Wednesday, February 26, 2014


It's been a long journey from the day I picked up my first Manila Carnival photo--in Bangkok,Thailand, of all places, to starting this blog--and which culminated in the publication of a pictorial history book of titled Pampanga beauties. I hope, dear readers, that you have been entertained and informed through my postings. But alas, even good things have to end. Thank you to all my blog visitors and friends whom I've met along the way, including descendants of beauty queens featured here, fellow collectors, historians and beauty fans.

My Manila Carnival writing will live on, not just in this blog, but also in my book--"ARO, KATIMYAS DA! A Memory Album of Kapampangan beauties 1908-2012", a finalist in this year's National Book Awards, Leisure Category. It is available at the Holy Angel University, Angeles University (0458888691, ask for Center for Kapampangan Studies), or you can course your book orders through me

Again, salamat po, it's been 6 wonderful, beautiful years!


mamhut said...

I collect Manila Carnival Medals .I would like to order your book ,so excited when I read your blog about it. Let me know how ,my email :


Lisa G. Nakpil said...

hi there! i'd like to order a copy!

alex r. castro said...

Hi Lisa, please check La Solidaridad, there's a new batch of delivery made there last week. Thanks, Alex

Lisa G. Nakpil said...

hi there fantastic!

clyde walker said...

Is your book on National Book Stores now? I want one. Thank you! :)

Pampanga history

alex r. castro said...

Please check Tradewinds in Intramuros and La Solidaridad in Ermita. Thanks.