2006 kultural night of resistance
Chicago, IL

For Immediate Release
May 18, 2006


Romeo Maguigad

Committee on Pilipino Issues

2006 Kultural Night of Resistance
One hundred years of moving forward

CHICAGO, Ill. 2006 -- Invisible. Ms. Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Mail-order brides. Sweet Table. Manongs and daughters. May 1 immigration rally. Lechon. Curfew. Dust, heat, picturesque city. Dinuguan. Sapin-sapin. Doctors and nurses. Couples for Christ and its Family Ministries. Las Haciendas de Luisita. Jose P. Rizal Heritage Center. Fil-Am Community Builder. Ruby's. First Quarter Storm. Depression and schizophrenia. The 1986 EDSA Revolution. Pinoy Monthly. Megascene. Pete Lacaba. Piolo Pascual.

These are just some of the things that Filipinos in Chicago ponder.

Or not.

Lawyer turned realtor. Gloria Magapagal Arroyo. Ramon Magsaysay. Corazon Aquino. Ferdinand E. Marcos. E. San Juan Jr. DH. A house in the suburbs. TNT. A free countryside. The Blossoming of Bongbong. Wisconsin Dells. US$142 million debt in June. Jun-Jun. Plaridel papers. Rice everyday. Bagoong. Bino Realuyo. September 21, 1972. University of Chicago. Batasan 6. Pintig Cultural Group. University of the Philippines. Gawad Kalinga. Literatura. Filipiniana. Imperialism. Colonialism. Philippine Student Association. Overseas Filipino Workers.

Scattered. Diverse. Feuding. Forgotten. Filipino.

Many of these issues will be addressed in the Committee on Pilipino Issues 2006 Kultural Night of Resistance (KNR) on Saturday, June 17 at 7 p.m. at Insight Arts, 1545 W. Morse Ave. Tickets are $15. The venue is accessible by the Morse stop of the Howard Red line. Parking is limited. Food will be available. The event also serves as a fundraiser for the Committee on Pilipino Issues' workshops with the youth.

CPI is also holding Kulture and Liberation, a free workshop for Filipino youth and their friends to discover facets of themselves in the backdrop of one of the most diverse U.S. cities. It will be held on Saturday, May 20, at 1 p.m. at the Hamlin House, 4438 N. Hamlin, on Hamlin and Montrose streets. The House is accessible via the No. 78 Montrose bus westbound to Hamlin. Walk a half block north to address. Parking is limited. Food will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring something to share. Workshop participants will be prepared to receive performances highlighted in KNR one month after. Some will also be asked to perform.

KNR is an intergenerational showcase of Filipino poetry, spoken word, dance, song, theater, multimedia and more. Participants will address their Filipino heritage in the backdrop of Chicago, one of the most diverse cities in the U.S. They seek to answer questions of invisibility and belonging, understanding their parents, their newly arrived cousins and their accent, their shock at them knowing hip hop and clubbing just as well or even more than them.

They will assert their heritage as a child of two worlds, two nations, living in the U.S. but aware of that other mother nation that refuses to let go.

The elders will unveil concerns of perceiving their children growing up away from them in a land they deem extremely liberated. The Ilonggo, Ilokano, Pampango, Moro parent will acknowledge, "Why didn't I teach them my language?"

Participants will mention concerns in the U.S. and the homeland, such as corruption that allowed seven worker protestors to be killed at the gates of the Central Azucarera de Tarlac sugar refinery in Las Haciendas de Luisita, a vast sugar mill occupying two-thirds of Luzon owned by the family of President Corazon Aquino. In a twisted turn of fate, Aquino happens to be the wife of Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr., President Ferdinand E. Marcos' most vocal opposition.

Marcos declared martial law in Sept. 21, 1972. In the 60s and 70s, thousands of professional Filipinos had been fleeing Marcos' iron rule for the U.S. to start lives and families. In the U.S., immigration laws had been weakened from decades before against the Chinese, making it easier for all immigrants to enter the U.S. Martial law was the last straw and the deciding factor for many Filipinos to move.

This is connected to the present poverty in the homeland and the steady stream of Filipinos who choose to leave the county, either for work or because they had heard of the quality of life elsewhere. These dizzying chain of events have left many Chicago Filipinos confused, many families do not understand each other, and it is simply easier to set aside disturbing, disconnected thoughts and move on with life.

These are just some of the issues KNR hopes to address with intentions of airing them out, and possibly, ambitiously, solving them. Perhaps it will lighten each audience and participants' path to creating a better Filipino, a better Chicago, a better Philippines.

Romeo Maguigad

Committee on Pilipino Issues

this piece is written by ulanmaya.

this is supposed to be a press release. the event is real, CPI is real, KNR is almost a decade old, the history is only off the top of my head. but damned be i if i know how to write a convincing release. AND y'alls who regularly read this blog should know why i left out my name... my real name... hehehe.
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