Equal Portrait #16 Ryan


Q: What do you identify as?


A: I identify myself as a human being.


Q: What does being a human being in America mean to you?


A: I've never given it much thought, really. I was born and raised in the Philippines and immigrated to the US at the age of 12. I recall so much of my childhood experiences there. I grew up in the Philippines mid the Ferdinand Marcos regime. I was too young to really understand the political landscape, but I do remember life wasn't easy. When I put both worlds together, I realize that I am thankful everyday for what I have, from the luxuries, to our liberties and our freedoms. I guess you can say I'm thankful and proud to be where I am today (a naturalized citizen), despite what's going on in the world today.


Q: Last but not least, we all know there is a inequality (be it race, sex, sexual orientation or religion) problem in American... how do you think we should go about solving it if you think it can be solved.


A: There is no solving hate and ignorance today. There's no magical cure, except education. Educating our kids and teaching them what's right and wrong and to rise above it all.