The 29 members of the Philippine Dynamos arrive in Hong Kong for the 2019 Dragon Boat Festival hoping to bring the gold for the country in the Women’s division.
More than the stories of the races, the all-women’s team hope to make their voices be heard and be a beacon for the Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) who are predominantly female.
The teams also wish to inspire the women in the country as most of them are working as house-maids—a profession that all the members know too well.
“I want to integrate the Filipino helper community and represent the domestic helper as part of Hong Kong, part of the community, and we don’t want to feel excluded,” said Liza Avelino, who founded the team last year, “the objective of our team is to empower women. We want to push women like us, helpers, that we can do something more,” she said.
Remembering how they would work as housemaids from Monday to Saturday and train for dragon boat racing on Sunday, she encouraged women to squeeze in their week to go beyond what’s expected of them and to find the beauty of racing.
“When we’re racing, there’s no employer, there’s no helper. Everyone is equal.”