leonora & epifanio: a love story

September 16, 1972. Photograph courtesy of Leonora M. Perez.

Based on interviews I had with my mother in 2009, this monologue/ scene is an excerpt from You Will Gonna Go Crazy. 

LEONORA (to audience)
When I arrive, America it’s too far
It’s another world
I was adjusting / Hindi maganda ang America

The only thing nice is the / big building

I’m lonely / I have no friends / I work nights

I’m always sleeping in the daytime

This is life in America:
I take the bus to go to work take the bus go to work

(beat)

Then I meet your Dad / and I got married

(beat)

Your Dad he’s not planning to move
then he meet me

(beat)

Everyone said: You have a visitor / You have a partner now
for the Valentine’s / it’s a dance in the hospital

I said: WHO IS THAT?

Your Dad said:

EPIFANIO (to LEONORA)
O, You’re going to the dance? Then we’re all going?

LEONORA (to audience)
We dance

(beat)

And later on / then I know him
then he calls me / he come to the house
We were boyfriends for six months
We go out / We take the train

Then he said:

EPIFANIO (to LEONORA)
If you want me / then I’ll stay

If you don’t marry me / I’m going to Japan
with my brother

If I stay / then / we’ll continue / If / not
then
we don’t know

LEONORA (to audience)
That time he work in St. Francis
in the laundry department

EPIFANIO (to LEONORA)
If you like me / then we just get married
If not / then maybe…
I’m not coming back / I go home after Japan

LEONORA (to EPIFANIO)
Okay / then / WHEN?

(beat)

(to audience)

It was a big wedding
Both of us plan it

We got our invitation
MADE IN THE PHILIPPINES

We had the reception in a Chinese Restaurant

(beat)

THAT WAS A NICE LOVE STORY, HAH?

 

Muchos props to Alleluia Panis for blocking/directing/staging the first attempt at this scene, & to Greg Manalo & Alexandria Diaz de Fato for playing my nay & pops for this first staging.  

Today, September 16, 2013, marks my parents’ 41st Wedding Anniversary. HAPPY HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! 

16. September 2013 by Hason
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