The biggest concentration of Filipino migrants in Germany is in Hamburg. Here, the male to female ratio of Filipino migrants that usually favor women is inverted. The shipping industry in Hamburg attracts Filipinos who work as seamen. At one point they resign or retire and choose stay here for good. Those who resign have mostly taken on odd jobs, their earnings from which are still perhaps more compared to what they could be earning back in the Philippines had they decided to go back.
An impromptu gathering took place when a retired seaman who is bound soon to visit the Philippines dropped. Over dinner, they watched online the boxing match last week of Manny Pacquiao, a Filipino who recently made history for being the first boxer to win in seven different weight categories. His rags to riches story is an inspiration to many Filipinos.
This is part of a personal photography project I am doing to document the lives of former Filipino seamen in Hamburg.