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KAHIT ANO PARA SA'YO
PARA SA'YO, KAHIT ANO
anything for you
for you, anything
I am thinking again of the sacrifices made by women in history - our mothers' sacrifices in particular - that shape our lives. The things women have done to put food on the table. The hours my mother commuted to and from Tacoma to Seattle to work just to get me McDonald's on her way home. The mountains of coupons she'd go through before grocery shopping. Endless signs of love.
And I imagine for most Filipinos (and Filipinos of diaspora especially) that food is our first love language. Truly. Sure, there's that (non-harmful) stereotype of any Nanay asking, "Kumain ka na ba? (Did you eat yet?)" or the fact that all my friends think it's hilarious that I eat so often / prioritize food (also - Taurus!), but it's because of all this...
My Mama told me often growing up that they didn't have a lot to eat as children sa Pilipinas. Meat was expensive and a sign of wealth while fish was cheap & accessible. But still, even visiting the motherland 4 years ago, my host family, the Pestaños, provided me with meals every morning & every night and scrounged up so many platters of food for my despidida (goodbye / going away / send-off party). Love takes many forms: generosity, hospitality, a room to sleep, a plate of food. When someone saves the last bite / piece just for you...that's when y'know it's real.
So when I ask my own friends, "Are you eating? Have you eaten yet?" or when I'm snacking every other hour at work, it's because food plays such a huge role in my life. Food is a path to happiness. People of all sizes and of all classes should have access to as much food as they want! Food is a privilege (sadly / unfortunately), and I don't take it for granted. To people I love: I'm always down to eat! To Filipinos: What are your favorite Filipino foods? 🍋🍌🍈🍍🍠🍳🥓🍤🍗🍖🥘🍜🍲🦑🐠🐟🐄🐖🐓🍴 #raychelledraws#filipinofood#didyoueatyet#lolalove#foodielola#feelingallthefils