Life as an Aussie Is Great for Ex-Filipino Mum Ruby

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Byline: KUE DAVIS

FILIPINO ex-patriat Ruby Busciano Talke loves living in multicultural Coffs Harbour.

The mother of two, who migrated to Australia from the Philippines more than 18 years ago, said she has never looked back since making the big decision.

"The weather is definitely the best thing about living in Coffs Harbour," she said.

"And also the fact that it's only 10 minutes to everything I need. All the people are so friendly and everyone smiles all the time.

"There are a lot of Filipino people living here. I have lots of friends and every now and again we all get together."

Ms Busciano Talke first moved to Coffs Harbour in 1992 before leaving for a few years, returning in 2002. She has now settled for good with her two sons in Coffs Harbour and couldn't be happier.

With an estimated population of about 92 million people, the Philippines is the world's twelfth most populous country and it is estimated there are an additional 11 million Filipinos living overseas.

Multiple ethnicities and cultures are found throughout the islands - this is replicated in Coffs Harbour's migrants.

When in the Philippines, Ms Busciano Talke lived in Manila.

The capital of the Philippines and one of the 17 cities and municipalities that make up Metro Manila, it is one of the central hubs of a thriving metropolitan area home to over 19 million people - so you can imagine the move to Coffs Harbour was quite a change.

"When I first came it was hard, I was used to the big city and Coffs Harbour was small. Now, it's grown bigger and it's great," Ms Busciano Talke said. LANGUAGES:

According to the 1987 Philippine Constitution, Filipino and English are the official languages. Filipino is a de facto version of Tagalog, spoken mainly in Manila and other urbanised regions.

Both Tagalog and English are used in government, education, print, broadcast media and business.

Major languages recognised in the constitution include Bicolano, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Kapampangan, Pangasinan, Tagalog, and Waray-Waray. Spanish and Arabic are recognised as voluntary and optional languages.

HISTORY:

Officially known as the Republic of the Philippines, it is a country in South-East Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. …