My name is Isabel Zialcita. I’m a 23 year old Basque-Catalan-Filipino. I was born in the Philippines and after 16 years, I moved to the United States. It is my dream to someday call Hondarribia, the land of my ancestors, home.
I’m currently in the early stages of my journey to learn Euskara. This journey started the day I learned my first word in the language: euskaldun.
The online dictionary said it meant “Basque” or “Basque speaker” and it was through this that I realised just how important Euskara really is. I began to see Euskara as more than just a language. I saw it as my birthright and I made it one of my life’s goals to reclaim that which has been lost to my family for generations.