Balikbayan boxes are a traditional shipment Filipino immigrants send to help family members in their home country of the Philippines. According to the 2016 U.S. Census, more than 10,000 Filipinos live in Washoe County.
Jonathan Perez, from Manila, Philippines, has a wife and three kids he hasn’t seen in more than 10 years since choosing to move to Reno, Nevada in search of the American Dream. He works two jobs, 60 hours per week, to support his family in the Philippines. This is his story.