Toronto, Canada — In partnership with TFCU, York University hosted this year’s TFCUx Talks Toronto, with the theme “Rising Above Restraints” — to empower Filipino Canadian millennials to take control of their future, while honoring their Filipino roots.
The event featured three accomplished Filipino Canadian speakers, including Jeff Landicho, the man behind Toronto Raptors’ web series Open Gym.
“You just gotta know who you are and have that knowledge of yourself and truly understand where you came from and everything else will take care of itself.”
Gelaine Santiago, an e-commerce entrepreneur and co-founder of Cambio & Co, encouraged attendees: “Even though you feel afraid, even though the fear is there, that you should never let it get in your way…always do it anyway.
Carlos Bustamante, a former TV host for YTV and now an entertainment reporter for ET Canada, also shared his wisdom.
“And in order to rise…to be the better version of yourself, is just take into account all the things that make up yourself and not be chasing an image of what you think yourself is going to be.”
The students had a hand in choosing the guest speakers and had these insights to share.”
“It’s just really important to have people on media that can really represent you and tell you anything is possible…that you really, really truly are there to represent you and that you can represent for yourself.”
“A lot of our family are first generations…we’re the second generations here and so there’s a lot of expectation that we get from them and so we want to rise above those expectations. It doesn’t have to be a nurse, it doesn’t have to be a doctor…we just wanna do things that we love and show our parents that we can make it out here.”
The event sent a key message to Filipino-Canadian millennials that they can be successful at whatever field they choose and being an immigrant shouldn’t limit one’s potential.