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Great books, CDs and videos – all related to the Philippines! Better stocked than Shoemart, glitzier than Rustans!

New Books: Encounters: A Lifetime Spent Crossing Cultural Frontiers

Popular Books by Alumni offers
works of nonfiction like Filipino
by Liz Reyes ’65 and fiction
like El
Grupo McDonald’s
by Nick Carbo ’84. Books
about Alumni
nonfiction stories like the one about Colm Connoly ’82.


Taglish Taglish
Carbo ’84 is the editor of Babaylan: An Anthology of Filipina and Filipina
American Writers

Here over 60 filipinas and Filipina – Americans
evidence the rectitude of the Catholic Spanish past, Malay roots, and
the steady, century-long revolutionary wind of American influence. Poetry
and prose by familiar and new pinay authors.

Grupo McDonald’s
offers Poetry by Nick Carbo ’84 covering cultural
issues with wry sense of humor and grace.

Philippine images that are both
beautiful and disturbing.

You don’t have
to come back to the Philippines to relive and enjoy your TAGLISH days!
The Complete Dictionary of Taglish Terms is the most hilarious
dictionary you will ever read… from cover to cover… in one

Sabado de Gloria,
aka Dan Callejo ’62 offers English words, phrases and usage that
never fail to amuse. What could be more descriptive or intelligible
than a Filipino saying: “CR” (Comport Room) or “TY”
(Tenk Yu).

Read the hilariously
incisive political analyses and commentaries in… The Penis Mightier
Than the Sword
Parts 1 & 2. Pinoy political headlines
superbly – and “whackily” — narrated and annotated by
Sabado de Gloria, aka Dan Callejo ’62!

Also included are
Taglish lessons guaranteed to initiate any moron into real-world, “comberseyshonal”
English as spoken by Filipinos.

Potato Queen, the first published novel by Rafaelito Sy ’85, starts off in Manila, where a young Juancho Chu is dreaming of life in America. Juancho makes his way to San Francisco and begins making friends and discovering the gay nightlife. Along comes a white man who is attracted to Asian men – a “rice queen.” Juancho finds that he is usually attracted to white men, thus dubbed a “potato queen.”

Will Juancho and Gerald remain “just friends?” Will Juancho secure the US citizenship he has dreamed of? Find out in Potato Queen!

Ron Ames ’68 has written Vocare, a book about “A man’s search for, and eventual discovery of, the fountain of youth captured in poetic song.”


McKay Maynard ’52
has met with other WWII survivors such as the American
guerillas her family knew and the submariners who rescued her, and shared
stories with them. My
Faraway Home
a beautifully written, courageous memoir of a wartime childhood behind
enemy lines. An American family’s WWII tale of adventure and survival
in the jungles of Mindanao.
del Rosario ’84 loves Filipino
fellow alum Liz Reyes ’65 et al. It makes the perfect inspirational
table top visual treat.

The detailed photos will introduce your friend
to traditional and contemporary Philippine architecture and design.

Cummins ’82 recommends A Normal Life and other Short Stories, which
is a collection of short stories by Reine Melvin, who happens to
be her sister.
Living: Contemporary Dream Houses
in the Philippines by Liz
Reyes ’65
is a showcase of the wonderful homes of the Filipino elite.

As inspiration for your own tropical mansion or to visit these fabulous
homes, this book offers up the stylish ways of modern Filipino designers.

Philippine Coral Reefs in Watercolor by Cusi includes underwater
photographs by Scott “Gutsy” Tuason ’86.

They are brilliant
reef and reef fish scenes complimenting both Cusi’s works and the timely
reef conservation and restoration message contained in this unusually
attractive art book.

Manila Memories

Rebecca Gale De Villa ’88 and her co-author Jill Gale De Villa wrote the
2nd Edition of the Philippine Guide in 2000. This great personal travel
guide comes from Open Road Publishing and is filled with lots of info
for travellers on any budget.
Alphabet Alpabeto by Tracy David ’90 uses contemporary graphic design to create a playful and innovative bilingual book of letters for children of all ages.

Each letter is represented by computer-generated images (photography and illustrations); for each image the corresponding Filipino and English words both start with the same letter, i.e. B for “Boat” and ” Bangka.”

Publisher isAdarna House (ISBN 971-508-262-9).

Scott “Gutsy” Tuason ’86 took the beautiful photos for The Ultimate Orient – Philippine South Sea Pearls.

Vicky Sycip Herrera recommends ’68 this award-winning coffee-table book about pinoy pearls. It is quite informative and Scott’s photos are simply breathtaking.

AS Alumni Juergen Goldhagen ’50 has written Manila Memories, a book that includes the memories of Hans (Bob) Walser ’50, Rod Hall ’50, Hans Hoeflein ’49 during World War II in Manila.

The 140 page book is an easy read . Readers will learn what it was like as a civilian kid in the middle of a battlefield.

Purchase here


As Assistant U. S. Attorney
Colm Connolly ’82 helped prosecuted and convict prominent Wilmington
attorney Thomas Capano for killing Anne Marie Fahey, an aide to Delaware’s

The story was turned into
the best selling novel And Never Let Her Go by Ann Rule.

A two-part Hallmark
TV miniseries based
on the book “Never
Let Her Go” also tell the true story of this high-profile murder case

Tom Hargrove worked at IRRI and his kids went to ISM. After 2 decades in the Philippines he moved to Colombia.

Long March to Freedom: Tom Hargrove’s Own Story of His Kidnapping by Colombian Narco-Guerrilla,” is a harsh account of his long ordeal.

See also Proof of Life, a movie inspired by his story.

Vicky Sycip Herrera ’68 recommends Nancy Keeney Fortser’s book Encounters: A Lifetime Spent Crossing Cultural Frontiers which describes the adventures of her late husband Clifton “Cliff” Forster ’43 who graduated AS during World War II. Cliff was at AS when one day the Principal announced “The Japanese have invaded Manila…there will be no classes until further
notice.” The students all went to the Santo Tomas internment camp where they finished their studies and graduated.

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