Reviews

“Fierce Filipina, with its captivating storytelling and beautiful illustrations, makes known the abundant contributions made by Gliceria Marella de Villavicencio to release the Philippines from Spanish colonial rule. The book excellently highlights the struggle to uproot colonialism  and how the journey to freedom and justice is never easy, but the unapologetically fierce will succeed. The story of Gliceria Villavicencio will ignite a flame in readers of all ages; her story is empowering in every sense of the word. Gliceria’s passion, kindness, and ambition live on through her descendants and Fierce Filipina.” 

- Daniella Lake; Los Angeles, CA

“This is an inspiring story of a passionate, fierce woman who fought for what she believed in. The history of the Philippines told through this story helped me understand what challenges people went through before the war. Gliceria’s passion for the people’s equal rights inspired others to join in the fight for equality. This book left me feeling empowered and inspired.”

- 12-year-old Mia Lorei Cortez; Sacramento, CA

“I have two boys; ages 10 and 13, and they absolutely love this book! Through Gliceria’s eyes they were able to learn about the real history of the Philippines. They felt inspired by her curiosity, her independence, and most importantly, her mantra. The boys give this book a ten out of ten for diversity, captivating the audience from the first page, and telling an inspirational story.”

- The Reed Family; Merced, CA

“This tale of bravery, determination and sacrifice shows how our voice and actions can shape history. Gliceria dedicated her life to the fight for freedom and equality. Her story is particularly relevant today and is one that should be remembered and shared for generations to come.”

- Dr. Katrina Hernandez-Leveriza, Gliceria’s descendant; Vienna, VA

“Ms. Villavicencio Pulliam, a social activist, creates a legacy account of her great -great-grandmother – a riveting Filipina heroine who dreamt the impossible, sought the unknown through her generosity and bravery, and achieved greatness for her country!”

- Evelyn Llena, Retired V.A. Associate Chief of Social Work; Honolulu, HI

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