Roots & Wings Editor in Chief Betsy von Atzigen collected these thoughts on the coronavirus crisis from Filipinos living around the world, from Manila to Europe and beyond. 

I just realized today that only birds are free, they don’t care if that country is in lockd...

Easter 2020 comes at a time when most of us have had the chance to sit in quiet reflection, surviving an unprecedented and excruciating global upheaval. Meanwhile countless people are out of work, learners out of school and get used to isolation. Businesses close down,...

August 4, 2017

A mirror is not just an ornament we use to check our own image
Because it symbolizes a lot of things to us...
Sometimes it reflects our inner emotions...
Sometimes it conveys how life genuinely is...
Sometimes it even reveals the bitter truth...

Even a relationship is...

The idea of my lifestyle make-over came when I and my husband were in the forest, discussing our future plans while picking chanterelles one autumn day.


“Think if we can be with nature, not only on weekends, but any day of the week that we choose? Think of spending mor...

May 30, 2017

"On March 16, 1521," or so the song went, "the Philippines was discovered by Magellan." A catchy mnemonic, to be sure. Problematic? Even more certainly. As easy as it is to narrow down the narrative to a post-colonial morality play replete with caricatures - conquering...

May 30, 2017

As I walk this path towards my retirement in six years, after completing 24 years of long-term employment with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, I am preparing myself to serve the Youth, as well as our Kababayans of all ages, through social remittances of l...

April 30, 2017

Last autumn, my husband and I were some of the hundreds of Filipinos who journeyed from far and wide to attend the ecumenical celebration of the 500 years anniversary of the Reformation held in Malmö in southern Sweden. The main reason for our journey is to see Pope Fr...

Roots & Wings Editor in Chief Ms. Rachel Hansen discusses the latest thrusts of the European Network of Filipino Diaspora with ENFiD Chairperson Betsy von Atzigen.

 Ms. von Atzigen (far right) heads the table discussion of the 2017 ENFiD Board.

Q. Filipinos in Europe hav...

October 28, 2016

Dear Kababayans,

Welcome to the autumn 2016 issue of Roots&Wings which is also our 7th year anniversary issue. It has been seven years of enriching encounters with Euro-Pinoys from all over Europe, seven years of forging friendships, seven years of fun making Roots&Wing...

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