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ni J. Elizalde Navarro

"Developing a sense of Philippine history is essential to anyone going to the United States. Whether you are on a Fulbright grant, a tourist, or a "TNT," a sense of Philippine history or at least a sense of being Filipino comes when homesickness sets in. This is clearly felt in the mind, in the palate, in the heart. Though not necessarily in that order. You feel Pinoy in the land of burgers and potatoes when you begin to pine for tuyo, longganisa or tinapa. To cope, I learned to make my own tocino and tapa. My mother even taught us how to simulate sinigang with lemons and tomatoes. I also learned how to recycle blood sausages into passable dinuguan. Now there are instant mixes to make expatriate Pinoys feel at home. Even our heroes in the late 19th century related eating lechon and rice with their hands in Paris in 1889. Juan Luna's mother-in-law brewed her own patis. Studying in Europe Jose Rizal was sent a regular supply of pickled mangoes and pancit noodles."

excerpt from Developing a sense of Philippine history
by Ambeth R. Ocampo