Last weekend, I enjoyed back-to-back Filipino cultural events up in Seattle. I was able to reconnect with old friends, experience some amazing art, support some important causes and express my Filipino pride. Special thanks to my hubby for being on double daddy daycare duty AND for driving Cedro to Tagalog class on Sunday without me.
I planned the trip around the Here Lies Love musical, written by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim about Imelda Marcos and the political climate in the 70s-80s in the Philippines. The show stars some NYC friends (who I had met through my dear friend, Liz Casasola). I thought the show was closing on June 4th, but it has been extended until June 18th at the Seattle Rep Theatre. I highly recommend it. It’s not just for Filipinos! It is the most unique musical/theater performance you will experience. Get your tickets now!
Then I found out that coincidentally a Broadway Barkada benefit concert was happening the following Monday night in Seattle. It was the perfect excuse to have a mini reunion with friends and to support Fil-Am performing artists as well as The Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project.
Lately, I have been struggling with balancing Filipino culture and language exposure to my kids in our trilingual household. Those couple of days in Seattle were exactly what I needed to stay strong. Mabuhay!