Special day for Bolano family

THE endless opportunities for their young family wasn't the only thing that enticed Floribee and Mark Bolano to Australia.

Working out how the move would benefit their careers was also a reason they moved here from the Philippines in 2009.

This Sunday, the Rooty Hill couple and eldest child Markisha, 9, will become Australian citizens at a ceremony at Bowman Hall, Blacktown.

Their son Markus, 2, who was born here, is already an Australian citizen.

There will be 178 people from 29 countries becoming Australian citizens at the Blacktown ceremony, some from Plumpton, Mount Druitt and Hebersham.

The Bolanos are looking forward to Australia Day.

"Becoming citizens is something we've wanted to do since we moved here," Mrs Bolano said.

"We were attracted by the weather conditions and the work opportunities."

Mrs Bolano works in the finance sector and hopes to become a charted accountant this year and her husband is an estimator.

The family moved to Rooty Hill two years ago.

"We love it here and being surrounded by friends," Mrs Bolano said.

"Whatever we need, we can always find nearby. When we moved to Australia, everyone was very welcoming and wanted to help.

"Because our family live so far away, our friends have become our family."

They will celebrate their citizenship with family and friends afterwards, including Mrs Bolano's parents, who are visiting Australia.

"We have finally found our second home," Mrs Bolano said.

"To us, this really is a land of opportunity."

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