“My husband, he’s already a girl”

Marife Tandingan

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By Chad de Guzman & Dai Changzhou

HONG KONG (2019) - Marife Tandingan flew to Hong Kong to work as a domestic helper after her older sister invited her in March.


The 33-year-old mother of two hails from Pangasinan, a province north of the Philippine capital. She took on the role of the family’s breadwinner after her current boyfriend was not able to pass a licensure exam allowing both of them to work in Hong Kong. 


Marife left her husband, who fathered her children, in 2008 after she experienced domestic abuse. Six months later, she found out her husband began wearing women’s clothing.