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September 23, 2011 > Filipino American Writer Showcase

Filipino American Writer Showcase

Submitted By Lili Khalili

Please join us for an afternoon showcase of one act play, stage reading and music by Filipino creative artists and writers. The program features:

A one act play entitled Rizal on Angel Island by Ignacio Zulueta. Ignacio Zulueta (Playwright) was born in Manila, studied in Providence and writes in Oakland. His plays have been performed throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as in New York, Minneapolis and Kalamazoo. He's a 2011 Alter LAB writer at Alter theatre, a member of Playground-SF and part of the New Works Incubator at Asian-American Theatre Company. This play will premier at the reopening of the Bindlestiff Studio in San Francisco early September. For more information, log on to

Bindlestiff Studio cultivates artists who reflect and celebrate the diverse values, traditions, and histories of Filipino and Filipino American cultures, through bold artistic expression and community engagement.

Rizal on Angel Island, a feverish imagining of the Philippine national hero's detainment by U.S. customs while en route to China, was originally written by Bay Area-based Filipino American playwright Ignacio Zulueta and directed by Larry Robinson and Wernher

Moderator of the program: Oscar Peľaranda winner of the Global Filipino Literary Award for 2004. Oscar Penaranda left the Philippines at the age of 12, spent his adolescent years in Vancouver, Canada, and moved to San Francisco at 17. He is the author of Full Deck (Jokers Playing) (T'boli Publishing, 2004), a collection of poetry, and Seasons by the Bay (also from T'boli, 2004), a collection of stories awarded the best fiction of 2004 citation from the Global Filipino Literary Awards and the award for fiction from PAWA (Philippine American Writers and Artists) for 2005. Full Deck was awarded the poetry prize for that same year.

In Her Mother's Image based on the novel by Cecilia Gaerlan. The multi-media staged reading is being performed by Artis Mundi, a multicultural theatre arts group dedicated to the production of theatre works based on history.

In Her Mother's Image by Berkeley playwright, Cecilia Gaerlan, is the story of a mother and daughter, Consuelo and Chiquita, who are entangled in a web of longing and antipathy set amidst the chaos of World War II in the Philippines and thirty years later in 1971. The war is seen through the eyes of a headstrong eight-year-old child, Chiquita, who bears witness to an act of betrayal committed by her formidable mother, Consuelo- a betrayal that will be revisited thirty years later when Chiquita goes back to the land of her birth. For more information, log on to Musical Performance by
Carlos Zialcita and Ray Cristobal.

The program is funded in part by the Friends of the Union City
Library. All Library programs are free!

Filipino American Writer Showcase
Sunday, September 25
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Union City Library
34007 Alvarado Niles Road, Union City
510) 745-1464
TTY 888-663-0660

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