Wrangell Sentinel -

By Dan Rudy 

Wrangell welcomes back Filipino family after visa reshuffle


November 30, 2017

Photo submitted by Rich Einert

Vincent, Lynn and little Chrysalis Balansag arrive from a lengthy series of flights from the Philippines, after ten months abroad. Not pictured are children Jade and Lee.

After being kept away for most of the year while a petition for residency was processed, the Balansag family returned to Wrangell earlier this month.

The Balansags – Vincent, wife Lynn, and children Jade, Lee and Chrysalis – have been calling Wrangell home since January 2011. They first moved here from the Philippines – an island nation off the coast of East Asia – after Vincent found employment at the local hospital, where he still works as a medical technician.

His three-year work visa had been renewed in 2014, but was set to expire at the start of 2017. For the family to stay on...

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