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Dearest and loveliest readers, OOV is 40 issues old!

Forty is a big deal. It once rained forty days and forty nights. American football players run the 40-yard dash. Forty percent of women are the primary breadwinners for their families, according to a recent Pew report. Forty is the new 30, according to some people. And according to an Arab proverb, to understand a people, you must live among them for 40 days.

You have “lived” amongst us for the last 40 issues. Tell us about your favorite piece. You may write an essay, story, play, or poem in response. The winner gets their pick from a list of books, plus a $40 gift card. Additionally, we will publish the winning piece in our next issue! (Feel free to send us an email for more details, our.own.voice@gmail.com.)

For once we three are together under the same sky!
(L-R: Remé Grefalda, Aileen Cassinetto, Geej Langlois)

On our 40th, we proudly feature—

poems by 2012 Global Filipino Literary Award Recipients Barbara Jane Reyes and Marc Gaba;

an Afterthought essay by Christi-Anne Castro, the GFLA Recipient in the Non-Fiction category on the perils of ethnography in a cultural history;

a review of Christi-Anne Castro’s Musical Renderings of the Philippine Nation by R.G. Wedum;

Titchie Carandang-Tiongson’s Glorified Luneta Park along the Potomac River;

a scholarly critique by Michaela Spangenburg on the poetry of Joi Barrios and Eileen Tabios;

"Darcy and Vicky," a short story by Eusebio Koh, on abortion; and "Biyenan at Manugang," by Evelyn Estrella Sebastian, on in-laws;

my review of Eileen Tabios’ The Awakening and Marianne Villanueva’s Jenalyn;

Eileen Tabios’ critique of Jean Vengua’s haptic drawings;

and Readings by Geej Langlois, Eileen Tabios, Paul Cassinetto, and Cecilia Ibardaloza.

Last but not least, we are delighted to welcome back Ivy Alvarez as OOV’s Resident Poet.

There are so many things I love about OOV: the beautifully laid-out issues, the amazing frontispieces, the pretty cool editor, the brilliant contributors, etcetera etcetera. Most of all, I love that it continues “to provide a home space for the creative expressions of Filipinos in the diaspora.” I think it definitely makes up for all the lost Saturdays, and sometimes, Sundays.

Aileen Ibardaloza-Cassinetto
San Francisco, June 2013

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Remé-Antonia Grefalda

Aileen Ibardaloza-Cassinetto

Geejay Langlois

Eileen Tabios

Ivy Alvarez

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