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Tuttle Publishing: Educational books for Filipinos

Posted by FAN Admin in Back To Our Roots, Home, News on 07 26th, 2010

All the books below are available on They are wonderful books for anyone who would like to learn the Filipino language.

Tuttle Publishing: Unparalleled Marketplace for Filipino Children’s Books & Educational Tagalog Language Materials

Editorial Note: Award-winning author Norma Olizon-Chikiamco is available for media interviews.

January 25, 2010

NORTH CLARENDON, Vt. — (U.S. ASIAN WIRE) — Tuttle Publishing, a leader in English language books on and about Asia for over 60 years, is proud to present children’s books and language materials depicting the rich, cultural diversity of the Filipino heritage. Tuttle Publishing’s unparalleled marketplace offers an extensive catalogue with an array of delightful Filipino stories and titles for children of all ages featuring award-winning Filipino authors and illustrators.

“Tuttle Publishing recognizes the importance of reaching out to the millions of Filipino heritage learners in this country, and maintains a commitment to producing quality, authentic books to serve their needs. Through children’s books, cookbooks, language learning books and many others, Tuttle continues to celebrate and support the strengths that the Filipino American community brings to us all.”-Christopher Johns, Sales and Marketing Director, Tuttle Publishing.

Tuttle: Pan de Sal Saves the Day Pan de Sal Saves the Day, an inspiring tale written by award-winning author Norma Olizon-Chikiamco with colorful illustrations by Mark Salvatus, tells the story of a shy girl with very low self-esteem but when an unexpected event occurs Pan de Sal greatly triumphs, winning the admiration of her classmates and most importantly herself. Pan de Sal Saves the Day took first place in the most prestigious literary competition in the Philippines, the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.
Price: $12.95
Illustrations: Full-color

Tuttle: My First Book of Tagalog Words
In the age-old tradition of teaching language through rhyme and verse, author Liana Romulo presents My First Book of Tagalog Words and introduces the National language of the Philippines and culture to preschool children in a playful and non-intimidating way. Bold and bright illustrations by award-winning artist Jaime Laurel are featured.
Price: $12.95
Illustrations: Full-color

Tuttle: Filipino Friends Filipino Friends, written by Liana Romulo with illustrations by artist Corazon Dandan-Albano, is a delightful story told through the eyes of Sam, a Filipino-American boy visiting the Philippines for the very first time. Soft, whimsical watercolors labeled with English words and Filipino translations bring to light the differences between western and Philippine lifestyles.
Price: $15.95
Illustrations: Full-color

Tuttle: Filpino Children's Favorite Stories Filipino Children’s Favorite Stories is a must-have collection of beloved tales retold by author Liana Romulo and beautifully illustrated by award-winning artist Joanne De Leon. This wonderful compilation of classic myths from the Philippines captivates the hearts of children of all ages worldwide. From “The Prince’s Bride” to “The Magic Lake” to “The Deer and the Snail” the classic Filipino children�s stories have amused, inspired, and taught millions of children throughout the centuries with poignant, universal life lessons.
Price: $18.95
Illustrations: Full-Color

Tuttle: Tagalog for Kids Flash Cards In addition to Tuttle’s outstanding catalogue of fine children�s books, Tuttle offers supplemental Tagalog language-learning materials perfect for home or classroom use.Tagalog for Kids Flash Cards by Imelda Fines Gasmen is an excellent way to introduce young children to the National language of the Philippines, and the most commonly used Southeast Asian language in the U.S. Kids build their vocabulary by learning everyday, commonly used words, sentences and songs. Tagalog for Kids Flash Cards comes complete with 64 flash cards, audio CD, wall chart and educational guide for parents and teachers, a fun and kid-friendly way to learn!
Price: $19.95
Illustrations: 64 cards; audio CD; 16-pp. booklet & color wall chart

These books, and all titles available from Tuttle Publishing, can be purchased online at our website,, and at fine retailers everywhere.

About Tuttle Publishing

Tuttle Publishing, a member of the Periplus Publishing Group, was founded by Charles E. Tuttle (1915-1993) in Tokyo in 1948. His mission was to publish “books to span the East and West.” With offices in North Clarendon, Vermont; Singapore; Tokyo and Jakarta, Tuttle Publishing has become the largest English-language book publishing and distribution company in Asia.

Fil-Am Ako: Filipino American Psychology: A Collection of Personal Narratives

Posted by lecrowder in Back To Our Roots, Home, News on 07 23rd, 2010

Now Available: Filipino American Psychology: A Collection of Personal Narratives

July 23rd, 2010 by Fil-Am Ako

In 2009, Kevin L. Nadal launched his first book, Filipino American Psychology: A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice. The book offers a comprehensive look at the psyche of Filipino Americans.This book is the first of its kind and aims to promote visibility of this invisible group, so that 2.4 million Filipino Americans will have their voices heard.

Filipino American Psychology: A Collection of Personal Narratives is a sequel to Nadal’s first textbook and is a compilation of 35 stories relating to the various concepts involving Filipino American Psychology. I was very fortunate to offer my personal narrative in Nadal’s latest book. My personal narrative is “Fil-Am Ako: The Battle for Identity,” which is a look back at my life growing up in the states as a Filipino immigrant facing racism and adversity in a town that only wanted me to assimilate to Western culture.   The book will soon be available on amazon, borders, and, and hopefully will make it to a store near you.

Filipino Americans are projected to become the largest Asian American population by 2010. As the second largest immigrant group in the country, there are approximately 3 million documented and undocumented Filipino Americans in the US. Filipino Americans are unique in many ways. They are descendants of the Philippines, a country that was colonized by Spain for over three centuries and by the US for almost 50 years. They are the only ethnic group that has been categorized as Asian American, Pacific Islander, Hispanic, and even as their own separate ethnicity. Because of diverse phenotypes, they are often perceived as being Asian, Latino, multiracial, and others. And contrary to the Model Minority Myth, Filipino Americans have experienced several health, psychological, and educational disparities, including lower college graduation rates and higher levels of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, depression, and suicide.

Despite these disparaging statistics, Filipino Americans have made significant contributions to the US, ever since their first arrivals in October 1587- from their involvement in the United Farmworkers Movement to their roles in hip-hop culture and their presence in medicine, education, and the arts. However, Filipino Americans have also been referred to as the “Forgotten Asian Americans” because of their invisibility in mainstream media, academia, and politics. Filipino American Psychology: A Collection of Personal Narratives offers an intimate look at the lives of Filipino Americans through stories involving ethnic identity, colonial mentality, cultural conflicts, and experiences with gender, sexual orientation, and multiraciality. Writers courageously address how they cope with mental health issues-including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and suicide. Theories and concepts from the book’s predecessor, Filipino American Psychology: A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice can be applied through the voices of a diverse collection of Filipino Americans.

Kevin Leo Yabut Nadal, Ph.D., is a professor, psychologist, performer, activist, and author, who received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Columbia University. As an assistant professor of psychology and mental health counseling at John Jay College of Criminal Justice- City University of New York, he has published several works focusing on Filipino American, ethnic minority, and LGBTQ issues in the fields of psychology and education. In 2007, he led a vast international campaign against ABC Studios for the negative statements made about Filipino medical schools on the television show “Desperate Housewives.” A California-bred New Yorker, Kevin is also a part-time comedian and spoken word artist who has performed across the United States since 2000. He was named one of People Magazine’s hottest bachelors in 2006, he was a guest on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” and he has been featured on PBS, The Filipino Channel, the History Channel, HGTV, Philippine News, and Filipinas Magazine.

If you’re in the New York area, there will be book launch and reading at
John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
445 W. 59th Street (b/w 9th and 10th)
2nd Floor Multipurpose Room
Reading promptly at 6:30pm, followed by Book Signings
Featuring Dr. Kevin Nadal and other NYC Contributors
** A limited number of books will be available for signing, so arrive early **


Here is a 2009 interview with Kevin Nadal at Columbia College Chicago, where he explains why he decided to write Filipino American Psychology and why it is important for Filipino Americans to have their voices heard.

Asia Journal: A FOR ADOBO: An alphabetical, gastronomic journey to Filipino food

Posted by FAN Admin in Back To Our Roots, Home, News on 07 7th, 2010

A FOR ADOBO: An alphabetical, gastronomic journey to Filipino food

Wednesday, 07 July 2010 20:56 Malou Liwanag-Bledsoe | AJPress San Francisco

‘A for Adobo’ author and photographer Nelson AgustinBeing a self-proclaimed, self-taught cook (and not too well at that) and food fanatic, I almost always go to the cookbook / food section of a bookstore first. And always, Ilook at the pictures first. Iguess Ihave this (secret) obsession about food photography that aside from taste, visual has to be also a priority. This is why Iwas more than excited to help writer, photographer and graphic designer Nelson Agustin in his quest to find some yemas (those sweet and milky delicacy wrapped in colorful cellophanes) for his newest photography book, A for Adobo.
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada, Nelson graduated with honors from the University of the Philippines-College of Fine Arts and has published several photography books, most notably Bare Essentials (2007) and Edible Landscapes (2007) under his publishing house, Helios Media. However, A for Adobo is his first photography book for children.
In his book’s Introduction, Nelson tries to explain what Filipino food is all about. “One is hard put to say what it is,” he writes and added, “Perhaps the halo-halo’s tall glass of mixed sweets where East meets West in a happy rainbow of taste and color is an apt metaphor for what Philippine cooking is about.’
He also tells the truth about Filipinos, wherever they may be in the world, is likely to have rice and adobo on the stove, as well as patis (fermented fish sauce) in their pantry. Filipino food, as he simply (but truthfully) puts, “is more than just comfort food.” It is, he writes, “a celebration of who we are, as well as a survival tool for immigrants adjusting to an unfamiliar culture and environment.”
It took me five days, four Filipino stores, four taste tests, my mom, my sister and a friend to find the perfect yemas (which will survive the trip to Canada) for
Nelson. When the package was finally sent, Iactually felt a weird sense of achievement knowing that in a small way, Iwas able to help.
A for Adobo is based on the modern Filipino alphabet instituted by the Philippine government in 1987, consisting of 28 letters—20 from native Filipino and eight from the Spanish alphabet. The letters C, F, J, N, Q, V, X and Z are used only in proper names and nouns, scientific and technical terms and words native to languages other than Filipino. The book also has a more detailed description of each entry that can be found in the Foodnotes section. The Filipino-English bilingual text is for the benefit of acquainting younger generations of readers with the mother tongue.

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L for Lumpia

R is for Relyenong BangusA for Adobo will have its book launching in Manila on July 19, Monday, in Seattle, Washington on July 22, Thursday at the Filipino-American National Historical Society, Seattle University from 5:30 to 8pm; and Vancouver on August 14, Saturday at St. Patrick Ground on Main Street from 9am to 4pm and a booksigning at the Manila International Bookfair from September 15-22.

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S for Suman T for Tuyo

*Photographs by Nelson Agustin

All images are from A for Adobo, (C) 2010 by Tahanan Books. Reproduced by permission from the publisher.

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( Published July 9, 2010 in Something Filipino Magazine p. 2 )