Filipino expats have set up an organisation to promote their culture, unite the community and support newcomers.
About 1,000 people from the South East Asian islands are thought to have made their homes in the county – many of them nurses and other health professionals.
Merybell Caberte, who lives in Leicester’s West End, came to study at De Montfort University in 1997 and now works as a trading standards officer. She said: “The Philippines is famous for exporting its nurses and other skilled workers.
“A substantial number of Filipinos have made their home in Leicestershire.”
Merybell said the catalyst for setting up the society came in December when Filipinos raised hundreds of pounds in the wake of Typhoon Sendong.
“We held a disco at New Parks Community College and that’s when the idea began to take shape,” she said.
“Having a society will help co-ordinate future fund-raising and build partnerships with other organisations.
“It will also help promote the interests of our members and Filipino culture, customs and traditions.”
For details, call Merybell on 07403 393841 or visit: