So I just came home from SINNER/S: BAGUIO – A Spoken Word Show and Open Mic Night, my first spoken word show and I’m still at a loss for words. That’s probably a funny thing to say, since when I got home, I went directly to my room, opened my laptop, and now, I’m currently writing a post about it. I just CAN’T not write about this as soon as I got home. I was tired from the long day I’ve had, but the urge is greater, my friends.
SINNER/S: Baguio is a Spoken Word Show + Open Mic Night featuring M Manese, Louise Meets and Henri Igna of Words Anonymous, along with guest performer Kat Roxas and a bunch from the audience who have signed up for the open mic. It was held at Cafe Yagam, a place I love hanging out in.
I first heard (or read) about spoken word and poetry slam through Colleen Hoover’s “Slammed” series. I didn’t know there was such a thing where a person recites a poem with such conviction and passion. Before that, I only found beauty in verses that rhymed. True story.
So since then, I started to appreciate the kind of poems and open letters that talked about things that people don’t want to talk about in public. Things that people grow uncomfy just hearing the opening words about. Things that can only be posted on Tumblr, because there, you can be private and public at the same time. Things that matter.
I started reading Warsan Shire’s poems, which I’m totally head over heels for. I started taking in I Wrote This For You one day at a time. But it was then when I watched Sarah Kay reciting “If I Should Have a Daughter” during a TED event that I lost it. That was just it. I was done. Sold. These words could be the death of me. I know I might sound like I’m exaggerating, but if you haven’t felt that type of goosebumps yet, you’re definitely missing out. Cue binge watching Sarah Kay and eventually ending up in Words Anonymous
So back to Baguio. I came across the event on Facebook and I just knew I had to go. I came a little late, half into Henri Igna performing “Constipated,” but all was well. I’ll be linking some of their videos, along with a few ones I really love below so you could listen to their awesomeness, too. I have listened to some of the pieces online, but listening to them in person was a different experience and a much powerful impact to me.
I won’t be going in-depth about what was going on inside me while I was watching the speakers unveil their emotions because that’d mean I’d have to share my feelings, which I can’t; but I’ll give you a hint: it was freaking hard to stay still and composed. I think I could safely say the same went with the people around me.
I’ll probably never be able to display that much raw emotion out there like these speakers, but boy, did it look so liberating, inviting and terrifying at the same time.that I think I have just woken up from the writer’s block I have been going through for a month now. The speaking part, maybe that time will never come, or maybe it will. (UPDATE: JUNE 4, 2016 – I JUST HAD MY FIRST SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT EVERRR. IT WAS TERRIFYING AND EXHILARATING I DON’T KNOW WHY I’M TYPING IN ALL CAPS. YAY!) Thank you Louise Meets, M Manese, Henri Igna, Kat Roxas and all the open mic participants for the beautiful words and the emotions you have given us the privilege of taking in. I’ll be on the lookout for more spoken word shows and perhaps, maybe in the future, there will be a spoken word community here in Baguio City that could organize more shows and workshops for those who aspire to be heard and just express.
Needless to say, I’m back to writing, baby. Who’s your favorite spoken word artist? Let me know in the comments below. 🙂