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The Legend of Tessie Agana

Beloved Child Star of the Philippines
An Intimate Portrait of My Mother

“It’s rare for a daughter to put into poignant prose the travails and triumphs of her mother. It is rarer still for a mother to view her entire life through the prism of her beloved offspring. Yet, this is the lyrical brilliance of this jewel of a book, The Legend of Tessie Agana.”

Gina Vera-Perez De Venecia, Humanitarian, former Congresswoman in the Philippines

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We are wrapping up our 13-day whirlwind trip back to Illinois. My belly is stuffed and my heart is bursting! Our vacation was full of visiting both my family and my husband’s family. We loved BBQ with friends, brunch in downtown Chicago, boys...

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Mabuhay kaibigans! (A Filipino greeting which translates to ‘be alive’ but can also mean ‘cheers friends’) Welcome to my very first blog! If you KNOW me, you know my adorable 81-year-old mother, Tessie Agana, was a former child actress and my...

Mylene Richardson

Mylene Richardson

Mylene Agana Jao Richardson was born in Manila, Philippines, and is the sixth of nine children (six boys and three girls) from Tessie Agana Jao and Dr. Rodolfo Jao. Although she grew up in Indiana, her trips back to the Philippines are her most memorable family vacations. Mylene currently lives in Arizona, with her husband Andy, and their two sons, Chapman and Harris.


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