Cousins & Co-authors

 Vanessa and Regina are cousins who grew up together in Manila, Philippines. 'See You at the 7' is their first collaborative project.

Vanessa and Regina are cousins who grew up together in Manila, Philippines. 'See You at the 7' is their first collaborative project.

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.”

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