A Review: HALO HALO

By Kuya Marc Pescadera

I came to the Halo Halo show at Lyceum with no expectations at all. I just knew it was a play with several stories and somehow the Filipino American National HIstorical Society (FANHS) was attached to it.

As I watched, I fell in love with so much of it. I was struck with awe in how much effort was put into this. They showed us historical stories I learned in Filipino Studies 16 years ago; they kept it entertaining with the colorful characters; they wove together stories of LGBTQ (Jhiggs), the undocumented, Navy, domestic violence , suicide, gangs, and dance.

But what kept me so intently glued to the stage was how it was unique to Filipino Americans in San Diego. There were numerous times where I saw myself in those stories or next to that person in the story. I was surprised that I saw so many familiar friends, colleagues, mentors, and kasamas portrayed on that stage. I appreciated the contributors’ willingness to let us peer deeper into a window of their lives.

I left the show with so much gratitude for the Filipino American community in San Diego. I also had a forlorn walk away from the theatre knowing that experiencing this show was limited. Which is why I believe it’s important for us to continue to support the arts, and to find as many ways to document our own stories.

What’s your story?