"Roots&Wings has been created to fulfill a need to connect, to act as a bridge. It is dedicated to the hundreds of thousands of Filipinos living in Europe"
Roots & Wings, the Filipino bimonthly magazine in Europe, was founded in Stockholm, Sweden in August 2009 and is now published from St. Gallen, Switzerland. It is cultural and social in nature, non-denominational, and apolitical.
Rachel Hansen, R&W founder, adopted the name Roots & Wings from a well-loved quote, 'There are two things we should give our children: One is Roots and the other is Wings'.
Roots & Wings has been created to fulfill a need to connect and to act as a bridge. It is dedicated to the hundreds of thousands of Filipinos living in Europe. It aspires to pay tribute, celebrate, inspire, and raise awareness and appreciation of Filipino culture, people and places, not only among Filipino communities but also among their extended families, friends, colleagues and the European community at large.
Roots&Wings became an online magazine in January 2012, which made it available globally. The people behind Root & Wings are mostly Filipino-Europeans, coming from various parts of Europe, all working on voluntary basis. Together, we speak at least 10 European languages fluently. Among our staff members, you will find young students pursuing master's or doctoral degrees, professionals in the fields of music, arts, languages, economics and IT, and full-time charity workers, too.
In the Philippines, our volunteer staff members' articles update and inform us about the latest cultural events, the latest in the art world, and exciting places to visit and explore.
In short, Roots & Wings is a labor of love, created by a group of Filipinos who love the Philippines, who live in Europe, and who share a goal to give the Philippines and Filipinos in Europe a voice and a platform to show the best of what we have.
We invite our kababayans to contribute articles, ideas, and talents. Roots & Wings promotes the best in the Filipino and the Philippines. It is a vehicle for unity and understanding, and we are pleased and proud to be a part of this process.