President of Plaza Filipino, Inc. Michelle Baltazar is no stranger to the struggle of being a migrant in a country such as Australia, using her experience to guide her mission to bring her traditional culture down under.
When the Philippines Consulate General of Sydney asked her organisation to put together an event for some of the top sustainable Filipino designers, she couldn’t resist the opportunity to showcase the innovation her ancestral country has taken in the fashion industry.
Michelle said she decided to help put the event together when the Consulate mentioned they would be working with an indigenous Filipino community from South Cotabato in Southern Mindanao.
“The magic word they used to really reel me in was ‘Tboli', which is the name an ancient tribe in the Philippines that is little known, and it was a passion of mine to just showcase them and their amazing work,” Michelle explained.
In support of these indigenous communities, Michelle and her team said part of the funds from the expo would be donated to them to support their weaving of traditional fabrics.
Also supporting the communities living in regional areas of the Philippines is WorldRemit, who have partnered with local Filipino businesses from Aparri to Jolo to ensure receivers can instantly pick up cash remittances without having to travel so far or worry about an internet connection. These businesses include Palawan Pawnshops and Cebuana Lhuillier.
“I send a lot of money back home, maybe half my salary, and like most Filipinos, a lot of my family still lives over there and it will certainly continue to be part of my lifestyle to be able to send money back for special occasions,” Michelle said.
Last year, the Philippines was WorldRemit’s largest receive market globally, with the company processing around 180,000 transactions to the Southeast Asian nation each month. According to the company’s research, education was the number one reason for people to send money back to the Philippines, with women sending around 2% more on average than their male counterparts.
Michelle said it is also important to educate people living in Australia more about the culture in the Philippines because it forms a major part of the diverse culture in the nation, particularly in New South Wales, which is currently home to over 40% of the Filipino diaspora in Australia.
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