WATCH: Pinoy who settled in US 30 years ago never forgets family

(Philstar.com) - February 28, 2016 - 7:53pm

MANILA, Philippines – With his tennis gear on his shoulder, RB Balanza returns home from a match with a spring in his step.

Originally from the Philippines, the 73-year-old came to the US in the 1970s to pursue his own “American dream.”

“This is, I believe, the best place to better your life”, Balanza said. Watch his story.

Balanza has built a successful career as a civil engineer working for the state of California, settling down outside Los Angeles with his family.

Balanza: “Work hard, and you will be a success."

The tennis trophies around his home speak of his competitive spirit and drive for success.

All the while, Balanza attends to his roots and connections in the Philippines. He embodies the fine traits of so many other Filipinos living abroad—generosity, dedication and a culture of caring.

Even after more than 30 years in California, he makes a point of going back to the Philippines whenever he can and regularly sends money home to his relatives and friends.

“I'm helping a lot of people and I'm making a lot of people happy,” Balanza said, immediately adding that he’s one of many: “That's pretty much a general Filipino culture, to help their family.”


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