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“Is it still culture shock when the culture is supposed to be your own? That’s the question at the heart of this charming fish-in-new-waters love story.”
Publishers Weekly

Halina Filipina: A New Yorker in Manila

Written by Arnold Arre
Published by Tuttle Publishing

Halina Mitchell is half-Filipino, half-American. She’s also a native New Yorker–sophisticated, beautiful and confident. On her first visit to the Philippines, she arrives in Manila to reconnect with relatives only to encounter a world of surprises that turn all her assumptions on their head. With the intrepid film critic Cris as her guide, she discovers a Manila that few others get to see!

Cris’s wry takes on bad movies offer Halina a new lens on the modern world as he whisks her through his hometown at breakneck speed–including a crash course in Manila street life and the thrills and perils of midnight driving. In turn, Halina gives the struggling writer a newfound appreciation for his city.

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Publication Date: August 2022
Available As: Paperback
Graphic Novel, Age 13 or older

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Setting: Philippines (Manila)

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: In Home Country

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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