Lyell Vergara came to Australia from Cebu, Philippines! She has been working as a registered nurse in Sydney, over the last seven years.

“I like to help people.” said Lyell.

Her family back home in the Philippines is very important. To support them, especially during a time when there are travel restrictions, Lyell sends money back home.


Lyell Vergara with her family in Cebu


The money remittance market for the Filipino community in Australia is a highly competitive space.

“Sending money back home used to be so time consuming, but now with Instarem’s app it is fast and simple and I can get more money to my family.” added Lyell.

Nurses are among many frontline workers in health and are extremely busy during these challenging times.

“Sometimes  I like to send money for something extra important.” said Lyell.

Cebu is the country’s oldest city and a province in the country’s Central Visayas region, comprising Cebu Island and more than 150 smaller surrounding islands and islets.


Cebu, Philippines

Lyell with her brother overlooking the mountains in Cebu


The population of the Philippines in 2020 is estimated to be 109,581,078. Source: UN data.

The COVID-19 Pandemic has seen many families being impacted by the restrictions.

Food is of utmost importance during these times.

“I don’t want my family leaving the house during COVID. Right now they don’t have a freezer to store some food so I am sending extra money to buy one.” added Lyell.

For nurses like Lyell, it’s important that money is transferred fast and simple to her family when required .

“Hey Ma, enjoy your new freezer! said Lyell enthusiastically!

“I’m so glad I can make a difference!” added Lyell.



Based on data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Filipino population in Australia has increased to 310,000 in 2020.

New South Wales has the most number of Filipinos followed by Victoria based on 2016 data.

Keen to learn more or engage the Filipino community in Australia? Contact our team at [email protected]

Image source: Instagram Lyell Vergara