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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, January 4, 2010

‘Aloha Shorts’ salutes Filipino writers

Advertiser Staff

“Aloha Shorts” will pays tribute to Filipino writers at its next live taping, 6:45 p.m. Sunday in Hawaii Public Radio’s Atherton Studio.
Special guest musicians for the evening are the University of Hawai‘i Filipino Rondalla comprised of Bernard Ellorin, a doctoral student in Music at UH Manoa on bandurya; Stuart Nago, faculty member at Kapi‘olani Community College, on guitar; and Ricardo D. Trimillos on oktavina. Trimillos is a Professor in the Ethnomusicology Asian Studies Program at UH Manoa.
Admission to Aloha Shorts tapings is free, but seating is extremely limited and reservations must be made by calling HPR at 955-8821. Music starts at 6:45 pm and reservations will be held until 6:55 pm only. Aloha Shorts is supported in part by the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities.
The featured reading — from the latest Bamboo Ridge Press publication “In the Company of Strangers” by Michelle Cruz Skinner — is an excerpt from her short story “Beautiful,” performed by Donalyn Dela Cruz.
Other Filipino writers honored at this Aloha Shorts taping:
Eileen Tabios, “The Autobiography of Commodities: Installment No. 9: Filipina Brides” and “Force Majeure.” The latter will be read by Stephanie Kong; Jennifer Santos Madriaga, “My Grandfather, the New American;” Noel Abubo Mateo, “Accent Reduction” (read by Cheyne Gallarde) and “Beautiful Ilocano;” Normie Salvador, “Waipahu One Morning” (read by Cheyne Gallarde); Kenneth Zamora Damacion, “The Islands;” Darlene M. Javar, “Drinking Games” (read by Stephanie Kong).