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Filipino cuisine has been on the rise in the international food scene since the last decade, starting in 2012 when Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern predicted that our local dishes would be "the next big thing."

"Everybody loves Chinese food, Thai food, Japanese food, and it’s all been exploited," he said on Today.com. "The Filipinos combined the best of all of that with Spanish technique."

No need to convince us! Even home-cooked Pinoy food is pure love. 

And it looks like the latest celeb to jump on the bandwagon is none other than Cardi B, who had birthday staple lumpiang shanghai for the first time ever.

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In the Instagram story on Cardi B's page captured by a netizen, we also see an exchange between Cardi B and her Pinay "aunt-in-law," who shared that she's been married to Cardi B's uncle for 22 years.

It's also worth noting in our hungry eyes that you can see a serving of pancit beside the lumpia, yet another Pinoy party staple.

Later on, Cardi B posts a clip of her tasting the lumpiang shanghai, and she was FREAKING OUT (in a good way!).  "I don't know WTF this shit's called, but this shit is good as hell with some motherf*cking barbecue."

She also raved about fruit salad. <3 

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Here's to hoping she learns how to make it! Remember when Halsey shared in a Twitter Q&A that she loves to cook turon all the time, and how Duchess Meghan revealed in her old blog that she knows how to cook a mean adobo? So cool!

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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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