Christine Bumatay is a storyteller, social media professional, and Pilipinx culture advocate born and raised between Mandaluyong City, Philippines and the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from USC’s Public Relations program and now holds her own platform, Sosyal Gal, where she builds a community of activism for the Filipina American community. She writes for the Huffington Post, Medium, Bustle, and her mom’s Facebook statuses. Follow her on Instagram: @thesosyalgal and her Twitter: @sosyalgal.

In this episode we’ll cover…

  • The exploration about the lack of mental health services to immigrant communities because the work was solely to provide for the family and to make sure that we “made” it out.
  • Advocating for individual health and wellness among our Filipino elders and acknowledging how the health system is flawed towards minorities
  • How we can approach fitness and nutrition in a positive, healthy way that allows us to not feel ashamed about our body image.

Importance of Episode

The importance of this episode talks passionately about how the childhood memories of being a 1.5 generation Filipina immigrant in the United States and how that upbringing influences our attitudes, beliefs, and self-care. This episode unpacks the immigrant mentality from not having an easy life in the Philippines to overcompensating on material things and experiences in the U.S. to show that we “made” it.

This episode poses the question of how much the Filipino community knows how to take care of each other as a collective but rarely does the community acknowledge how to take care of one’s physical, mental, and emotional health which is critical in the way it shapes our relationships, our confidence, and our individuality.

An important takeaway of this episode is learning how to take small, baby steps in order to make lifelong change in our lives whether that be fitness, activism, or changing personal habits. 

Activism as a form of conversation and unlearning toxic Filipino habits like hoarding or eating high cholesterol allows us to slowly make change within our own families. Activism doesn’t mean grassroots protest marches but it can be in the home. 

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