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Unveiling ‘The Legend of Tessie Agana’: An Exclusive Interview with Author Mylene Richardson

In this Community Spotlight edition, we present an exclusive video interview with debut author Mylene Richardson, who provides an intimate look into her upcoming book, “The Legend of Tessie Agana: Beloved Child Star of the Philippines.”

This poignant memoir, set to launch on September 20, 2023, delves into the lives of Mylene’s mother, Tessie Agana, and grandmother, Linda Estrella, two luminaries from the Golden Age of Philippine cinema. In our conversation, Mylene reveals the profound themes that make this book a heartfelt journey of discovery. Available on Amazon

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In our discussion with Mylene, we explore her motivations for penning this memoir, especially at this point in her life. Growing up with a mother fondly remembered as ‘The Nation’s Little Sweetheart,’ often referred to as the ‘Shirley Temple of the Philippines,’ provided a unique backdrop for Mylene’s childhood. She candidly shares the challenges and revelations she faced while uncovering deeply personal themes, including family dynamics, mental health, love, and pain.

The book also delves into the journey of self-discovery as Mylene learns more about Tessie and her experiences. It’s a story of how understanding her mother’s past has shaped her understanding of herself, set against the backdrop of family and Filipino traditions that provide a rhythmic heartbeat to every step.

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One of the most touching aspects of the interview is Mylene’s dedication to preserving her mother’s stories, particularly as Tessie now lives with dementia. She shares how this book has impacted her relationship with her mother and why capturing these memories is so crucial.

To culminate this journey, Mylene invites the community to join her for a book signing event on October 1, 2023, at Barnes & Noble in Chandler. It’s a chance for everyone to show their support for this extraordinary release. Register for this event

This book is a heartfelt tribute to her mother and grandmother and a testament to the power of storytelling to connect generations and preserve cherished memories. Don’t miss the opportunity to embark on this emotional journey of love and legacy. To learn more visit

Michael Lewis

Michael is joined at the hip with the Filipino American community through family, friends, and his love for the food. Over the past 15 years+, he has been an active "behind the scenes" contributor to a variety of Filipino community groups, events, and activities. Michael is also ringleader of the FilAm FamBam crew and in his free time enjoys RV'ing and anything tech.

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