“Nanay” is Tagalog for “mother”. Many Filipino mothers are forced to find jobs abroad in order to pave the way for their families. Often they have to work under terrible conditions — long hours, no workers’ rights, little pay (but more than what they would make in the Philippines). This illustration is inspired by their struggle and their love for their children.

Hi! I’m a Mango in the Big Apple, currently a senior designer at Big Human and previously at Plus63. I design apps and websites, and make colorful illustrations.