A foreigner-looking guy joins the welcome committee of a national tour guides convention in Cagayan de Oro. The message on his singlet catches the eye. He explains briefly how he loves the Philippines and how he wants to be part of the Filipino culture.
He is Canadian Kyle Jennermann, more known in Northern Mindanao as Kulas.
In Hongkong, where 26-year old Kyle previously worked as consultant to an outdoor adventure company, he was invited by Cagayanons Eric and Chisum to visit the Philippines. His first stop on his initial visit was Leyte to help Haiyan victims. He has been around Cebu and the neighboring islands. And then he found home in Cagayan de Oro. He says, he is so in tune with the warmth and loving nature of the Filipinos. He says family to his CDO friends. He calls Eric’s wife mama Reina.
During a round of beer at a local grill, he says, the Filipino spirit inspires him. Everywhere he went, he was given a nice smile. He wants to pass around the smiles.
Kyle wears the Philippine colors on his head. He makes the same headbands to give to friends. He makes videos of his journey to becoming a Filipino and uploads them to YouTube. “Everything is from the heart, I don’t edit.” He simply wants to inspire the world with positivity and is happy in what he does. “I just want to be happy.”
Get to feel the tender heart of Kulas in the ABS-CBN feature (in video above).
Getting confidence from Kulas — with friends Carlo, Monneth, Ena, Hembee and Lis.