November 26, 2014 4
Living the life of an immigrant can be difficult at times. Being in a foreign land, adapting to an alien culture and feeling homesick can wear one down easily.
Thankfully, by interacting with fellow migrant compatriots we find a sense of community. That was exactly the case in July last year at the inaugural Filipino-Kiwi Hero Awards organised by Filipino Migrant News, a function showcasing the many contributions of Kiwi-Filipinos in New Zealand.
Dozens of Kiwi-Filipinos, colloquially called ‘Kiwipinos’, were given recognition for excellence in their particular fields in an event showcasing the Filipino community.
The awards ranged from the field of business, to entertainment, to sports as well as community service. Setting aside individual acclaim, the Filipino-Kiwi Hero Awards was important as it praised the growing Filipino community.
Each day we live the life of a migrant we feel alienated; we are essentially foreigners after all and for most of us our idea of home is still the Philippines. However, that stigma of being irrelevant and unknown in this society will soon be gone. Filipinos are making a name for themselves in New Zealand and all of us should eagerly wait for when a new Filipino-Kiwi Hero emerges.
By Louie Encabo