POH’s Barrio in Battle of the Barrios.
The barrio begins with two classmates, Eric and Lourdes, who meet at a high school reunion in the Philippines and fall in love. Together, they have a baby boy, but because of the economic conditions and the lack of available jobs in the Philippines, Lourdes is forced to leave the country and find work elsewhere, leaving Eric when their son is still little.
10 years later, the barrio depicts Lourdes life in New York as a domestic worker. She webcam chats with Eric and their son. By this time, their son is grown up. Lourdes asks to speak to her son. At first, he is spiteful and leaves the chat after having grown up without a mother for 10 years. But after Lourdes talks about her experiences as a domestic worker trying to support them back home, he understands and apologizes.
The barrio ends with their goodbyes on webcam and the depiction the struggles of being separated from family. They understand how difficult it is to be separated, but also understand that it is something that they must get through together even though they are on opposite sides of the world.
Jenny Samson as Lourdes
Ray Gejon as Eric
Luke Trovese as anak
and fellow POH members!
Script written and edited by Jamico Jacinto and Jemellee Santos
Choreography for “I Should’ve Kissed You” by Audrey Ugay and Marc Densing
Choreography for Maglalatik cultural dance by Glenn Dioso
Choreography for Step by Ray Gejon and Luke Trovese
Choreography for Subli cultural dance by Rosalyn Jimenez, Erik Vispo, and Jason Ocana
Choreography for "Talking to the Moon" by Erik Vispo
Special thank you to Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE) for being a wonderful inspiration for this barrio. They have done amazing work informing and educating POH about the current issues and the struggles of the people in the Philippines. FiRE collaborated with KABALIKAT Domestic Workers Support Network in the Spring 2011 production of Diwang Pinay, a play about overseas Filipina workers, which has been the great inspiration for this barrio. For more information about FiRE, you can visit their website at http://www.firenyc.org/.