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TONIGHT

The Filipino in Me - Insights into Living Heritage

Entry by Maria Antonieta 'Ting' Pimentel-Elger. Sherwood Park, Alberta.

 

Artist/Creator Statement:

I wrote this piece while in a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) Writing Workshop and recited at the same evening. I felt compelled to write this as I was dreaming of one day speaking in Filipino will be in main stream - in both written and oral publications and media.

 

TONIGHT I WANT WRITE ABOUT

Being kind to myself

Free to be who I am

Doing things that give me joy

Like walking in the park

Hugging trees

Dancing Cha cha


TONIGHT I WANT TO WRITE ABOUT

Paying attention

Looking at the pink sky

Hearing the magpie

Smelling apple cinnamon pie

Feeling the sunshine on my face


TONIGHT I WANT TO WRITE ABOUT

Not being ashamed of who I am

My colour

My accent

My food


That's what my mama says

Wearing my bright moo moos

Chanting old woo woos

Taking out the voo doos


When I speak in my mother tongue

I wish I do not have to translate

Neither do I have to italicize

Because this is my language


You can Google translate

Laugh till your tummy aches

But this is music to my ears


Ako ay Pilipino

Ako nga ay Dayuhan dito

Ngunit ako ay may karapatang

Tumindig at Magsalita

Sa aking sariling wika


TONIGHT I WANT TO WRITE

About who I am

Who I am Becoming

Still and always be

A Filipino


 

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