Miss Hoggy did promised a cultural walkthrough of the Philippines, hasn’t she? Well, let’s begin!!
It’s ¿Cómo está + 你好吗？+ Apa khabar?+ Howdy?= the Philippines!!!! Simple, does it? Hehe.
Let me demonstrate with the universal language then, FOOD!
Filipino eats 5 meals a day, 3 main meals and 2 Merienda. Merienda is a Hispanic influence, when they snack, much like the British afternoon tea, when they don’t eat rice. So even if it’s a big meal but has no rice, it’s still a Merienda. Now let’s see some example of food for Merienda.
Remind you of something? The Chinese steamed bun!
Then for the main meals, let’s start with breakfast, they would usually have rice, or this kind of bread called pandesal, a Hispanic origin.
As for lunch and dinner, they would have meat, with baboy (pig) the Filipino fav, manok (chicken) and gulay (vegetable). Note, the similarity between Tagalog ‘baboy’ to Malay ‘babi’. There’re others like ‘pako’ in Tagalog to ‘paku’ in Malay and pako was my dinner on my second night in Manila, covered in pumpkin. Here it is!!
If not, there’s always the local fast food chain, Jollibee, where spaghetti with local ketchup made out of banana and fried chicken, I suppose, a very good example of the American influence.
I hope you enjoyed this rendition of the Filipino culture according to Miss Hoggy, with food. So true to me being Asian.
Siopao and Lumpia, courtesy of Steve, my Filipino travel companion.
Pandesal, courtesy of Panlasang Pinoy.
Jollibee’s Spaghetti and Chicken meal, courtesy of itravel.