My family is dispersed throughout the world, as many Filipino families are. We keep in touch the best we can and visit as able but I have not been home since I left in 2009 as an 18-year-old.
My circumstances have not yet allowed for it and the pandemic made it that much harder to get there, so with your participation, I am able to recreate a little of that magic here in New Orleans - my home away from home - with Filipinos & Americans alike.
I want to give a shoutout to Union Ramen for hosting us, and all my mentors and OG fans who came out to support as they have done since my days delivering ube cheesecakes to their doorsteps! And to those of you that took the chance to try something new, I hope you felt the warm embrace of my Lola (grandma) at the end of midnight mass as I waited for our Noche Buena dinner to begin.
This is the memory I shared with you at my own Noche Buena celebration.
Save the date for next year as this is our annual event!