Welcome to Philippine American Literary House (PALH)


Philippine American Literary House (PALH or PALHBOOKS) is a publisher of Philippine and Philippine American literature, books and Ebooks. They are available online from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers. Ingram and other US distributors carry most of our titles. For more information, email palhbooks@gmail.com or palh@aol.com. PALHBOOKS is also known as PALH.

PALH started out as an offshoot of the women's group, Philippine American Women Writers and Artists (PAWWA), a group of seven Filipina American writers who formed the support writing group in 1991. PAWWA also provided community service and went on to publish some books and organize some conferences.
 
PAWWA's founding members are: Valorie Slaughter Bejarano, Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, Mariquita Athena Davison, Fe Panalingan Koons, Susan N. Montepio, Cecile Caguingin Ochoa, and Nentuzka C. Villamar.

For six years, PAWWA received the highly competitive Multicultural Entry Grant from the California Arts Council (CAC). PAWWA used that funding to help publish a newsletter and books: Seven Stories from Seven Sisters: A Collection of Philippine Folktales (1992); The Beginning and Other Asian Folktales (1995);A Directory of Philippine American Women Writers and Artists; and Journey of 100 Years: Reflections on the Centennial of Philippine Independence (1999).[2]

On April 14, 1998, PAWWA and the Asian Pacific Student Services of Loyola Marymount University held a one-day conference entitled "Journey of 100 Years." Presenters were : Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, Maria Luisa Carino (or Maria Luisa Igloria), Rosita Galang, Paulino Lim Jr., Edmundo Litton, Herminia Menez, Susan Montepio, and Nadine Sarreal. An offshoot of that conference was the book, Journey of 100 Years.

When PAWWA's CAC funding ran out in June 1998, the remaining members of PAWWA decided to move on, and PAWWA was dissolved.

After PAWWA's dissolution, two members took over the running PAWWA's book pubishing and distribution, under the business name of PALH (Philippine American Literary House). Eventually, one member (Cecilia Brainard) ran PALH, which is the current case. While PALH is not officially a non-profit, it basically operates as one.

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