Fair-go, pare ko
What do I mean by ”living among Filipinos in a community setting? Or more intimately: What is it like for me, an Australian-born male married to a ”magandang” Filipina, living and breathing among other Filipino migrants with whom I give my time to in the service of the community?
I serve the public relations officer of a Filipino community organisation, as well as a director and vice-president of another. I must mention this just to let readers know where I am coming from.
All things aside, I am happy to say that I enjoy what I do among Filipinos, and I continue to be proud to be a part of their lives.
One can say that Aussies’ view of a ”fair go” is important when it comes to working together as a team to achieve our aims. And Filipinos are one of the most hospitable and accommodating people I know ~ it is one of many reasons why I married a Filipina.
Which brings me to the subject of Filipinos working together as a community. Maybe it’s because of some differences in regional cultures among Filipinos as well as different dialects, but it appears to me that these differences often become barriers and a hindrance to harmony within the community.
Yet here I am, not a Filipino but who the community knows is only seeking to help achieve my own organisations’ goals, and I get along with all of them. They know that my ultimate goal is not only to enjoy our lives here in Australia together but also to generate funds to help some families back in the Philippines who continue to struggle ~ mainly because of some corrupt politicians who mismanage the country. But that is another issue.
Right now, I would give anything to see the Filipino community break down the barriers within, to look beyond those barriers and focus on mutual goals that would make a good contribution to their new home, Australia.
Let’s give each of us a fair go, pare ko.