I know that I should be officially done with my Cats Craze for the year. After all, it's been more than nine months since I started frequent posts on the musical.
But I came across this video by the Cats in Manila Facebook page, and I can't help sharing it with you guys!
Here's the original lyrics of this version of Memory (as sung by Silabub just after Moments of Happiness):
Moonlight, turn your face to the moonlight.
Let your memory lead you. Open up, enter in.
If you find there the meaning of what happiness is,
Then a new life will begin.
But in Manila, this is what we heard…
Liwanag, harapin ang liwanag.
Ang iyong alaala ang gabay na sundin.
Sa liwanag, ligaya ay matatagpuan.
Bagong buhay ay darating.
This translation (by Pete Lacaba – uncredited) is currently a solemn show-stopper in the Manila production of Cats. The Filipino audience took some processing during the first few lines, thinking that they're still hearing English lyrics; only to realize that the entire Jemima stanza was in Filipino.
Talk about multilingualism!