This American Family Lives in the Philippines, Totally Loves Their Stay

While a lot of Filipinos strive to achieve the so-called ‘American Dream’, there’s this American family that loves the Philippines so much that they have come here to stay – and has been living for 9 years already!

Meet the Folkman family, an American family who considers themselves Fil-Ams because they totally love the Philippines and their kids only know life in this country as they were raised here.

Amber Folkman was raised in a small town in Northern California, a place in a valley of two mountains where malls are about an hour away. She met her husband in Hawaii and the two later lived in Seattle for a few years; however, her husband’s job brought them to Manila where they had been living since 2009.

Photo credit: Lianne Bacorro / Amber Folkman – Smart Parenting

Life in Manila is the exact opposite of the life in Amber’s hometown but, surprisingly, she and the family loved it. The three Folkman boys have grown up in the Filipino culture – and they even prefer Filipino food!

Amber joyfully reveals that her sons’ favorite food is crispy fried galunggong that they eat with a heaping pile of rice – and using their hands, just like what Filipinos do! But that’s not the only thing that makes them Filipinos by heart.

The kids are so deeply ingrained in the Filipino culture that they automatically call older people as ‘kuya’ or ‘ate’, have many ‘titos’ and ‘titas’, and actually know how to speak Filipino.

Magandang Hapon! Hello to new followers. ?I had no idea where all the growth was coming from until I saw the article I wrote for @smartparenting had been published. I had no idea whatsoever how popular it would be or I would have edited a bit better. LOL ? Next time talaga! Welcome to A Momma Abroad! This is a place where I chronicle our kaloka lives as an American family in the Philippines. We moved here in 2009 for my husbands job and have grown as a family here ever since. We have lived in BGC, Eastwood, Makati (San Lo/Salcedo) and are now proudly Pasigueño. I try and see the good and everyday magic Manila has to offer and share it here. Need a pick me up, follow #perksofpinas and share also po. I don’t really give parenting advice because I’m a hot mess most of the time but I do try and share about my #3PinoyBoys (7,5,3 years na) growing up here and sometimes a few thoughts on motherhood. You can hear Kuya speaking in Tagalog by clicking here #DinnerConversationsWithA. You don’t have to be a parent to enjoy A Momma Abroad, there’s something for everybody here. Thanks for your kind and encouraging words, I am forever humbled and grateful. It’s easy to love the Philippines because of incredible Filipinos like you! Please feel free to ask question below. {Pinoy Halloween circa 2016, Family Photo December 2018 @jeffandlisaphotography and a huge Salamat po to @smartparenting for giving me this amazing exposure. NAKS!}

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Besides having an endless summer, the best mangoes in the world and the most fun modes of transportation, the Philippines is where my boys have learned valuable life lessons that I hope will guide them through the rest of their lives. We predominantly have an American culture in our home, but outside we embrace everything that is Filipino,” she wrote.

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