Mylene Agana Jao Richardson Debut Author of “The Legend of Tessie Agana” – VIA Times

VIA Times Sept 2023 Cover Featuring Mylene Richardson and new book “The Legend of Tessie Agana"

A book titled “The Legend of Tessie Agana: Beloved Child Star of the Philippines: An Intimate Portrait of My Mother” is by Scottsdale’s Mylene Richardson. The book will be released on Wednesday, September 20, 2023.

Tessie Agana, Mylene’s mother, and Consuelo Agana, (stage name Linda Estrella), her grandmother, 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.

The book chronicles the life stories of two separate yet inextricably connected film careers and the personal choices behind them. As the author learns more about her famous mother, she experiences her own voyage of self-discovery which provides insight into her life.

Mylene connects with her mom who today lives in Cave Creek with dementia. Mylene listens to her mother’s stories of yesteryear, and their candid discussions, described in the book, break barriers between mother and daughter. (Read the full story on VIA Times Newsmagazine)

By Veronica Leighton
September 1, 2023

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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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