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.