SAN FRANCISCO — These are scenes from the recent production from acclaimed Pinay artist and choreographer, Alleluia Panis.
“Incarcerated 6 x 9″ showcases the experience of what it is like to be a prison inmate.
Following the show, the audience heard from former incarcerated Pinoys, Freddie Vellido and Rico Remedios.
Moderated by Pinay activist Nina Parks, the conversations surrounded on their reflections of what it’s really like to get locked up.
They also shared what it was like to live with their mistakes.
Upon their release, these men have partnered with the youth anti-violence program United Playaz — where they mentor at-risk kids and keep them away from the dangers of the streets.
For these Pinoys, they hope that through this performance and outreach, society will not disregard those who are incarcerated.
“If you have relatives or family that are incarcerated you need to support them and help them understand that you love them and you’ll be out here when they are ready to start all over again,” said Remedios.
United Playaz, which is founded and led by Fil-Am Rudy Corpuz Jr., continues to provide an opportunity for recently released men to transition back into society — like Vellido and Remedios.