Book Signing with Tessie Agana at Casino Arizona

Book Signing with Author, Mylene Richardson, joined by her mother, Tessie Agana at CFO Appreciation Event at Casino Arizona in Scottsdale, AZ – Oct. 15, 2023

A book signing for “The Legend of Tessie Agana: Beloved Child Star of the Philippines: An Intimate Portrait of My Mother” by author Mylene Agana Jao Richardson will take place at Casino Arizona in the Showroom as part of the Council of Filipino Organizations of Arizona (CFO).

The former movie star Tessie Agana will be present as Richardson introduces the book and signs copies.

The event is focused on celebration of the culture of the Philippines through music, dance and camaraderie during National Filipino American History Month – October.

DATE: Sunday, October 15, 2023

TIME: 2 – 7 p.m.

Venue: Casino Arizona
524 N. 92nd Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

More About the Book

Richardson’s mother and grandmother – Tessie Agana and Linda Estrella, respectively – were the Philippines’ iconic mother/daughter film star duo of the 1950s, starring in 40 films collectively and winning the hearts of millions of fans worldwide.

Tessie was affectionately deemed “The Nation’s Little Sweetheart” and known as the “Shirley Temple of the Philippines.” With unsparing truth, Richardson offers the first intimate portrait of her mother, whose early fame and exposure to the public eye led to dark shadows that impacted her entire life.

The Legend of Tessie Agana Book Cover
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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