“The old photos of Copenhagen, they’re part of my history, but not quite. It wasn’t my ancestors who built the fountains and laid the railway tracks. The old photos of people marching against Marcos, they’re part of my history too, but not quite. I wasn’t born yet, and my parents were here in Denmark. But the other day I was flipping through the 1980 newsletter from the Filipino Association in Denmark, with lots of photos from Saint Anne Church at Amager, from the parties, and the workplaces. And that is my history. This is what I grew up with, this is the life my parents built. My generation is a part of the history of Denmark and of the Philippines, but not quite—our history is the history of migration."
Wesley Valdez, son of 'Filipino Pioneers' in Denmark, in an interview in 2012
Luz Hammer and Elmo Carino dancing the Tinikling during Filipino Association of Denmark's Christmas Party at Hotel Sheraton, Copenhagen, 1971. Photo contributed by Luz Hammer
Filipinas and Filipinos have been living and working in Denmark since the 1960s - some came as early as the 1950s. The Copenhagen hotels and Copenhagen airport, Toms Chocolate and Storno Electronics are some of the workplaces that hired labor from the Philippines since the so-called guest worker era in Europe.
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