MANILA, Philippines – “Literature and history are related, but while history documents facts, literature focuses on revealing the soul of a people.” Cebu-born Cecilia Manguerra-Brainard had this say about the connection between fact and fiction.
Manguerra-Brainard’s published works include Woman with Horns and Other Stories and Philippine Woman in America. She is also the editor of the anthology Fiction by Filipinos in America and teaches creative writing at the Writers’ Program of UCLA Extension.
Her novel When the Rainbow Goddess Wept tackles the hardships and tragedies of the Filipinos under Japanese occupation. It tells the story of 9-year-old Yvonne as she flees with her family to join the resistance against the Japanese.
She discusses this novel and more in this Rappler Talk. – Rappler.com