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My Malong. Not a Filipino Costume.

This is not a costume. This is my lounge around the house clothing. I have them in several different patterns and I’ve never considered them. I just never thought about the malong as anything different from wearing yoga pants and tees.

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  • Using #Cebu as a basecamp for a few days so we could explore the surrounding barangays (communities) was a great way to not overload ourselves with impossible itineraries.

The barangay of Sirao is a beautiful farming community 45 minutes into the mountains above the city of Cebu. This flower farm has created this incredible garden to bring tourists into the area and it works!

There are fun structures overlooking the surrounding valley all over the property and since it's located at such a high elevation, the weather is so much cooler than the city.

It was a great reprieve.
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#igtravel #wanderwithme #huffposttravel #Philippines #exploretheworld #pinay #discoverphilippines #discovercebu
  • Like many, our family has had generations of those who have sacrificed much and continue to do so.

On the day I took this photo, my best friend's son chose who he wanted to be and he wanted to be the kind of man that would not back down for what he believed in.

Thank you to all of you who chose to stand and fight for us all. ♥️
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#veteransday #theystandforus #wehavebecausetheygive
  • One of the great things to do is to travel with someone who knows you well. Who better than your mother to fit the bill!? Mama V. and I have been having a great adventure traveling around her home country of Philippines, letting her be a tourist. She left at the age of 16 to travel the world to sing and make money for her family back in Cagayan de Oro.

For 40+ years, she has made it her responsibility to send cousins to college, build family houses, pay for emergency medical bills and to keep the family together from #America.

My experience as the American cousin has been mired with isolation and odd interactions since I have only experienced an altered version of #filipinoculture from afar.

This trip is the second as an adult and was mostly spent bonding with my cousins who've always had a distant yet familiar relationship with me. I'm so very grateful for the time I've been given to share, uninterrupted with family, getting to know the dynamics and idiosyncracies of the family members. It brings a whole new understanding to the convoluted #family history.
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#hapa #mestiza #vacation #islandhopping #Philippines #familyhistory #travelwithmother #luxurytravel #filipinoamerican #butseriously #hyphenatedamerican #poc #afilipinostory
  • While vacationing in #Boracay, #Philippines I got to talking ( cause that's what a publicist does) to a guy in the pool who was enjoying time with his family. I had an interesting talk with him about being Filipino-American & what that means in our families.

The differences were interesting. As we got to chat a little more, we started talking about why we were both here. He has this amazing organization that supplies new and barely used shoes to EXTREMELY underserved #Filipino communities.

He knows nothing about me & has no idea that I have spent most of my adult life finding ways to give back to the world through a plethora of organizations ( @yscalibaja could chime in here 😜) but the universe put him in my path.

Of course, I think this is a sign. What is in store? #kizmet #bychance #charitablekarma #travelblogger #giveback
  • A day of food from lugaw for breakfast to the #lechon roast at the beach, the food was all made from scratch and fresh.

This is a typical #filipinofood family day. Family members from all over the world return to their familial home towns to gather together for All Souls Day.

Streets near cemeteries are crowded with people billowing over into the streets as vendors hawk their flowers and candles for the hundreds of thousand of #filipino people who come to pay respect to their ancestors.

#allsoulsday #philippines #filipinotradition #pinoy #pinay #filipinopeople #cagayandeoror #misamisoriental #mindanao #batangngcarmen #filipinostory
  • Planes trains and automobiles today as I head across the world to meet up with my mom in #Philippines

I'll make it just in time for All Souls Day when many of our family members will travel from all over to celebrate the lives of our ancestors who have gone before us. The family will gather to clean the plots, eat, drink, play music and remember them in the cemetery.

I'm traveling the farthest distance, needing a two day head start. Come with me on my story and I'll give you a glimpse. Cheers 😘
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#travel #travelblog #wanderwithme #roamtheglobe #luxurytravel #train #santafedepot #amtrak #sd2la #thelongday #pinay #filipina #travelblogger #sandiego #manila #cebu #cagayandeoro #oslob #boracay  #lafilipinaenmexico