Lost Literary Treasure, Cebuanos, and Torture

Another noteworthy Filipino went quietly into the good night -- Alberto "Bert" Florentino Jr., playwright/author and promoter of Philippine literature is given a proper farewell by author Cecilia Manguerra Brainard whose latest novel, The Newspaper Widow, was a finalist in the Best Novel in English category of the National Book Awards in Manila.

Why do Cebuanos consider themselves a superior tribe? Cebuana writer Isabel Taylor Escoda proffers her not-quite-humble reasons.

We continue our series of Martial Law Stories, this time with writer/poet/journalist/editor Jose "Pete" Lacaba's account of his horrendous torture.

Our Happy Home Cook recipe this week, Beef Caldereta cooked in an instapot, comes from our resident foodie Elizabeth Ann Quirino's new book, Instant Filipino Recipes: My Mother’s Philippine Food in a Multicooker Pot. Try it out and see how fast a meal cooks with this appliance.

Our In The Know links this week:

Boracay’s back cleaner and greener. But something’s missing: jobs

Bulalacao, Coron–its quiet majesty

Stuck in traffic: How Manila’s roads are making love elusive for Filipinos

A Brief History of the Most Popular Filipino Street Food

The second-generation Dazas are making home cooks out of anyone

For video of the week, Esquire Philippines posted an interview with long time Philippine actor Eddie Garcia on his long career in showbiz.

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino

A Tireless Crusader and Enchanted Tales

Ambassador Howard Dee, 2018 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee, is one of an increasingly rare breed of man whose life work is focused on seeking social justice and socio-political peace. Contributing writer M.H. Hizon profiles this outstanding Filipino in "The Many Crusades of Howard Dee."

A timely piece for this week of myths and superstitions is Sylvia Mayuga's review of Bicolano anthropologist Tito Valiente's newly released book, The Last Sacristan Mayor and The Most Expensive Mass for the Dead: Tales of Ticao. Ticao is in Masbate, the author's birthplace, where tales of enchantment abound.

In Fatima, the town of many Filipino pilgrimages, traveler Isabel Lovina got the surprise of her life when her group of pilgrims were billeted in Pinoy House Fatima, owned by Ritchiel from Hinigaran, Negros Occidental, and her Portuguese husband. Take note for when you do your own Marian pilgrimage.

The compleat actress Nora Aunor was once again bypassed for the National Artist award this year (the first time was during the term of President Noynoy Aquino), a move that has incensed her legions of fans worldwide. Read Again film critic Mauro Feria Tumbucon Jr.'s "The Timeless Nora Aunor" and you'll understand why. 

And in keeping with the season, here's another Read Again: Alex G. Paman's "The Vanishing Hitchhiker, the White Lady and Hauntings Across the Seas."

Our In The Know links this week:

'Only for white people': Filipino family endures racist rant in New Zealand

Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong facing more expenses as new law forces them to make social security contributions back home

How Wealthy Was the Rizal Family?

Jay Ledford’s Journey as a Filipino American Transgender Ballerina

15 Essential Filipino Restaurants in the Bay Area

Our Happy Home Cook recipe, Pork Kilawin from our resident foodie Elizabeth Ann Quirino.

For our video of week, San Diego's ABC 10 News featured a story on the awarding of Congressional Gold Medals on Filipino World War II veterans at the Jacobs Center.

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino

What Indigenous Folk Arts Tell Us

When the Americans colonized the Philippines at the turn of the 20th century, they sought to portray Filipinos to the American public as "savages", requiring lessons in literacy and democracy. To stress their point, they brought "Igorottes" from northern Luzon to the US as human exhibits in such events as the St. Louis World Exposition of 1904. This massive, historic lie discounts the fact that among our indigenous tribes and mountain cultures, a sophisticated, homegrown culture has evolved since pre-Hispanic times. This culture manifests itself in folk arts and textile weaving, techniques handed down through the generations. Prof. Michael Gonzalez, a board member of The Hinabi Project, explains the history behind the beautiful ongoing "Cordillera Textiles and Folk Arts Exhibit" in San Francisco. Don't miss it if you're in the area.

If you're thinking of getting married in a Catholic church in the Philippines, here's a helpful eye-opener from PF Correspondent Rene Astudillo on the costs of having one. 

We continue to collect and post personal stories on martial law (and will keep on doing so until certain parties cease to attempt revising history, so Send Us Yours). This week, lawyer/academic Mariel Toni Jimenez writes about her recollections when she was a young girl in Manila and her aunt, Professor Dolores Feria, was arrested. 

It's been a year since the Marawi siege, a horrific year when the picturesque city in southern Philippines was reduced to rubble. Read Again journalist/author Criselda Yabes riveting account of a crucial military operation, "Escape Through Death's Door," after which read her "Marawi Update."

From Rene Astudillo, we have a recipe for Pork Quinoa Casserole for our Happy Home Cook. 

Here are links to stories you may have missed from other publications:

New Podcast Shares Uniquely Filipino-American Stories

From salted duck egg to sapin sapin: Filipino ingredients become ice cream flavors at Wanderlust Creamery

Duterte camp spent $200,000 for troll army, Oxford study finds

Philippines plastic pollution: why so much waste ends up in oceans

And in celebration of Larry Itliong Day for the Filipino American History Month, we are featuring a clip from Marissa Aroy’s “Delano Manongs” as our Video of the Week.

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino