It's History

The beginnings of Filipino American history can be traced back to the Philippines in the late 1800s with the US colonization of the archipelago and the subsequent Filipino American War. During those tense early years, a little-known but anthropologically significant tragedy occurred. Filmmaker Collis Davis created a meticulously researched documentary called Headhunting William Jones, which our contributor Michael Gonzalez describes as a "whodunnit" in "An Ilongot Murder Mystery", his review of the film that made waves in this year's Cinemalaya film festival in Manila.

An article worth revisiting for this month is Elaine Elinson's review of Patty Enrado's debut novel, A Village in the Fields which focuses on the United Farm Workers historic strike in the '60s and '70s that was initiated by Filipinos. Read it again here: http://www.positivelyfilipino. com/magazine/book-review-a- village-in-the-fields

Another Read Again: "When Russians Came to Tubabao," Myles A. Garcia's account of the flight of White Russians from China and their eventual relocation to Tubabao Island in Samar, courtesy of the Quirino administration: http://www.positivelyfilipino. com/magazine/when-russians- came-to-tubabao

Positively Filipino Contributing Writer Serina Aidasani profiles New Jersey-based Athena Magcase-Lopez, "A Purpose-Driven Artist," who is both a visual artist and a children's book illustrator. Tenni, as she is known in artist circles, talks about the evolution of her art and the influence of her late husband, Melvyn Patrick Lopez, who collaborated with her in their most celebrated children's book.

It is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month and survivor Jo-Anne Agcaoili shares with us her personal story on how she was able to fight off the scourge of women worldwide. 

Our Happy Home Cook feature: Nora Daza's Pato Tim recipe.

The Video of the Week: Part 3 of the documentary Filipino Americans: Discovering Their Past for Their Future.

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino