Almost every Filipino knows of a relative or friend who has gone abroad in search of a better life. “Bayan Bayanan” is their set of stories, their effort to create a community of kababayans abroad. Relate to the heart warming, comedic, tragic, eye-opening interactions. The setting is in Europe, where various Filipinos have somehow found various types of work, or aspirations for a better life. The perspective is from a eyes of a Filipino scholar sent to Geneva for further studies, but who is enamored with France, immerses himself quickly into its culture, is a quick learner of its language, and is smitten by a French girl.
Filipinos who leave in search for work abroad is celebrated by our country as a hero. But, for many, the pot of gold is elusive, and the journey, a tale of sacrifices, of longings for home and family, interspersed with the newfound comfort of new friends, of kababayans abroad, who become like second families.
“Bayan Bayanan: Letters from Home,” and their stories are classic tales of their efforts to create a “community of home” wherever they are in the world.