November Blessings – Filipinos Floating & New Medicine Recommendations

What life has blessed me recently with.


  • Pixar’s touching animated short Float is one of the best new things on Disney+
    • Disney/Pixar’s first-ever all-Filipino CGI animated film is in Disney Plus Streaming Service app.
    • “The animated short film “Float” created, produced, and directed by Filipino American writer/producer Bobby Rubio, was part of the Pixar Sparkshorts experimental storytelling project that let Pixar personnel develop short films with their own stories.
    • Float is about the fear of not being able to protect someone you love and learning to let go.”
  • Carlos Bulosan’s “America is in the Heart”
    • Published in 1946; This novel captured Carlos Bulosan’s life as a Filipino American then, but his words still resonate with the greater immigrant experience today.
    • “America is not a land of one race or one class of men. We are all Americans that have toiled and suffered and known oppression and defeat, from the first Indian that offered peace in Manhattan to the last Filipino pea pickers … America is in the hearts of men that died for freedom; it is also in the eyes of men that are building a new world.”
    • “If you want to know what we are, look at the men reading books, searching in the dark pages of history for the lost word, the key to the mystery of the living peace. We are factory hands, field hands, mill hands, searching, building and molding structures. We are doctors, scientists, chemists discovering and eliminating disease, hunger and antagonism. We are soldiers, Navy men, citizens, guarding the imperishable dreams of our fathers to live in freedom. We are the living dream of dead men. We are the living spirit of free men.” ― Carlos Bulosan
  • Filipino American authors you should be reading
    • “Here are ten contemporary Filipino American authors, the tip of the iceberg of our writing community that has proliferated and flourished”
  • 10 Filipino American books that made me feel more Filipino
    • Another list of some great Filipino-American books
  • Maria Orosa & banana ketchup
    • “Maria Orosa was a scientist, an activist, a humanitarian, and a war hero who loved her country and dedicated her life to uplifting the Philippines through food innovation.
    • Banana ketchup, while probably the most beloved of Maria’s creations, is just a small part of her great and many contributions to food history.
    • Her creations were intended to bring forth self-sufficiency and empowerment for her nation—and yet, in this day and age, it’s hard not to see that Maria symbolizes so much more.”
    • As Chef Navarra says, “It’s amazing that she basically is the Filipina food hero. Ingenuity in a time of need which I think captures the Filipino spirit.”
  • Pinay Migrants Gasp For Air In South Korea’s Closed Society
    • “The barometer for calling ourselves an advanced society is how we treat migrants–those who are invisible and who will settle for so little.”
  • Filipino anime series adaptation of Carlo J. Caparas’ “Kamagong” Komiks champions Filipino arnis
    • A Filipino anime based on Filipino martial arts?! My heart!


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