The Filipino/ Filipino American and the future of tech
Castillo: It’s a shame but we are underrepresented here in Silicon Valley, with only a handful of Filipinos I know of who work in the industry. Most Filipinos are users of tech, as seen in the prevalence of social media in the country, but very few grasp the value you can create in this industry. There are promising signs that we’re headed in the right direction with local tech events and communities being organized but there’s still much more that we can do. Hopefully, stories like these will help inspire more people to enter the field so that we can have our own Silicon Valley right here in the Philippines.
Tan: I’m a technology evangelist and a strong believer that the Fil-am community has the capacity jumpstart the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem both in the US and in the Philippines through technology. There are pockets of activities being led by groups in the US and the Philippines (Science & Technology Advisory Council, Filipino Entrepreneur Network, university alumni chapters, Ideaspace, Webgeek Startups). It is important to create a support system that aggregates all available resources to accelerate growth. I’m really excited to be part of this and turn all these dreams into reality.
Antonio: We’re making our mark. Even if it’s not in the news, there are more Filipinos deciding on how these tech companies will shape their future. They rely on our decision on how to run part of the business, both startup and established companies. Leaders in SV know that Filipinos/ Fil-ams are hardworking, passionate and determined people. We are very resilient and can learn fast. Given the opportunity we always rise to the occasion and dream of limitless possibilities.