So last night was the big Manila Transitio event, it was crazy.
I still haven’t had enough time to let it sink in, but one thing that I didn’t expect to be so interested in or taken by was the spoken word portion of the night.
All the readings were about World War II and the Japanese Occupation, a lot of survivors were present and a lot of the readers were actors so the intensity of the delivery was very strong, particularly the woman in this picture.
Roselyn Perez, it was her reading and delivery that got me looking for more. She read the poem of Mabi David who worked in the general registry of survivors in the battle for Manila.
“I was horrified and needed something to help me understand why what happened happened and at the same time not feel like I can’t do anything about it and I looked to art.” (Mabi David)
After the reading I left the room because it was that “bigat” (heavy). so so bigat. My heart was literally heavy and I literally had goosebumps. My head was pressing and I didn’t know what to do. I then ran into someone and told them what I felt, someone who was also present during the reading, someone more knowledgeable about the history and events that this portion was based around. This person then said something that opened my eyes to how naive I am.
First of all – I had NO idea what the Japanese did to my people and second of all – I didn’t even think that some of the readings and statements made could be – COULD BE exaggerated or fabricated. That of course there is still ANOTHER side to these stories.
All I know is that this experience has opened my eyes to wanting to learn more about that time, to learn more about my history and to open up more dialogues.
So in the words of Ilona, this is what I ask you. What do you know about the Philippines during World War II and the Japanese Occupation. What are your thoughts? What do you think?
Share your stories, share your questions, let’s start a dialogue.
there is so much more i want to know from you.