Black Clouds in Manila, a novel by Tessie Jayme
by Tessie Jayme
Black Clouds in Manila
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Author, Tessie Jayme, reads an excerpt from
her novel 'Black Clouds in Manila'
 

 
  The room is filled with friends and family of WWII veterans




Descendants and related Jayme family members are honored


 
  A framed dedication to my father, Francisco, who served in WWII


 
  Framed photos of Filipino veterans


 
  A surviving widow views the framed biographies


 
  Framed photos of WWII veterans


 
  Framed photos and medals earned by WWII veterans

 
  Tessie poses with her sisters (from left):
Ophy, Nem, Eva


 
  Author, Tessie Jayme with (from left):
Arielle (daugter), Nem (sister), Jami (niece)


 
 
 

 
Veteran's Day Memorial in Pittsburg, CA - November 1, 2014 
 
Speaking as guest speaker at the Filipino American Association of Pittsburg's commemoration of the Veteran’s Day Memorial was a very illuminating experience. Along the walls of the Fil-Am club were posted pictures of Veterans, accompanied with their bios and, in some cases, medals acquired during battles.
 
I realized that all the friends I grew up with – Arellanos, Valenzuelas, Bascos, Carinos, Prados, Tumbagas and so many others – had parents who had also endured and survived World War II. I was overcome with awe and newfound respect for all the heroes in the community where I grew up.
 
It’s a wonderful experience to be among people whose heritage of patriotism and courage are chronicled in history. Ultimately, I realized my trilogy novel, “Black Clouds in Manila,” stands as a personal commemoration to them and their families, as much as to my parents and siblings. Mabuhay, fellow Filipinos!
 
 
These medals and honor were earned by my father, Francisco

 
  Veterans lead the 'Presentation of Colors'
 
 
  Framed photos of Veterans from the Basco family
 
 
  Framed photos of WWII veterans

 
 
  Framed photos of WWII veterans
 
 
  Framed photos of WWII veterans


 
  A framed newspaper clipping featuring a WWII veteran


 
  Six of the veteran heroes of Bataan


 
  Tessie's nephew, David, who is an Army veteran, flew in from
the East Coast with his family to attend (from left):
Hope, Tripp, David, Briggs


 
  A line of attendees wait to purchase
a signed copy of
'Black Clouds in Manila'


 
 "Tessie does an amazing job of characters and writing style that takes you into the thoughts, feelings,
and behaviors of this culture in time that resonates deeply with our humanity." - Mona L.