The past few months have seen a lot of negativity from President Duterte and his leadership team in their comments about the state of U.S.-Philippines relations. Add to this the uncertainty around President Trump and his vision that suppresses globalization and threatens outsourcing.
The comments are sometimes a challenge for me to listen to as my connection to the Filipino people runs deep.
I grew up in Vallejo, California which has one of the largest and most vibrant Filipino communities outside of the Philippines.
The majority of my friends from elementary through high school are either Filipino immigrants or the children of Filipino immigrants.
My first crush was a Filipina. My junior prom data was a Filipina. I ended up marrying a Filipina. My brother married a Filipina. My son spent a year going to high school in the Philippines.
I not only love eating Caldereta and Adobo, but I can cook them really well.
I’m a huge fan of Jennylyn Mercardo and English Only Please is one of my all time favorite movies.
I have no problem riding in a Jeepney.
When I was working as an Analyst at Wells Fargo, I was deeply invested in making our remittance product the best in the business. I also volunteered to engage the Filipino community of almost 4 million at numerous events and promotions.
When I finally had the chance to move to the Philippines to set up my analytics business, I did so to fulfil my destiny… to empower Filipinos to use more analytics in their business decision-making.
To date I have hired over 200 Filipinos, have spoken at dozens of schools in the Philippines and have provided analytics training to thousands of Filipinos.
Like just about any American who spends quality time in the Philippines, I love the Philippines.
No matter what happens between my government by birth and my government by choice, I will always feel that deep down inside my place is in the Philippines.
Because the heart of the Filipino is truly special in this world.
And that is why I am sticking with the Philippines.
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