It isn’t easy to be me: Young Filipino-Canadians face identity crisis

What does being Filipino necessarily mean? 

Is it speaking a language? Feeding on traditional food? Wearing sure apparel? 

For three younger Winnipeggers, the solutions are intricate and unquestionably not just one measurement fits all. And it can be built far more challenging as a younger person straddling the Filipino and Canadian sides of their lives. 

“Escalating up I would generally be told I just don’t glimpse Filipino, that I do not search like my tradition,” claimed Carmen Acuna, an 18-calendar year Filipina-Canadian who enjoys metallic music and favours a more goth aesthetic in her make-up and dresses. 

“Men and women believe that I am whitewashed, or assume that I was hoping to reject my tradition, and I uncover it strange.” 

Acuna, alongside with fellow submit-high college students Gino Villaceran and Mark Mariano, open up about their individual struggles with identity and retaining their culture.

Those people revelations are at the coronary heart of the new, brief film Staying Filipino. 

The film delves into the push and pull of being the two Canadian and Filipino, particularly as a younger human being. The 3 learners open up up about the pressure to comprehend their tradition how they maintain on to it and what they hope to retain in excess of time. They also talk about not performing or hunting Filipino and how that has impacted them. 

Getting Filipino is the operate of Aaron Reyes, Erin Tierney and Laura Gross, three filmmaking college students from the Create program at Sisler Significant University in Winnipeg, which delivers multimedia education and knowledge. The 3 filmmakers labored in collaboration with CBC Manitoba’s Creator Community. 

Satisfy the filmmakers

A young man wearing glasses, a shirt and tie and a zippered jacket smiles at the camera in a black-and-white photo.
Aaron Reyes is a graphic designer, video clip editor and motion graphic college student. He enjoys performing with his friends and teachers to strengthen his competencies. He has a enthusiasm for digital design and style and needs to get it to the subsequent level. (Carmen Acuna)
A young fair-haired woman smiles at a camera in a black-and-white photo.
Laura Gross has a homeschooling background and enjoys to be imaginative. She has been intrigued in the film field for a whilst and has produced a couple of quick movies, tunes films and animations. If you really don’t come across her working on a new strategy, you can expect to discover her out going for walks her canine. (Carmen Acuna)
A young person with curly hair smiles at the camera in a black-and-white photo.
Erin Tierney loves enhancing and performing behind the camera. They went to Sturgeon Heights Collegiate and took media manufacturing, graduating in 2020. They expended two many years at the College of Winnipeg majoring in theatre and movie before becoming a member of the Develop method. If they are not editing, you can find them actively playing Dungeons and Dragons with their mates. (Submitted by Carmen Acuna)

Extra about Task POV: Sisler Build


CBC Manitoba’s Job POV: Sisler Create is an ongoing storytelling collaboration that companions filmmaking pupils with CBC journalists to deliver limited films.

All through fall 2022, CBC journalists led storytelling and manufacturing workshops over many months with filmmaking pupils at the Build plan at Sisler Superior College. Due to the fact then, nine filmmaking learners have created initial videos for CBC Manitoba. 

The Sisler Develop plan focuses on schooling and career pathways into the innovative industries. Students can choose programs in animation, movie, sport structure, visible outcomes, graphic layout and interactive digital media.