Loving the Aussie life

NEW CITIZENS: The Abayon family – Renilo, Rendel, Romina, Renella and Renina are loving life after the Philippines. Picture: Anthony Stipo.Eight years ago, Rendel and Romina Abayon decided to pack up and leave their nativePhilippines for the most noble of causes, their children.
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They wanted to give their kidsa better life.

They have called Griffith home for the last four years after spending the first part of their Australian lives in Rankin Springs.

Once again they made the move for their children (Renina, Renilo and Renella).

“When it became a permanent stay we moved to Griffith because it was close to everything, the schools, hospitals, close to everything,” Rendel said.

“So far we are enjoying it, we love Australia.”

They have already made a big impact in Griffith as well.

Five years ago they helped create the Filipino community that now stands at close to 300 strong.

They said the Griffith lifestyle suited them perfectly.

“In the Philippines we are very family orientated,” Rendel said.

“Say, after we get married we still look after our parents.

“People here are so nice and sociable.

“You can walk down the street and say ‘hello, how are you’ and they’ll answer back with a smile on their face.

“It’s like family.”

In fact they were able to narrow down their favourite thing about Griffith life.

“The peaceful life, the simple life,” Romina said.

“In the Philippineswe already have big shoppingmalls, busy life like Sydney andtraffic, but here is just so nice and relaxed.”

With Australia day nearly upon us, over 40 people will be taking the pledge to become citizens.

Rendel and Romina already went through the process and looked back on those days with fondness.

“We were very flattered and excited to become Australian citizens,” Romina said.

“Of course we were also extremely nervous on the day.”

They still go back to the Philippines every year because “it’s good for the kids to know where they come from.”

On top of everything else, the couple celebrated their tenyear anniversary on January 18.

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