Immigrating to Canada is no walk in the park. Filipinos must contend with moving away from their loved ones, adjusting to a different culture, and dealing with culture shock. So, when we see one of us going against all odds and making headlines, we have every reason to celebrate.
Nothing spells joy and togetherness like a Filipino Christmas. The food, the colours, the music and the celebrations are unforgettable experiences shaping who we are as Filipinos. Wherever you are in the world, whether you’re there for work or life, you can still take these Christmas traditions with you and share them with the people you love.
Larry Itliong is one of the main heroes when it comes to Filipino American and civil rights history. Without his efforts, there would be no Delano Grape Strike, and no retirement home for the manongs (older Filipino American men), growing too old for manual labour in America. There would also be no United Farm Workers Union, founded with other Filipino heroes, Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta and more. But there are also many other Pinoys who have made waves in the United States, from Olympic medallists to war soldiers, here’s a list of some of our favourite Filipino heroes in America.
Filipinos have long been part of the American landscape, and with names like Eva Noblezada, Olivia Rodrigo, Saweetie, and Darren Criss making rounds online, we now have people telling our stories on-screen. Filipino-Americans have even made waves in American politics, lending a voice to Filipinos in America looking for someone on their side. While there are already many listicles that have already highlighted Filipino American celebrities, we wanted to honour some more Filipinos who have found success after leaving the Philippines and starting over as citizens in the United States.
From a humble group of Filipina nurses in the 1960s, the Filipino community in Toronto has grown to over 250,000 people, composing 62% of the entire Filipino-Canadian population. Today, Pinoys are a permanent fixture in Toronto’s cultural mosaic. They are bustling people, who help each other adjust to culture shock and manoeuvre life in their new home in The Great White North.
If you want to start a career abroad and outside of the United States, then working in one of the many careers in demand in Canada might be for you. Today, Canada continues to open paths to permanent residency for foreign professionals. If you play your cards right and land one of the most in-demand jobs in Canada, you may be on your way to joining the over 900,000 Filipinos in the country, thus starting a new life for you and your family.