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Balikbayan Boxes: Symbols of Homesickness, Colonial History, and Family


Filipinos in the diaspora send over 4.8 million “balikbayan” boxes full of goodies to their relatives and friends back in the Philippines, becoming a billion dollar industry. But balikbayan boxes became more than that – it became a symbol of Philippine colonial history and Filipino ideas about family. Continue reading

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Filipino Cuisine – the joy of stinky food


My brother loved Filipino chicken adobo when we were growing up. Nowadays, he disavows it because it ‘stinks up’ the house. For many years, my brother and countless others needlessly felt embarrassment and shame for loving the food of our mothers. In 2018, Filipino cuisine — and Korean, and Sichuan, and Thai — is trendy, elevated by white chefs as the new “it” girl of cuisine. Continue reading

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‘Salo salo’ The Spirit of Sharing Food With Others


‘Salo salo’ sharing food with others, the Top 10 Foods I Enjoyed In Samar. TV food networks in the US celebrate the latest trendy cuisine or the hottest elebrity chef. The Philippines celebrates ‘salo salo’, the community spirit of sharing and giving with others. Continue reading

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