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Estela L. Manila

      I was born at the outbreak of the Second World War, in Lucena City, Philippines. The oldest child of Elpidio Mijares Lopez and Leonor Pascua Alialy, my father, Elpidio, was the third child of Bonifacio Lopez and Ruperta Mijares of Bulacan Province, Philippines. The family moved to Lucena City in the early 1940’s.

    Education: B.A. University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City; M.Ed., Luzonian University; Graduate degree in Library and Information Science, University of California, Berkeley, California, U.S.A.

     Career: Librarian, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines, 1963-1965; High School teacher, Luzonian University, 1965-1970; Supervising Librarian, the National Library of the Philippines, 1970-1978; Librarian, University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia, South Central Africa, 1978-1982; Adjunct Librarian, Contra Costa College, Richmond, California, 1990-1996; Librarian, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, California, 1994-2006; adjunct faculty, Laney College, Oakland, California, 2007 to date.


Publication: Filipinos in the United States: print and digital resource guide, 2001

                                   Co-produced and wrote: Manila Bayou, Filipinos in Louisiana, 2004

                                   Translator: The Rainbow Fish and other children’s books, 2000+