I find them significant in a memoir largely focused on the author’s writing life. Linda Casper writes:


“This recollection of Len’s life, overlapping at times, is a rumination. The letters show a life lived not in the isolation of academe, but one ever opening into fullness: countless connections that deepened into an inner life which shaped the work, enriched daily existence: perhaps, what continues into eternity, endless time, and timeless space.”


Leonard’s exchanges with American poet and literary critic Robert Penn Warren were so forthright and honest that any writer who would read them, and look back at his or her own life, may find necessary comfort in Leonard’s words:


“I have had a novel and a book poetry rejected too many times to care for wishful thinking. But these are the facts and I’m sure you can be even more unimpressed by them than I…” (March 10, 1953).


Without falling into the temptation of being a spoiler, I quote here Warren’s letter to Casper five years later in 1958: “Dear Mr. Casper, Yes, I have learned that Random House will not do your book – through I know that Erskine was greatly impressed by your quality as critic and writer. I imagine that it is the sort of thing which a university press will have to do – and what’s wrong with that?”

The choice of the right publisher and timing do come into play when thinking of publishing a book, and by August, Warren’s words proved him right. The University of Washington had finally agreed to come out with Leonard Casper’s book.


Leonard Casper would later write of Warren – in his book Robert Penn Warren: The Dark and Bloody Ground (Ford Foundation / University of Washington Press) – and bring to fore such ideas that people today need to hear:


“Violence is read not as melodramatic gesture but sometimes as the ironic outcome of attitudes of self-appointed innocents, those who elect themselves by self-righteous damnation of other; and always as the living shape of mutable identity / Warren does not share the Jeffersonian myth of human perfectibility; but everything he has ever written defends a faith in the possibility of human redemption, through acceptance of responsibility for one’s acts, even those long past, and vicariously for the acts of others.”


What, to me, remains intriguing was Leonard Casper’s withdrawal from a scholarship awarded by the Fulbright Committee and the Institute of International Education. The letter dated August 1, 1949 was heartbreaking to read, but simultaneously liberating for one reason: the possibility and presence of an honest man.


“Someone who deserves it more and who can benefit others and himself more by it, has the scholarship now… I think my greatest regret in having to refuse the Fulbright scholarship lay in the knowledge that it would be sort of a betrayal of those who had recommended me. I hope that you will forgive me for being honest too late.”

Leonard Casper, for everyone’s information, taught at the University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila, including Philippine Normal College. His last visit to the country was in 1996 where he presented a paper at the Bicentennial of the Philippine Revolution in Manila. His stay had opened doors for him to build personal relationships with many a Filipino author, including Silliman University’s Edilberto and Edith Teimpo. Where friends find comfort in each other’s encouragement, in the world of letters, such “encouragements” between friends come sometimes in rather harsh tones. Edilberto Tiempo’s letter to Leonard Casper dated January 26, 1974 was indicative of the candor friends in the literary community enjoy:


“Do you have a review of To Be Free?... I’m interested in your opinion especially because you were quite harsh on my first two novels. Frankly, Len, I couldn’t read any edition of Watch in the Night (or Cry Slaughter by Edilberto Tiempo), I have been embarrassed by that novel.”


Will You Happen, Past the Silence, Through the Dark: Remembering Leonard Casper is a treasure trove of charms and jewels for those like me who find Leonard Casper a bit of a cryptic, enigmatic figure. Linda Ty-Casper has done a great service by shedding light on Len’s memory, allowing us a voyeur’s look into a life dedicated to the magic and unease found in letters.


I am sure this book will remain relevant for decades to come.

 


BIO: Joel Pablo Salud is a Filipino author and columnist. He writes for the Philstar Life, Rappler, San Anselmo Publications, Inc, among others. He is a member at Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas, was former member of the Manila Critics Circle, former chair of the Writers in Prison Committee of PEN Manila and was former Editor-in-Chief at the Philippines Graphics.  


You can find Joel Pablo Salud and Anselmo Publications Inc in Facebook and other social media.  The photo shows him with his wife.

 

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Tags: Leonard Casper, Robert Penn Warren, Philippine literature, Filipino literature, Philippine critic

Friday, September 2, 2022

L.M. Grow Write-Ups re Filipino Writer Cecilia Brainard

 

 

 

Dr. L.M. Grow, Author, Emeritus Senior Professor at Broward College, and Literary Critic whose career specialty was Philippine Literature sent me some writeups he did of my first novel, WHEN THE RAINBOW GODDESS WEPT, also known as SONG OF YVONNE.

    I am posting scans of the writeups.

First is a chapter from his book, AND QUIET FLOWS THE DAWN:

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Cecilia Brainard "Cebuano Writers in English" NCCA Philippine Project

 




FILIPINA AUTHOR  Cecilia Manguerra Brainard responds to questions by Dr. Bea Martinez (Cebuano Studies Center) as part of the "Cebuano Writers in English" project of the NCCA Philippines. This is a comprehensive interview, over one hour long.


CECILIA BRAINARD - Cebuano Writers in English, NCCA

 

https://youtu.be/z8qbFjWVqhU 


#Cebuanowriters #Filipinowriters #Philippineliterature #Cebuanoliterature #Cebuanawriter #Philippineducation

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Filipino Readers Choice Awards Nominations - Cecilia Brainard books

 


I see that my books published by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House are included in the nomination lists for the Filipino Readers' Choice Awards. Thanks to the organizers. USTph books are available at Lazada and Shopee; you can also find my books at Amazon.
The nomination list also includes books by writers I know: Linda Ty-Casper, Caroline Hau, Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, Jenny Ortuoste, George Deoso, and others. Here's the link, scroll down:

 



Tags: Filipino books. Filipino writers, Filipino fiction, Philippine fiction. Philippines literature, Filipina writers 

Philippine American Women Writers & Artists (PAWWA) - Pictures & Memorabilia



PAWWA Pictures Memorabilia




I came across pictures and documents of Philippine Women Writers & Artists (PAWWA), a support group, which I cofounded in 1991.  

I will be posting pictures and information about PAWWA here. Please check back.

The pictures below are from the 1998 conference, "Journey of 100 Years."

Seated l-r: Nadine Sarreal, Rosita Galang, Hermia Menez, Edmundo Litton, Luisa Igloria
Standing l-4: Letecia Layson, Member, Cecilia Brainard, Paulino Lim, Jr., Valorie Slaughter Bejarano, Susan Montepio, Member.

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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