Tuesday, August 2, 2016


In addition to aggregating reviews from the internet, THE HALO-HALO REVIEW presents The Mangozine which features new reviews and serves as the online publisher for reviews and other engagements (e.g. book introductions) published in print but not yet available within the internet.  Other features, including author interviews and reader testimonials, also will be presented. The following presents a Table of Contents for Issue 3 -- CLICK on links to go to the reviews.

(August 2016)

Editor's Note:  Welcome to the third issue of THE HALO-HALO REVIEW where we provide engagements with Filipin@ literature and authors through reviews and engagements, interviews and other prose. We hope readers, writers and publishers will continue to participate and share information about numerous Filipino authors and the wide variety of their writings. 

The Mangozine's Review Copy information is HERE; you are encouraged to fatten up the list as well as pick some to review! Submission deadline for the fourth issue has been set at Jan. 31, 2017 (though I will take reviews sooner than the deadline if that is more convenient for the reviewers).

Eileen Tabios' Editor's Note continues over HERE.


Dogeaters by Jessica Hagedorn (Pantheon Books, New York, 1990). Engaged by Sheila Bare

The Art of Exporting by Cristina Querrer (dancing girl press & studio, 2011). Engaged by Eileen R. Tabios

To Be Free by Edilberto K. Tiempo (New Day Press, Quezon City, 1972. Seventh Printing, 1993). Reviewed by Monica Macansantos

TO LOVE AS ASWANG by Barbara Jane Reyes (Philippine American Writers & Artists, San Francisco, 2015). Reviewed by Rose Booker

THE CONNOISSEUR OF ALLEYS by Eileen R. Tabios (Marsh Hawk Press, New York, 2016). Engaged by Leny M. Strobel

In Praise of Absolute Interpretation by Felino A. Soriano (Desperanto, 2010). Reviewed by Constance Adler

Anemal Uter Meck by Mg Roberts (Black Radish Books, 2017). Engaged by Marthe Reed

THE CHAINED HAY(NA)KU PROJECT, curated by Ivy Alvarez, John Bloomberg-Rissman, Ernesto Priego & Eileen Tabios (Meritage Press / xPress(ed), San Francisco & St. Helena / Puhos, Finland, 2010). Reviewed by Chris Mansel

AMBIL: Mga Pagsubok, Pahiwatig & Interbensyon by E. San Juan (CreateSpace/Amazon, 2014). Reviewed by Roger Rigor

PRAU by Jean Vengua (Meritage Press, San Francisco & St. Helena, 2007). Reviewed by Chris Mansel

VERSES TYPHOON YOLANDA: A Storm of Filipino Poets edited by Eileen R. Tabios (Meritage Press, San Francisco & St. Helena, 2014). Reviewed by Mary Kasimor

traje de boda by Aileen Ibardaloza (Meritage Press, San Francisco & St. Helena, 2010). Reviewed by Chris Mansel

"Lyrics #3" from the book Have Come, Am Here by Jose Garcia Villa (Viking, New York, 1942). Engaged by Rene J. Navarro


Amanda Ngoho Reavey, Post-MARILYN (The Operating System, Brooklyn, New York, 2015)

Felino A. Soriano, Post-sparse anatomies of single antecedents (Gradient Books, Finland, 2015)


Go HERE to see the Love expressed by the following:

James E. Cherry on Cecilia Brainard

Eileen R. Tabios on E. San Juan, Jr.

Joseph O. Legaspi on R. Zamora Linmark

Leny M. Strobel on Rene Navarro

Eileen R. Tabios on Rene Navarro

Oliver de la Paz on R. Zamora Linmark

Malou Bobu Alorro on Erma M. Cuizon

Tony Robles on Jason Bayani

Eileen R. Tabios on Edilberto K. Tiempo



Vince Gotera reviews Dogeaters by Jessica Hagedorn (Pantheon, New York, 1990) and State of War by Ninotchka Rosca (Norton, New York, 1988). First appeared in Pilipinas: A Journal of Philippine Studies No. 21, Fall 1993

Ralph Semino Galán reviews Museum of Absences by Luis H. Francia (UP Press, Quezon City / Meritage Press, San Francisco & St. Helena, 2004). First appeared in Ralph Semino Galán's Discernments: Literary Essays, Cultural Critiques and Book Reviews (UST Publishing House, 2013)

Theodore S. Gonzalves engages Rolling the R's by R. Zamora Linmark (Kaya Press with a 20th Anniversary Edition, 2016)

Diana C. Hoagland engages Apperceptions of Reinterpretations by Felino A. Soriano (Calliope Nerve Media, 2009). First appeared in Leaf Garden, Issue 10, August 2010

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

Luis H. Francia introduces Vestiges of War: The Philippine-American War and the Aftermath of an Imperial Dream 1899-1999 co-edited by Angel Velasco Shaw and Luis H. Francia (NYU Press, New York, 2002)

Ralph Semino Galán presents Preface to his FROM THE MAJOR ARCANA (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, Philippines, 2014)

Dean Francis Alfar introduces KUWENTO LOST THINGS: New Anthology of Poetry, Fiction and Non-Fiction Inspired by Philippine Mythology edited by Rachelle Cruz and Melissa Sipin (Carayan Press, San Francisco, 2015)

Duane Locke offers a Prologue to INTENTIONS OF ALIGNED DEMARCATIONS by Felino A. Soriano (Desperanto, New York, 2011)

Theodore Gonzalves introduces his edited Carlos Villa and the Integrity of Spaces (Meritage Press, San Francisco & St. Helena, CA, 2012)

Rocio Davis introduces GROWING UP FILIPINO: STORIES FOR YOUNG ADULTS edited by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard (PALH, 2003)

Eileen Tabios introduces the Poetry Section of Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images edited by M. Evelina Galang in collaboration with Poetry Editor Eileen Tabios, Non-Fiction Editor Sunaina Maira, Art Editor Jordan Isip and Found Images Editor Anida Yoeu Esguerra (Coffee House Press, Minneapolis, 2003)

Billy Burgos introduces Compatible Aspects of the Disparate Endeavor by Felino A. Soriano (NeoPoiesis Press, 2011)


Thanks to a volunteer-typist for this issue:  Amy Pabalan!

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