Family Portraits by Ryan Arbilo

Raziel Alejandria and husband Davide Daminato with son Ian Lucas
Via Venezia Scorzè, Venezia, Italy

I’m 30 years old, married with an Italian and we have a baby boy 1 year old.
Since I was young our parents immigrate in Italy to sustain our school’s expenses and to give us a better life. After many years of sacrifices, my dad and mom decided to bring us in Italy.
After namin mag-suffer without them during special occasions finally nabuo din ang family namin. The life is totally different, before I was always sad because kasi na iiingit ako nuon madalas sa mga classmates ko, during holidays kasama nila parents nila, during graduations ang mga Tita’s ko or lola ko ang nag-attend.
This is the life with parents OFW.We continued our studies in Italy after they decide to keep us with them. After I graduated, I started to work immediately and one day at work an Italian guy insisted to know me. After a year of friendship he became my boyfriend, and years of relationship we luckily decided to live together. His culture is totally different to mine buti naman di siya mahirap kasama, even for the food he is always curious and open to taste everything. He’s favorite food are: adobo, pancit o lumpia.
We got married last year and we have a baby boy Ian Lucas.