My 1980’s memories
It frequently dawns on me how unique my childhood is and how differently I remember the ’80’s from how my friends remember it.
A few months ago, we were tossing around the idea of throwing an ’80’s party and as everyone contributed their stories of atari, street fighter, walkmans, black Michael Jackson, etc, I half-jokingly said “people power.” I didn’t get blank stares from people because I was among friends who remembered hearing about events in the Philippines that led to great historical change. I don’t remember just hearing about it though. I was 3 years old, living in Manila, in San Juan, 20 minutes away from EDSA and Ortigas. I remember my parents coming home with indelible ink on their thumbs after voting. I remember sticking Cory and Doy stickers on our beige Tamaraw. I remember confusing the words-soldier and shoulder, because there were always “soldiers/shoulders around” and my Papa always said “pull back your shoulders/soldiers, stand up straight.”
This month, People Power comes to life for an audience that may remember it distantly, to an audience that heard about it, and to an audience that may have never heard about it until now. Carlos Bulosan Theatre, one of Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture’s community partners, will be mounting People Power at Theatre Passe Muraille (www.passemuraille.on.ca). It’s a revolution in poetry, movement and music. Previews begin on Friday the 11th of April and opens April 16th. Tuesday-Saturday performances are always at 8 pm. Sunday performances are on at 2:30 pm. Tickets are available through the Passe Muraille box office.
I hope you’ll come out to support the brilliant collective of playwrights and performers. I also hope you’ll enrich what you know about the ’80’s and remember that for some of us, it wasn’t just about the games we played or the music we listened to but also about witnessing change and revolution.