Reclaiming #WalangHiya: Brown Girls Sing [Song]

Note from AnneMarie: This post marks the first collection of voices Reclaiming #WalangHiya in honor of #WomxnsHistoryMonth2017. This is only the beginning. Learn more about collaborating and contributing to Formation of a Filipinx American.

I wrote this song as an homage to the revolutionary songs of the Philippines specifically, “Bayan Ko.” I think Pinays exemplified by the women in my family specifically, carry a resilience that has kept my family together for generations, and it always seemed so magical to me. I wrote this song to honor the women in my family, and to remind them as well as myself, that in world of the white male gaze, we have so much to offer.


All the Brown girls sing:

(Chorus)
Don’t corrupt my Magic
Don’t corrupt my Magic
I know you want in on this
but Don’t Corrupt my Magic

(Verse)
What do you know about a Pinay’s anger?
Lola left the island with nothing but a dagger
don’t get too close, cuz the queen could stab ya
I could still hear lola sing:

(Chorus)

Don’t corrupt my magic
Don’t corrupt my magic
I know you want in on this
but don’t corrupt my magic

(Verse)
Who told you not to see color?
blindness has only left my smothered
I’ve got a message from my mother
my mother told me to tell ya

(Chorus)
Don’t corrupt my magic
Don’t corruptmy magic
Don’t Fuck with my magic

Walanga hiya
Pinay ako
Blessings to las pilipinas
Pinay ako, walang hiya


Karen Joy Pangantihon (she/her/hers) is an Equity actress,singer, dancer, born and raised in Miami, Florida, currently based in New York City. She also teaches poetry and is starting the choral program for young adults with mental disabilities with AHRC, dayhab without walls in Manhattan. She is represented by OnQ Talent Agency. Her poetry is forthcoming in Elastic Magazine. Keep a lookout for original music on soundcloud. Facebook |Instagram | Twitter

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