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I gave the following talk at the Cebu Literary Festival in 2014 (produced by Hendri Go).
Cebu As Inspiration to My Writings:
Talk Given at the Cebu Literary Festival 2014
Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
I’d like to start by talking about my Cebuano background, because understanding this will allow you to see where some of my writings came from.
My mother and her political family, the Cuencos, are Cebuanos who have lived in Cebu for generations. I was born in Cebu City after World War II, the youngest of four children. I grew up in my parents’ home in Andres Abellana. I attended grade school in St. Theresa’s College, where the nuns at the time wore layered white clothing with batman headdresses.