PALH , 2020, hardcover 8X8 inches, 37 pages, ISBN 9780971945890, Special Limited Edition of 100 hb copies
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Special Limited Edition book of Sketches
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Known as a writer and lacking formal training in the arts, Cecilia started sketching in late 2018. Using reed and pen and ink, she presents in this hardcover book, 43 sketches depicting what she calls her “Magical Years” as a child in her birth city of Cebu, Philippines. Cecilia draws from her memories of her parents, their home, and of the landmarks of her beloved Cebu.
“ ‘Magic’ is the key word in the art of Cecilia Manguerra Brainard. Every drawing transports you to a different world and a different time, and you cannot ever come back unchanged.” ~ Tony Perez, Playwright, Novelist, & Painter
“Drawings are often ignored as being mere steps to painting, but with Cecilia Brainard you take them on their own — as visual notes, windows to memory and history.” ~ Ambeth R. Ocampo, Historian
“Oh, Cecilia — I love your book. You DO capture the luminosity of childhood, something that I personally feel so strongly, and strive over and over to share with the rest of the world through my stories. Here you reveal it so sweetly. Thank you very much… If this seems childlike, it is, and you brought it out. Really wonderful, Cecilia.” ~ Carlene Sobrino Bonnivier, Writer
“Your book arrived today and I couldn’t be more impressed! The book is just totally charming and lovely. The quality of the paper and book cover are wonderful. I love that the book pays homage to Cebu and your memories there, but it’s also, I think, an homage to your parents and the loving memories you have as a little girl with them. I think you feel about Cebu like I do about Redondo … it’s not just in my heart but in my bones and my marrow!
It really is an utterly charming book … memories enhanced with your drawings. I love it.” ~ Hilary Walling, Writer
“I read the Magical Years and found it magical as I too was transported to my childhood years … very nostalgic … I was teary-eyed. In other words, it was a sentimental journey.” ~ Maribel Paras, Life Coach
“Your sketches are excellent! If I were a grandmother, I would give this book to every grandchild of mine so they would know about our “Magical Years” … Let the young people learn that the lives of their grandparents or perhaps their parents as children were much simpler then, but we were happy and contented.” ~ Tina Borja, Artist