Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Joining the "Ta-Ga-Logue" at Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Saturday July 21

NEW YORK CITY |  I am raising my voice and performing my story to my community.

On Saturday, July 21st from 6pm to 9pm, I will perform,
 in Ta-Ga-Loguean excerpt from a work-in-progress A Parliament of the Streets at the famous Nuyorican Poets Café at Manhattan's Lower East Side.

Produced by Leslie Espinosa, Kilusan Bautista, and Precious Sipin, Ta-Ga-Logue is a night of original monologues and theatrical works about Filipino American identity.


Hosted by Kevin Nadal, Ta-Ga-Logue also features performance artists Leslie Espinosa, Precious Sipin, Julian Pormentilla, Kilusan Bautista, Nicole Ponseca and many more surprise guests. (Thank you to Kilusan Bautista for including me in this lineup.)

Performing A PARLIAMENT OF THE STREETS at Nuyorican Poets Cafe in April 2012
A Parliament of the Streets is a larger autobiographical work that I have been working on. The section I will read is a recollection of the first anti-Marcos demonstration that I participated in, the events that led to my immigrating to the U.S. My performance includes singing "Bayan Ko." This kundiman song is often considered the unofficial second national anthem, and is sometimes assumed to be a folk song because of its popularity.  It is also a protest song, often sung during demonstrations, and sometimes by Overseas Filipino groups after "Lupang Hinirang" (the national anthem) or by itself.

I was inspired to write A Parliament of the Streets after friends encouraged me to tell more of my personal story after they read "Memories of Manila Under the Marcoses," an essay I published in the New York Times in March 2001.
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My essay in New York Times Arts & Leisure
Sunday, March 4, 2001
Ta-Ga-Logue will be held at the famous Nuyorican Poets Café on Saturday, July 21st from 6pm to 9pm.  Nuyorican Poet’s Café is located at 236 East 3rd Street between Avenue B and Avenue C at Manhattan's Lower East Side.

Ta-Ga-Logue is the embodiment of a line from Jose Rizal’s novel El Filibusterismo: “While a people preserves its language; it preserves the marks of liberty…” BUT WAIT.. isn’t that supposed to be spelled “Tagalog”? That is what they speak in the Philippines, right?  Ta-Ga-Logue is the conversation: the monologues and dialogues of Filipinos living in the United States. These are OUR stories, voices, and experiences used to educate, inspire and remind others that they are NOT alone. It is a movement set to empower and unite our community.

This Nuyorican Poets Café fundraiser debut is a glimpse into the larger premiere of the show in October 2012 for Filipino American History Month.  The Nuyorican presents groundbreaking works of literature, music, theater, performance art, poetry slam, hip hop, visual art and champions established as well as rising artists from every background imaginable.

T
a-Ga-Logue is produced by Leslie Espinosa, Kilusan Bautista, and Precious Sipin.

For more information please contact us directly at tagaloguenyc@gmail.com.

Do YOU have a story to tell?

The producers of 
Ta-Ga-Logue are currently seeking submissions of original pieces to be showcased at the Tagalogue event. The fundraiser debut is just a glimpse into the larger premiere of the show in October 2012 for Filipino American History Month.

Raise your voice and perform an excerpt from your story to our community. The fundraiser will be held at the famous Nuyorican Poet’s Café on Saturday, July 21st from 6pm to 9pm.


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