Meet my Dad, we call him LoLo (That’s Grandpa in Tagalog).
My dad came to the United States in 1980 with hopes and dreams for a better future for his family. He worked two jobs for 22 years supporting his self and his family back in the Philippines.
He made a big leap coming to America on his own, at home he has a twin brother with his own family, as well as an older brother and his family. Everyone has since then grown and started their own new families. Below is my Tito Rey with his New Granddaughter on the left, as well as his daughter on the right.
When I viewed the Western Union Video above I couldn’t help but cry along with the 2 women. I also thought it was so heart warming to see how excited and happy they were when they found out they were going to be able to visit their family. I can really relate to how much someone can miss their home no matter how close or far it is. In my dads case its across a whole ocean that takes at-least half a day to get to on a plane. Family is a very important part of our culture in the Philippines. Almost everything you can think of centers around family activities and celebrations.
It’s funny cause I used to joke with my Step Mom and she would say “we can come up with any reason or occasion to have a kareoke party”. Karaoke is a big thing in my home country, we have something called a Magic Mic that is always the center of a celebration. Everyone gets a chance to pick up the microphone and sing one of their favorite tunes. Of course a get together or celebration isn’t complete without food! Most times these are hosted or potlucks so always remember to eat everything offered cause it’s only polite to at-least try it.
This is Chicken Adobo ( It’s AMAZING! )
One of the things he misses most is his family and the traditional foods he used to eat during family get togethers. When ever we are very home sick of our country we visit a local Manlia Store/Restaurant that makes you feel like you just stepped into Manila.
I feel like even though our families are far apart simple things like food can help heal our aching homesick hearts. My dads favorite thing to eat is pork pork pork, anything Filipino style pork he loves it, chicharon is one of his favorites, in the picture above he ordered 5 lbs of it for our Christmas dinner!
Another one of my dads favorite feel good recipe’s is Shrimp Pancit Bihon, I have made this recipe probably 1000’s times and every time it comes out a little bit different. He always points out how my Lola was the best at making it, so I have big shoes to fill when it comes to making it the way she did. Although I would say the last couple of times I’ve made this he was happy with it and didn’t complain.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.