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[PAPERBACK] The Kuwento Book: An Anthology of Filipino Stories + Poems

[PAPERBACK] The Kuwento Book: An Anthology of Filipino Stories + Poems

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It's Kuwento Time…with 28 Filipina/x/o authors who share their truth about life, loss, love, family, fears, hopes, and dreams in the debut of 17 inspiring poems and 16 personal stories. 

The Kuwento Book: An Anthology of Filipino Stories + Poems is a groundbreaking collection of powerful stories and poems by accomplished Filipina/x/o and community leaders. You are invited to dive into this anthology of kuwentos, as contributing authors unpack the realities of being Filipina/x/o and express their truth about love and loss, family and community, dreams and fears, and self-discovery. No doubt, all readers of every age will connect and contemplate on these experiences–being moved to laugh, cry, and root for them within these pages.  

“We all have kuwentos to tell because we have lived our own lives,” says the editor and publisher of this book, Pat Lindsay C. Catalla-Buscaino, known as Dr. Pinky. “But many people are scared, afraid, and uncertain, because our stories have been historically dismissed and appropriated–in books, in school curriculum, and in the media. Now is the time to share with the world the voices of everyday, extraordinary Filipinas/xs/os who have been marginalized from mainstream narratives and traditional publishing houses. These stories and poems connect to our own experiences, validating the importance of representing the diversity of Filipinas/xs/os from all over the world. We are here, and we will keep telling our kuwentos for as long as we exist.” The Kuwento Book: An Anthology of Filipino Stories + Poems shines a much needed spotlight on the Filipino/a/x perspective from the United States, the Philippines, and beyond.


You'll read about:

- Growing up and figuring out life

- Moving to a new country or place, and finding your way

- Returning, discovering, and (re)creating home, family, and history

- The power of women, mothers, and grandmothers 

- Navigating and questioning love, relationships, identity, culture, and gender stereotypes

- Loss of self, a loved one, or through COVID-19

- Creating community and what it means to give back


Editor and Contributing Authors

Edited, compiled, translated, and published by Dr. Pat Lindsay “Pinky” C. Catalla-Buscaino


Foreword by Jenah Maravilla

  1. Introduction by Pat Lindsay “Pinky” C. Catalla-Buscaino
  2. Press Release by Krystelle Robeniol
  3. Born in Silence by Tiffany Sloan
  4. I Cannot Speak My Mind by Christy Panis Poisot
  5. Be(longing) by Holly Lim
  6. Our Heavy Doors by Krystle Tugadi
  7. Trip To Manila: A Poetry Collection by Jacob Magallanes
  8. Losing Lola by G. Chris Villanasco
  9. Death By A Broken Heart by Gabbie Aquino-Adriatico
  10. My Ancestor, From The Great Beyond by Royal Sumikat
  11. Dear Inay by Cybil Joy Pallugna-Saenz
  12. Mommy’s Kuwento by Noureliza Montifar
  13. Huwag Buksan Ang Pinto by Jermuel P. Manarin
  14. Am I An Introvert? by Dustin Domingo
  15. My Own Privilege by Trisha Morales
  16. Bangon by Chezka Laddaran
  17. Pay It Forward by Florencio Guinhawa
  18. Parol by Genesis Lingling
  19. Mangarap Ka by Chezka Laddaran
  20. Never Heard Of Such A Thing: How I Became An International Storyteller by Jay Menes
  21. A Personal Statement by Marie Salazar
  22. balikbayan box by Al Aguilar
  23. Mapping Love and Longing in Chicago by Victor Barnuevo Velasco
  24. Plastic by Dustin Domingo
  25. August, 2000 by Sophia Emille
  26. Thanksgiving Day by Anthony Pabillano
  27. A Gaysian Friendsgiving by Dustin Domingo
  28. The Last Feather by Rudy Jr. Calera
  29. Motherland by Tiffany Sloan
  30. New Moon Peaches by Sheralynn Magallanes
  31. On Performance by Tiffany Sloan
  32. Salamat Houston by Gabbie Aquino-Adriatico
  33. Uwi Na Tayo by Zoe Gapayao
  34. The Land Loves Us Back by Sheralynn Magallanes

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Trim Size: 5.5" x 8.5" / 140 x 216 mm

Page count: 248

Interior Color: Black and White on Cream Paper

Binding type: Perfect Bound

Cover Finish: Matte

ISBN Paperback Print: 979-8-9865457-6-9

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