ARNEL SHARES VALUES WITH FOOD
ARNEL Buncayo is happy to call Australia home, and share a part of his culture with the Filipino Cooking nights at Mulgildie Hotel.
The most recent one of these was held in the evening of the Mulgildie Market fun day, which was highly successful.
Arnel was asked to put together the cooking night by publican Julie South, the fourth time such a night has been held at Mulgildie Hotel.
“I just love to cook,” Arnel said.
“I’m in charge of cooking at the house, my mum’s a cook so I picked it up from the family.”
For $25 a plate, people could get a buffet selection of fried rice, beef broccoli and pork Adobo.
The Filipino community in Monto has grown in the last few years.
“There are 11 families here in Mulgildie and Monto,” Arnel said.
Arnel came to Australia in 2009 on a 457 working visa at Bailey Creek Piggery, along with his wife, Christina and three sons Aronel, Anthonel, and Amiel.
Now, the family has moved up to a permanent residence visa with the hope of one day getting Australian Citizenship.
The recent axing of the 457 visa program has left some nervous as to what it will mean for their application.
“Since we already have a permanent residency, we’re okay,” Arnel said.
The eldest son is 20 and at university, the second is 17 and the third is in year 10 of Monto State High School.
Though he travelled back to visit the Philippines to visit for the first time in seven years last year, Arnel is happy to call Australia home.
“We already settled, we’re already here, a few have gotten their permanent citizenships, almost all of us have our residencies,” he said.
The cooking nights are an opportunity to share the Filipino culture with the wider community.
“We, as a migrant community, are introducing our values and cultures to Australia, which is important,” Arnel said.
COME TOGETHER: Members of the Filipino community Buncayo, Sikat and Alcoreza families. Arnel (green shirt, second-right) led the event.