Graduation Date

Fall 12-31-2016

Grading Professor

Lisa Armstrong

Subject Concentration

Business & Economics

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Migration is a huge part of Filipino culture. Economic hardship often force some Filipinos to leave their home and their families behind in order to provide a sustainable life. This decision has resulted in over 2 million OFWs, or Overseas Filipino Workers, around the globe. OFWs are local heroes, often braving long distances, sub-par working conditions, and long work hours away from their families for months or years at a time to make sure they are properly taken care of. In a world where the 9 to 5 is seen as common practice, the stories of two women show the emotional and financial hardships that affect Filipinos.

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Jerome Malaman riding on a Calesa (horse-drawn carriage) through Luneta Park, Manila. Photo credit: Glory Velasquez

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Glory and Carmelo Velasquez with their family, Thanksgiving 2015. Photo credit: Glory Velasquez

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Jerome and Bryan Malaman (left to right) in Luneta Park, Manila, at 7 and 9 years old, respectively. Photo credit: Glory Velasquez

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Bryan and Jerome Malaman on their first day in New York City. Photo credit: Glory Velasquez



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