By : Marcelino Agana
"New Yorker in Tondo" is a classic Filipino Play by Marcelino Agana, Jr. It is a satire written in the 50's. It is a story about a girl named Kikay who goes to New York and fell in love with it. She acquires all the New Yorkish things - style, looks, language and manners. These things are very obvious when she arrives in the Philippines specifically in Tondo.
Aling Atang, mother of Kikay, has been carried away by her daughters way of living. She tries to converse with everybody in broken English.
Tony, childhood sweetheart of Kikay, decides to visit and catch things up with her friend. He is a simple guy who got secretly engaged with their other childhood friend, Nena.
Nena is a tomboyish type of girl. On her visit in Kikay's house, she finds her friend different and weird. She gets irritated and even imitates Kikay's ways.
Totoy, the Tondo "canto boy" is their other friend who is funny and has a secret love for Nenan which has only been revealded when the two females had a clash.
Near the end, the secret love of the characters in the story is revealded. And the two pairs end up in each other's arms. Kikay is back to her old self -- simple and kind. Most of all, the Filipino value learned by the protagonist which is "there is no place like home", is a lesson on love of country and its culture.
Mrs. M: Visitors, always visitors, nothing but visitors all day long. I'm beginning to feel like a society matron.
Mrs. M: Tony! I thought you were on the province.
Tony: Is that you aling Atang?
Mrs. M: of course. It's I, foolish boy. Why?
Tony: You don' look like Aling Atang.
Mrs. M: I had a hair cut. Think it's horrible?
Tony: Oh, no, no.. You look just wonderful. Aling Atang for a moment, I thought you were Kikay.
Mrs. M: Oh, you are so palikero as ever, Tony. But come in. Here, sit down. How is your mother?
Tony: Poor mother. She is homesick for Tondo. She...