Pepsi Paloma Bibliography

The Foods of Jose Rizal|Felice Prudente Sta Maria


Given by the Manila Critics Circle (and the National Book Development Board starting 2008)


Country Cooking (Food)

Ramon Obusan, Philippine Folkdance and Me (Art)

Wonderlust (Fiction)

The Adventures of a PR Girl (Professions)

Buti Pa ang Roma, May Bagong Papa (Leisure)

2013Publisher of the Year

Ang Banal na Aklat ng mga Kumag (Novel in Filipino)

Balay Ukit (Art)

Fish-Hair Woman (Novel in English)

Manila Noir (Anthology, English)

Story Book (History and Journalism)


Savor the Word: Ten Years of the Doreen Gamboa Fernandez Food Writing Award (Leisure)

The Magic Circle (Book Design)


Publisher of the Year

The Davao We Know (Anthology, English)

100 Kislap (Fiction/Short Story, Filipino)

Peace Warriors: On the Trail with Filipino Soldiers (Non-Fiction Prose, English)

Is Franchising for You?  (Professions)

Lungsod Iskwater: The Evolution of Informality as a Dominant pattern in Philippine Cities (special citation, Social Sciences)


Celebrations: A Culinary Feast from the Roces-Reyes Table (Leisure)

Great Men and Women of Asia Series (Special Citation)


The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata (Fiction)

2008Publisher of the Year

The Gods We Worship Live Next Door (Poetry)

Afro-Asia in Upheaval (Biography/Autobiography)

SineGabay (Professions)

Café by the Ruins (Leisure) The Shared Voice (Arts)


Maria Kalaw Katigbak (Biography)

Tongues on Fire (Essay)

The Rulemakers (Journalism)

2006     Publisher of the Year

The Manila We Knew (Anthology)

Beyond the Great Wall (Biography/Autobiography)

Bad Kings (Children’s Literature)

The Governor-General’s Kitchen (Cookbooks and Food & Book Design)

Potluck, Hidalgo Bonding: A Family Heritage Cookbook (Cookbooks and Food)

Maligayang Pagdating sa Sitio Catacutan (Short Fiction)

Malagim ang Gabi sa Sitio Catacutan (Short Fiction)

Pacific Storm (Sports)

Banyaga: A Song of War (Juan C. Laya Award for Best Novel in a Foreign Language)

The Jupiter Effect (Juan C. Laya Award for Best Novel in a Foreign Language)

2005Publisher of the Year

Setting Frameworks: Family Business and Strategic Management (Business and Economics)

Slow Food: Philippine Culinary Traditions (Cookbooks and Food)

Making Documentaries in the Philippines (Film/Film Criticism)

The Truth About Coconut Oil: The Drugstore in a Bottle (Medicine and Health)

White Elephants (Short Fiction)

Huling Ptyk: Da Art of Nonoy Marcelo (Special Interest)

Pagsubok sa Ilang: Ikaapat na Mukha ni Satanas (Theology & Religion)


Eric Slumbook: Paglalakbay Kasama ang Anak Kong Autistic (Biography/Autobiography)

The Adobo Book: Traditional and Jazzed-Up Recipes (Cookbooks and Food)

Kulturang Popular Series (Special Citation)

[Kulturang Mall; Disaster, Droga, at Skin Whitener; Si Darna, Ang Mahal na Birhen ng Peñafrancia, at si Pepsi Paloma; Ang Bago, Bawal, at Kasalukuyan; Paghahanap ng Virtual na Identidad; Lalaking Pin-Up, GRO, at Macho Dancer]]

Helping Our Children Do Well in School:

10 Successful Strategies from the Parents’ Best Practices Study of the Ateneo de Manila High School and A Companion Manual to Helping Our children Do Well in School:

10 Successful Strategies from the Parents’ Best Practices Study of the Ateneo de Manila High School (Education) Pinoy Jazz Traditions (Music) Lola Basyang Series (Special Citation)

[Rosamistica; Ang Mahiwagang Biyulin;

Ang Parusa ng Duwende; Ang Alamat ng Lamok;

Ang Plautin ni Periking]


Daisy Nueve: Stories Weird, Wonderful, Whatever (Fiction)

Judgment Proof: How to Protect Your Property and Business from Lawsuits, Philippine Asset Protection Law (Law)

Porn Again: Midlife Outtakes and Mistakes (Essay)

Consuming Passions: Philippine Collectibles (Anthology & Book Design)

Comfort Food (Cookbooks and Food)

Fishes of the Philippines: A Guide to Identification of Families (Science)


From This Day Forward: Widows and Widowers Write (Anthology)

Memoirs of a Communist (Biography/Autobiography)

Kape: A Philippine Coffee Cookbook (Cookbooks and Food)

Testament and Other Stories (Fiction)

The Tayabas Chronicles: The Early Years (1886-1907) (Translation)


Tribute: An Anthology of Contemporary Philippine Fiction (Anthology)

Letras y Figuras: Business in Culture, Culture in Business (Essay)

To Suffer Thy Comrades: How the Revolution Decimated its Own (Social Sciences)

Bearers of Benevolence: The Thomasites and Public Education in the Philippines (History)

The Fall of Joseph Estrada: The Inside Story (Journalism)

The Law on Annulment of Marriage (Law)

EDSA 2: A Nation in Revolt (Photojournalism)

A Cultural Worker’s First Manual: Essays in Appreciating the Everyday (Reference)

Spiritual Register: The News Columns of Teodoro M. Kalaw 1926-27 (Translation)

Cabinet of Wonders and Other Laguna Stories (Travel)

Riding Towards the Sunrise and Other Travel Tales (Travel)

Street-Bound: Manila on Foot (Best Design)

Pinoy Classic Cuisine-Little Cookbook Series (Special Citation)

[The Little Gulay Book; The Little Kakanin Book; The Little Sabaw Book; The Little Philippine Bar Book]


Publisher of the Year

Intsik: An Anthology of Chinese Filipino Writing (Anthology)

Teacher to Tycoon: The Life and Times of Trinidad Diaz Enriquez (Biography)

Lina Flor: Collected  Works (Editing)

Richard Gomez at ang Mito ng Pagkalalake, Sharon Cuneta at ang Perpetwal na Birhen at Iba Pang Sanaysay Ukol sa Bida sa Pelikula bilang Kultural na Texto (Film Criticism)

Public Faces, Private Lives (Journalism)

Edad Medya (Literary Criticism)

Waking Ice (Poetry) Philippine Ecodestinations (Travel)

Why I Travel and Other Essays by Fourteen Women (Travel)

The Best of A. Lipin (Cartoons)

1999Publisher of the Year

Citation Despite the economic crisis that hit the publishing industry, as it did all our local industries, last year, despite the continuing inability of government, the private sector, educational institutions, and the mass media to raise the level of real literacy in the country, the kind of literacy that enables Filipinos to read and purchase books, despite everything looking so bleak for everyone, one publisher kept the colors flying, kept the faith, invested in all types of books and not only in sure money-making ones, did not lower its standards not only for printing and marketing, but for the content of its books. This publisher consistently published titles of the highest quality, world-class not only in terms of what the books say or represent, but world-class in terms of general publishing orientation, a publisher really interested in strengthening the place on the world map that our country has made in the past decade or so.

Lamesa: The Filipino Table (Art)

Living with the Enemy: A Diary of the Japanese Occupation (Biography)

Personal: Mga Sanaysay sa Lupalop ng Gunita (Essay)

Catch a Falling Star (Fiction)

The Healing Cut: Filipino Surgeons Write about the Human Drama, Humor and Controversy Surrounding Actual Cases (Medicine)

Islander: Travel Tales (Travel)

1998Publisher of the Year

Beyond Life Sentences (Poetry)

Mens Rea and Other Stories (Fiction)

Lassitude and Other Stories (Fiction) Two for the Road (Travel)

Straight Talk on Everyday Mysteries (Sciences)

America’s Boy: The Marcoses and the Philippines (Social Sciences)

Love in the Time of Camera (Essay)


Pinoy Nga! (Cartoons)

Coming Home (Essay)

Rizal in Our Time: Essays in Interpretations (Literary Criticism)

Beyond the Mainstream: The Films of Nick Deocampo (Screenplay)

Entertaining with Ease: Etiquette and Protocol for the Modern Filipino (Special Interest)


Prosang Itim (Poetry)

Kuwadro Numero Uno (Poetry)

Letters (Special Award) The Novel of Justice (Essay)

1995Publisher of the Year

A Passionate Patience (Anthology)

Treasury of Stories (Children’s Literature)

Twisted (Essay)


La Orosa: The Dance Drama That is Leonor Goquingco (Biography)

Coming to Terms (Anthology)

Nudes (Poetry) Breaking Through (History)


Pasquinades (Essay)

A Calendar of Rizaliana in the Vault of the Philippine National Library (Bibliography)

Likhang Dila, Likhang Diwa (Poetry)

A Trick of Mirrors (Poetry)

Nasa Puso ang Amerika (Translation)

Pinoy Forever (Essay)


Forbidden Fruit: Women Write the Erotic (Anthology)

Makamisa: The Search for Rizal’s Third Novel (Literary History)

Inumang Pinoy (Essay)

Earth, Fire & Air: Essays of a Decade (Essay)

Killing Time in a Warm Place (Fiction)

Pagsalunga: Piniling Kuwento at Sanaysay (Fiction)

Kritisismo (Literary Criticism)

Bagay-Bagay (Poetry)

Cartography (Poetry)

1991   Publisher of the Year

How Do You Know Your Pearls are Real? (Essay)

Laro sa Baga (Fiction)

Decimal Places (Poetry)

Wandering Roots/From the Hothouse (Poetry)

Sa Daigdig ng Kontradiksiyon: Mga Saling-Wika (Translation)

1990Publisher of the Year

Flowers from the Rubble (Essay)

Rizal Without the Overcoat (Essay)

PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PUBLICATIONS (Humanities Category) Given by the University of thePhilippines 1993    6 books won   GINTONG AKLAT AWARDS Given by the Book Development Association of thePhilippines

2014Kulinarya: A Guide Book to Philippine Cuisine (Expanded Second Edition) 

2012The Coconut Facts BookGun Dealers’ DaughterAng Huling Dalagang Bukid at ang Authobiography na Mali: Isang ImbestigasyonBulaklak sa Tubig/Flowers in WaterLungsod Iskwater: The Evolution of Informality as a Dominant pattern in Philippine Cities

2010The Revolution According to Raymundo MataFinding God: True Stories of Spiritual EncountersKulinarya: A Guide Book to Philippine CuisineSoledad’s SisterUnang Ulan ng MayoBetween Tiger and Dragon

2008Potluck, Hidalgo Bonding: A Family Heritage CookbookPinoy Dressing: Wearing Culture into Fashion

2006Ang Hayop na Ito by Virgilio Almario Banana Heart Summer by Merlinda Bobis The Truth About Coconut Oil: The Drugstore in a Bottle by Conrado Dayrit Barako: The Big Bean by Chit Juan

2004Kape: A Philippine Coffee Cookbook by Vicky Veloso-Barrera and Chit Juan Sayaw: Philippine Dances by Reynaldo Gamboa Alejando and Amanda Abad Santos-Gana

2002Filipinos Writing: Filipino Literature from the Regions by Bienvenido Lumbera, Ed. The Fall of Joseph Estrada: The Inside Story by Amando Doronila Asya Lupang Biyaya: Kasaysayan, Kabihasnan at Kalinangan by Ma. Estela E. Banasihan, Monina O. Correa, Joselito Fornier, Virgilio Galvez, Olivia Habana, Joseph Jay Hernando and Ma. Angelica Verzosa Skin in the Tropics: Sunscreens and Hyperpigmentations by Vermen Verallo-Rowell, M.D.

2000Jalan-Jalan: A Journey Through EAGA by Marites Vitug and Criselda Yabes

1998Primed by Jo-Ann Maglipon Tikim: Essays on Philippine Food and Culture by Doreen G. Fernandez     International

1999Jalan-Jalan: A Journey Through EAGA cited as one of the 10 Best Books in Asia

1991 A book by Fatima Lim won a Poetry Prize given by the First Colorado Book Competition Co-sponsored by the Colorado Author’s League and the Colorado Center for the Book

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Undoubtedly one of the most intriguing pop culture figures in the country’s history, the life story of Pepsi Paloma is as sad as it is mysterious.

Although having happened three decades ago, the tale of Paloma continues to get a good amount of attention especially after the Eraserheadssupposedly made her infamous rape at the hands of three well-known comedians the subject of their song Spolarium (some sources say this is just an urban legend).

READ: 9 Creepy Pinoy Urban Legends That Never Get Old

 Born Delia Duenas Smith to a Filipina and an American father, Paloma was known as one of the “soda starlets” of the 1980s—so-called because they used famous soft drink brands as their stage names. Only 14 at the time, Paloma quickly earned notoriety for going nude in the 1981 film Brown Emmanuelle. Months later, in 1982, she met Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, and Richie D’ Horsie (Richie Reyes) while she was promoting her film.

In a case reminiscent of Maggie dela Riva’s two decades earlier but without the same fanfare, Paloma reported to authorities that she and fellow actress Guada Guarin were both allegedly drugged and raped by the three hosts in Quezon City’s Sulo Hotel.

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Following the preparation of her case by Rene Cayetano (the father of Senators Pia and Alex Peter Cayetano), Paloma mysteriously disappeared but was later tracked down and rescued from Bienvenido “Ben Ulo” Mendoza, a known associate of the Castelos and Sottos.

Ultimately the case against the three never prospered after Paloma signed an affidavit of desistance in exchange for them issuing a public apology, which they did on national TV (no record of it exists unfortunately) and in the October 13, 1982 edition of the People’s Journal (though it did not specifically mention the word rape):

“We hope that you will not allow the error we have committed against you to stand as a stumbling block to that future which we all look forward to. We therefore ask you to find it in your heart to pardon us for the wrong which we have done against you.”

Intriguingly enough, Paloma later said she was forced to sign the affidavit by Tito Sotto who allegedly wielded a gun in front of her.

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Then in 1985, the lifeless body of then 17-year-old Paloma was found hanging in her closet with a “three-inch thick and 36-inch long cotton sash” tied around her neck.

While investigators ruled the death as suicide due to the contents of her diary (she was allegedly having money problems, lonely without her mother, and fights with her live-in partner), her manager Babette Corcuerra disputed the depression angle eyed by the police since Paloma was earning well, had adopted a four month-old son, and was even excitedly preparing her debut.

Not only that, no forensic investigation was ever done nor was there any attempt to verify whether the diary actually belonged to Paloma.

So, if Paloma didn’t kill herself, whodunit?



About the Author: When he isn’t deploring the sad state of Philippine politics, Marcus Vaflor likes to skulk around the Internet for new bits of information which he can weave into a somewhat-average list you might still enjoy. For comments on this article, contact him at: [email protected]



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