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New Yorker in Tondo

By: Marcelino Agana Jr.

CASTS
(Original characters) Catherine Clavejo (Leader) as Mrs. Mendoza (Mother of Kikay, who has been modernized by Kikay)

Regina Chica (Assistant Leader) as Totoy (Childhood friend of Kikay, who has a big crush on Nena)

Jinkie Fetaruel (Treasurer) as Kikay (The New Yorker from Tondo)

Maria Lourdes Sapitanan (Props and Encoding) as Nena (A childhood friend of Kikay, who is secretly engaged to Tony)

Shadam Encallado (Props and Set) as Tony (Kikays Fianc, who is also engaged to Nena)

(Extended characters) Mary Donnabelle Macaday (Props and Set) as Izzy (Friend of Kikay in New York)

Clarence Pilapil (Props and Set) as Patty (Friend of Kikay in New York)

Short Biography of the Author


Marcelino Agana Jr.
Marcelino Agana Jr. is a Filipino writer, famous for having written a classic satirical play New Yorker in Tondo in the early 50s which was first staged by the Far Eastern University (FEU) Drama Guild at the FEU, Manila, and was considered to be one of the most popular Filipino comedies that have been produced many times through the years. Marcelino Agana Jr. is also the author of a classic satirical one-act play and the world's premier of dr. jose bernard capino's "the commonwealth of virgina" make up the special twinbill presentation dubbed "Maiba...Taya!" He also won the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for literature in 1956 as First Place on the One-Act Play Category.

SCENE: The parlor of the Mendoza house in Tondo. Front door is at right. Curtained window is at left. Left side of stage is occupied by a rattan set sofa and two chairs flanking the table. On right side of stage, a cabinet radio stands against back wall. Open doorway in center, background, leads into the rest of the house. It is about ten oclock in the morning. When curtain rises someone is knocking at front door. Mrs. Mendoza appears at center doorway, taking off her apron and muttering to herself. Mrs. Mendoza is a gross, old-fashioned soul who has resigned herself to being modernized by her daughter. Hence, the stylish housedress, the frilly apron, and the modern hairdo; look rather incongruous on her. Mrs. M : (As she walks toward the door) Visitors, always visitors, nothing but visitors all day long. Naku, Im beginning to feel like a society mah-tron (She opens the door. Tony steps in, carrying a bouquet. Tony is 26, dressed to kill and is the suave type. Right now, however, he is feeling trifle nervous. He starts slightly on seeing Mrs. Mendoza.) Mrs. M Tony Mrs. M Tony Mrs. M Tony Mrs. M : Tony! I thought you were in the provinces. : (Staring) But is that you, Aling Atang? : (Laughing) Of course, its I, foolish boy. Who did you think it was? Carmen Rosales? : You you dont look like Aling Atang. : (Shyly touching her boyish bob) I had my hair cut. Do I look so horrible? : Oh no, no you look just wonderful. Aling Atang. For a moment I thought you were your own daughter, I thought you were Kikay. : (Playfully slapping his cheek) Oh, you are as palikero as ever, Tony. But come in, come in. (She moves toward furniture and Tony follows.) Here sit down, Tony. How is your mother?

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: (As he sits down, still holding bouquet) Oh, poor mother is terribly homesick for Tondo, Aling Atang. She wants to come back here at once. : (Standing beside his chair, putting in apron) How long have you been away? : Only three months. : Only three months! Three months is too long for a Tondo native to be away from Tondo. Aie, my poor kumarae, how bored she must be out there! : Well, Aling Atang , you know how it is with us engineers. We must go where our job calls us. But as soon as I have finished with that bridge in Bulacan, mother and I are coming back here in Tondo. : Yes, you must bring her back as soon as possible. We miss her whenever we play panguingue. : (Laughing) That is what she misses most of all. : Now I understand how she feels! Your mother could never, never become a provinciana, Tony. Once a Tondo girl, always a Tondo girl, I always say. (She pauses, stuck by a thought) But I wonder if thats true after all. Look at Kikay; she was over there in America for a whole year, and she says that she never, never felt homesick at all! : (Beginning to look nervous again) When when did Kikay arrive, Aling Atang? : Last Monday. : I didnt know she had come back from New York until I read about it in the newspapers. : (Plaintively) That girl just arrived only last Monday and look what has happened to me! When she first saw me, she was furious; she said that I needed a complete overhauling. She dragged me off to a beauty shop, and look, look what has happened to me! My hair is cut, my eyebrows are shaved, my nails are manicured, and whenever I go to market I must use lipstick and rouge! All my kumares are laughing at me. People must think I have become a a loose woman! And at my age too! But what can I do. You know how impossible it is to argue with Kikay. And she says that I must learn how to look and act like and Americana because I have a daughter who has been to America. Dios Mio, do I look like an American! : (Too worried to pay attention) you look just wonderful, Aling Atang. And where is she now? : (Whos rather engrossed in her own troubles too) Who? : Kikay? Is she at home? : (Shouting) Of course she is at home. Shes still sleeping! : (Glancing at his watch) Still sleeping!

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: She says that in New York people do not wake up before twelve oclock noon. : (Glancing at his watch one more time) Its ten oclock now. : Besides, she has been very, very busy. Uy, the life of that girl since she came home! Welcome parties here and welcome parties there and visitors all day long. That girl has been spinning around like a top. : (Rising disconsolately) Well, will you just tell her I called to welcome her home. Oh, and will you please giver her these flowers. : (Taking flowers) But surely youre not going yet. Tony? : I did want to see Kikay, Aling Atang, But if she doesnt get up until twelve noon! : (Firmly) Shes going to wake up right now and see you, Tony. Why, you and she grew up together! Sit right down again Tony. I will go and wake her up. : Oh, please dont bother, Aling Atang, I can come back some other time. : (Moving away) You wait right here, Tony. Shell be simply delighted to see her old childhood friend. And shell want to thank you in person for these flowers. How beautiful they are, Tony how expensive they must be! : (Sitting down again) Oh, they are nothing at all, Aling Atang. : (Pausing already at center doorway) Oh, Tony : Yes, Aling Atang : You musnt call me Aling Atang : Why not? : Kikay doesnt like it. She says I must tell people to call me Mrs. Mendoza. She says it is a more civilized form of address. So and especially not in front of Kikay you must call me Mrs. Mendoza. : Yes, Aling I, mean yes, Mrs. Mendoza. : (Turning to go) Well, wait just a minute and I will call Kikay. : (To himself as he sits down) Hah! : (Turning around again) Oh, and Tony : (Jumping up again) Yes Aling.. I mean, yes, Mrs. Mendoza? : You must not call Kikay, Kikay. : (Blankly) And what shall I call her? : You must call her Francesca.

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: Francisca? : Not Francisca FranCESca : She says that in New York everybody calls her Fran-CES-ca. That is how all those Americans in New York pronounce her name. And she wants everybody here to pronounce it in the same way. She says it sounds so chi-chi so Italian. So you know that many people in New York thought that she was an Italian?... an Italian from California. So be sure and remember, do not call her Kikay, she hates that name call her FranCES-ca. : (Limply, sitting down again) Yes, Mrs. Mendoza : (Turning to go again) Now wait right here while I call Fran-CES-ca (Someone knocks at the front door. She turns around again.) Aie Dios Mio! : (Jumping up once again) Never mind, Mrs. Mendoza. Ill answer it. (He goes to open the door) : (As she exits) Just tell them to wait, Tony.

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(Tony opens door and Totoy steps in. Totoy is the same age as Tony and is more clearly aTondo shiek. The one word that could possibly describe his attire is spooting. Both boys extend their arms out wide on beholding each other.) Totoy Totoy Totoy Tony Totoy Tony Totoy Tony Totoy Tony Totoy Tony Totoy : Tony! : Totoy! (They pound each others bellies) : You old son of your father! : You big carabao, you! : Mayroon ba tayo diyan? : You ask me that and you look like a walking gold mine! How many depots have you been looting, huh? : Hoy, hoy, more slowly there its you the police are out looking for. : Impossible! Im a reformed character! : (As arms around each others shoulders. They march across the room) Make way for the Tondo boys bang! Bang! : (Pushing Totoy away and producing a package of cigarettes) Good to see you old pal Here, have a smoke. : (Taking a cigarette) I thought you were in Bulacan, Partner. : I am. I just came to say hello to Kikay : (As they light cigarette) Tony, Ive been hearing the most frightful things about that girl.

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: (Sinking into a chair) So have I. : (Sitting down too) people are saying that she has gone crazy. : No, she has only gone in New York. : What was she doing in New York anyway? : Oh, studying. : Studying what? : Hair culture and Beauty Science. She got a diploma. : Uy, Imagine that! Our dear old Kikay! : Pardon me, but shes not Kikay anymore She is Fran-CES-ca. : Fran-CES-ca? : Miss Tondo has become Miss New York. Our dear old Kikay is now an American. : Kikay, an American? Dont make me laugh! Why, I knew that girl when she was still selling rice cakes! (Stands up and imitates an girl puto vendor) Puto kayo diyan.. Bili na kayo ng Puto! : (Laughing) Remember when we pushed her into the canal? : She chased us all around the streets. : And she was dipping with mud! : Naku, how that girl could fight!

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(Knocking at door. Totoy goes to open it. Enters Nena. Nena is a very well-possesse young lady of 24.) Nena Totoy Nena Totoy Nena Tony Nana Mrs. M : Why, its Totoy?! : (Opening his arms) Nena, my own! : (Brushing him aside as she walks into the room) And Tony, too! Whats all this? A Canto Boy Reunion? : (Following behind her) We have come to greet the Lady from New York. : So have I. Is she at home? : Aling Atang is trying to wake her up. : To wake her up?! Is she still dreaming?? : (Appearing in center doorway) No, shes awake already, she's dressing. Good morning Nena. Good morning Totoy.

(Totoy and Nena are staring speechless. Mrs. Mendoza is carrying a vase in which she has arranged Tonys flowers. She self-consciously walks into the room and sets the vase on the table amidst a silence broken only by Totoys helpless wolf-whistle) Mrs. M Nena Totoy Tony Mrs M : (Having set the vase on the table) Well, Totoy? Nena? Why are you staring me like that? : Is... ishat you Aling Atang? : Good God, it IS Aling Atang! (He collapses into a chair) : Totoy, Aling Atang now prefers to be called Mrs. Mendoza. : Oh, Tony you know it is not I but Kikay who prefers it. She was delighted with these flowers, Tony, and she thanks you very much. Nena if you dont stop gaping me, Ill pinch you! : How you used to pinch and pinch me Aling Atang, when I was a little girl. : You were a very naughty girl, always fighting with Kikay. You were all very naughty children. (She points at Totoy) This one, especially, always sneaking into our backyard to steal mangoes from our mango tree. : Do you still have that mango tree? : Yes, its still out there in our backyard. : (Jumping up) Come on, Nena lets steal their mangoes! : Ah-ah, you just try! I still run as fast as ever. See if I dont catch you again and pull your pants off! : (Gripping his pants) Ah, but I wear suspenders now, Mrs. Mendoza. : Oh, you rascal! Come with me to the kitchen. : Why? To pull my pants off? : No, idiot... I want you to help me carry something. : Aling Atang, dont you prepare anything for us. Were not visitors and were not hungry. : It's only orange juice, Nena. I was preparing some for Kikay. She takes nothing else in the morning. She says that in New York nobody eats breakfast. Come along, Totoy.

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(Exit Mrs. Mendoza and Totoy. Left alone, Nena and Tony are silent for a moment. Tony is seated; Nena stands behind sofa.) Nena Tony : Well. Tony? : You shouldnt have come today, Nena.

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: Oh, why not? : I havent talked with Kikay yet. : You havent talked to Kikay yet! I thought you were coming here to tell her everything last night. : I lost my nerve, I didnt come here last night. : Oh Tony, Tony! : (Irritated, imitating her tone) Oh Tony, Tony! Use your head. Nena. Whoever heard of a man breaking off his engagement with a girl! Its not usua! And my God its not easy. : (Belligerently) Are you in love with Kikay or with me? : Of course, Im in love with you, Im engaged to you. : Yes, and youre engaged with Kikay, too! : But that was a year ago! : (Flaring up) Oh, you wolf! (She flounces away, furious) : (Jumping up and following her) Nena, Nena, you know I love only you! : (Whirling around to face him) How could you have the nerve to propose to me when your still engaged to Kikay!? : I wish I have never told you! This is what I get from being honest! : Honest? You call yourself honest? Getting me to fall in love with you when you still belonged to Kikay! : I thought I didnt belong to Kikay anymore. It's only a secret engagement anyway. I proposed to her before she left for America and she said we must keep our engagement a secret until she came back. But when she had been there for a couple of months she stopped answering my letters. So I considered myself a freeman again. : (Sarcastically) And so you proposed to me.. : (Miserably) Yes.. : And then, ask me to keep our engagement a secret!? : Because right afterwards I found out that Kikay was coming back. : Well Im tiered of being secretly engaged to you! What fun is it being engaged if you cant tell everybody! : Just give me a chance to talk to Kikay and ezplain everything to her. Then you and I will announce our engagement. : Well, you better hurry. Im getting impatient.

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: The trouble is, how can I talk with Kikay now? : Why not? : Because youre here, and Totoy is here. You dont just expect me to jilt Kikay in front of everybody do you? : You want Totoy and me to clear out? : No.. just give me a chance to be alone with Kikay for a moment.. : Ill take care of Totoy.. : Thats good.. : Just leave it to me.

(Totoy appears in doorway with tray on his head; glasses and pitcher are on tray) Totoy : (Sailing in) Puto kayo dyan.. Bili na kayo ng puto!

(Mrs. Mendoza appears in doorway, carrying a plate of sandwiches.) Mrs. M : Listen, everybody here comes Kikay but she prefers to be called Fran-CES-ca.

(She moves away from the doorway and Kikay appears.) Kikay : (Having paused a long moment in doorway, hands uplifted in surprise and delight) Oh hello, hello you darling, darling people!! (She glides in the room. Everybody else is astonished to move) Nena my dear But how cute youve become (she kisses Nena) And Tony, my little pal of the alley how are you? (She gives her hand to Tony) And Totoy my, how ravishing you look. (she walks all around the apprehensive Totoy) Goodness, you look like a Tondo super production in Technicolor! But sit down everybody do sit down and let me look at you. (Her three visitors sit down. She sees the tray with glasses and pitcher on the table and throws her hands up in amused horror) Oh mumsy, mumsy! : Whats the matter now? : How many times I must tell you, never, never to serve fruit juice in water glasses? : I couldnt find those tall glasses you brought home. : (Approaching and kissing her mother) Oh, poor lil mumsy... she is so clumsy, so? But never mind, dont break your heart about it. Here sit down. : No, I must be going to the market. : Oh, mumsy, dont forget my celery (To her visitors)--- I cant live without celery. Im like a rabbit munch, munch all day.

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: Well, if you people will excuse me. Tony, remember me to your mother. (She moves away) : (Gesturing makeup) And remember, mumsy a little bloom on the lips, a little bloom on the cheeks. : Oh, Kikay do I have to? : Again mumsy? : (Already in center doorway) Do I have to paint this old face of mine? Fran-CES-ca? : (Breaking into laughter) But how dreadfully she puts it. Oh mumsy, mumsy what am I going to do with you? : (As she exits) I give up! : (Still laughing) Poor mumsy. Shes quite a problem. (She waves her cigarette) Oh, does anybody have a light? (Totoy jumps up and gives a light) : Merci. : Huh? : I said, Merci. That means thank you in French.

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(Kikay poises herself on arms of sofa where Nena is sitting and sipping orange juice. The two boys, also sipping juice and munching sandwiches occupy the two chairs.) Nena Tony Kikay Totoy Kikay : (Frequently) Tell us about New York. : How long did you stay there? : (In a trance) 10 months, 4 days, 7 hours and 21 minutes! : And shes still there. In her dreams! : Yes, I feel as if I was still there, as though I had never left it, as though I lived there all my life. But I look around me and I realized that no, no, Im not there. Im not in New York , Im at home. Im here, here!

(She rises abruptly and goes to window where she stands looking out.) Im home, they tell me, home! But which is home for me? This cannot be home, because here my heart aches with homesickness. I feel myself to be an exile, yes, a spiritual exile! My spirit aches for its true home across the sea. Ah, New York! My own dear New York! (She is silent a moment, looking across the horizon her arms crossed over her breast. Her visitors glance uneasily at each other.) Nena Tony Totoy : (To others) I dont think we should be here at all, boys. : Yes, we shouldnt disturb her. : Lets all just walk out very, very quietly.

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: And leave her alone with her memories. : Is that girl we used to go swimming with the mud puddles? : Ah, New York , my own dear New York .. : Listen oh listen! Now, in New York its springtime its Spriing in New York! The daisies are just appearing in Central park and out in Staten Island the grass is green again. (With a little fond laugh) Oh, we have a funny custom in New York an old, okd and very dear custom. When spring comes around each year, we New Yorkers, we make a sort of pilgrimage to an old tree growing down by the Battery. Oh, its an old tree, its been growing there ever since New York was New York. And we New Yorkers, we call it our tree. Every Spring we go down there to say hello to it, and to watch its first green leaves coming out. In a way, that tree is our symbol for New York undying, immortal, forever green! (She laughs and makes an apologetic gesture) But please, please forgive me! Here I am going sentimental and just mooning away over things you have no idea about. No, you cant understand this emotion I feel for our dear old tree over there in New York. : Oh, but I do understand perfectly! I feel that way too about our tree. : (Blankly) About what tree? : Our mango tree, Kikay. Have you forgotten about it? Why, you and I used to go climbing up there everyday and gorging ourselves on green mangoes. How our stomach ached afterwards! And then these bad boys would come and start shaking the branches until we fell down! : Aling Atang once caught me climbing the tree and she grabbed my pants and off they came! : I was up there in the tree at that time and I laughed so hard I dropped down! : Yes, and Aling Atang chased you all around the yard with her broom, and when she caught you bang! She hit you on the head with the broom and how you screamed! : But me, I couldnt come down the tree at all because I didnt have any pants on! : And Kikay and me, we were rolling on the ground, simply hysterical with laughter. And Totoy, you kept on shouting, Give me back my pants! Give me back my pants!

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(They are all shaking with laughter exept Kikay who is staring blankly at this.) Kikay Nena Kikay : But wait a minute, wait a minute what is this tree youre talking about? : Our mango tree, Kikay. The mango tree out there in your backyard. : (Flatly) Oh, that tree

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: Whats the matter, Kikay? Dont you feel the same emotion for that tree as you do for the one in New York? : (Tartly) Of course not! : Why not? : They theyre completely different! I dont feel any emotion for this silly old mango tree. It doesnt awaken any memories at all!!! : (Rising) Well it does for me. And such happy, happy memories! I really must run out to the backyard and say hello to it. (Imitating Kikays tone and manner) You know Kikay, over here in Tondo, we have a funny custom an old, old custom. We make a sort of pilgrimage to a silly old mango tree growing in a backyard. And for us here in Tondo, that tree is our tree. In a way, it is a symbol : (interrupting) Dont be silly, Nena. : Look whos talking. :(In amused deapair) Oh, you people cant understand at all! : Of course not. Weve never been to New York. : (Earnestly) Thats it exactly! Until youve been to New York, you cant understand ever. Oh, believe me not to have lived in New York is not to have lived at all! That tree of ours over there it doesnt stand for kid stuff and childish foolishness. It stands for higher and finer things; for a more vivacious, a more streamlined, a more daring way of life! It stands for Freedom and for the Manhattan skyline and for the Copacabana and for Coney Island in summer and for Grants Tomb on Riverside Drive and for Tuesday night at Eddie Condons with Wild Bill Davidson working on that trumpet of his and for Saturday nights on Madison Squire Garden with the crowds spilling all over the sidewalk and for the Bronx zoo and for Macys and for the nickel ferry ride to Staten Island and for the St. Patricks Day parade down fifth Avenue and for all the darling dens in Greenwhich Village! (she stops, overcome by her memories) Oh, Its Impossible to make you see! : I still prefer a tree that grows in Tondo. : And I second the motion. : So do I : (Tolerantly, very much the woman-of-the-world) Oh, you funny, funny children! : I realy must go and say hello to our tree. You dont mind Kikay, do you? : (laughing) Of course not, child. Do go. : Totoy, will you come with me? : (Fervently as he rises) To the ends of the earth! : (In the Kikay manner) No darling, just out to our dear little backyard.

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: (Acting up too) Oh, the backyards of Tondo, the barong-barongs of Mypaho, the streets of Sibakong. : (In the center doorway) Listen Idiot! Are you coming with me or not?? : (Following her) Anywhere dream girl, anywhere at all!!

(Exit Nena and Totoy) Kikay : (Sitting down on sofa) Apparently, our Totoy still has a most terrific crush on Nena. (Tony silent) Do wake up, Tony. What are you looking so miserable about?

(Tony rises from his chair and sits down beside Kikay on sofa. He is nervous and cannot speak. Kikay smilingly gazes at him) Tony Kikay Tony Kikay Tony Kikay :(Finally gathering courage) Kikay, I dont know just how to begin : Just call me Francesca thats a good beginning. : There is something I must tell you something very important. : Oh, Tony, cant we just forget all about it? : Forget?? : Thats the New York way, Tony. Forget, nothing must ever be too serious; nothing must drag on too long. Tonight, give all your heart, tomorrow, forget.And when you meet again, smile, shake hands just good sports. : What are you talking about? : Tony, I was only a child at that time. : When? : When you and I got engaged. Ive changed so much since then, Tony. : That was only a year ago. : To me, it seems a century. So much had happened to me. Ive become a completely different person in just one year. After all, whats a year, whats a person? Just relative terms. More can happen to you in just one year in New York than in a lifetime spent somewhere else. Do you know I feel as if Ive always lived in New York. In spirit, I am and I have always been a native of Manhattan. When I first arrived there I felt I had come home at last. Its my real home. Oh listen, last summer it was really hot one of the hottest summers we ever had. Id go riding in one of those double-decker bussed just to cool off, and all those people from Kalalamazoo and Peoroa and other places like that would be wandering around the streets sightseeing, you know and there I would be in top of this bus looking down at them and feeling very amused at the way they gaped at the skyscrapers and the way they gaped at the shop windows; but Id be feeling very proud to, because it was my city they were admiring,

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and Id feel rather sorry for them, living out there in the sticks Tony Kikay Tony Kikay : Listen, I dont want to talk about New York I want to talk about our engagement. : And thats what we cannot do Tony. Not anymore. : Why not? : Tony, you got engaged to a girl named Kikay. Well, that girl doesnt exist anymore. She's dead. The person you see before you is Francesca. Dont you see, Tony, Im a stranger to you we dont speak the same language and I feel so much, much older than you. Im a woman of the world, you are only a boy. I hate to hurt you, Tony, but surely you see that there can be no more talk of an engagement between us. And marriage between us would be a stark miscegenation! Imagine, a New Yorker, marrying a Tondo Boy! :(Blazing) Now look here.. : (Very tolerantly) Im sorry if Ive hurt you, Tony, but I wanted you to realize how ridiculous it would be to think that I could still be engaged to you. : (Leaping up) Im not going to sit here and be insulted. : Hush! Tony! Hush! Dont shout, dont lose your temper. It's so uncivilized. People in New York dont lose their temper. Not people of the haut monde anyway! : (Shouting) What do you want me to do Smile, say thank you for slapping my face? : Yes, Tony. Be a sport, lets smile and shake hands, and be just friends, huh? Be brave, Tony forget: thats the New York way. Find another girl. There are other goils in other esters as they say in Brooklyn. Youll find somebody else.. someone more proper for you : (Waving his fists) If you werent a woman, Id Id

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(Totoy and Nena appear in the doorway) Totoy Nena Kikay Totoy Kikay Nena Tony : Hold it Tony. You must never, never hit a woman. : Whats all this? : Nothing,,, nothing at all.. : What were you two quarrelling about? : We were not quarrelling. Tony and I just decided to be good friends and nothing more. : Tony, is it true? : (Shouting) Yes!

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: Oh good! Now, we can tell them! : Tell us what? : Whats going on here, eh? : (Taking Tonys hand) Tony and I are engaged!! : (Rising) Engaged!! : (At the same time) Engaged!! : Yes! Weve been secretly engaged for a month! : A month!? (Fiercely to Tony) Why you.you : (Backing off) I did try to tell you Kikay, I was trying to tell you : You unspeakable cad!! : Hey, carefull there!! Youre speaking top of my fianc! : Hes not your fianc! : Oh No!! And why not, huh!!?? : Because he was still engaged to me when he got engaged to you! : Well, he's not engaged to you anymore, you just said it yourself. : Ah, but I didnt know about all this this treacherous business! Oh, the shame of it! Getting engaged to you when he was still engaged to me! Do I look like the kind of girl whod let a man jilt her! (Moving towards Tony) Oh you horrible, horrible monster! : (Backing off some more) Now remember, Kikay it's so uncivilized to lose ones temper, People in New York dont lose their tempers. Not people of the haut monde anyway! : Ive never felt so humiliated in all my life!! You beast, Ill teach you!! : (Blocking her way) I told you to leave him alone. Hes my fianc!! : And I tell you he's not!! He's engaged to me until I release him and I havent released him yet. : You ought to be ashamed of yourself! Youre just being a dog in the manger! : You ought to be ashamed of yourself! Stealing my man behind my back! : (Exploding) What? What did you say!!?? : (Keeping a safe distance) Totoy, pull them apart! : (To Totoy as he approaches) You keep out of this or Ill knock your head off!

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: Naku lumabas din ang pagka Tondo! : Shameless hussy!! : Man eater!!

(They grapple and stagger. Tony and Totoy rush forward to separate them and finaly succeed but not before kikay socked Nena, infuriated, breaks away from Tony whos dragging her away and pounces on Kikay whom Totoy is holding. Tony comes rushing but its too late to prevent Nena from socking Kikay. Kikay sags down in Totoys arms. Tony pulls Nena Away.) Tony Nena Tony : (Furious) How dare you suck her??!! : What? She hit me first! : Look what youve done to her!

(Totoy has dropped the knocked-out Kikay on a chair.) Nena Tony Nena Tony Totoy Tony Nena Totoy Tony : Are you trying to defend her? You never defended me! : Shut up!! : I hate you! I hate you! : Shut up or Ill bash your mouth off!! : (Deserting the reviving Kikay) Hey, dont you talk to Nena that way. : You keep out of this! : Hes more of a gentleman than you are. He defends me! : (To Tony) You take your hands off her! : I told you to keep out of this!

(Totoy socks Tony. Tony drops to the floor.) Nena : (Running to Totoy) Oh, Totoy, youve save my life.

(Meanwhile, Kikay has run to Tonys side) Kikay Tony Nena Totoy Nena Totoy : (Kneeling) Tony! Tony, open you eyes! : (Sitting up and brushing her hands away) Oh, get away from here! : Totoy, take me away from here! : (Pointing to Tony) Are you still engaged to him? : I hate him! I never want to see him again in my life! : Good! Come on, and lets go!

(He takes her arm and propels her toward the door) Tony Nena Tony Totoy Nena Totoy Tony Nena : (As they pass behind him) Hey! : (Pausing) Dont you speak to me, you brute! : (Still sitting on the floor) I wasnt talking to you. : (Pausing) Dont you speak to me either! You have insulted the woman I love! : (Beeming up at him) Oh, Totoy, why have you never told me? : (Shyly) Well, now you know. : (Still on the floor) Congratulations!!! : (Coldly) Lets go darling; I dont want the smell around here.

(Exit Nena and Totoy. Tony rises and dusts himself. Kikay is on the other side of the room, her haughty back on them) Tony Kikay Tony Kikay Tony Kikay Tony Kikay : Now, youve ruined my life! I hope youre satisfied. : (Whirling around) I. have ruined your life??? You. Ruined mine!! : (Advancing) What you need is a good spanking. : (Retreating) Dont you come near me, you,,, you Canto Boy.. : (Stopping) Dont worry, I wouldnt touch you with my ten foot pole. : And I wouldnt touch you with my twenty foot pole. : Just one year in New York and you forgot your old friends! : Just one year that Im in New York and what did you do? But when we got engaged, you swore to be true, you promised to wait for me. And I believe you! I believed you! (She begins to weep) Oh, you fickle, fickle! : What are you crying about? Be brave..forget.. Thats the New York way.. Nothing must ever be too serious, nothing must ever drag on too long.. : Oh Tony Please, please! : Besides, there could be no more talk of an engagement between us. We dont speak the same language. Marriage between us would be a dark miscegenation! Imagine a New Yorker marrying a Tondo boy!! : Oh Tony, Ive been such a fool.. Im so sorry, Tony.. : Well, Im not! Im glad I found out what kind of a person you are! : (Ashamed, approaching him) Oh Tony, youre wrong, youre wrong! Im not that kind of person at all..

Tony

Kikay Tony

Kikay Tony Kikay

Tony Kikay Tony Kikay Tony Kikay Tony Kikay Tony Kikay Tony Kikay Tony Kikay Tony

: Oh. person is just a relative name, huh!? : Yes Tony, that was Francesca saying all that. But Francesca exist no more, Tony, the girl standing before you now, is Kikay. : In that silly dress? : (Tucking her dress) Oh this is just a gift wrapping, Tony. But deep down inside me Im just a little Tondo girl in live with her Tondo boy. : Well, well, well.. : It's true Tony. Im Kikay.remember me?? We used to go swimming together, when we were kids, Ive come back Tony. : If I remember it right, I was engaged to a girl named Kikay. : Yes, and youre still engaged to her Tony! : Welcome home Kikay!!! How was the trip? : Horrible!! I couldnt wait to get back. : Like it in New York ? : Uh-uh! Give me a Tondo anytime! : Why didnt you answer my letters? : (After a wee pause) Francesca wouldnt let me write, Tony. : That nasty girl. Im glad she's dead!

(Offstage Mrs. Mendoza is heard calling Francesca, Francesca Tony and Kikay listen then burst into laughter.) Mrs. M Kikay Mrs. M Tony Mrs. M Kikay Mrs. M : (Appearing in doorway) Frances . Oh, Tony, are you still here? Francesca, dont be angry but I couldnt find any celery.. : Oh, never mind, Inay, I hate celery! : Hate celery? Why? You said, you couldnt live without it! : (Moving towards the radio) That was Francesca. Aling Atang and Francesca is dead. The girl standing before you is Kikay! : (Dazed) But Kikay is Francesca.. : Oh, no, Inay, Im not FrancescaIm Kikay! : (After gazing afrom one another, throwing her hands up) I give up!!

(Tony and Kikay burst into laughter. They have turned on the radio.) Kikay : (Relapsing into the Francesca manner) That tune! What memories it brings back!I first heard it in New York , at Eddie Candons..

Tony Kikay Tony

: (Lifting a warning finger) uh-huh! : (Subsiding) Sorry darling. (She approaches him) May I have this dance with you partner? : (Bowing) Delighted, Madame..

(Curtain closes)

New Yorker in Tondo


By: Marcelino Agana Jr.

CASTS
(Original characters) Jinkie Fetaruel (Treasurer) as Kikay (The New Yorker from Tondo)

Shadam Encallado (Props and Set) as Tony (Kikays Fianc, who is also engaged to Nena)

Maria Lourdes Sapitanan (Props and Encoding) as Nena (A childhood friend of Kikay, who is secretly engaged to Tony)

Regina Chica (Assistant Leader) as Totoy (Childhood friend of Kikay, who has a big crush on Nena)

Catherine Clavejo (Leader) as Mrs. Mendoza (Mother of Kikay, who has been modernized by Kikay)

(Extended characters) Mary Donnabelle Macaday (Props and Set) as Izzy (Friend of Kikay in New York)

Clarence Pilapil (Props and Set) as Patty (Friend of Kikay in New York)

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