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:
Historian Jay Wentz, of “The Pacific”
Giovanni Ortega, Leaves from the Silvelake Barrio
Albert Mortiz, Discover the Philippines Cookbook
Sumi Sevilla Haru, Iron Lotus: Memoirs of a Filipina activist in Hollywood
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
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.