180 Amsterdammers is an inspiring project celebrating the unique diversity of the city – 180 nationalities live here, including yours truly, your favourite Filipina! 😁💕✨ 🇵🇭🇳🇱
I’m super happy to be representing the Philippines in this amazing city I now call home. My portrait, by Dutch photographer Michiel van Nieuwkerk, was featured (on a full page spread!) on one of the biggest dailies in the country, Het Parool, last 30 March. You can read the interview here.
A video interview is also online, where I tell a little bit of where I came from (Manila!) and how I feel about my new home, Amsterdam. Yay!
Later in the year, the campaign will show our portraits on bus and tram stops all over Amsterdam. (Crazy!) There will also be a video interview series, a book and an exhibition. Can’t wait to share all these with you in the upcoming months!
A couple of months ago, The Filipino Expat Magazine contacted me and asked me to be the cover girl of their Spring Issue. They approached me through Instagram, and was curious about my European dream story, thinking it would be an inspiring story for expats around the world. How can I say no?! And so, we met up for a photo shoot at the beautiful Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam, riding bikes despite the rain and hail, all smiles and purple lipstick. I am so honoured to be representing the Filipino expat community, and sharing my story to dreamers everywhere.
At the interview, I talked about my dream of living in Europe, Swedish indie music as an inspiration (the spark that started it all), perseverance (with the help of a loving support system and fika) and not giving up. I also gave some travel tips on my favourite places to visit in the cities I have lived in: Stockholm, Bilbao and Amsterdam.
Read all about it here:
Go fellow expats! Never give up your dream and don’t let anyone stop you! :p