Trailblazing Filipino Women in Berlin Discuss Motherhood in a Foreign Land
On 3rd November the Philippine Embassy in Berlin hosted a tea party to celebrate Filipino woman in Berlin who have build successful careers alongside raising a familyNovember 25th, 2016
On 3rd November the Embassy of the Philippines in Germany invited a number of successful Filipino women to the embassy for a small tea party. The female officers and staff of the Philippines Embassy, also attended the event, led by Ambassador Melita Sta. Maria-Thomeczek.
The Embassy organized this event to give Filipino women the chance to share their experiences and challenges as wives and mothers in a foreign country. One of the most important subjects was how their children are raised in two cultures: the Filipino culture and the German culture. The general conclusion was that the woman succeeded because they enjoyed the support of their husbands and families in difficult periods. The most important values that they learned were to respect elders and others, the importance of family, education and of sharing their experiences.
The psychologist, Maria Teodora “Teddi” S. Dizon, recently held a presentation about: “Pagnananay: The Value of Filipina Mother´s Role in Today´s World,” underlining the traditional Filipino values that make Filipinos highly preferred in the global workforce. Values such as loyalty, adaptability, compassion, helpfulness and an empowered view of women. Ms. Dizon expounded that Filipina society teaches the citizens these values. “Filipina nurturing is what teaches us these values, and also what forms them in us through modeling. The goals and approaches of Filipina mothers are highly valued as a unique avenue for forming a new generation who can significantly contribute to the global community.”
Ms. Dizon also spoke about the perspective of the new generation, living in a new country with a very different culture to their own. She appreciated the Filipino mothers make a lot of sacrifices to raise their children in a new culture.
The Ambassador of the Philippines, Melita Sta. Maria-Thomeczek, was active during the discussion and expressed her gratitude towards all the Filipino woman that are living in Germany.