Saturday, January 21, 2023

Dr. Jenny Ortuoste Writes About Growing Up Filipino 3

 



Excerpt from New Year Reads on Growing Up, ‘Sudden Fiction,’ and a Past Philippines by Dr. Jenny Ortuoste, Manila Standard.net. Jan. 21, 2023


Growing Up Filipino 3 (296 pgs, pb, 2022), collected and edited by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, are “new stories from young adults.” Among the writers are well-known names such as Oscar Peñaranda, Danton Remoto, Ian Rosales Casocot, and Nikki Alfar.

The stories showcase a wide variety of children’s and young adults’ experiences coping with the nuances of cultures around the world while also coming to terms with what it means to be Filipino.

In Tall Woman From Leyte, novelist Gina Apostol tells of a kindergarten-aged child who unwittingly stumbles into the presence of a lady who was “very, very tall, with two feet of hair. Really.”

Accompanied by “uniformed men,” the lady was “beautiful. She sparkled in the sunlight. Gold was on her arms, jewels on her fingers. Diamonds, green stones, a ruby.” Diamonds also glitter on this mysterious creature’s shoes, but the shine extends to her skin, which is unflattering: her ankles are “silvery, like fish scales.”

It is Imelda Marcos, and the toddler spends an hour or so with her, Marcos Sr., and their guests, in an encounter that reflects the reality of how they perceived themselves (as larger-than-life parents of the country) and other people (as the recipients of their benevolent largesse).


In The Fancy Dancer, John Jack G. Wigley recounts how as a boy growing up in Angeles City “a few meters away from the Clark Air Force Base,” he led a conga line of U.S. servicemen and Filipina sex workers dancing through the streets. The memory is raw and honest, and Wigley shares it with us unflinchingly.

Brainard’s own The Dead Boy is a peek into the life of the elite of Ubec City, the author’s alternate Cebu. Bill Lowry is murdered, perhaps shot by a PC who spied on Bill and his girlfriend Bebop necking. The incident compels the narrator, a teenage girl, to navigate her understanding of the meaning of love, death, and the tenacity of life.

The collection is an interesting one, with many gems of good writing that scintillate. I look forward to some of the stories being taught in literature classes in SHS and college.

***

Schedule of Book Events Related to Growing Up Filipino 3: New Stories for Young Adults


Tags: Filipino teens, Filipino books, YA Filipinos, #YAbooks #teenbooks Philippine books


Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Invitation to Growing Up Filipino 3 Book Launch - Jan. 28, Fully Booked

 

Invitation

Book Launch of GROWING UP FILIPINO 3: NEW STORIES FOR YOUNG ADULTS


Date: Saturday, January 28, 2023, 6 - 8 p.m.
Where: Fully Booked BGC
Program:  
Readings by Nikki Alfar, Cecilia Brainard, George Deoso, Yvette Fernandez, Patricia Manuel Go, Sarge Lacuesta, Kannika Pena, Danton Remoto, Dom Sy, Jack Wigley
Q&A, 
Book Signing

 Book Description:  

Growing Up Filipino 3: New Stories for Young Adults (USTph 2022) collects 25 short stories by Filipino authors in the US and the Philippines about what it means to be young and Filipino. The stories explore the universal themes of coming-of-age, love, angst, family, relationships, and other young adult issues. The stories reveal Filipino and Filipino American culture, mores, history, society, politics, and other nuances. For instance, Filipino respect for their elders, extended families, religious practices, funereal rites, love for folklore are apparent in the stories.

 Growing Up Filipino 3: New Stories For Young Adults follows two earlier critically acclaimed books -- Growing Up Filipino: Stories For Young Adults (2003) and Growing Up Filipino Ii: More Stories For Young Adults(2010), books that have been used by educators and enjoyed by adults and young adults alike.

Tags: Filipino teens, Filipino young adults, Teen books, Filipino books, Philippine books, Book Talk, Literary reading 









Tuesday, January 10, 2023

REMEMBERING CEBU: AMERICAN CONSUL'S WIFE by Margaret Sullivan

 

Consul Dan Sullivan and his wife Margaret and their youngest son Charley

REMEMBERING CEBU: AMERICAN CONSUL'S WIFE

by Margaret Sullivan

Writer and artist Margaret Sullivan lived in Cebu 50 plus years ago. Her connections there have continued as she returned to cover Aquino elections in the 80s and was Executive Director of the Philippine Centennial Foundation in the 90s. Much of this included in “Fragments From a Mobile Life.” 

How does one begin to write about living in Cebu where we arrived 52 years ago—a place with people tucked permanently in your heart? I could fill a book.

From August 1971 to June 1974, my husband, Dan, was the American Consul in Cebu. The Consulate, a small suite of offices on the third floor of the Phil-Am Life Building, was the branch of the Embassy in Manila. As Consul, Dan was the official face of the United States in the Visayas and Mindanao.

He, and, therefore, we, were in a succession of Consuls and Vice Consuls who came, stayed a while, and moved elsewhere. Marisol Borromeo Putong, the long-time secretary provided continuity, and in reality was the Consulate. Marisol knew everyone. Without her, the Consulate could not have functioned.

Monday, January 9, 2023

A Locational Feminist Reading of Filipina American Fiction by Ma. Elena L. Paulima

 


Many thanks to Dr. Erlinda Alburo for calling my attention to this academic paper about Filipino American fiction published in KINAADMAN Vol, XL, 2018 (A Jounral of Southern Philippines, published by Xavier University).  The study includes discussions of stories from books I edited, including Fiction by Filipinos in America, and Growing Up Filipino 2

Dr. Ma. Elena L. Paulma looks at the works of Amelia Bueno, Lesliann Hobayan, Rashaan Meneses, Julia Palarca, Veronica Montes, Evelina Galang, Leny Stroble, and other Filipino American authors and academics. 

Thanks to Dr. Ma. Elena L. Paulma and Kinaadman for this study. 



Source: Kinaadman Vol XL, 2018,  All rights reserved

ARTICLES

A Locational Feminist Reading of

Filipina-American Fiction: A Non-Fiction

Ma Elena L Paulma

Abstract

This paper tackles the concept of epistemic violence described by Michel Focault and Gayatri Spivak as the erasure of cultures, languages and identities. Taking into consideration several voices, to wit: those of feminist literary theorists, characters from selected Filipina-American fiction, voices of Filipina-Americans whom the writer has had conversations with in America, the creative non-fiction voice of the writer and the writer’s own voice in weaving together this collective experience, this paper elucidates that the search for “home” is the context for the international diaspora of Filipinos. Interlacing critical analysis with creative non-fiction, the paper outlines the creation of the reterritorialized “third space.” By applying Susan Friedman’s five locational tropic patterns, namely: the metaphorics of “glocation”, migration, nation, borders and conjuncture, the paper examines seven selected short stories written by Filipina-Americans, all focusing on Filipina-American characters. The paper shows that Filipina-Americans experience a continuing sense of marginalization as they are neither entirely included in, nor completely excluded from, the American landscape.

Saturday, January 7, 2023

SCHEDULE BOOK LAUNCHES/EVENTS for GROWING UP FILIPINO 3: New Stories for Young Adults


SCHEDULE BOOK LAUNCHES/EVENTS FOR GROWING UP FILIPINO 3: NEW STORIES FOR YOUNG ADULTS - check back for details and confirm before attending.



#youngadultbooks #Filipinoteens #Filipinoyoungadults #filipinobooks

Sunday, January 1, 2023

My Papyrus Painting of the Flight to Egypt

 



I bought this papyrus painting in Cairo. I was studying it this morning, reflecting on the Holy Family's flight to Egypt.


Imagine having to pack up hurriedly, not have the chance to say goodbye to your family and friends, to leave as quickly as you can to save your child's life, your lives. To walk, ride a donkey, ask for help, hide from danger, travel far to another country to seek refuge. To have to learn their language and customs.


This was what the Holy Family had to do, and this is what current-day refugees have to do.


May the Holy Family bless these modern refugees and bless us too.


#flighttoegypt #holyfamily #christianity #catholic #refugees

Friday, December 30, 2022

Che & Tesla Looking Forward to a Great 2023!!!

 


I'm wishing everyone the best for 2023!!!  Happy New Year, everyone!!!


#newyear #happy2023

Friday, December 23, 2022

Merry Christmas from Cecilia Brainard and Family

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS


I've been sharing a huge number of family pictures, and many thanks for your indulgence. I have them in a folder for Shutterfly. One year, I made a Memory book for the family from these pictures and more, the thinking being at least the pictures will be in hard copy and won't disintegrate or get lost in the computer.
Here is one of our first family photos. The baby in my arms was just a few days old. It makes me think of how Mary and Joseph must have felt with the Baby in their arms that first Christmas.
Yes, yes, yes, we were very young. Merry Christmas!

 


Tags: #Christmasphotos #merrychristmas #christmasmemories 

Saturday, December 17, 2022

Remembering General Robert Brainard and others - Old Family Photo

 


The photo is fading. Here is a picture of me and my nuclear family with my mother (right), and some members of my husband's family. Robert Brainard (left standing in back), Josephine Horde Brainard (far left), and Tillie Robson (beside Josephine), and my mother Concepcion Cuenco Manguerra have moved on.
I loved my husband's family; and they loved me. I miss them. General Robert Brainard or Dad used to visit and he'd arrive before my husband got home from work. I'd get him a beer or coffee (when he gave up liquor) and he would update me on family gossip. When My husband got home, they would turn on the TV and watch sports. My husband never got the family "gossip" and I was the one who would relay the family tidbits to him.
Aunt Tillie was married to Uncle Gerry (Dad's maternal uncle). She was so sensible and fair. When she was in her 90s, she made her own funeral arrangements and talked to the pastor about what he should say about her. "Keep it short," she said.
She and Uncle Gerry did not have children, and her nieces took care of her when she needed help, handled her bills, took her to doctors, etc. When she passed away, my husband got a phone call from one of the nieces informing him that she had left money for the relatives of her husband. She taken half her money and allocated that to her husband's relatives. Amazing to me, given the number of family squabbles in the Philippines over inheritance.
My mother is worthy of a book, and so I will talk about her another time.
I'm remembering them with love and gratitude for all they have done for me and my nuclear family. May they rest in peace.


tags:  #familyremembrance

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Brainard Family

 My family and I wish you a merry Christmas and happy New Year!  ~ Cecilia Brainard



#merrychristmas #Christmas2022 #Christmasgreetings #holidaygreetings 

Sunday, December 11, 2022

Halloween 2022 in Santa Monica

 Found these pictures taken last Halloween 2022. I put Halloween makeup on the members of our small party. After dinner, we went to the Santa Monica Mall where we saw the Gigantes put up by the City. We also ran into other revelers.  






  

Monday, November 28, 2022

Crypto Resurrection by Manny Gonzalez - Guest Blogger

 


My Guest Blogger is Manny Gonzalez. This appeared in the Philippine Star, November 26, 2022. It is reprinted in my blog by permission of the author.  Thanks to Manny Gonzalez.


 


CRYPTO RESURRECTION

By Manny Gonzalez. 

Mr. Gonzalez brings a unique multi-disciplinary perspective to this issue – public policy, financial analysis, and technology. As an officer of the World Bank, Mr. Gonzalez advised governments and financial institutions; as an investment banker he designed financial derivatives and assessed IPOs. He has been awarded 7 US Patents related to gathering information on the internet (uspto.gov, Inventor: Gonzalez, Emmanuel). He is now a successful entrepreneur. MBA Columbia University, Robert J. McKim, Jr., Fellow, and Roswell McCrea Award winner. For more details and list of publications, please see www.plantationbay.com/Credentials.asp.


In two previous articles published in the Philippine Star in 2018 (“Bitcoins — The Emperor Has No Clothes” and “Bitcoins AND Blockchains - Murphy’s Law”), I attempted to warn readers of the lack of logic behind cryptocurrencies. This year, 2022, my views were echoed by Warren Buffett and Paul Krugman.

Growing Up Filipino 3 / Book Trailer

 



The 3 volumes of the GROWING UP FILIPINO SERIES make great Christmas gifts. Check them out in Amazon and Barnes and Noble -- Growing Up Filipino: Stories for Young Adults; Growing Up Filipino: More Stories for Young Adults; and Growing Up Filipino: New Stories for Young Adults.





#Filipinoteens #Filamteens #pinoyreads #youngadults

Friday, November 18, 2022

Spain More Pictures - Barcelona

My Nov. 15 blog entry with pictures of Spain has become too long, thus this additional blog entry.

Here are more photos of Barcelona.  These were taken during our City Tour.


   
Note "Obama" shop, right side. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Pictures - Spain: Malaga, Mijas, Ronda, Barcelona

 

Here are some pictures taken in Spain: Malaga, Mijas, Ronda. I will add more pictures, including photos of Barcelona 

Malaga - photos show the Cathedral and the old section of Malaga. Our host is shown cooking paella for us.


 



Thursday, November 10, 2022

Guest Blogger Manuel Lino Faelnar - Cebuano Advocate

 

My Guest Blogger is MANUEL LINO FAELNAR, am advocate of the native Cebuano language. I knew him way back in Cebu as a good friend of my brother Jess Manguerra. I was recently surprised and delighted to read some of his poems in Bisaya and asked if he could share those in my blog. He kindly obliged. Here then is information and the poems with translation by Manuel Faelnar. 

 


Born in  Cebu City  September 23, 1938. 
Education 
Primary schooling (grades 1-4) Colegio de la Inmaculada Concepción, Cebu City. 
Intermediate (grades 5-6) and High School (1st to 4 th year) 
Colegio del Sto.Niño, Cebu City (HS class 1956).
Pre-Law Ateneo de Manila (class 1958).
Law and Jurisprudence (Ll.B and BSJ)
University of the Philippines, Diliman , QC (class 1962)
MBA UP Cebu.
Degré Français Comerciale, Alliance Française de Manille.

 

Work.
Counsel, Asian Development Bank , 1970-1996.
Resource person of DepEd, Reviewer for Cebuano language materials for the Mother Tongue-Based Multi Lingual Education Program.

  
 I have always felt at ease writing Binisaya poems as, in my view, I would not be constrained by foreign (i.e., Western) structures and straight
jackets. I could write very much as I pleased and as I felt, giving free vent to the flow of my native tongue.  
 
  I would like to share with you some of my poems. The first one, Hinumdom (Memory) was published by Sonny Villafania in Makata 2004 (a web site). In the spirit of World Poetry Day which will fell on on March 21, 2005, I write both the Cebuano and English versions. Both versions can be sung to the tune of  I Wonder Who's Kissing her Now.  copyright is not a problem.The tune is very old so
Here is the first poem.

Hinumdom (Memory)
 
Nganong nahinumdom ako,
Hinumdom ako kanimo,
Ang kagahapon wala magdayon,
Nganong nahinumdum ako.
 
Nganong gimingaw man ako,
Gimingaw ako kanimo,
Akong pagpangga gitalikdan mo, 
Nganong gimingaw man ako.
 
Imong gitalikdan ako,
Nasamdan and kasingkasing,
Apan pag-agi sa mga tuig,
Baga na sabliga'g tubig.
 
Ang palad wala mag-uyon,
Ugod kita magdayon,
Og pag-agi's dugayng panahon, 
Wala nay gibati karon.
 
Hinkalimtam untang tanan,
Lahi na ang kinabuhi,
Nganong mibalik and paghinumdom, 
Batan-on, wala pay dag-um."

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Interview of Filipino Novelist Linda Ty-Casper

 


 INTERVIEW OF LINDA TY-CASPER

I did this interview of the Filipino author Linda Ty-Casper several years ago, before her husband the noted literary critic Leonard Casper passed away. I am sharing it as part of the celebration of the release of her new book, WILL YOU HAPPEN, PAST THE SILENCE, THROUGH THE DARK? REMEMBERING LEONARD RALPH CASPER. 

 

In this book, Linda collects letters to and from her late husband into a collection she calls his "Memoir." The book is avaiable from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and palhbooks.com~ Cecilia Brainard

 


Where were you born born? When? Number of siblings?

I was born in the Mary Chiles Hospital, Tondo or Santa Cruz, Manila, September 17, 1931. Just we two, but we had many cousins who were like brothers and sisters to us.

 

What was your family like? (Siblings, Where did you live? What were your parents like? Family activities. Games? Read a lot? Athletic family?

I just have one sister, younger; Freida. We both attended George Elementary in Santa Cruz; Caloocan High, and U.P. She took Public Administration, was Chief of Personnel of the defunct Batasan Pambansa. She’s retired now; visits her son in LA. Other son: a Lt. colonel; youngest son, a doctor. Seven apos. Len and I have none.

 

After I was born we lived in Santa Cruz. My grandmother’s brother had a house on Felix Huertas which faced on open field that became the Manila Jockey Club. When she moved her family (after her husband died) from San Isidro, that was one of the places where she stayed temporarily before moving to 604 Calle Camarines which intersects with Felix Huertas; an accessoria now called townhouse. She had 4 living daughters, three other children died in San Isidro. She had lived through the Revolution against Spain, the Philippine-American War.

 

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Fall/Winter Book Releases of PALH (Philippine American Literary House)

 


PALH (Philippine American Literary House) proudly announces its 2022 Fall-Winter Book releases.

            First on the list is Linda Ty-Casper’s Will You Happen, Past The Silence, Through The Dark?: Remembering Leonard Ralph Casper, a book which she calls the Memoir that her husband Leonard Ralph Casper did not get to write. Born in Fond du Lac Wisconsin in 1923, Leonard Casper had a full life as a writer, an academic, a literary critic until he passed away in 2018.

In this book, Linda Ty-Casper collects the letters to and from Leonard Casper, letters which reflect who he was to many friends, high school classmates, teachers and professors, colleagues in the Universities of Rhode Island, Ateneo University of Manila, University of the Philippines and Wisconsin, from editors of Southwest Review who encouraged Len to send stories from the European front during World War II; from Robert Penn Warren starting with his first letter of inquiry (two pages) when he began on his dissertation at the University of Wisconsin, the dissertation becoming the first book on Warren, which critics said showed the way for later books on the Southern writers. There are letters from Filipino writers Len grew to know as friends from years of teaching in the Philippines.

The book has been praised by Author/Editor Joel Pablo Salud who reviewed it, saying: “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.”

 

            The next PALH release is Growing Up Filipino 3: New Stories for Young Adults, which collects 25 short stories by Filipino authors in the US and the Philippines about what it means to be young and Filipino. The stories explore the universal themes of coming-of-age, love, angst, family, relationships, and other young adult issues. The stories reveal Filipino and Filipino American culture, mores, history, society, politics, and other nuances. For instance, Filipino respect for their elders, extended families, religious practices, funereal rites, love for folklore are apparent in the stories.

Growing Up Filipino 3: New Stories For Young Adults follows two earlier critically acclaimed books -- Growing Up Filipino: Stories For Young Adults (2003) and Growing Up Filipino Ii: More Stories For Young Adults(2010), books that have been used by educators and enjoyed by adults and young adults alike.

The University of Santo Tomas Publishing House edition of this book will be released in 2022 (distributors are Lazada and Shopee in the Philippines).

Contributors: Gina Apostol, Kannika Pena, Jack Wigley, Veronica Montes, Nikki Alfar, Yvette Fernandez, Danton Remoto, Cecilia Bainard, George Deoso, Patricia Go, Migs Bravo Dutt, Ian Casocot, James Fajarito, Sarge Lacuesta. Dom Sy, Eileen Tabios, Marianne Villanueva, Marilyn Alquizola, Brian Roley, Patrick Joseph Caoile, Zak Linmark, Linda Ty-Casper, Renee Macalino Rutledge, Noelle de Jesus, Oscar Peñaranda.

 

And third is a children’s book, Asian and Philippine Folktales: Retellings by PAWWA, which, as the title indicates, contains retellings of beloved Asian and Philippine folktales as retold by members of PAWWA (Philippine American Women Writers and Artists).

This small group of Filipina writers in America had published these stories in two books that have been out-of-print for many years. This collection includes 25 stories from places such as Laos, Japan, Korea, Sumatra, Vietnam, China, Bali, Indonesia, India, and the Philippines. The book's target audience is 9 and older.

PAWWA was founded in 1991 by a group of seven Filipina writers in Southern California. It was the first such support group for Filipina women writers. 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.

PALH is an offshoot of the work done by PAWWA. When the group dissolved, Susan Montepio and Cecilia Brainard continued the work of publishing and distributing select Philippine and Filipino American books. Later, Susan Montepio went on to do other work and Cecilia Brainard continued the work.

PALH has published books by Filipina American writer Veronica Montes (Benedicta Takes Wing and Other Stories); Linda Ty-Casper collection of a novella and short stories (A River, One-Woman Deep: Fiction); and it has kept in print hard-to-find anthologies such as Fiction by Filipinos in America and Contemporary Fiction by Filipinos in America.

PALH’s books can found at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and from palhbooks.com. For more information, contact palhbooks@gmail.com or palh@aol.com.

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Tags: Philippine literature, Philippine books, Filipino books, Filipino books for kids, Filipino books for teens, Asian books for kids 


Friday, October 21, 2022

New Children's Book: Asian and Philippine Folktales: Retellings by PAWWA

 




ASIAN AND PHILIPPINE FOLKTALES: RETELLINGS BY PAWWA  contains retellings of beloved Asian and Philippine folktales as retold by members of  Philippine American Women Writers and Artists.. This collection includes 25 stories from places such as Laos, Japan, Korea, Sumatra, Vietnam, China, Bali, Indonesia, India, and the Philippines. The book's target audience is 8 and older.

PAWWA was founded in 1991 by a group of seven Filipina writers in Southern California. It was the first such support group for Filipina women writers. 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), which PAWWA used to publish newsletters and books. When PAWWA's CAC funding ran out in June 1998, the remaining members of PAWWA decided to move on, and PAWWA was dissolved.


PRAISE FOR THE BOOK

These stories unlock a storehouse of cultural knowledge – of lessons learned from tapestries of words. Parents, children, and educators and all others who love “old-time stories” will enjoy this collection.” Herminia Meñez Coben, Folklorist, Author of Explorations in Philippine Folklore and Verbal Arts in Philippine Indigenous Communities: Poetics, Society, and History.


What a wonderful book! I know that when I read them to my grandchildren, I will also be that little girl again, enraptured by my nanny's tales of the characters in these stories. ~ Joselyn Geaga-Rosenthal, LCSW, Licensed Psychotherapist.




Available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and palhbooks.com

Tags: #Folktales #Folklore #Folktalesandlegends #childrensbook #Asianfolktales #Filipinofolktales









Thursday, October 20, 2022

Old News Articles - Mariano Cuenco Family of Cebu

 

MARIANO CUENCO FAMILY OF CEBU

Thanks to Cebuano Kabilin (Instagram) for old news clippings about my Manguerra Family and my maternal Cuenco Family.  There is a separate blog entry for the Manguerra Family -

 https://cbrainard.blogspot.com/2022/10/old-news-clippings-mariano-manguerra.html


This blog entry focuses on my mother's family - Cuenco:

Obituary of Mariano Albao Cuenco who died on July 7, 1921

 
Governor-General of the Philippines Teddy Roosevelt Jr. and Wife visit the home of Mariano Jesus Cuenco in Cebu; Daughters entertain them.

Old News Clippings - Mariano Manguerra Family #SantaRosa

 Thanks to Cebuano Kabilin (Instagram) for these old news clippings about the Cuenco and Manguerra familikes and other related articles. In this blog, I will post the articles about the Manguerra Family, my father side.

Here is another blog site with news clippings of the Cuenco Family: https://cbrainard.blogspot.com/2022/10/old-news-clippings-mariano-cuenco.html



March 21, 1868? Pablo Manguerra Baptismal certificate, son of Gerarda Monsod, and Felix Manguerra, and his grandparents



My paternal grandfather Pablo Manguerra was President in Santa Rosa Municipal Council
El Progreso, Aug. 18, 1901


Mariano Manguerra president of the Filipino Association in Valparaiso University, The Torch Oct. 5, 1917

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Old Family Photos - Concepcion Cuenco, Filomena Alesna Cuenco

 

Cebuano Kabilin in Instagram has been sending me old news clipping about my mother Concepcion Cuenco, and her Cuenco Family.  

The first three articles are about Concepcion Cuenco winning the title of Miss Progress and Carnival Queen of Cebu 1931.

 



 

Friday, October 7, 2022

Rest in Peace, Tessie Jose #FrankieJose

 

 


I received news that Tessie Jose, wife of the writer F. Sionil Jose, passed away.on October. 7, 2022.

 I am heartbroken, but not very surprised because her husband had passed away on January 6, 2022. They were a close couple, having married in 1949, and were inseparable.

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. 

*** 

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