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.

 

Fil-Am Storytime & Art: FAHM themed Kids Club at SouthBay Pavilion, October 11th, 2012

This special event is to share Filipino & Fil-Am culture to foster curiosity, respect, & love for the Philippine culture in our children at an early age.

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After reading  “I am Flippish!” I will be selling autographed copies for a special price of $12 (tax included) and 10% of the sales will go to the FACC – SLAA Bayani  Campaign.  This campaign is an umbrella for future educational events and workshops organized by the Fil-Am Chamber of Commerce – Southbay LA Area whose plan is to help create & support heros in our community.

I will be joining Filipina Author Fe P. Koons who will be reading from a children’s book she co-wrote “7 stories from 7 sisters” and Filipino Artist Ricky Maginsay, who is an Assistant Director for the Simpsons and he will be teaching the kids how to draw.

SouthBay Pavilion (in front of SEARS)
20700 Avalon Blvd.
Carson, CA

Orange County Children’s Book Festival, September 30th, 2012

With my fabulous illustrator Adolph Soliz and fellow author Ron Noble

With my fabulous illustrator Adolph Soliz and fellow author Ron Noble

The Orange County Children’s Book Festival is an amazing and fun event for the family.  This festival is very important in helping promote literacy and love for books to children.  A well-read child is a happy child whose world opens up to all kinds of possibilities.

l will be at the Orange County Children’s Book Festival this Saturday, September 30th 2012.  Come get your personally signed copy of “I am Flippish!” and say hello.  I will be at the Author’s Corner (#26) from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.  I hope to see you there!

Website – http://kidsbookfestival.com/authors/

Location – http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/

Directions

From I-405 North:

Exit on South Coast Dr./Fairview Rd./Harbor Blvd. Take the Fairview Rd./Harbor Blvd. ramp. Take the Fairview Rd. ramp. Turn LEFT onto Fairview Rd. Turn Right onto Arlington Dr.

From I-405 South:

Exit on Fairview Rd. Turn Right onto Fairview Rd. Turn Right onto Arlington Dr.

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Enter off of Fairview Road. And Arlington

Wilmington Children’s Book Festival, September 15, 2012

http://www.wilmingtonbookfestival.org/Authors.htm

The Wilmington Children’s Book Festival was a great event.  I met so many wonderful families that day. We live in such a wonderful country, filled with beautiful diverse people.  I am truly blessed.

With my fellow author Alva Sachs

Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC) – September 8th & 9th, 2012

Black Eyed Peas band member Apl De Ap with his very own copy of “I am Flippish!”

 

With fellow authors Lorenzo Paran III, Cecilia Brainard, and Lucy McGinley

 

 

Reading to the Fil-Am kids at the Youth Pavilion

Reading to the Fil-Am kids at the Youth Pavilion

 

Interview with Jannelle So of Kababayan 18 – September 7th, 2012

CLICK HERE to see the Interview with Jannelle So of Kababayan 18

Chibi-No-Gakko, Japanese American Summer Camp, Fullerton, July 18th, 2012 – Author Visit and Reading

I had a great time with these children.  It is great to see these children learn about the Japanese culture.  They were also one of the most well behaved group of children I ever met.