WARM WELCOME: Benz, Jewel and Benjie Jangao became citizens on Australia Day.
WARM WELCOME: Benz, Jewel and Benjie Jangao became citizens on Australia Day. Rebekah Polley Emeausday

New citizens proud to make it official in Emerald

THE Jangao family enjoyed double the celebrations on Australia Day.

The family became Australian citizens on Saturday and joined in the Central Highlands celebrations held at the council's undercover carpark.

Benjie Jangao said his wife Almie and children Benz and Jewel, mingled with the crowd at the council celebrations before marking the national day with a quieter party at home.

"We had a small gathering at home with friends to celebrate," Benjie said.

"Our friends came down to cheer.

"We feel we are really blessed.

"We have really been waiting for this time to become part of Australia."

The family has been a part of the Emerald community for four-and-a-half years and Benjie said they had fitted in well since moving here from the Philippines.

"It's such a quiet place and nice people," he said.


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