This is my friend, Leandro. I met him through my mom.
Leandro's wife was having a birthday and he wanted to throw her a secret party. So, he invited my mom and I to come. A couple days later, his wife, saw my mom, and whispered to her, "Hey! Will you and your daughter come to my secret birthday party on Friday?" So, we were doubly invited to a not-so-secret surprise party.
It was a picnic dinner- buffet style. They stayed up all night cooking all the food because they had to be to work the next day. I tell you, it was nothing short of an amazing Filipino feast! There were more choices there than Golden Corral or Chuck-a-Rama. I only got a few pictures of the food- because as soon as something got eaten, they would take that away and replace it with a completely new item. There were 3 long picnic tables of food, and another folding table of food, and there was no room for plates, so those were on a little set of plastic drawers that they wheeled outside.
|This chicken had tons of flavor! There is lemon-grass in there.|
|This is definitely dessert. It has super soft potato and tapioca, and fruit coctail and sweetened condensed milk, and cream. It sounds really strange, but it is so good. I took some home for Steve to try, but he wouldn't even touch it.|
The hosts spent so much time and energy and probably money so we could have a good time. There was food to feed a crowd for a week. Everyone greets eachother with hugs and warm fellowship. Everyone takes part in the fun. All this, plus recognizing the importance of family, and inviting all to come join you... I've never been to the Philippines, but I'm proud to be Filipino, as I see this is what I know as the Filipino way.