Eileen R. Tabios is a poet working in multiple genres and in-between. She also loves books by writing, reading, publishing, critiquing, romancing and advocating for them. This blog will feature her bibliophilic activities with posts on current book engagements and links to her books and projects related to books.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015



We’re delighted to announce the debut of THE HALO-HALO REVIEW (HHR) and its zine, The Mangozine

HHR (http://halohaloreview.blogspot.com) serves as an online aggregator of links to reviews and other engagements with English-language works in all genres by Filipinos writers.  We are always looking for links to how people are discussing Filipino-authored works. Send links to us at galateaten at gmail dot com.  HHR will be updated as link information is received.

HHR’s The Mangozine (http://halohaloreview.blogspot.com/2015/09/the-halo-halo-reviews-mangozine-issue.html) will come out as often as the editor has time to put an issue together – we currently expect to release the zine two to three times a year.  Through The Mangozine, we will present new reviews and engagements, reader testimonials about beloved Filipino authors and online publication of reviews, book introductions and other relevant material that already exists but are not yet available online.  The inaugural issue at presents an example of the type of material future issues may include.

We hope HHR is of service to lovers of literature as well as teachers. In particular, The Mangozine’s third section that offers online reprints of book Introductions, Prefaces, and Afterwords serve to highlight the uniqueness of Filipino literature which is often subsumed in larger categories such as Asian American and/or People of Color literature.

Feel free to contact me through galateaten@gmail.com if you have questions or suggestions.  Until then, have a happy time discovering more about the variety and beauty of Filipino English-language literature.

Eileen R. Tabios
with a bunch of volunteers who make her projects possible—Salamat!


FOR CONVENIENCE, here is the Table of Contents to The Mangozine Issue 1:
(September 2015)

Editor's Note:  I wanted to offer as much content as possible for the first issue in order to show examples of what can appear in future issues. So I apologize that the first issue is heavy on my book projects (what I've written/edited and authors I've published through Meritage Press or had reviewed in a journal I edit, Galatea Resurrects).  This results from the limited review copies available at this stage to a start-up journal. We hope readers, writers and publishers will be encouraged by Issue I to participate and share information about numerous Filipino authors and the wide variety of their writings. Review Copy information is HERE; you are encouraged to fatten up the list as well as pick some to review! 
Eileen Tabios' Editor's Note continues over HERE.


The essays by Maria Victoria A. Grageda-Smith and Barbara Jane Reyes in  OTHERS WILL ENTER THE GATES: Immigrant Poets on Poetry, Influences, and Writing in America edited by Abayomi Animashan (Black Lawrence Press, 2015). Engaged by Eileen R. Tabios.

IN THE COUNTRY by Mia Alvar (Knopf, New York, 2015). Reviewed by Justine Villanueva.

A Poem & Other Works by Melissa Sipin. Engaged by Amanda [Ngoho] Reavey.

THE HAY(NA)KU ANTHOLOGY, VOL. II, edited by Jean Vengua and Mark Young (Meritage Press / xPress(ed), San Francisco & St. Helena / Finland, 2008).  Reviewed by Allen Bramhall.

"WATCH" by Ivy Alvarez (from VERSES TYPHOON YOLANDA edited by Eileen R. Tabios (Meritage Press, San Francisco & St. Helena, 2014)). Reviewed by Rebecca Loudon.

AGAINST MISANTHROPY: A Life in Poetry (2015-1995) by Eileen R. Tabios (BlazeVOX Books, New York, 2015).  Reviewed by Thomas Hibbard.

Archipelago Dust by Karen Llagas (Meritage Press, San Francisco & St. Helena, 2010). Reviewed by Allen Bramhall.

Passional (New Poems and Some Translations) by Ophelia A. Dimalanta (UST Publishing House, Philippines, 2002). Reviewed by Francis C. Macansantos

"What Can A Daughter Say" by Eileen R. Tabios in THE LIGHT SANG AS IT LEFT YOUR EYES: Our Autobiography (Marsh Hawk Press, New York, 2007) and further reprinted in THE THORN ROSARY: Selected Prose Poems and New (1998-2010) (Marsh Hawk Press, New York, 2010) andINVENT(ST)ORY: Selected Catalog Poems & New (1996-2015) (Dos Madres Press, Loveland, OH, 2015). Reviewed by John Bloomberg-Rissman.


Eric Gamalinda, post-The Descartes Highlands (Akashic Books, New York, 2014)

Mia Alvar, post-IN THE COUNTRY (Knopf, New York, 2015)


Go HERE to see the Love expressed by the following:

Barbara Jane Reyes on Elynia Ruth Mabanglo

Michelle Bautista on Leny Mendoza Strobel

Ted Benito on Mia Alvar

Kanakan Balintagos on Leny Mendoza Strobel

Tony Robles on Bienvenido N. Santos

Holly Calica on Leny Mendoza Strobel

Beth Garrison on Eileen R. Tabios



The Gods We Worship Live Next Door by Bino Realuyo (University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, UT, 2006). Reviewed by Kathy Graber, The Literary Review, Fall 2006.

Trading in Mermaids by Alfred Yuson (Anvil Publishing, Manila, 1993). Reviewed by Paul Sharrad, Scarp 24 (Australia), 1994.

From Books: Introductions, Prefaces, Forewords, Afterwords and Author's Notes

Luis H. Francia introduces BROWN RIVER, WHITE OCEAN: An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Philippine Literature in English (Rutgers University Press, 1993) 

The Co-Editors introduce BABAYLAN: An Anthology of Filipina and Filipina American Writers (Aunt Lute Press, San Francisco, 2000)
--Nick Carbo: "The Other Half of the Sky"
--Eileen R. Tabios: "Rupturing Language for the Rapture of Beauty"

Edwin Lozada introduces FIELD OF MIRRORS: Anthology of Philippine American Writers (Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc., San Francisco, 2008)

Nick Carbo introduces PINOY POETICS: A Collection of Autobiographical and Critical Writings on Filipino and Filipino American Poetics (Meritage Press, San Francisco & St. Helena, 2004)

Jessica Hagedorn introduces THE ANCHORED ANGEL: The Writings of Jose Garcia Villaedited by Eileen R. Tabios (Kaya Press, New York, 1999)

Amanda [Ngoho] Reavey introduces not so, sea, a poetry collection by MG Roberts (Durga Press, 2014)

Three Poet-Editors introduce The First Hay(na)ku Anthology, co-edited by Mark Young and Jean Vengua (Meritage Press, San Francisco & St. Helena, 2005)
--Mark Young: "A not so tercet note"
--Jean Vengua: "The Chicken and the Egg"
--Crag Hill: "For Nico Vassilakis, Quarrying About Hay(na)ku"

Ivy Alvarez, John Bloomberg-Rissman, Ernesto Priego and Eileen R. Tabios introduce THE CHAINED HAY(NA)KU PROJECT (Meritage Press / xPress(ed), San Francisco & St. Helena / Finland, 2012)

Eileen R. Tabios presents Afterword to NOT EVEN DOGS, the first book-length hay(na)ku poetry collection and written by Ernesto Priego (Meritage Press, San Francisco & St. Helena, 2006)

Eileen R. Tabios presents Preface to her 147 MILLION ORPHANS (MMXI-MML), the first book-length haybun collection (Gradient Books, Finland, 2014)

The Co-Editors introduce FLIPPIN': Filipinos on America (Asian American Writers Workshop, New York, 1996)
--Eric Gamalinda: "Myth, Memory, Myopia: Or, I May Be Brown But I Hear America Singin'"
--Luis H. Francia: "The Other Side of the American Coin"

Introducing The Secret Lives of Punctuations, Vol. I by Eileen R. Tabios (xPress(ed), Finland, 2006)
--Leny Mendoza Strobel's Afterword: "The Secret Lives of Punctuations"
--Eileen R. Tabios's Author's Note: "An Ekphrasis: On the Path of the Shona to Sculpt 'The Masvikiru Quatrains"

Virgil Mayor Apostol introduces his WAY OF THE ANCIENT HEALER: Sacred Teachings from the Philippine Ancestral Traditions (North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, CA, 2010)

Leny Mendoza Strobel introduces BABAYLAN: Filipinos and the Call of the Indigenous (Center for Babaylan Studies, Santa Rosa, CA, 2010)

Thomas Fink introduces THE THORN ROSARY: Selected Prose Poems and New (1998-2010)a poetry collection by Eileen R. Tabios (Marsh Hawk Press, New York, 2010)

Edith Tiempo introduces Sea Serpent, a poetry collection by Alfred Yuson (Monsoon Press, Philippines, 1980)

Eileen R. Tabios introduces Gravities of Center, a poetry collection by Barbara Jane Reyes (Arkipelago Books Publishing, San Francisco, 2003)

Introducing STAGE PRESENCE: Filipino American Performing Artistsedited by Theodore S. Gonzalves (Meritage Press, San Francisco & St. Helena, 2014)
--Ricardo D. Trimillo's Foreword
--Theodore S. Gonzalves' Editor's Note

Vince Gotera introduces Seasons by the Bay, a short story collection by Oscar Peñaranda (T’boli Publishing, 2004)

Eileen R. Tabios introduces Bridgeable Shores: Selected Poems (1969-2001)a poetry collection by Luis Cabalquinto (Galatea Speaks / Kaya Press, New York, 2001)

Bino A. Realuyo introduces The Filipino Literature Issue of The Literary Review (Farleigh Dickinson University, 2007)

Jean Vengua introduces BEHIND THE BLUE CANVAS, a short story collection by Eileen R. Tabios (Giraffe Books, Quezon City, 2004)

Introducing VERSES TYPHOON YOLANDA edited by Eileen R. Tabios (Meritage Press, San Francisco & St. Helena, 2014)
--Leny M. Strobel's Foreword
--Eileen R. Tabios' Introduction 

Alfred A. Yuson introduces FATHER POEMS, edited by Alfred A. Yuson and Gemino Abad (Anvil Publishing, Manila, 2004)

Leny Mendoza Strobel introduces ECSTATIC MUTATIONS: Experiments in the Poetry Library, a mixed-genre (poetry/poetics/fiction) collection by Eileen R. Tabios (Giraffe Books, Quezon City, 2000)

Vicente G. Groyon III presents Afterword to Trading in Mermaidsa poetry collection by Alfred Yuson (Anvil Publishing, Manila, 1993).

Eileen R. Tabios introduces the poetry section of BOLD WORDS: A Century of Asian America Writing, edited by Rajini Srikanth and Esther Y. Iwanaga (Rutgers University Press, New Jersey and London, 2001)

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