CECILIA MANGUERRA BRAINARD: PHILIPPINE AMERICAN WRITER CALIFORNIA CEBU
Catholic school girls diary is vivid account (Philippine Star, May 19, 2003)
Anvil Publishing releases another book by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, internationally celebrated and award-winning author and editor. Cecilias Diary: 1962-1969, is a faithful record of Brainards days as a young colegiala. It is refreshing and funny, replete with references to a religious upbringing and a privileged lifestyle. Reading a diary may seem like voyeurism, but the inner thoughts of Catholic girls make for an interesting study on teen angst.
On dating, the young Cecilia writes Jun said Im much prettier than Priscilla and more intelligent too. I asked him what he thought of a girl whos intelligent but not pretty. He said it takes an intelligent boy to fall for an intelligent girl.
I think that Ill marry (if I marry) an engineer or businessman. It would be perfect, if I become an industrial engineer. Help me, dear God. Ill always remember the small but important things Sister Miguela told us: always be neat, learn how to cook, save money, how to work, how to sacrifice. Real love is self-sacrifice. I wonder if I shall learn to sacrifice to someone.
Oh dear God, whoever, wherever my future husband is, please protect him. Keep him pure, holy, and good. May we meet each other properly, and may everything turn out fine. Help him, dear God. Thank you.
Cecilias Diary inspires a comparison of the different generations of Filipinas. Regardless of time, the book is a vivid account of growing up, to which all young Filipinas can identify with. It can also serve as a valuable reference to high school students who are keen on starting their own journals.
As Cecilia aptly puts it Age is a state of mind. The more one thinks of what was, the older he is. The young are the ones who think of tomorrow.
Copies of Cecilias Diary from are available at all National Bookstore and Powerbooks branches. A special student edition is available for adoption in the high school level. For inquiries, please call Anvil Publishing at 6719235/6711899.
RELEASE OF CECILIA’S DIARY 1962-1969 BY
AWARD-WINNING FILIPINO AMERICAN AUTHOR
PALH is proud to announce the U.S. release of multi-award author Cecilia Manguerra
Brainard’s book entitled Cecilia’s Diary 1962-1969.
Originally written in longhand, Cecilia’s Diary 1962-1969 is a faithful record of Brainard’s days as a young colegiala student in Manila. Barely changing anything in the diary except names and grammar lapses, the diary covers the years when Brainard was in high school through college. The diary is refreshing and funny, replete with references to a religious upbringing and a privileged lifestyle. Reading a diary may seem like voyeurism, but the inner thoughts of Catholic girls make for an interesting study on teen angst.
Cecilia’s Diary inspires a comparison of the different generations of Filipinas. Regardless of time, the book is a vivid account of growing up. It can also serve as a valuable reference to high school students who are keen on starting their own journals.
Since Brainard lived in both Manila and Cebu, the diary records life in both places during the 60s. In her column, Cebuana writer for Sunstar, Erma Cuizon, writes:
“ From the diary, you could see she has been a girl in town, a neighbor, a classmate, part of the gang, so familiar and real as though she were there in your past. As a teener at 18, she had regularly gone to places and times that aren’t there anymore. She went dancing at Sandtrap in Magellan Hotel (where the late pianist Marcial Sanson played), the Discotheque somewhere else, or listened to nightclub singers at Eddie’s Log Cabin and watched the city from a romantic view above the skylines at Diamond Tower. She has gone to all the fun get-together in upper town when parties were held in homes, if not in Casino Espanol only, such as the Bachelor and Fermina annual gigs. There was a drive-in nook called Dairy Queen.
“ The diary is so honest, you feel as though you’ve peeped into a private room. More than that, you’re in the room, the young girl’s distress and joys are yours.
“ But more than that, the diary is a look back at a special decade, the 60s. That was a time when young girls wore party dresses made of breathless organdy that went with “flowers, ribbons, pearls, diamonds”. Jack Kennedy was assassinated, Chubby Checker came, interesting Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in town, Birdman of Alcatraz was shown, guileless children played jackstones, the Vietnam War was stepped up.”
A familiar figure in Philippine and Philippine American literature, Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is the author and editor of 11 other books, including the internationally-acclaimed novel, When the Rainbow Goddess Wept, Magdalena, Acapulco at Sunset and Other Stories, Philippine Woman in America, and Woman with Horns and Other Stories. She edited the best-selling Growing Up Filipino: Stories for Young Adults, Fiction by Filipinos in America, Contemporary Fiction by Filipinos in America, and Journey of 100 Years: Reflections on the Centennial of Philippine Independence.
In 1998, Brainard received the Outstanding Individual Award from her birth city, Cebu. She has also received a California Arts Council Fellowship in Fiction, a Brody Arts Fund Award, a Special Recognition Award from the Los Angeles City Board of Education for her work dealing with Asian American youths. In 2001, she received a Filipinas Magazine Award for Arts and a Certificate of Recognition from the California State Senate, 21st District, and others. She teaches at UCLA-Extension’s Writers Program. She has a website at www.ceciliabrainard.com.
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