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Mother and daughter listed as participating authors in book fest

Hooray! The First Philippine Festival of Books for Children is definitely going to happen. Annie and I will be among the 12 participating authors in this exciting event.

The first of its kind, the mini-Festival pays tribute to author and illustrator Jose Aruego (1932-2012), who paved the way for Filipino American children's book authors and illustrators in the US.

Copies of my books like "Ocean Adventure", and "Tide Pool Adventure" will be available for sale at the venue, along with Annie's "Nurse Ube Sings Karaoke" and "Nurse Mommies are the Best".

Remember, it's happening pretty soon - October 1 (1-6 pm) at the Phillippine Expressions Bookshop.

We hope to see you all!

Here's the article:

First PH book fest for children to honor late artist-writer Jose Aruego

SAN PEDRO, California – For Filipino American History Month, Philippine Expressions Bookshop is hosting the First Philippine Festival of Books for Children on Saturday, Oct.1, from 1 to 6 the store, 479 W. Sixth Street, Suite 105, San Pedro.

The bookshop is located in the historic Arts District of San Pedro, the Port City of Los Angeles. The mini-Festival, the first of its kind to be held in the U.S., will honor author and illustrator Jose Aruego (1932-2012), who paved the way for Filipino American children’s book authors and illustrators in the U.S.

The success of his first self-illustrated book, The King and His Friends, published in 1969 by Charles Scribner’s Sons, launched his writing career and landed him illustration jobs. This was immediately followed by his first Filipino tale, Juan and the Asians, which received the Outstanding Picture Book of the Year designation by the New York Times in 1970.

A number of his subsequent titles received similar distinctions. In collaboration with his former wife, Ariane Dewey, he contributed to the texts of many popular authors, including Robert Kraus and Mirra Ginsburg, with over 70 titles that bear his witty and imaginative characters.

Books illustrated by Jose Aruego will be exhibited at the festival, and his Philippine tale, Juan and the Asuangs will be told by multidisciplinary performer and FilAm Arts Teatro Artistic Director Giovanni Ortega.

Twelve Filipino/Filipino American children’s book authors will also be featured: Marielle Atanacio, author and illustrator of Who Turned on the Sky; Tracy Badua, Freddie vs the Family Curse; Annie Cheng, Nurse Mommies are the Best and Nurse Ube Sings Karaoke; Jenn Estacio, Buko; Jocelyn Francisco, Ph.D., Hay Bahay, the latest of her Filipino first language series; Zachlewis B Maravilla, A Splendor Adventure; Dan Manalang, Ambrosia; Leslie V Ryan, I am Flippish!; Rowena Similar, Rom-rom Counts to Ten; Michelle Sterling, When Lola Visits; Jennifer Suzara Cheng, Tide Pool Adventure and Ocean Adventure. Serving as Master of Ceremonies is Marylaine Viernes, author of Bakey-Wakey Little Baby.

Guests can meet the authors, and enjoy book talks and book signings, as well as music, games, and other activities for kids.

The Community Partners for the Festival are Asian Journal and Random Length News, a community paper based in San Pedro, CA. Community supporters include, FilAm Arts, Filipino American Chamber of Commerce – Greater Los Angeles, Filipino Cultural School, Jun Aglipay, Fred Docdocil, Prosy Dela Cruz, Carol Ojeda-Kimbrough, Giovanni Ortega, and Mark Pulido.

The Festival is part of the ongoing community outreach program of the bookshop to increase mainstream America’s awareness of the Filipino presence in the U.S.

Linda Nietes-Little, owner and founder of the bookshop established in 1984 says, “It is also my hope that these authors and many more who will join their ranks in the near future will continue the work that Jose Aruego had started, and put Philippine-related stories for young children in the literary map of the United States.”

The festival is Nietes-Little’s final tribute to the Fil-Am community as she is retiring on December 31, 2022 after 38 years of service to the Fil-Am community and Filipinos in the diaspora.

Visit the online bookshop: http://www.philippinebookshopcom Email: Tel Nos: 310-514-9139 Cell and 310-548-8148 landline. During this pandemic, the physical bookshop is open only on Saturdays from 2:00 – 6:00pm and by appointment.


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