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Anthony Bourdain once again embarks on a journey through the streets of Manila.
And with this new season, the premiere episode takes us viewers into yet another spin on how people outside our country view us Filipino's.
It was not about food
The visit was most likely a solemn flashback to those persons we call OFW's. Overseas Filipino Workers who toil on foreign lands in order to sustain their families needs here on our land.
The issue of our capacity to care so deeply, not just on our own blood but also on others. Nannies, care givers, or nurses as others see fit to call them have been a staple for other first world countries and in their eyes, our natural born instinct to care for the needs of others fascinate them. This could be as, how we know that caring for others equate caring for our brood.
Partly its about food
Other than the heart warming and gut wrenching stories of OFW's, the visit was also about how we shaped our food to suit our needs.
Fastfood for us Filipino's is always nodded to Jollibee, our very own thriving fast food brand. That always gives a solemn aura of home, specially to people abroad.
From there, street food and beer partners like sisig come into view. But what amazed the host (Mr. Bourdain himself) was Halo-halo, a concoction of multi-colored bits of sweetened fruits, jelly, topped with cool shaved ice and drizzled with sweet-sweet milk.
Close to home
The episode reminded me of how we as a race of heroes and rebels have strived hard to further our living.
But there will always be a family who has a loved one, toil in another part of the world just so the people here in our land can live comfortably. And I am one of them, I know that my sibling had her ups and downs when she was far away from us, but what I tried my hardest was to not put her efforts in vain.
I promised to finish my studies and I did, now I am doing my part in helping our family. That is always because someone-somewhere gathered their guts to work on foreign soil to be able to provide food on the table.
This episode hit me where it hurts, and I'm glad it did.
For others it was just an hour (almost?) of Anthony Bourdain commenting on our way of life, our food and our hospitality. But it reminded me that there are people far away from home, who are doing their best to raise and care for persons not of their blood.