“Given the political climate, talking deeply about race and identity is important” (USA)

As is true for many immigrants, Paola Mardo saw moving to America as a dream. She had already been all over the globe, to boot;  Mardo was born in Los Angeles, but grew up in Manila and Kuala Lumpur before she turned 15. Upon that age, this Filipino-American joined her family in the San Francisco Bay Area. Situations were more complicated than she had hoped. … Continue reading “Given the political climate, talking deeply about race and identity is important” (USA)

“We want audiences to take away a feeling of hope, that there are people out their doing the groundwork” (USA)

Aureen Almario was 10 years old when she and her 7-year-old sister Andrea came to San Francisco. This was back in the 1991 when their family settled in the Bay Area. The sisters have been living, acting, and writing California since. “Identity will always be in constant process and progress,” Aureen recalls. “Growing up, there was definitely a conscious effort to try to fit in, … Continue reading “We want audiences to take away a feeling of hope, that there are people out their doing the groundwork” (USA)

This Bay Area musical touches on the trials of Filipino immigrants

Incorporating spoken word, music, and shadow puppetry, Chasing Papeles will take on issues deeply resonant to Filipinos abroad. In Bindlestiff Studio’s website, the project, helmed by San Francisco-based siblings Andrea (pictured below) and Aureen Almario, will bring to light the “the largely hidden and unspoken experiences of undocumented Filipina immigrants.” Andrea wrote and directed Papeles as her thesis play at the UC Berkeley Department of Theater, Dance and … Continue reading This Bay Area musical touches on the trials of Filipino immigrants