I HEART PH: Kyle Jennermann, On a Journey to #BecomingFilipino

I Heart PH He’s on a mission.

Kyle Jennermann is a Canadian traveler who have left footprints all over the Europe and Southeast Asia. But it wasn’t until 2012 — after being in 35 countries and working in three continents — when his itchy soles finally led him to the Philippines.

“I have never experienced before what I got to experience in the Philippines,” Kyle shares. Since 2013, He has been living in Cagayan de Oro and traveling through Visayas and Mindanao in the hope of having a richer understanding and appreciation of the culture that he has been so in love with and inspired by. It marked the beginning of a journey to #BecomingFilipino.

“I want to live here, I want to be here,” he adds. “But in reality, I can’t have a (Philippine) passport. So I thought, what can I do to be able to say I’m part-Filipino?” He created (and continues to create) a list of things that make one Filipino, and vows to do them. So far he has attempted to learn Bisaya, danced tinikling, hosted a Filipino fiesta, and tried balut and isaw.

He’s still open to more suggestions! If you have any, you can let him know by tweeting him at @kylejennermann, messaging him on Facebook! Use hashtag #BecomingFilipino so he could easily spot your suggestions.

“Thank you for being such a kind, generous, caring, giving, friendly, happy culture,” he says in the beginning of the video. “Thank you for being Filipino, for being a culture where friends aren’t just friends, they’re family, where even strangers like myself are being welcomed in like family by people.”

Get to know more about Kyle at www.becomingfilipino.com.


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  1. Josephine Macuha says:

    enter a church, cockpit(but don’t bet), go to a boxing match, observe Filipinos in the mall(because some blogger said that a majority of Filipinos go to the malls for the airconditioning, prove him wrong or not) have yourself adopted by a normal Filipino family of 5 or more with children ages 10 or above to see how an ordinary Filipino live and interact with ordinary Filipinos in the street, those working in private enterprises and those working in government offices and or in government projects and as time permits go the beaches and other natural environment that you can find and travel as an ordinary Filipino by trikes, motobike, bankas, jeepneys, buses, ferry boats, etc.

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