I first interviewed Richie Quirino about his books and video on Filipino jazz in “A Jazz Musician and Jazz Journalist.” (Link). Recently we spoke in the Hotel Kimberly coffee shop in Tagaytay about his latest book. The Amen Vibration, Volume II, was published under his spiritual name, Echad. The Kindle version is now available free online. (Link) The book follows an unpublished manuscript of decades earlier. It presents a chorus of voices on the positive and negative effects of light and sound on humanity—science and religion with variations. Richie’s story In the first chapter of the book, God says, “Let …
Donna Miscolta and I did an interview after the publication of her first book (Signal 8 Press, 2011), a novel dealing with a Filipino’s immigration to the United Sates and his subsequent family life in Southern California. The interview is available on this website, The Author of When the de la Cruz Family Danced. There’s also an accompanying video. The opening story in her newly released story collection, Hola and Goodbye (Carolina Wren Press, November 2016), recently appeared online in Kweli Journal.“Lupita and the Lone Ranger” depicts a telling event in the life of a Mexican immigrant to California. Click …
In Part 1 of this interview, Susan Quimpo talks about her family’s activism during martial law and the initial impetus for the memoir. In Part 2 she continues with a description of writing the book and her own life afterwards. Susan’s story At first I wrote two chapters. Then I went for two master’s degrees, one in Asian Studies and the other in journalism. For my journalism class I wrote about the family and martial law. I thought if I could make my narrative comprehensible to Americans, who knew little about the Philippines under martial law except the name Marcos, …
Author interview with Susan Quimpo, editor and co-author of the family memoir “Subversive Lives,” which tells the story of an anti-Marcos activist family during martial law.
The vocal group Baihana has just released its first album, This post is an interview with Mel Torre, one of the group members, about the album. It is also an update on the group since our first interview.
This is a photo essay of BASECO, an impoverished Filipino community on the edge of Manila Bay, where the residents are frequently washed out. Some help is provided by the Missionaries of Charity, which took André, Bob and me. All photos by Bob Barton.
This post is a condensation of the speeches made at the launch of “The Rise of the Pinoy” by Mike Grogan, a motivational self-help book about Filipinos who have found success in helping others. It is available at Fully Booked.
June 30-July 3 Meganon Comics will be attending the Global Pinoy Bazaar at Glorietta Activity Center, Makati. This interview with Filipino graphic novelist Paolo Herras provides something of an introduction to this new art form in the Philippines.
This is the second part of a guest post by Marita Lopez-Mena. After having met her father’s culture and those who knew his family, an American returns to the Philippines with her brother and sister-in-law for their son’s wedding.
An American journeys to the Philippines in order to make contact with her father’s culture and those who knew his family.