Behind Closed Doors: Unpacking the Filial Piety of Balikbayan Boxes
25 Feb 2021
Balikbayan boxes are how millions of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) around the world send their love to their families back home.
Stored within these nondescript cardboard boxes are a curated assortment of items that range from garments to snacks — but more importantly, they also contain essential supplies that cannot be found back home. While explaining what goes into a typical Balikbayan box, Singapore-based OFW Suntara Venteres unpacks the conflicting thoughts she has about her obligations to her family, as someone who has found opportunities abroad.