Kudos to Mae Respicio, UCLA Extension Writers Program administrator, whose book, Filipinos in Los Angeles, will be released this summer by Arcadia Publishing as part of their Images of America series.

Here’s a blurb about the book that was in the Bylines section of the Spring 2007 Writer’s Program Quarterly:

The book chronicles nearly a century in the life of Filipino Americans in Los Angeles through vintage photographs, highlighting challenges, achievements, and everyday moments. Mae has taken a variety of creative writing courses (even before she worked for the program) and says, “I wouldn’t work for the Writers’ Program if it wasn’t the best program ever!”

Congratulations, Mae !!!

Call for Submissions

This is a call for submissions of short stories for an anthology tentatively titled, GROWING UP FILIPINO II – Stories for Young Adults. The book will be edited by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard and will be published by Anvil/Pilipino American Literary House (PALH). Contributors will receive copies of the book as compensation for the use of their work.

The manuscript should be approximately 8-10 pages long, typed, double-spaced (approximately 1,800-2,300 words). This should be emailed to Please paste your work to an email message to Cecilia Brainard; do not send a file. You may also send it by air mail to:

Cecilia Brainard
c/o PALH
PO Box 5099
Santa Monica, CA 90409

This book project is a followup of an earlier short story collection entitled Growing Up Filipino: Stories for Young Adults (published by PALH 2002, and Anvil). Below is a review of the 2002 collection. Those interested in submitting are encouraged to look at a copy of Growing Up Filipino, 2002 edition.

From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up-These 29 short stories offer a highly textured portrait of Filipino youth and an excellent sampling of creative writing. Thematically arranged, most of the pieces have been written since the turn of the 21st century. Each story is introduced by a thumbnail sketch of the author and a paragraph or two about some element of Filipino culture or history that is relevant to the story. Authors include those born and continuing to live in the Philippines, emigres, and American-born Filipinos. Tough but relevant topics addressed include a gay youth’s affection for his supportive mother, the role of religious didacticism in the formation of a childhood perception, consumer culture as it is experienced by modern teens in Manila, and coping with bullies of all ages and stations in life. … The high caliber and broad but wholly accessible range of this collection, however, makes this title a solid purchase for multiple reasons.

The 29 stories in the 2002 edition of Growing Up Filipino were written before 9/11 (September 11, 2001). The editor would now like to collect a second volume that continues to address the young adult audience. The stories in the collection will still be about the Filipino experience in the Philippines or any part of the world. But in this second volume, the editor is seeing contemporary stories, or post 9/11 stories. The editor is seeking the best stories about growing up Filipino in any part. The editor is not looking for stories written by young adults, but about Filipino young adults. The editor envisions the stories dealing with relationships, family, falling in love perhaps, other issues that the young adults deal with. Character-driven stories are encouraged.

Deadline for submission is August 1, 2007. Early submissions are welcome. Please send us your bio (approx. 150 words) in people-friendly narrative form.

Happy Happy Joy Joy, Part III

It’s over, it’s over, it’s over!!! The mother of all barbecues is over !!!

Check of brain — intact.

Check of neck — still functioning.

Son scored most of all: Dearest Mum ended up writing big fat check for new Sony Vaio laptop. Scarcely had DM uttered the words than son was scampering off to Best Buy. Returned beaming, hefted boxed laptop triumphantly to his room, little nephew R trailing close behind, filled with curiosity and envy. Yes, indeed-y, it is a very snazzy looking machine, with granite colored case, shiny letters saying V-A-I-0, 15-inch screen, and even the ability to detect wireless networks in our gimpy old house, a certifiable miracle.

Son happy, everyone happy.

In flash of inspiration, hubby served martinis to Dearest Mum and Fave Tita shortly after their arrival. (Brilliant. Could have been the reason Dearest Mum was so free with checkbook. Do not look a gift horse in the mouth.)

Rib-eyes consumed in a flash, as were chicken wings self decided to marinate in teriyaki sauce at 1 AM. Out of 100 chicken wings purchased from Costco, only two left at end of the afternoon. Score!!!

Day started out overcast, but then became hot, hot, hot — perfect barbecue weather.

After last of the guests had departed, hubby turned to me, said, “Well, dear, I think we scored some points!”

Which is, oh my God, the understatement of the year.

Horoscope of the day: Opening yourself up is a very good thing today. Start conversations with strangers.

In mood of open-ness and elation, agree to meet with Dearest Mum and rest of the cousins who were not able to make it today. At Mimi’s, in Bridgepoint Shopping Center.

Stay tuned, dear blog reader, stay tuned.

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