Binibining Promised Land - The Film
There are approximately 30,000 Pilipino immigrant workers in Israel. A majority of them are women who serve as care-takers for the elderly and the ill. In Tel Aviv, Filipinos live in a very poor neighbourhood surrounding the central bus station, known by the name “Tachana Merkazit.” On Saturdays, the Tachana’s buses do not operate, and so this enormous building is taken over by working immigrants who have a ball in its bars, clubs, and shops. Beauty contests are very popular in the Philippines, as well as in Filipino immigrant communities. Created in 1964, Binibining Pilipinas is the most important contest. Tel Aviv’s Pilipino community organizes its own beauty contest within one of the Tachana Merkazit’s nightclubs: Binibining Pilipinas Israel.