- Amber Folkman grew up in a small town in Northern California, USA
- She has three boys who grew up here in Manila
- Amber shared how she loved that her kids learned Filipino values
Blonde, white, and blue-eyed, despite their appearances, however, Amber Folkman calls her three American boys, Filipinos.
And they are better for it, she said.
KAMI learned about Amber's incredible story in her article in Smart Parenting.
Amber shared that her two youngest sons were born and raised in the Philippines. Her eldest was brought to Manila when he was one year old.
Their family relocated to the Philippines from Seattle, USA in 2009 due to her husband's work.
Because of this, her children grew up in a very Filipino environment.
"The Philippines is where my boys have learned valuable lessons that I hope will guide them through the rest of their lives. We predominantly have an American culture in our home, but outside we embrace everything that is Filipino," wrote Amber in her article.
The California native said the Filipino's love for family and community cannot be compared.
"My heart soars when I hear my sons refer to any adult as 'Kuya' or 'Ate' - it is so endearing," wrote Amber.
The American woman added how comforting it was to be embraced by their Filipino neighbors, friends, and yayas and be treated as family.
"Since we live so far from our relatives, this has been instrumental in our happiness and growth in Manila. My kids never want for attention because they have a doting 'tita' or 'tito' waiting to tickle or 'kurot' their cheeks at any given moment," she added.
Amber went on to share how much her family enjoyed the unique experiences they can only have here.
"We all get excited to hop on a jeepney or squeeze into a trike. These are experiences we would not be having anywhere else but here. Where else does an armed security guard joyfully gives kids high fives as they run wildly past him? These daily tasks are done with a smile and a warm greeting. Life is more fun in the Philippines because people make that choice."
She also shared that her sons' favorite meal is fried galunggong with rice. And they eat it with their hands, Pinoy-style!
Her eldest could also switch his accent depending on whether he's talking to a Filipino or a non-Filipino.
Her youngest, meanwhile, have learned his body parts in Filipino before English.
"These lessons have taught us all that there is no one 'right' way to live," said Amber.
In the end, Amber proudly declared her sons Filipino-Americans, even though they do not have a drop of Filipino blood in their veins.
"We may not have the passport to prove it, but they have the heart of the Filipino, and they are better for it," declared Amber.
She added: "May my three Pinoy boys always remember that they are world citizens and life is much bigger than one country and one culture."
Amber grew up in a small town in Northern California. She was raised in a valley between two mountains.
She blogs about her experiences as a mother in a foreign country in her blogsite A Momma Abroad.
She met her husband in college in Hawaii. They lived in Seattle before relocating to Manila.
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