Edited by

Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

  ISBN: 0971945802, softcover, 283 pages
Published by PALH, April 2003

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2005: National Book Awards finalist in the anthology division (Philippine Edition by Anvil)

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"Cecilia Manguerra Brainard has collected a dazzling and impressive array of 29 stories about the saga of what it means to be young and Filipino. The authors make the experiences of ordinary young people come alive for us. The strength of the collaborative approach in this volume lies in its individual examples, for the best way to construct a picture of growing up Filipino is by specific reference to their lives. The structure of the book is simple enough. Each story is assigned to a theme and there are five of them: family, angest, friendship, love, and home.

"But don't be taken in by the simplicity of the title. This volume is indeed about magic, mysteries, sadness, time, family, fear, and happiness of young adult Filipinos. But in exploring these arenas the authors, each a born storyteller and philosopher, collectively capture the natural and social tapestry of the Philippines and Filipino culture and those forces that influence it. Their use of the language with all its idioms, narrative intervals and cadences leaves no doubt about the complexities of the historical, social, cultural, gender and racial terrain of modern Filipino culture. It is hard to resist one more comment. Despite the book's sub-title, this is also a book for adults. They too will profit from what is a truthful, passionate, hopeful - and ultimately - a very wise book. Kudos to Brainard and the other writers for this important contribution to Filipino/Filipino-American history and culture. This is a powerfully achieved and memorable book by authors who know their craft, and who also have a profound understanding and love for the Philippines and things Filipino." by Roger N. Buckley, Professor of History and Director, Asian American Studies Institute, University of Connecticut.


"Emerging and established award-winning writers are the authors of this fine collection of 29 stories about what it means to be young and Filipino in the Philippines and in the United States. Filipinos in America are now the second largest in the umbrella group of Asian Americans, yet there is a scarcity of books by and for Filipinos. This impressive array captures the complexities of both the Filipino culture and history and the realities of the lives of young adults no matter what their ethnic affiliation. Each story is assigned to one of five universal themes: family, angst, friendship, love, and home." by Glenna Sloan, BookBird Journal International. Children's Literature, published by IBBY.


Contact: 310-452-1195; email: palh@aol.com

PALH, also known as Philippine American Literary House, is proud to announce the release of the anthology, Growing Up Filipino: Stories for Young Adults, a collection of 29 stories by the same number of authors. The book, is edited by award-winning author and editor Cecilia Manguerra Brainard. The anthology includes fiction by Filipino and Filipino American writers. Growing Up Filipino is a dazzling and impressive array of 29 stories about the saga of what it means to be young and Filipino.
This landmark book, the first collection of this type, focuses exclusively on children and adolescents, and is directed towards a young adult audience. By addressing the issues of childhood and adolescent culture, aside from ethnic affiliations, the anthology also addresses an adult audience.
The significance of Growing Up Filipino ties in with the increasing number of Filipinos in America who are now the second largest in the umbrella group of Asian Americans. Despite this fact, there is a scarcity of Filipino and Filipino American books available. This anthology can serve as an important resource for librarians, teachers, as well as the general public.
PALH, also known as Philippine American Literary House, has been distributing Filipino and Filipino American books in the U.S. since 1994. It has been involved in the production of 3 other books: Seven Stories From Seven Sisters: A Collection of Philippine Folktales, The Beginning and Other Asian Folktales, and Journey of 100 Years: Reflections on the Centennial of Philippine Independence – books released under the imprint of PAWWA. Growing Up Filipino: Stories for Young Adults is PALH’s first published book under its own imprint name.
Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, the editor of Growing Up Filipino has received a California Arts Council Fellowship in Fiction, a Brody Arts Fund Award, a Special Recognition Award from the Los Angeles School Board of Education, and many other awards. She is the author and editor of 10 books. A member of PEN American Center, she used to be in the board of PEN Center USA. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California and an instructor at UCLA Extension’s Writers Program.
The contributors of Growing Up Filipino are: Gemino Abad, Paula Angeles, Cecilia Brainard, Alex Dean Bru, Erwin Cabucos, Libay Cantor, Ruby Carlino, Gilda Cordero-Fernando, Rogelio Cruz, Alberto Florentino, M. Evelina Galang, Wanggo Gallaga, Vince Gotera, Cristina Hidalgo, Connie Jan Maraan, Veronica Montes, Marily Orosa, Oscar Penaranda, Edgar Poma, Mar Puatu, Brian Roley, Ruth Sarreal, M.S. Sia, Ricco Siasoco, Anthony Tan, Joel Tan, Linda Ty-Casper, Marianne Villanueva, and Alfred Yuson. There is a nice mix of emerging and established award-winning writers in the book.
For further information, please contact PALH at 310-452-1195; or email palh@aol.com. Or visit PALH’s website at www.palhbooks.com.

 Click here for Review by Booklist, 4/15/03

Click here for Review by Alfred Yuson in Lifestyle Feature, Philippine Star, 4/28/03  

Click here for Review by School Library Journal, 5/03

Click here for an Article by Linda Kintanar Alburo, 6/03

Click here for a Review by Multicultural Review, 9/03

Click here for a Review by Melus, Spring 2004

Growing Up Filipino is part of the History/Social Science Literature List compiled by the Santa Clara County Office of Education - click here for the entire list <http://www.sccoe.k12.ca.us/depts/library/docs/SocSciLitList.pdf>

Growing Up Filipino is in the Multicultural List of SLJ.com, a service of School Library Journal Click here to get to the site <http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA407344.html>

Growing Up Filipino is used as textbook in Skyline College, English 846, Instructor Liza Erpelo, Skyline College
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Growing Up Filipino is in the collection of following libraries and more:


East Lansing Public Library (elpl.org), Michigan, 950 Abbott Road, East Lansing, Michigan,

Juneau Public Libraries, 292 Marine Way, Juneau, Alaska 99801; (907) 586 - 5249

City of Lavergne Library, 5063 Murfreesboro Road, Lavergne, TN 37086; (615) 793-7303

Los Angeles Public Library, check the various branches, or try Central Library 630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071; (213) 228-7000

Mission College Library 3000 Mission College Boulevard Santa Clara, CA 95054-1897; (408) 988-2200

The National Library for the Blind and Handicapped (NLS), 1291 Taylor Street, NW, Washington, DC 20011, Toll-Free: 1-888-NLS-READ; (1-888-657-7323) to connect to a local library

Pasadena Public Library, Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91109; (626) 744-4066

Plymouth District Library, 223 S. Main Street, Plymouth, MI, 48170-1687; (734) 453-0750

San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102; (415) 557-4400 · webmail@sfpl.org

Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98104

Skyline College Library, 3300 College Drive, San Bruno CA 94066-1698; (650) 738-4100


Calgary Public Library, check the various branches, or the Central Library 616 Macleod Trail SE, T2G 2M2, (403) 260-2600

Edmunton Public Library, check the various branches, or try Stanley A. Milner Library (Downtown), 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square, T5J 2V4, Canada, (780)-496-7000









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