Category Archives: Filipino

Emil Guillermo: See me perform my “Amok Monologues.” Coming to Stockton, Oct. 18; Baltimore, MD, Nov. 4,5,11,12. Read what a critic (white, unrelated, awake for the whole thing) wrote.

Here’s where you can see me go amok .

Oct. 18 , 7 p.m. in Stockton at the University of Pacific’s  Wendell Phillips Center Room 140. It’s a free event sponsored  by the College of Pacific. And it’s open to the community for Filipino History Month.

Come on by! There will be a talk back after for questions.

For East Coast folks, I’m bringing “Amok” to Baltimore’s Charm City Fringe Festival, Nov. 4, 5, 11, 12.

Lots to do in Baltimore. Go to Little Italy.  Then head to the Bromo Arts district and see a Little Filipino show.

Get your Charm City Fringe tickets here.

The Amok Monologues are my stories told live taken from the columns I’ve written and my experiences as a an American Filipino growing up in the U.S., and working in the media.

It’s funny, tragic, provocative personal history.

An American Filipino story.

But here’s what critic Bill Eadie of San Diego Story, the area’s premiere arts journal, had to say:

Come and by and go “Amok.” And if you can’t make it, contact me and I’ll bring it to your city!

Emil Guillermo: What the shooter’s girlfriend said; Statement of Marilou Danley

She’s lawyered up.

After arriving from the Philippines, Marilou Danley, a person of interest in the Vegas shooting, and the girlfriend of Stephen Paddock, was questioned by the FBI and Las Vegas PD officials. When it was over, her attorney Matt Lombard read this statement, transcribed here:

I am devastated by the deaths and injuries that have occurred and my prayers go out to the victims and their families and all those who have been hurt by these awful events.

I have faith in God and I will continue to pray for everyone who has been harmed or hurt. I am a mother and grandmother and my heart breaks for all who have lost loved ones.
I knew Stephen Paddock as a kind, caring, quiet man. I loved him and hoped for a quiet future together with him.
He never said anything to me. Never took any action that I was aware of that I understood in anyway to be a warning of something horrible like this was going to happen.
A little more than two weeks ago, Stephen told me he found a cheap ticket for me to the Philippines and that he wanted me to take a trip home to see my family.
Like all Filipinos abroad, I was excited to go home to see family and friends.
While there, he wired me money that he said was for me to buy a house for me and my family. I was grateful, but honestly I was worried that first the unexpected trip home and then the money was a way of breaking up with me. It never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone.
I have not made a statement until now because I have been cooperating with the authorities, and I voluntarily flew back to America because I knew the FBI and Las Vegas Police Department wanted to talk to me. And I wanted to talk to them. I will cooperate fully with their investigation.
Anything I can do to help ease suffering and help in any way I will do.  Please respect my privacy and my family’s privacy.
Thank you.

See more of my posts on the AALDEF blog

Emil Guillermo: “Amok” Gets Rave Review–“Excellent…above other solo shows” at #SDfringe17, says San Diego Story; next up Thursday 6-29, 10:30 pm

Check it out at the San Diego Art Institute space next to Victoria’s Secret/Horton Plaza. Thursday night 10:30 pm.
Tickets just $10.

It’s funny, tragic, provocative personal history. An American Filipino story.

But here’s what critic Bill Eadie of San Diego Story, the area’s premiere arts journal, had to say:

Come and by and go “Amok.” And if you can’t make it, contact me and I’ll bring it to your city!

Emil Guillermo: It’s on! My Amok Monologues at the San Diego Fringe Festival 6-23-26, and 29th

San Diego for the weekend? Come on by Horton Plaza at the San Diego Art Institute space (to the left of Victoria’s Secret). Come for the panties, stay for the show! Amok is based on my columns and Filipino and Asian America history. Funny, tragic, and there’s a gong present.
Tickets $10! Click here!


Get Fringey. Go Amok!

Emil Guillermo: Full speed ahead #SDFRINGE; Going “Amok” at the San Diego International Fringe Festival June 23- June 29

Had a great prep at the SF Marsh on Monday, same night as the Warrior victory. If you were able to test your TIVO and come out to the show, thank you.
If you didn’t, you can take a road trip to San Diego and catch my one-man show at the San Diego International Fringe Festival, June 23-June 29th! I will be performing at Horton Plaza at the Art Institute Space,
141 Horton Plaza.

Tickets here: https://sdfringe.ticketleap.com/amok-monologues/

Make it a weekend, see me, and catch some great performances all over San Diego.

Emil Guillermo: Amok excerpt, SF Marsh on June 12; Full show San Diego Fringe 6-23-29.

I’m at the Marsh in SF for a 20-min excerpt of my Amok Monologues.
Check it out if you can. I may have a gong!

Yes it’s “all pucked up,” with stories from NPR, Harvard, and the murder of my cousin in SOMA.
And you’ll also see me call up the spirit of Jimmy Bob Amok!

But the big treat, the full show is in San Diego, at the San Diego International Fringe Festival, June 23-29. Come by if you can!

And if that’s not enough, listen to the latest “Emil Amok’s Takeout.”

Perfect if you’re feeling Comey-tose about now.
Hopefully, you will download a podcast, or see a show, and get energized!

Emil Guillermo: United CEO Munoz saw the light, but not soon enough. Apology comes too late.

After that shriek from an Asian American airline passenger heard round the world, methinks United needs to bleed a little more.

When it perpetrated a violent act that caused an innocent passenger to shed blood, United crossed a very serious line.

It declared war on the American consumer.

I was riled that it was an Asian American. But in this de-racinated corporate world, we’re divided into just two camps:
the business and the consumer. And the consumers have united against United. It’s behavior shows a callous disregard
for the people who have kept them in business.

If you didn’t see the apology, here is the statement of United CEO Oscar Munoz:

“The truly horrific event that occurred on this flight has elicited many responses from all of us: outrage, anger, disappointment. I share all of those sentiments, and one above all: my deepest apologies for what happened.Like you, I continue to be disturbed by what happened on this flight and I deeply apologize to the customer forcibly removed and to all the customers aboard. No one should ever be mistreated this way. I want you to know that we take full responsibility and we will work to make it right.”

Munoz plays the right notes. It just lacks a little soul.

Consider his memo prior to the apology when Munoz praised his employees and seemed to blame the victim, calling the passenger “disruptive and belligerent.”

If you see my post at http://www.amok.com, you know I thought that was a little odd.

In fact, when I heard it, in conjunction with news reports about the passenger, Dr.David Dao, I figured this was the set up for a lawsuit.

It may still be. But I think Dr. Dao can extract a little more for the pain and suffering he experienced at the hands of United, and witnessed by millions throughout the world.

Free advice to United: Keep the apologies coming. The shrieks of Dr. Dao have shattered public trust in your brand. It will take a lot more than a statement to restore.

Check back for new Emil Amok’s Takeout on this story here: