September 12, 2016 issue
Turning 25 was a meaningful year for Adrian Williams, a second generation Filipino in London who co-founded Philippine Generations, a not-for-profit voluntary organization that promotes Philippine culture in United Kingdom. His group has grown big and now provides educational, inspirational, as well as empowering services to members of the Filipino community. The aim: strengthen Filipino cultural identity in that part of the world.
When his wife gave birth, words could not fully convey how much he felt. The feeling of fatherhood and that single most life-changing experience so engulfed him. He describes it as “brain-rewiring”.
Fatherhood, family man
William moved to a new company and got his wish – a pay increase. His confidence grew and considered it already an accomplishment. At that stage, he had graduated, gotten married, became a father, secured a good job with good pay and moved his little family from a studio to a two-bedroom, two- floor apartment overlooking London. “I could feel progression,” he proudly says.
Williams says, for OFWs who have children abroad, their children go through a dilution of the Filipino experience. “It is to be expected and that the next generation would dilute further. This is something that other people I knew in London also felt,” he says.
His current profession is twofold: Co-Founder and Director of Philippine Generations and also as digital advertising Sales Consultant dealing with startup companies in London.