I have distinct memories of my mother saying “hala sige!” to my brother and I when she was pissed. My translation: “You’re in trouble now! Go ahead, make my day!” in Tagalog.

In Tagalog, “sige” means go on, go ahead.

I am Filipina American. Daughter of immigrants. Born in Detroit. Lived in the Midwest until age 30.  Twelve year stint in the Pacific NW. Currently live in the South. Unmoored. Parent. Partner. PhD. Writer. Social Worker. Teacher. Learner. Theatre of the Oppressed practitioner. Privileged. Marginalized. Full of contradictions.

Endurer. SIGE is me. SIGE is my experience.