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 

#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: <>

tags: jewelry, earrings, creole earrings, criolla earrings, tambourin jewelry, Spanish-colonial jewelry 

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



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)

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.