The rising number of Filipino Americans who want to give back to the Philippines is “partially rooted in identity,” said Audie T. Vergara, executive director of Foundation International.

“A lot of the Filipino Americans I happen to come across today have been schooled in the United States, but they really have this interest to come back here to take whatever they do — say, in Silicon Valley — to the Philippines,” he said.

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Interview by Patricia Mirasol
Editing by Arjale Jayrie G. Queral