Rizal Center Group Picture

Book Launch Party and Signing at Rizal Center in Chicago

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 occurred on Saturday, September 23, 2023, at the Rizal Center in Chicago.

The former movie star Tessie Agana, the author’s mother, signed books and posed for photos as Richardson introduced the book. After a legendary movie career in the Philippines, Agana settled in Northwest Indiana where she lived for 60 years.

Mylene Richardson gives a speech as Tessie Agana looks on.

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.

As the author learns more about her famous mother, she experiences her own voyage of self-discovery which provides invaluable insight into her life.

“The launch party and book signing with my mother was a dream come true,” Richardson said. “I’m so overjoyed with the outpouring of love and support from the Midwest and beyond. Special thanks to MACUSA for sponsoring the book launch at Rizal Center.”

Mylene Richardson is a first-time author who in 2009 developed a passion to write a book as a way for her sons to learn about their grandmother and great-grandmother. This effort turned into years of interviews with family members and friends, and it provided a unique glimpse into the lives of these important women.

Sponsored by: Marinduque Association of Chicago USA (MACUSA)
Light appetizers and refreshments will be served

For more information please contact: info@mylenerichardson.com.

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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