Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (Philippine Expressions Bookshop’s Tent) — 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Saturday, September 7, 2013, Point Fermin Park, San Pedro, CA

Come join me for a day of Filipino arts and culture.  I will be signing my book “I am Flippish!” at the Philippine Expressions Booth from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  See you there!

Pt. Fermin Park

807 West Paseo Del Mar

San Pedro (Los Angeles), CA

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A Plush for Plushkies!

My daughter had the pleasure of receiving Fabio – the Italian Plushkie as a gift.  Our family went to Italy for a family event and the kids learned as much as they could about Italy beforehand.  So when Linley saw Fabio, she knew instantly that he was from Italy because of his boot shape.  She also told us that Fabio wears the colors of the Italian flag.  What a smart concept for a cuddly toy!

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I went to the Plushkies website and loved their concept of early multicultural education.  Teachers and Parents can use the Plushkies  to teach young children about other countries including the USA.  All Plushkies are shaped like their countries so that the children will recognize them on the map.  To finish it off, each country wears the colors of their respective flags.  I wish Ricardo and his team would make more Plushkies.   The ones available are China, USA, Mexico, and Italy.  My kids want Filipino and Irish Plushkies.  Especially if the Irish Plushkie is named Sean.

This is a great educational toy for young children.  Parents and teachers, if you are looking for toys to help shape your global children, then start collecting Plushkies!  The company’s website also has supplemental materials to go with their Plushkies.  Educational comments aside, the Plushkies are well made of soft materials that the kids would want to cuddle with them at night.  My daughter has had Fabio in bed next to her every night ever since she got him.  Now that’s a good sign.

I connected with Plushkie’s CEO Ricardo Jimenez and we shared our passion for raising global children.  Ricardo loved the concept of my book “I am Flippish!” and interviewed me for his blog.
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Author Visit, Target Free Family Saturday: Share Your Story! – Saturday, July 13, 2013 – Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA

 

 

 

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I was invited by Heidi Durrow, New York Times Best-selling author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky to be a featured author for the Target Free Family Saturday Event at the Japanese American National Museum.

After the reading “I am Flippish!” I gave a Keynote presentation on the stories behind my book, my illustrator, and other fun facts.  My audience also got to pin on my map (pictured) their countries of ancestry.  I will never take any of the pins off.  I will be counting how many pins I get by the end of the year.

Thank you Heidi Durrow and JANM for inviting me to share my book to the families.

 

Japanese American National Museum: Click Here For Details

Here are more details:

Celebrate the exhibition Visible & Invisible: A Hapa Japanese American History and share your story with your family and friends! You won’t want to miss out on this fun Target Free Family Saturday.

ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:
• Create a memory book to jot down stories about you and your family.
• Make a family portrait collage.
• Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Fold a fun origami camera.

SCHEDULE:
11AM: Doors open.

11AM-2PM: Make a salad and salad dressing that will soon become a family favorite with Kidding Around the Kitchen.

12PM & 2PM: Bring your memories and prepare to write! Instructor Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo will help you write your own family stories.

1PM: Take a tour of our exhibit Visible & Invisible: A Hapa Japanese American History with curator Dr. Duncan Williams.

1:30PM: Join us for a ‘mixed’ reading with! Leslie Ryan will read her book I Am Flippish and Heidi Cole will read her book Am I A Color?

2PM: Join us for a screening of the documentary Searchlight SerenadeSearchlight Serenadeexplores the big bands that were formed by Japanese Americans while incarcerated during World War II.

2:30PM: We Tell Stories will perform multicultural tales in Proud To Be Me!

3PM: Allen Say will read his new book The Favorite Daughter. This tale, dedicated with love to Say’s daughter, is one for all parents who want their children to feel pride in their heritage, and to know their own greatest sources of strength and inspiration.

4PM: Doors close.

Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.

In conjunction with the exhibition Visible & Invisible: A Hapa Japanese American History

Philippines Kalayaan 2013 Independence Day Celebration – Saturday, June 8th, 2013, Los Angeles, CA

Update:

It was a great fun filled event and cultural pride.

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With my fellow authors Giovanni Ortega and Lorenzo Paran, author and publisher of Salamin Magazine.

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With Gladys

Amazing dancers

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The Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) and the PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL OF LOS ANGELES PRESENTS:

The First ( 115th ) Philippine Independence Day Grand Parade in Historic Filipinotown Los ANGELES

I am very excited to participate in the Philippines Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, June 8th 2013.   Come and support the First Grand PH Independence Parade in Historic Filipinotown.  Philippine Expressions Book Shop is participating in the exhibit and kindly invited Filipino American authors to showcase their books.   I will be signing my book “I am Flippish!” with other Fil Am authors: Myrna de la Paz, Sumi Haru, Marvin Gapultos, Albert Mortiz, Giovanni Ortega, Ludy Ongkeko, Lorenzo Paran, and Jay Wertz.

When:

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Where: 

Silverlake Medical Center 
1711 W. Temple St., Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles
Times:
Parade  9:00 a.m.
Program  11:00 a.m.
I will be signing books under the Philippine Expressions Booth from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
I hope to see you there.  Please help support our Fil-Am authors and make sure you check out their books when you visit the Philippine Expressions Booth.
2ND GEN Kalayaan flyer

 

Family Fair at the OC Mix, Saturday, May 18th, 2013 – Costa Mesa, CA

 

It was a fun filled event at the OC Mix in Costa Mesa with my fellow authors Dennis Yang, Alva Sachs, MaDonna Waszak, Ryan Afromsky, and Cori Paul.  The weather was sunny and beautiful and being in the company of these wonderful children’s book authors made the day even better.
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Author Visit at Nelson Elementary School – Friday, May 17, 2013 – Tustin CA

I spent a fun-filled event reading and speaking to the staff and students of Nelson Elementary.  We divided our day into three presentations.  Kindergarten and First, Second and Third, then Fourth and Fifth grades.  They were all well behaved and participated enthusiastically.

I spoke to the K-1st graders about the process of writing.  I even had a few budding authors in the audience – I was very impressed.

The 2nd and 3rd graders received a double treat of a presentation about the process of writing stories and a brief look into immigration and ancestry.  They learned a lot that day.

The 4th and 5th graders received an even special treat from me.  They got to listen to a few chapters of my new YA novel “Dream Quest: Sanctuary.” They wanted to hear more but the bell rang for lunch so I promised their teacher that I was going to send them more chapters and they can tell me what they thought of it.

Overall, it was a great day.

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Santa Ana Public Library 5th Annual Children’s Day/Book Day, Saturday, April 27th, 2013, Santa Ana, CA

UPDATE:

It was a great event of multiculturalism and books.  I had a great time with my fellow author Gladys Elizabeth Barbieri.

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Please join me for this fun event celebrating children of the world through books, exhibits, and other fun activities.

The Santa Ana Public Library is preparing to celebrate its 5thAnnual Children’s Day/Book Day event on Saturday, April 27, 2013.  Children’s Day/Book Day continues to be a special library event honoring and celebrating children from all cultures, books, families, and libraries.  April 30th is a special day in the lives of many children and has now been adopted in the United States as a holiday to celebrate children of all cultures Children’s Day/Book Day, is widely supported by the American Library Association (ALA), REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, and by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) around the nation. We celebrate the joys and wonders of childhood and the importance of books in our lives.  The event will include various multicultural exhibits, a resource fair, storytimes, multicultural performances, free book give-away, and other fun activities such as train rides, face painting and free balloons.

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Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on Sunday, April 21st, 2013 – USC Campus, Philippine Expressions Tent #33

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I had a wonderful day at the LA Times Festival of Books.  The Philippine Expressions tent had a great line up of authors from different genres:

  1. Historian Jay Wentz, of “The Pacific”
  2. Giovanni Ortega, Leaves from the Silvelake Barrio
  3. Albert Mortiz, Discover the Philippines Cookbook
  4. Sumi Sevilla Haru, Iron Lotus: Memoirs of a Filipina activist in Hollywood
  5. Carina Monica Montoya,(also known as Carina Forsythe) Los Angeles’ Historic Filipinotown (Images of America Series); Filipinos in Hollywood (Images of America Series); Santa Maria Valley (Images of America Series) co-authored by the Santa Maria Valley Historical Society; Let’s Cook Adobo, a juvenile cookbook
(l to r) Jay Wertz, Albert Mortiz, me, Giovanni Ortega, Linda Nietes - owner of Philippine Expressions Bookshop, and Sumi Haru

(l to r) Jay Wertz, Albert Mortiz, me, Giovanni Ortega, Linda Nietes – owner of Philippine Expressions Bookshop, and Sumi Haru

 

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Author Visit, Felton Elementary, Lennox, CA, March 27th 2013

I had a wonderful time with the students and staff of Felton Elementary.  I was met by their librarian extraordinaire, Mrs. Fernandez who showed me the school’s amazing library.

I began my visit by reading to very well behaved Kindergarten students.  They filed in quietly and listened to my reading with enthusiasm.  Then I headed to their cafeteria where I read “I am Flippish!” to the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders.  After my reading I proceeded with my lecture on ancestry and immigration.  The students were very engaging!  I was very impressed when I started talking about the Irish immigration to Mexico, one class knew about it.  We talked about the different ways to immigrate in 2013 and in 1620.  The children were shocked.  I also showed them what it was like to travel in the Mayflower and a modern day cruise ship.  All in all, the children got a glimpse of what some of their ancestors went through to come to this beautiful and blessed country called America.

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The Launching of Echo Park Library’s Philippine Heritage Collection, October 27th 2012 – 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Los Angeles, CA

It was an honor to meet Ruben Nepales, author of My Filipino Connection: The Philippines in Hollywood and the chairman of The Hollywood Foreign Press

Launching of the Philippine Heritage Collection
Echo Park Library
1410 W Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Saturday, October 27, 2012

11:00am – 3:00pm

October has been designated as Filipino American History Month all over the US. In celebration of this event, the Echo Park Community Group (EPCoG) in collaboration with the Los Angeles City Public Library is launching the Philippine Heritage Collection at Echo Park Public Library. The collection will be the foundation of the literary, historical and cultural documentation of the Filipino American and Philippine experience. The “story” or experience will also highlight the contributions and sacrifices made by Filipino Americans as immigrants to this land and will showcase literary works of local Filipino authors, especially those writing about their Filipino American experiences and the development of Historic Filipino Town. Future programs will include book talks and signings, lectures and cultural presentations.

Two Keynote speakers – Cathy Serafica Deleon and Greg Villanueva. Cathy Serafica

Deleon is the Branch Manager of the Los Alamitos-Rossmoor Library of the Orange County Public Libraries. She will speak on the importance of libraries to our community and what a historic phenomenal event this is – the establishment of Philippine Heritage Collection in the Los Angeles Public Library. Greg Villanueva is an Echo Park native and successful architect, and who brought up the idea of a Philippine Heritage Collection as part of the Echo Park Library. He will share the reasons that sparked the creation of the collection. Michelle Magalong of the MyHiFi group will present a Filipino-American Historical Perspective.

A number of local Filipino American authors will also be attending. Linda Nietes of Philippine Expressions Bookshop, a mail order bookshop located in Rancho Palos Verdes, (310) 514-9139 http://philippineexpressionsbookshop.wordpress.com will be on hand with books for purchase or for donation to the collection. The Southern California authors who will speak and sign their books are: Noel Alumit, author of Talking to the Moon, a novel set in Historic Filipinotown; Lorna Dumapias, author of Filipino American Experience: The Making of a Historic Cultural Monument; Sumi Haru, author of Iron Lotus, Memoirs Sumi Sevilla will share her experiences in her successful Hollywood career ; Lorenzo Paran III, author, Pinoy in America: The stateside life in the time of Barack Obama, Facebook and Pacquiao-mania which is all about life in America; Leslie V. Ryan, author, I am Flippish, a book for juveniles, which tells a story about mixed parentage, and in this case, pride in being Filipino and Irish; Juanita Santos Nacu of San Diego and author of Storytelling. Project heart to heart: A Means to Bridge Generational Gap in post-1965 Filipino Immigrant families; Carlene Sobrino Bonnivier,author of Seeking Thirst, a novel with an Echo Park setting; Zosimo Quibilan, who will read from his book-in-progress, a poetry regarding the Filipino American and Percival Cruz, will read from his book, The Drama Queen and a two-minute story entitled My Way, about an ex-jeepney driver who became an American Idol contestant. Because the event is in celebration of Filipino American History Month, the themes of the authors’ talks and readings were chosen to fit the occasion.

Also expected to attend and sign their books are Ben Aniceto, author of Stay Tuned:The Golden Years of Philippine Radio; Teresita (Tita) Pambid Domingo of UCLA and author of Come On, Let’s Speak Tagalog; Marc Lawrence, who is married to a Filipina, a martial arts teacher and author of a primer, The Basics of Filipino Martial Arts; Albert J.Mortiz, author of Discover the Philippines Cookbook; Ruben V. Nepales, author of My Filipino Connection: The Philippines in Hollywood; Maria Ciocon, Linda Nietes-Little and Julie Wolski who will sign as contributors to the book, The Magnificat: Mama Mary’s Pilgrim sites edited by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard who is out of town. The three contributors have shared their personal experiences of healing of mind, body and spirit after their pilgrimages to sites dedicated to the Blessed Mother in Lourdes, France; Fatima in Portugal; Our Lady of Vailankanni by the Bay of Bengal in India and the Black Madonna in Poland.

Co-chairs of this event are EPLCoG Board members Caroline Lorenzo and Jose Sigala. Also on the EPLCoG Board are Joselyn Geaga-Rosenthal, President; Lisa Baca-Sigala, Treasurer; Carlene Sobrino Bonnivier, Secretary; Dr. Marc Caratao; Cora Marte; Isa Meksin and Ramona Souza.

We hope that you will come and support this project which is a wonderful outreach to build the Filipino American community in Los Angeles, with full support from Philippine Expressions Bookshop.