MANILA, Philippines — Millions of Filipinos are spread across the world today. Whether it’s downtown New York, a park in Hong Kong, a university in Australia, or a museum in London — there is always the possibility that you’ll find a Filipino there. Filipino communities are vibrant and alive worldwide.
As more and more Filipinos build a life away from their hometown, one may wonder: how different are Filipinos away from their homeland from those who are left behind? What’s it like for Filipinos who have started a new life abroad? What has changed? What stays the same?
This Sunday, August 4, Rappler brings together one Filipino from every continent in a special Rappler Hangout to launch #BalikBayan, a project that aims to harness and engage Filipinos all over the world to collectively rediscover and redefine Filipino identity.
Joining us in this Hangout are:
Rica Facundo from Singapore, Singapore. global assistant brand manager for Pond’s in Unilever Singapore, and graduated with a BA in Communication from Ateneo de Manila University.
Daniel Rupinta from San Jose, Costa Rica. He is senior vice president of Citibank Service Center, Latin America.
Rachelle Peraz Ocampo from New York City, United States. She is president of United Pilipinos for Progress (UniPro) and a health educator.
Bajeng Cruz from Durban Area, South Africa. She is a Marketing Manager at Unilever South Africa.
Tracy Llanera from Sydney, Australia. She is taking up her doctorate in Philosophy at Macquarie University.
Mark Wolfisz from London, United Kingdom. He is a community organizer of One Filipino, an administrator at John Lewis, a department store chain in the UK, and an Economics graduate from Queen Mary, University of London.
Maria Ressa, Rappler CEO.
A recorded video interview of Blaise Kuo Tiong, a scientist currently living in Antarctica, will be shown as well.
Moderating this Hangout is social media producer Ryan Macasero. He grew up in California and moved to the Philippines this year.
Join us in this Hangout, happening live on the Rappler homepage on August 4, Sunday, 9PM Philippine time (GMT+8).