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November 3, 2018

Epiphanies (and not ampalaya-induced, lol) during The Kusinang Pilipino Culinary  Experience last night at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center: that the launch of The New Filipino Kitchen (edited by Jacqueline Chio-Lauri, Agate Publ., 2018) has opened up new conversations beyond Filipino food and cuisine-about the myriad ways our culture holds its ow...

December 26, 2017

Life lives me, especially these past few months of the year.  I haven't been able to decide what adjective to place in front of  "year": Eventful? No. Awful? No. Awesome? No.  

It has been a Year.

Since

Words resist staying on a page long enough to become complete stories.

Books, too soul and heart full to sit idly by, look ahead to my f...

October 6, 2016

Such an ambiguous place to be, Acceptance.

Today, my piece, "Ampalaya Epiphany" was accepted by the food anthology project, My Food Beginnings, edited by Jacqueline Lauri.  It's an homage piece to the ones who taught me how to cook -- great uncle Epifanio C. Suguitan, and grandfather Silvestre Suguitan.  I really loved writing this piece and my hear...

June 29, 2016

Aberi tutu awa leriso

Aberi tutu awa leriso ore baba

Babaluaiye awa leriso ore baba

My muse lives across the sky from me

while

our conversations more often take place across time and space,

voicing familiarity 

about miracles

others can't

Catch.

Hands of golden cedar-blossom outward from her listening heart

Vessels

with the ability to hold

the universe. A worki...

April 10, 2016

Only 90 days ago, Mark and I stayed at PatisTito Garden Cafe in Laguna--our first stop of an intensive ten-day stay in the Philippines for the NVM/Narita Gonzalez Writers' Centennial Workshop.  In the photo above, Tito, Mark, and I were at Casa Escudero.  Tito wanted to give us the experience of having lunch on the river.  ON the river: not in a bo...

April 4, 2016

"Not by Chance."  

This would have been my choice for the title but my editors at PositivelyFilipino.com thought otherwise.  Here is my piece on Natividad (Nati) Delson.  We worked on this for eight months. Of all the writing I've done, the process of growing this particular story showed me another facet of my voice, my role, as a writer. It further...

January 1, 2016

 

 

On the good ship, ANA

It's a sweet trip to Manila Bay

Where traffic plays

StopGoStop til you're in a daze.

 

 

Mark's very first stop in the Philippines. We stayed in the Peninsula Hotel serendipitously; it was an easy place to meet our transport to Laguna and the PatisTito Garden Cafe and BnB.  We arrived at 9:30 p.m. on New Year's night.  It would be...

December 27, 2015

 

A letter arrived today from the REAL #30 Collantes Street in Quezon City!! It took the Medical Mission Sisters over a month to receive my book but so heartwarming to read of their delight. I'm sitting here reliving the marvelous discovery of that March afternoon almost 4 years ago.

 

December 11, 2015

"GY" (who doesn't use social media, at least not under "GY") gave me permission to post her comment about #30 Collantes Street

 

     "I sooo loved your book--I have read it several times, & not because of my memory problems, which is another story, but because it is like music you want to hear over & over so you press the "Repeat" button...

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