Cousins & Co-authors
Vanessa Garcia, originally from the Philippines, was a drummer, backup singer and original member of the Philippine-based all female pop-rock group 'Prettier Than Pink'. In 1996 she moved to the US, and graduated from Golden Gate University with a Masters in Science degree in Public Relations (1999) and worked as a PR consultant for technology companies such as Sun Microsystems and Sybase. Using only her music and PR background, Vanessa took over 7 Mile House in 2004 and turned it into an award-winning family and dog-friendly restaurant, sports bar, and live music venue. She is also a pioneer of the Filipino food movement in the Bay Area, introducing dishes like adobo and sisig to a mostly American and Italian menu. Garcia recently wrote and self-published the book 'See You at the 7 - Stories From the Bay Area's Last Original Mile House', positioning herself as a historian and guardian of 7 Mile House.
Regina Abuyuan is a Manila-based writer, editor, and development communications consultant. She is a seasoned magazine and book editor, having helmed as chief editor five glossies and three best-selling books, including the award-winning book Agam: Filipino Narratives on Uncertainty and Climate Change (Best Anthology in the English Language and Finalist in Design in the 34th National Book Awards, Philippines, 2015; and best book for Literature in English and Special Award for Design in the 2016 Gintong Aklat (Golden Book) Awards). She also won a Gold Anvil (Publications Category, 52nd Anvil Awards, 2017) for “Bayuhay: The Story of Millennium Challenge Account-Philippines.”