A chance to break bread together, talk and bond with other Pinay Sisters in the community

Philippine Expressions Bookshop presents: Pinay Gathering


A chance to break bread  together, talk and bond with other Pinay Sisters in the community on Saturday, March 31, 2012 12:00 Noon at Pizza Per Tutti Pizzeria & Tratoria (4143 Lankershim Boulevard, Toluca Lake, CA 91602) Tel # 818-760-8200.      

Join us and celebrate the publication of two new books by our featured authors who will speak and sign their books. 

Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, author of Out of Cebu: A Collection of Essays and Personal Prose. The book collects 28 essays about the author’s Cebuano ties and her pride of heritage, including colorful accounts about her mother’s family, the Cuencos, a prominent political family in Cebu. The book also includes writings about the author’s life and travels outside of Cebu.
She is the author of When the Rainbow Goddess Wept: A NovelMagdalena: A Novel;Acapulco at Sunset and Other Stories; Philippine Woman in America; Woman with Horns and Other StoriesCecilia’s Diary, 1962-1968; and Fundamentals of Creative Writing. 
She has edited four anthologies: 
Growing Up Filipino, 1 & 2; Fiction by Filipinos in America; and Contemporary Fiction by Filipinos in America. With Edmundo Litton, she co-edited Journey of 100 Years: Reflections on the Centennial of the Philippine Independence. With Marily Orosa, she co-edited three anthologies: Behind the Walls: Life of Convent Girls; A La Carte: Food and Fiction; and Finding God: True Stories of Spiritual Encounters. With four other authors, she co-wrote Angelica’s Daughters, a Dugtungan Novel.

Ofelia V. Dirige and Aurora S. Cudal, co-authors of Global Filipino Cuisine: Healthy Recipes. First published in 2009 with the late Dr Riz A. Oades, this is a revised and expanded edition of 100 modified choices with nutrient analysis. This is a much-needed book for healthy eating in the community. 
Proceeds from sales of this title will cover programs and services of the FilAm Wellness Center/Kalusugan Community Services, which is located at 1419 E 8th Street, National City, CA 91950. ;/
Other authors who will attend and will sign their books include Ludy Astraquillo Ongkeko, Forty Years of Writing in AmericaCarina Monica Montoya (AKA Carina Forsythe), Los Angeles’s Historic Filipinotown; Filipinos in Hollywood and Let's Cook Adobo!, a juvenile cookbook; Roselyn Estepa Ibanez, co-author, Filipinos in Carson and the South Bay; and Carlene Sobrino Bonnivier, Seeking Thirst: A Novel and Autobiography of a Stranger.
If you will be unable to attend but would like a signed copy of any of the books mentioned here, you can place your order with: or

This is an ongoing program of Philippine Expressions Bookshop to reach out to the FilAm community and to increase the visibility of Filipinos in mainstream America. $25.00 lunch inclusive of drinks, dessert and gratuities. Menu to be emailed upon reservation. Limited seating.
The event is also open to male guests.
The venue is owned by Pinay entrepreneur Hilda Mauro.

RSVP: or call (310) 514-9139.