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 

 

Cecilia Brainard Remembers Filipino Filam Author Bienvenido N. Santos - You Lovely People Conference

 

Bienvenido N. Santos & Cecilia Brainard, circa 1996

Cecilia Brainard remembers noted Filipino Filam author Bienvenido N. Santos at the "You Lovely People: An Online Conference" on March 22, 2022, sponsored by the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center and the Department of Literature at De La Salle University, Manila.

The Conference went on for 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. Cecilia's 10 minute talk was part of the Closing Program: Remembering Bienvenido N. Santos, along with Dr. Raymond Tan, Brother Bernard Oca, Dr. Dinah Roma, Readings by Mark Adrian Ho, Timothy Montes, and Response from Dr. Tomas N. Santos on behalf of the Santos Family.


 Tags: Filipino authors, Filipino novelists, Filipino writers, Filipino books, Filipino American books, Filipino American writers, FilAm novelists

Monday, March 21, 2022

4-year old Vikram's Vichelin Star Restaurant Reviews - La Cabana Venice Mexican Restaurant

 


Vikram's Vichelin Star Restaurant Reviews

Vikram rates the following: 


La Cabana Mexican Restaurant - * * * * * (Five Stars)

738 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Vikram's faves are: the limonada, the bacon spinach quesadilla, and the candy at the end of the meal.



 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 19, 2022

Author Cecilia Brainard Virtual Lectures & Readings in You Tube Palhbooks

 


Many of Cecilia Manguerra Brainard's virtual lectures and literary readings can be found in YouTube Palhbooks or click here

https://www.youtube.com/user/palhbooks/videos 

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: Philippine literature, Philippine American writers, Filipino American readings, Filipino American writers, Filipino American literary

Monday, March 7, 2022

World War Two Hero Cebu: Federico A. Reyes

 



There are many Filipino heroes of World War Two in the Philippines. Among them was Captain Federico Arias Reyes who was married to my mother's sister Consuelo Cuenco.  They lived in Cebu City.

Capt Reyes was born in Meycawayan, Bulacan on July 3, 1913; he died on June 10, 2011. He graduated from Mapua Institute of Technology in 1937 with a Civil Engineering degree. His parents were Pedro Reyes and Florentina Arias. His siblings were: Francisco, Hermogenes, Andrea and Irenea. Federico and Consuelo Reyes had three children: Teresita, Federico, and Florentino.

Sunday, March 6, 2022

4-year old Vikram's Vichelin Star Restaurant Reviews - The Palace Seafood & Dim Sum

 



Introducing Vikram's Vichelin Star Restaurant Reviews. 

Four-year old Vikram rates restaurants that he has visited.

 

The Palace Seafood & Dim Sum Restaurant - * * * * *  (Five Stars)

11701 Wilshire Blvd, LA, CA 90025


 

Vikram says, "Great service, food, and lemonade. Their siomai is my favorite."


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 5, 2022

Historic Antique Photograph Philippine Cuenco Family

 

 


For the first time I deciphered the writing on this old photo that I got from my aunt, Lourdes Cuenco. It's quite an interesting photo that includes a historic figure, Mariano Sevilla who had been part of the Revolution against Spain. His companion revolutionaries were killed by the Spaniards; fortunately for Sevilla, he was exiled. Read on.
1895 historic picture of the Cuenco Family. The photo references the Philippine hero Father Jose Burgos of the famous trio of hero-martyrs GomBurZa who were executed by the Spaniards in 1897 following the Cavite Mutiny. Father Mariano Sevilla (shown in the picture) had been exiled after the 1872 Cavite Mutiny.
The caption is in Spanish; I'll try to translate: Historic Photograph taken in Manila in the year 1895 for the Fotografia Pantierra. From left to right: sitting, Dona Remedios Diosomito Cuenco, mother of Archbishop Cuenco, Senator Cuenco, and Congressman Cuenco; Standing: Jose Ma. Cuenco, 10 years old, student at the Colegio de la Sagrada, Head Dr. Mariano Sevilla, companion of Father Jose Burgos; Standing Mariano Jesus Cuenco, 8 years old; center standing Jaime Cuenco, 7 years old (died); girl Dolores Cuenco, (1 year old).
My paternal grandfather was Mariano Jesus Cuenco. Remedios Diosomito Cuenco, here shown, was my great-grandmother.

photo copyright 2022 cecilia brainard

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