maarte's anthologies





A collection of Filipino expats’ reminiscences – especially during the writers’ growing-up-into-adulthood years – primarily of home and hometown, but having Filipino cooking as the unifying thread: favorite dishes and native delicacies, family recipes and food rituals, favorite watering holes and memorable eating places anywhere in the Philippines. ISBN 97127-20376. Edna Weisser's essay "Substitutes" is included in this anthology. Available at the National Book Store.

Edited by Edgar B. Maranan and Len S. Maranan-Goldstein






Fifteen writers, three continents, one book. The anthology NOT HOME, BUT HERE was launched in New York in December 2003, in Chicago in March 2004 and in Los Angeles in December 2004.  Edited by Luisa Igloria, the anthology was published by Anvil Manila.

"An exceptional collection of essays," according to Marjorie Agosin, Chilean-American author. "These are meditations that explore the enigma and the complexity of the Filipino diaspora as well as the hopes and triumphs of writing, living, and being in between cultures. This collection inspires the reader as well as those interested in diasporic studies to comprehend the sorrows as well as joys of living in spaces between worlds."

The writers featured in this book are: Merlinda Bobis, Nick Carbo, Felix Fojas, Pancho V. Lapuz, Leny Mendoza Strobel, Loreta Medina, Reine Arcache Melvin, Aimee Nezukumatathil, Jon Pineda, Bino Realuyo, Barbara Jane Reyes, Angel Velasco Shaw, Eileen Tabios, Ella Wagemakers, and Edna Weisser. Edna's "London Boys And Other Filipinos" is published in this anthology. ISBN is 971-27-1358-X. For orders, please e-mail Linda Nietes at




Trans-Euro Express:Filipinas in Europe is the very first Filipino-European anthology. Published in cooperation with the European Commission Multi Project Program, Bundesministerium fuer Wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung and the Misereor Katholische Zentralstelle fuer Entwicklungshilfe e.V., the publication is a project of the Babaylan-Philippine Women's Network in Europe and the Philippine Women's Forum in Germany.

The anthology consists of more than fifty stories written by sociologists, researchers, nuns, a physician, homemakers, university professors, journalists, a former Philippine student activist, counselors, representatives to the UN World Conference on Women, a film maker, an arnis practitioner, a concert pianist, a consul, novelists, poets, and writers, who live and work in Europe. Edna Weisser's "How To Cook Bagoong In Germany" is featured in this book. 

ISBN# is 3-89502-122-9, published by Horlemann Verlag. For orders, please e-mail the editor, Mary Lou Hardillo at: 




"Our Own Voice is not just an anthology, it is also a place where we go to when we need to go home because there, one would find the poems, artworks, essays, tales, and stories that fill those longings and stirrings that tug at our hearts as Filipinos in the diaspora. More importantly." According to Reme, it is a place for Filipino self-expression at a time when we are bulging at the seams with things to say.

Edited by Reme Antonia Grefalda, Nadine Sarreal and Geejay Arriola, OOV was published by the Philippine Women's University Center for Culture, Arts and Music in coordination with Firstfruits Publishing of Arlington, VA. The U.S. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication data has been applied for. ISBN is 971-8517-41-3.

Edna Weisser's "Fallen Angel In Shoe Heaven" is published in this anthology. For orders, please e-mail Linda Nietes at



The stories in A La Carte are a mixed bag of joyful stories as well as more somber ones; all of them explore the dynamics of human relationships.  Isagani Cruz, of Philippine Star, writes:  “Here is a book guaranteed to satisfy even the most discriminating taste, but also to make readers hungry for more stories, characters, insights, and recipes. Fact, fiction, fantasy, and food mix in a feast for the mind, the heart, the palate, and the soul. There are many well-known writers in the anthology, but it is not so much who writes as what is written that makes this book a must-read, just as it is not so much the chef or the cook that makes a recipe to die for, but the dish itself. Enjoy the 25-course banquet.”

Edna Weisser's essay "Merienda Alemania" is included in this anthology. 

The book, A La Carte Food & Fiction, is available in the Philippines from Anvil and National Bookstores.  In the U.S. it is available from PALH For further information, contact or or ISBN is 971-27 18779

The anthology A La Carte: Food and Fiction placed third as Best in the World Food Literature Book at the Gourmand Food Awards held in London on April 13, 2008. Last year, the book was Gourmand country winner for Best Philippine Food Literature Book. It went on to the international competition for Best in World and competed against 22 countries in its category - and won third.