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One of the largest in the world, the Filipino Diaspora is a complex phenomenon of a people spread-out in the world seeking opportunities and opening new ways of seeing both the outside world and the land they came from.

Don’t miss the chance to watch Kung Saan Man Tayo (2021) and Naglalakbay (2022) at the UPFI Film Center on November 29, 2023 and explore the struggles, hardships, and resiliency of Filipinos abroad.

Admission is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

programmed by Patrick F. Campos

November 29, 2023
UPFI Film Center – Videotheque
4:00 PM Kung Saan Man Tayo
5:30 PM Naglalakbay
6:30 PM Q&A with filmmakers


KUNG SAAN MAN TAYO ((Wherever We May Be)

Directed by Adrian Ellis Alarilla, Jed Yabut, Joseph Unsay, Kenneth Cardenas, Pat R., Pauline M., and Zo茅 Ciela Guenne
Who is the Filipino 茅migr茅? Are we the hero of the new age? The breadwinner-martyr? The opportunist, the fortune-seeker? The Filipino 茅migr茅鈥檚 identity is a dynamic one, constantly changing and adapting to one鈥檚 adopted community, while at the same time attempting to compromise with one鈥檚 responsibilities with their family and with their Filipino culture. This documentary explores the stories of some of these 21st century Filipino 茅migr茅 who used to be state scholars but have since followed other opportunities abroad. As these friends send a video camera to each other by courier and share their stories, they open up about adulthood and moving away, and teasing out larger themes such as the Philippine’s labor export economy, nationalism, and internationalism.


Written and directed by Dennis Empalmado

The diaspora of Filipinos around the globe is driven mainly by the economics of supply and demand. The yearning for something better, stability, and self-validation leads a handful of sojourners from the provinces of the Philippines into the arms of one of its former colonial masters 鈥 the USA. But what happens when they finally get what they want? And how? Filmmaker Dennis Empalmado explores the musings of Filipino expatriates and hopeful immigrants in “Naglalakbay” (Travelers).