Hannah Lacaste is a second-year Filipnx-American student at University of California Santa Barbara majoring in Biology. As an immigrant from the Philippines to America, she strived to attain the “American dream.” Transitioning to an American school system that differed in language from her mother tongue and culture was a struggle. Also, navigating her way and applying for college was challenging. Despite having limited knowledge and resources, her resilience is continuing to bear fruit. At the time, she was part of an Executive Board Committee called FIERCE+, a Filipinx-American high school outreach program. Through FIERCE+, she was able to give back to her community since her days in high school. Furthermore, she also started an organization that concentrated on funding low budget organizations in the Philippines during the COVID19 pandemic and was successful in raising funds. As an immigrant, she understood the situation in the Philippines. With the help of the Gabler Promise Scholars Writing Program, she plans to reach out to more Filipinx/Filipinx Americans both in America and the Philippines through journalism.
This creative writing is a compilation of stories that revolved around Filipina-Americans who migrated from the Philippines to America which includes personal struggles, advice from the author, and letters for future immigrants.