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Emil Guillermo: Next “Amok”? Sept. 30, Sunday, 2pm at FANHS National Museum in Stockton. Get ticket links to the “story show,” and see where to read my Amok columns!

Tickets for the next story show? 

It’s a story show and work shop to help you tell your own story.

Don’t miss it at the FANHS National Museum,  337 E. Weber Ave, Stockton, CA

Arrive early to see the museum or lunch at a nearby Filipino restaurant. Digest it all during the show. Get inspired, be a part of the interview “talk” show part, and let me get the story out of you. You will leave with a real blue print for a story that you can perform, refine, or just tell to your loved ones.

Donations, $10 to benefit the museum. Get your tickets in advance.

Keep reading my regular  Amok columns at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.
(Listen to a robot read an Amok column on this link).

Also at inquirer.net.

And diverseeducation.com.

And listen to my podcasts:

The PETA PODCAST

and

Emil Amok’s Takeout

Emil Guillermo: Thank you for “Amok Monologues” at Manilatown; See future shows, workshops. And where to read Emil

Thank you all for the great response at to “Amok Monologues” at SF’s Manilatown Last Friday!

Check back here to see where I’ll be popping up next.

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Next scheduled Amok excerpt and workshop is Sept. 2nd in Stockton at the FANHS National Museum at 2pm.  Learn to how to tell your story.

And keep reading my regular  Amok columns at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Also at inquirer.net.

And diverseeducation.com.

And listen to my podcasts:

The PETA PODCAST

and

Emil Amok’s Takeout

Emil Guillermo’s Amok Monologues? Get your tickets for the Aug. 17th San Francisco show. One night only. Plus I’ll share some of my Dawn Mabalon memories.

Some proceeds will benefit Manilatown Heritage Foundation, and Dawn Mabalon’s Memorial fund.

For you last minute types… tickets will be at the door at Manilatown 868 Kearny at Jackson St. in San Francisco.

Or you can ….

Get your tickets here.

Here’s what critics say about Emil Guillermo’s  “Amok Monologues: All Pucked UP”:

“Stand-up, monologue, rant?….Enjoy trying to keep pace with Guillermo’s brilliant mind… Funny, poignant.”— Orlando Weekly.
“Keeps audience engaged.” — Orlando Sentinel
“Charismatic…Guillermo’s life is one worth exploring.” — DC Metro Theater Arts
“Excellent…Emil Guillermo knows how to tell a story and that ability sets “Amok Monologues above other solo shows.”  — San Diego Story

Aug. 17,  7:30pm,  Manilatown/I-Hotel,  868 Kearny St. in San Francisco.

Tickets $10, with part of the proceeds to benefit the Manilatown Heritage Foundation.

Click to get your tickets.

DAWN MABALON MEMORIES

I’ve spent most of this week writing about the late Dr. Dawn Mabalon.

If you’ve seen my stories on http:/www.aaldef.org/blog

or on Inquirer.net, you know I had great love and admiration for Dawn and her work.

Aug. 17, Friday would have been her birthday.   So I will share some memories after the “Amok” show when we do a talkback. It’s a little something extra.

This show is a benefit for Manilatown.  But I will make sure some proceeds from the show are given to Dawn’s fund.

 

 

 

Emil Guillermo: Mourning historian and scholar Dawn Mabalon, Filipino American activist and friend; My Manilatown show on Aug. 17th dedicated to her memory.

I’m crestfallen, recovering from the news that my friend Dawn Mabalon, a tenured professor and scholar in U.S. History at San Francisco State University, specializing in Filipinos in the American Labor movement, has died.

Dawn was a bright, energetic ball of fire who took American Filipinos and U.S. history and fused it with an activist’s passion that empowered the ignored and enlightened the ignorant.

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If you didn’t know the story, you finally got it.
If you were heretofore invisible, you were finally seen.

She didn’t bother with the veritable first draft of history, a/k/a “the news.” Dawn, who originally set out to be a journalist, looked to make a lasting impact.  She got her Ph.D at Stanford and scaled the high bar of the academy. She produced legit scholarship about us in the United States, as if we really mattered.

Dawn Mabalon’s 2013 book, “Little Manila is in the Heart: The Making of the Filipino/a American Community in Stockton, California,” presented the forgotten Filipinos of America in an historical context that could not be shoved under any old rock.

It was there for all to see: A brilliant, personal, yet accessible scholarly work.

As I pondered what Dawn meant to Filipino Americans and the telling of the broader Asian American story, someone found a Facebook post of me and Dawn from her 2013 book launch. It was ten years after I first met her when I worked the diversity beat in Stockton. Along with Dillon Delvo, her Little Manila Foundation co-founder, Dawn was a key source as I wrote stories about their successful effort to preserve the blighted blocks of Stockton’s “Little Manila” into an historical district.

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Reading it now five years later just made me cry.

If all the dogeared pages of my copy are any proof, I’ve used that book she handed me like a bible. I compared my father’s story of coming to the U.S.  as a colonized American Filipino with the facts from Dawn’s scholarly work. While writing my one man show, “The Amok Monologues,” I often consulted Dawn’s book to make sure I wasn’t just true to heart, but true to history as well.

It’s the reason my Friday performance at San Francisco’s Manilatown  on Aug. 17th at 7:30 pm will be dedicated to her memory.
See the rest of my post at http://www.aaldef.org/blog

See Emil Guillermo’s “Amok Monologues: All Pucked UP” next show up! Aug. 17th ONE NIGHT ONLY. SF’s I-HOTEL/Manilatown. Get Tickets now

On the 90th year after his father arrived from the Philippines to San Francisco, Emil Guillermo goes back to Manilatown to perform his “Amok Monologues” about growing up American Filipino in San Francisco.

Here’s what the critics are saying about Emil Guillermo’s “Amok Monologues: All Pucked Up”

“Stand-up, monologue, rant?….Enjoy trying to keep pace with Guillermo’s brilliant mind… Funny, poignant.”— Orlando Weekly.
 
“Keeps audience engaged.” — Orlando Sentinel
 
“Charismatic…Guillermo’s life is one worth exploring.” — DC Metro Theater Arts
 
“Excellent…Emil Guillermo knows how to tell a story and that ability sets “Amok Monologues above other solo shows.”  — San Diego Story
 

See it one-night only in a special benefit for the Manilatown Center/I-Hotel, Aug.17, 7:30p

For tickets click!

Or cut and paste in browser:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/emil-guillermos-amok-monologues-tickets-48584183601

Get your tickets, clicking here

See the latest review from the Orlando Fringe Festival here.

Can’t make it Aug. 17th? Invite me to your town, barrio, neighborhood, living room!

Emil Guillermo: See me perform my “Amok Monologues.” Coming to 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 .

 

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.

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