reading your book and it’s hard to put it down. There’s a wealth
of information on our family. Thanks for writing the book.
Gustilo Tamisin Berkheimer
Black Diamond, Washington”
"I really enjoyed
your book. I admired you so much for all you have done, the capability
and strength you have put in every single thing you did. Also, you
took me to back to our high school days and I could really see with
my own eyes what you wrote." — Maria Angela De Vincenzi,
“I must congratulate
you for an interesting account of your life and experiences. I could
not put the book down, but had to since dinner was ready. I will
continue to read and
reading the masterpiece tomorrow. When I was reading it, I could
imagine you standing next to me telling your story."
— Maripi Guevarra, Las Vegas, Nevada
written a wonderful book." — Phyllis Henson, Mobile,
finished reading your book from cover to cover. I love it!
When I received my order, I couldn’t wait to read it. I
could picture the Estela I know – funny, always cheerful,
happy go lucky. After reading the book, I felt like I didn’t
want to stop and was looking for more. I would love to buy
more of “A Fusion of Cultures” to give as Christmas gifts
because I want to share books that I enjoy. I’m waiting
for your next book.”
South San Francisco
will love it, check it out!”
—Mary Fowlkes, Mobile, AL
up on a cozy chair and get to know Estela better
through her book as she talks about her life experiences
and lessons learned from different cultures and travels.
—Patty J. Korin
Falls Church, Virginia
was a privilege to be the first to read the book
detailing Estela Dorn’s life and experiences. As I read
the first lines, I heard her voice, her cadences and intonations
… for she writes just the way she speaks. Anyone who knows
Estela will also surely hear her speak as they read about
almost believe that I am a part of Estela’s family now.
After reading the first chapter, I feel as if I know every
member of that remarkable clan, and now I know a bit about
what it is like to grow up in the Philippines.
describes experiences that are exciting and filled with
tension as well as those that will make the reader laugh.
Estela does not hold back … even her embarrassing situations
are related. She lays it all on the line with total honesty.
last chapter allowed me to relive the history and the many
accomplishments of the Mobile International Festival, and
to share the pride that we all feel for Mobile’s prime cultural
is a wonderful story about the very full life of a talented
and gracious lady. Anyone can enjoy reading “A
Fusion of Cultures”, but for those who know
Estela, it is a “must read”.
Mobile, Alabama, USA
has been said: To remember our past is to appreciate
the present and look to the future with hope. Family is where
we first learn to be human. It provides us with definition,
support, a source of security and uncertainty.
Estela credits her mother, Tita Criste, for making sure she
met many of our relatives, it was Estela’s sense of family
and natural ability to relate with people that put flesh to
Fusion of Cultures” is an intimate,
personal narrative of a life well-lived, infused with insightful
humor, appreciation and love. Thank you for this unique gift
of appreciation of family!
Teresa Gustilo Villasor, Ph.D.
Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines