If You’re Filipino American, Mestizo, or Mixed-Race, You’ll Like This

July 3, 2017

If You’re Filipino American, Mestizo, or Mixed-Race, You’ll Like This
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If You’re Filipino American, Mestizo, or Mixed-Race, You’ll Like This


Are You Filipino American, mestizo, mixed-race, ethnically ambiguous, or just interested in learning more about your self-identity?


This blog is for you!


I am Filipino American. I didn’t always associate myself with that identity. American, yes. Part Filipino was usually what I responded with if people ever asked me. I didn’t grow up learning a lot of Filipino culture. I couldn’t have really explained much about my heritage.

But a few years ago I came back from a three-year journey where I lived and traveled in the Philippines. And let me tell you, I learned A LOT about my family’s roots, heritage, and culture.

Read my Philippines Memoir!

I wrote a memoir about my journey of transformation from being a clueless Filipino American to finally owning my identity as both Filipino and American. I’m working on getting it published and I hope you will join me in that new exciting journey.

Read more about my Filipino American journey here, or sign up for my mailing list to be notified of when it will be published.

Halo-Halo, Mix-Mix Filipino American Lifestyle blog

What to Expect From this Blog


For Filipino Americans

For my fellow Filipino Americans, I’m writing this for you. Especially for readers who are like myself – full or part Filipino but were raised in America and never experienced much Filipino culture.

Or perhaps you may have grown up with some of the culture, eaten Filipino food, and heard your parents saying expressions like, “haynako!,” but you still don’t have a full sense of the culture and what being Filipino American really means.

Face it, if you’re Filipino American, you’re gonna be halo-halo (mix-mix). You’ve got a little bit of each culture in you. It’s fun to discover and embrace those different cultural aspects of both Filipino and American!

You might like: “Do You Know the History of Halo-Halo?”

For Mixed-Race, Ethnically Ambiguous, or those Interested in Self-Identity

Maybe you’re not Filipino American at all. Maybe you’re mixed-race and want to understand how to reconcile two or more identities and/or cultures into one. Ever get the feeling like you’re stuck in-between two different worlds or cultures? I know exactly how that goes.

You might like: “Mixed-Race Identity Through Cute Comics”

If you don’t know [your family’s] history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.

~ Michael Crichton


What does it mean to be American

Or maybe you’re not multiracial but you’re curious to learn more about your family history and roots.


Maybe you just want to learn more about who you are are how you can be a more authentic version of yourself.


Your Story Matters

No matter who you are, there is a place for you here. Whatever story you have, I write this in the hope that by sharing my experiences it will benefit others who find themselves searching to learn more.


Join in the discussion, share your stories, learn about the world through someone else’s eyes.  




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Filipino American with a passion for making a difference. Writer. Blogger. Dreamer. Adventurer.

  • Joline

    I’m Filipino-Canadian! I was raised in Manila but I totally get feeling stuck in between two worlds. When I’m here I want to be there, when I’m there I want to be here. Hay nako! :) Looking forward to reading more about your journey.

    • Thanks! Yeah I always want to be on the other side lol

  • I LOVE that you are writing on this topic. We are a mixed race family through adoption and as an adoptive parent I often think about my son in the future trying to wrestle with self identity. He lived in Ethiopia the first 4 years of his life prior to the adoption. We have had him home with us for 7 years now and a year and a half ago when visited his remaining relatives in Ethiopia. It was beautiful and hard. I hope to follow along to gain perspective. Thank you

    • Thank you! Yes I’m sure your son will have lots of questions when he gets older. It’s great that he got to go back to Ethiopia though. Everyone’s story is different but that’s what makes identity beautiful!