The love for food in our family was started by this person
She is my paternal grandma who was a cook by profession. My grandma never went to a culinary school but she was a well respected and trusted cook in our place. Relatives, family friends and our neighbors would always seek her assistance in cooking for their birthday parties and other celebrations. It's been a year since Grandma joined our creator, but her reputation of being a very accommodating and generous person never ceased. People would always recognize me and my cousins as the grandchildren of the "greatest cook."
In a typical Filipino family, food is always a part of any significant event in our lives. Food is present in birthdays, graduations, achievements, town fiestas to sad moments such as wakes and death anniversaries. Every milestone in our life is accompanied by friends, loved ones and great food.
Allow me to share with you some of our memorable family pictures with food.
A year after my Lola died, there is a Filipino Catholic tradition called padasal. Padasal is a prayer session that Filipino Catholics hold during death anniversaries. The prayer session is led by old Catholic women in the house of the deceased family member. After the prayer sessions, meals are served for the mandarasal (old women who led the prayers) and invited guests of the family.
The mandarasal getting their meals after the prayer session.
Though the loss of my Lola affected us, one great man still keeps me and my cousins together and united
Meet my Lolo (grandpa). This picture was taken from his recent birthday celebration.
And how could we forget the food?
I will definitely look forward to more birthday celebrations with my Lolo.
One of my aunties moved abroad and every time her family visits the Philippines, there's always a family celebration. We would always have this in her house.
When my Lola was still alive, we would have family reunions during the first day of the year and the Holy week. We would stay in her house the entire day while being served with the best meals.
And here is a picture of my happy foodie family!
I hope you all had a great weekend with your family! :)