Filipina Abroad. Some people might wonder what is a Filipina? Well, that is the feminine term used to call the native people from Philippines, where I came from. The Filipino is the masculine and much of a general term.
Just a quick info about my home country:
Philippines is a country located in the southeast asia and there are just 2 seasons: summer and rain. Metro Manila is the capital and it consists of about 7,641 islands. It’s the 12th most populous country in the world. The official languages are both Filipino and English.
The Philippine is rich in history and cultural traditions owing to the fact that the country was colonized by Spaniards, Americans and Japanese. It inherited several traditions and religious customs and has more than a hundred festival celebrations that is conducted 365 days in a year. Can you just imagine how Filipinos love to party.
With its 7000 islands, mountains, volcanoes, and lakes, there will be no reason you wouldn’t love to travel around the country. Boasting its tropical weather, long white beaches, diverse and rich marine life are to die for. It is a paradise indeed.
So why go abroad and leave this almost paradise place?
Growing up in this country, there are things that you will love and hate but just get used to live with. It is a third world country, a developing nation who struggles to go up the ladder. The overpopulation and lack of opportunities drive Filipinos to go work abroad where there are bigger chances of employment and countless possibilities. Right now there were 12 million Filipinos who live overseas, comprising one of the world’s largest diasporas. The Philippine economy depends on the remittances more than any country in the world. The third highest remittance-recipient country after India and Mexico.
Filipinos who worked abroad are branded as Overseas Filipino Workers, popularly know as the OFW’s, or Philippines “Bagong Bayani” (new heroes). I am part of this working group now. The people who left home to seek work in a far away land. I was 23 when I decided to leave my career in the Philippines, packed my bags and fly to Europe. It was not easy at all but I will be sharing here my struggles, challenges and great experiences abroad.
Are you also living abroad now? Where are you from? Share your stories why you decided to leave your home country.