Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Cecilia Brainard Talk - Philippine Consulate Jeddah, Saudi Arabia #NationalLiteratureMonth


The Philippine Consulate General of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia celebrated National Literature Month in April 2022. The Speakers on April 25, 2022 were Cecilia Manguerra Brainard and Dr. Christine Godinez-Ortega.

The FB link to the complete talk follows. Cecilia is in the second half of the video. .

You may also watch Cecilia Brainard's Talk on YouTube: 

Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, author and editor of over twenty books, talks about her roots that inspired much of her writing. As a writing teacher for many years, she shares practical creative writing tips that can be helpful to teachers and aspiring writers. She covers topics such as character and character development, conflict, dialogue, setting, and more. She also gives shares online resources for ebooks and information about Fake News and she talks about the importance of critical thinking.

Here is Part 1 of Brainard's talk "Writing Your Own Stories." -  

Here is Part 2 of Brainard's talk "Writing Your Own Stories" - 

Here is Part 3 of Brainard's Talk "Writing Your Own Stories" -

Tags: Philippine literature, Filipino literature, Filipino authors, Filipino writers

Thursday, April 21, 2022

My Father, Mariano Flores Manguerra


I'm sharing pictures of my father, MARIANO FLORES MANGUERRA. My father was from Laguna, and he taught for many years as a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of the Philippines. When World War Two broke out, he brought his family (Concepcion Cuenco Manguerra, my mother, and their two young children) to Mindanao where he joined the guerrilla movement. After the war, and because Manila was almost totally destroyed, my parents settled in Cebu. He was a district engineer and a private contractor.
There were many things I do not know about my father because he died when I was young, and one of this was this: in 1947, he had been Acting Mayor of Cebu.
The article by Clarence Paul Oaminal, published in the Freeman, 12/19/16 has more information.

The group photo with Papa (seated, 4th from left) shows him with members of the Tau Alpha fraternity of UP Engineering, which lists him as "Adviser." I always understood he co-founded this fraternity, and even now, Tau Alpha members remember him.
The solo photo of him was when he was a young man.
When he was in his early twenties, he went to Valparaiso University in Indiana to study civil engineering.

Tags: Cebu politics, Cebu society, Cebu personalities, Laguna personalities 

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

My Maternal Grandmother, Filomena Alesna Cuenco



Here is an old photo of my maternal grandmother, Filomena Alesna Cuenco, with her grandsons l-r: Ramon and Tony Cuenco. This was taken in 1938.
Filomena Alesna Cuenco from Carcar was born May 1, 1882. Her parent were: Evaristo Barcenilla Alesna and Cresencia Ynosencia Sanchez Villarosa. Her parents died when she was young and she and her 2 sisters were raised by 2 old maid aunts. Her older sister Placida married Mateo Noel; her younger sister Josefa married Isabelo Montesclaros; Filomena married Mariano Jesus Cuenco. They had 8 children (6 survived to adulthood: Manuel, Lourdes, Concepcion (my mother), Carmen, Consuelo, Teresita. Filomena had a stroke and died during wartime (WWII).
The boys in the picture are sons of Manuel and Milagros Cuenco. Tony Cuenco served as a council member for the 2nd District of Cebu City. Unfortunately he passed away last June 2020 due to effects of Covid 19.
I love these old pictures, not only for the faces of the people but also for the details, like the grandfather clock in the back, and my grandmother's gown, jewelry, the children's clothes too - look at the little strappy sandals. I find these very charming.

Tags: old photographs, antique photographs, Cebu politics, Cebu society, Cuenco Family

Friday, April 15, 2022

4-year old Vikram's Vichelin Star Restaurant Reviews - Lazy Daisy Cafe, Santa Monica


Vikram's Vicheln Star Restaurant Reviews
Vikram rates the following

LAZY DAISY CAFE, Santa Monica  * * * * * (Five Stars)
2300 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Vik's faves are: Lemonade, Crispy Waffle with Strawberries, Bacon
Note: Vik's Dad likes Eggs Benedict.

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